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'88 "Italian" Schwinn Tempo

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1988 Schwinn Tempo, Columbus Tenax tubing

Nitto B115

Schwinn Tempo steel fork w/crown, Shimano 105-level headset

Shimano 105, Wolber (32H)

Shimano 105, Wolber (32H)

Shimano 105, 52/42 Biopace rings

Selle San Marco Concor

Sedis sport

Uniglide 13-26

A late 80's entry to mid-level road racing bike. This bike has a bit of a strange personality - it was produced and sold by Schwinn, an American company, for which it was manufactured in Japan (presumably by Panasonic) from Columbus tubing, which is an Italian brand, and it is painted in a fade of the Italian tri-color, with the apparent intent of invoking the spirit and romance of Italian cycling culture. Wild!

In any case, it is fun to ride: smooth, responsive, comfortable, fast-handling without being twitchy. It will be very acceptable as a speedy commuter, rain bike and possible long-distance bike.

People who friended this bike georgecostansa, Hyde, 8vpete, carbon fiber15

geometry

The geometry should be very race-like. It's probably the same as my '87 Circuit, which feels quite lively (http://velospace.org/node/34261). 80s Schwinns are excellent.

bike is USA made

this bike was probably made in mississippi, not japan.

finish the bike

get some red bar tape and hoods and a white saddle.

then put a red tire on the front and a white one on the back.

Hmmmm... No.

Hmmmm...

No.

I like the paint

Very "almost classic". I'm sure that will be the hot paint scheme in a few years when things come full circle. I have a couple pina's with the same style of paint. Wasn't too fond of it at first but it grows on you.
What is the head tube angle? Looks pretty relaxed. Should be a great around town bike!

Not sure of the angle.

Not sure of the angle. Either it is steeper than it looks, or the fork offset makes up for it, because this bike has criterium-ready handling, no doubt about it. It's definitely racing geometry. Should be a great, speedy runabout, for sure.



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