Monday, August 29, 2016

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - One of the great touring bicycles!

This is James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur.  The 1985 Schwinn Voyageur is one of the great touring bikes.  I love touring bicycles.  They represent freedom, they are made for going anywhere near or far.  Touring bicycles are versatile, they can fit narrow to wide tires, they have all the mounts for all the racks and accessories. Touring bicycles have a little more relaxed geometry so they are made for all day riding and exploring.  I love touring bicycles.

1985 and 1986 where strange years in the bike industry, every bicycle manufacturer went all out on all their model lines.  Schwinn for once went all out on a touring bicycle and built a gem.  I wish Schwinn would have done this more instead of concentrate on price points.

This Schwinn Voyageur came from Texas and will be heading home to Charlotte.  The Voyageur will receive a total restoration with new paint and decals.  Along with the new paint the Voyageur will also receive new handlebar tape, new brake lever hoods, all new cables and cable housings, new bearings, new tire tubes and new tires.  I am very excited to restore the Voyageur and test ride it.  I love this stuff!

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Bicycle Before

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Bicycle Before
Handlebars

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Bicycle Before
Stem & 
Handlebars

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Bicycle Before
Head Tube

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Bicycle Before
Head Badge

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Bicycle Before
Front Brake

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Bicycle Before
Front Wheel Hub

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Bicycle Before
Front Wheel Rim

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Bicycle Before
Brake Lever

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Bicycle Before
Fork Mount

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Bicycle Before
Front Wheel Hub

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Bicycle Before
Stem

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Bicycle Before
Head Tube

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Bicycle Before
Headset

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Bicycle Before
Fork Grown

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Bicycle Before
Top Tube

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Bicycle Before
Shift Lever

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Bicycle Before
Down Tube

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Bicycle Before
Seat Lug

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Bicycle Before
Seat Tube

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Bicycle Before
Bottom  Bracket

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Bicycle Before
Crank

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Bicycle Before
Front Derailleur

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Bicycle Before
Front Derailleur

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Bicycle Before
Rear Brake Caliper

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Bicycle Before
Rear Derailleur

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Bicycle Before
Rear Wheel hub

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Bicycle Before
Rear Wheel Rim
The frame isn't the worst I have ever seen but it does have some bad paint areas.  I am working on a match for the metallic green.  The frame is currently through chemical stripping and is now being prepared for paint by working on some of the rough spots and then a very light pass in the media blasting cabinet.

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Frame Before

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Frame Before
Head Tube

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Frame Before
Head Tube

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Frame Before
Head Tube

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Frame Before
Top Tube

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Frame Before
Down Tube

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Frame Before
Down Tube

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Frame Before
Seat Lug

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Frame Before
Seat Tube

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Frame Before
Seat Tube

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Frame Before
Seat Tube

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Frame Before
Bottom Bracket

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Frame Before
Bottom Bracket

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Frame Before
Bottom Bracket

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Frame Before
Seat Lug

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Frame Before
Seat Stays

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Frame Before
Seat Stays

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Frame Before
Chain Stays

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Frame Before
Drop Outs

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Frame Before
Fork

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Frame Before
Fork Crown

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Frame Before
Fork Crown

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Frame Before
Fork Blade

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Frame Before
Fork Blades

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Frame Before
Fork Blades
With the paint process being a long process I started polishing and restoring the components.  The headset and bottom bracket is first.  The bottom bracket is a pretty standard bottom bracket that which is great because with a little maintenance it will last forever unlike today's cartridge bottom brackets.  Headset is a great looking headset, one of my favorites.

Both the headset and bottom bracket polished and restored beautifully.  In the after photo I don't think I had changed out the old bearings yet.

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Headset & Bottom Bracket
Before

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Headset & Bottom Bracket
Polished
 The handlebars are in descent starting condition.  The stem has a more textured finish from the factory so that will take a little time to polish.  The brake lever hoods are way to far gone so those will be replaced.

The stem polished beautifully along with the handlebars.  I love how the brake lever polished, they look better then new.
James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Handlebars
Before

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Handlebars Before

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Handlebars & Stem
Before

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Stem Before

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Stem Exploded

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Brake Levers
Before

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Handlebars & Stem
Polished

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Handlebars
Polished

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration
Stem Polished

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Stem Complete

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Stem & Handlebars
Complete

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Brake Levers
Polished

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Brake Levers
Installed

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration
Brake Levers Installed
 The seat post showed a lot of rust and actually took a good deal of muscle to remove.  The seat post polished very nice considering the rust and corrosion that was on it.  The seat binder bolt and cable hanger polished beautifully also.

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Seat Post
Before

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Seat Post
Before

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Seat Post
Polished
 The cantilever brake calipers are very nice Die-Comp calipers, some of my favorites.  The pieces to the calipers polished beautifully.  Assembled the calipers look fantastic, I can't wait to see them installed to the frame.
James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Brake Caliper
Before

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Brake Caliper
Before

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Brake Caliper
Exploded

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Brake Caliper
Exploded

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Brake Caliper
Polished

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Brake Calipers
Complete
 The shift levers are very nice but rough.  I broke down the pieces and polished all the pieces.  The shift handles turned out fantastic, like little bicycle jewels.  I will lay out all the small pieces when I install the shift levers to the frame.

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Shift Levers
Before

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Shift Levers
Exploded

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Shift Levers
Polished
 The derailleurs are very nice derailleurs.  The front derailleur is practically bullet proof and that is the most import thing for a touring bicycle.  The derailleurs look a lot like the Shimano Deer Head derailleurs on many higher end early mountain bikes.  The front derailleur cleaned very nice and polished beautifully.  Assembled the derailleur looks fantastic, I can't wait to see it on the completed painted frame.
James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Front Derailleur
Before

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Front Derailleur
Before

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Front Derailleur
Before

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Front Derailleur
Before

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Front Derailleur
Exploded

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Front Derailleur
Polished

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Front Derailleur
Complete

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Front Derailleur
Complete
The rear derailleur really looks like a Shimano Deer head derailleur.  The pieces where a little stubborn in the cleaning process but once everything was cleaned and worked through the polishing wheels the pieces look perfect.  Assembled the rear derailleur is beautiful, I love it!

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Rear Derailleur
Before

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Rear Derailleur
Before

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Rear Derailleur
Before

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Rear Derailleur
Before

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Rear Derailleur
Exploded

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration
Rear Derailleur Polished

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Rear Derailleur
Complete

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Rear Derailleur
Complete

James's 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Restoration - Rear Derailleur
Complete
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