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Took the Campy crap off my bike. Great improvement!(9 posts)

Took the Campy crap off my bike. Great improvement!Continental
Aug 13, 2003 5:35 PM
The Campy crap is a Gran Tourismo derailleur and the bike is a 1971 Schwinn Sports Tourer, but there's no denying that the Campy was a POS. I dug through my parts box and put on an old Suntour ARX, which is 10 times better. Thank goodness (and Deming) for the Japanese quality invasion!
Lthe bull
Aug 13, 2003 5:45 PM
1971 was a rough year for everyone- nmfiltersweep
Aug 13, 2003 5:48 PM
If you decide to retire any 70's Campy brakes ...Humma Hah
Aug 13, 2003 6:38 PM
... I'm looking for some. You can keep the der ... mine's better as a fixie.

Still enjoying the ride of that sweet old Schwinn? I agree, the old Schwinns are a dream to ride.
Sorry, no Campy brakes in my parts boxContinental
Aug 14, 2003 7:50 AM
Weinmann Vanquier 999 brakes on this bike. What makes the old Schwinn such a great ride? 27 x 1 1/4" tires, 36 spoke 3 cross wheels, longer wheelbase, chainstays, and fork rake, heavier frame tubes with reinforced filet brazed construction, toeclips with rat trap pedals, and a healthy dose of nostalgia. It's all I've been riding and I don't even miss the STI, 24 speeds, clipless pedals, computer, 10 lbs less weight, and all the other features of my modern bike. I hope I'm not becoming a total retro grouch!
Just go retro, don't have to be a grouch ...Humma Hah
Aug 14, 2003 8:17 AM
... just like cruiser doesn't have to mean "beach cruiser."

Retro is good. If I could afford one, I'd like to have one bike in the stable from pre-1900.

I'm not sure who decided that bikes needed "quick steering", meaning so steep the things become scary to ride, and take your full attention. On top of that, the ride of newer bikes is frequently harsh. The old Schwinns, even my short-coupled Paramount, all have that same wonderful ride, and follow the intended line effortlessly. Yet none are at all hard to turn ... even the cruiser can do a U-turn on a 7-ft wide bike path. They just don't turn unless gently asked. They're stable from 1/4 mph to over 60 mph. To me, that kind of handling is very desireable, and not found very often in modern bikes.
Love my late 1980's SchwinnMisJG
Aug 14, 2003 10:19 AM
Never realized just how COMFORTABLE my Schwinn LeTour was until I turned it into a commuter/errand bike. I had given it to my wife as her first bike when I bought my C-dale R500 and once she rode for a couple-o-years, she wanted a c-dale too. So I got my Schwinn back (after she erroneously offered to give it to one of her friends. I DON"T THINK SO!!) and added a rack and some panniers and started riding to work and to the store. WOW is that bike comfy. 27 x 1.25, downtube shifters that never miss a shift (SIS). It has made me think that if I ever buy another new bike, I'm going back to steel.
Downtube shifters ...Humma Hah
Aug 14, 2003 10:34 AM
... Armstrong was using one in the TdF. Worked better. 'Nuff said.

I'm told that bikes built for touring sometimes still have that easy-riding geometry. Might be worth checking out some steel tourers when you're in the market.

Me, I scored the old Paramount on e-bay, and I'm delighted with it.
Derailleurs basically SUCKED until Suntour came along withOldEdScott
Aug 14, 2003 4:38 AM
the slant parallelogram.