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Schwinn Tempo age/info/advisejdog1
Mar 20, 2003 8:08 PM
I'm trying to determine the age/value/info about an old Schwinn Tempo I just picked up.

Here are the specs:

The paint is a light metallic blue and the labels are yellow and white. The seat tube has the following labels on it: Columbus Tenax, Made in Japan for Schwinn Bicycle Company. The head tube has the serial number imprinted on the bottom front of the tube. The frame has very nice looking lugs. The fork and ends of the seat and chain stays appear to be chromed underneath the paint. The chrome that I am able to see is in very good condition. The paint has some chips in it and minor rust in a few spots, but overall is in pretty good shape. There are no dents in the frame, no apparent rust damage, the braze-ons are in perfect condition; in general, the bike is in great shape.

Rear derailleur: Shimano RD-Z505
Front derailleru: Shimano FD-Z206
Crank: Sugino GLP
Brake calipers: Dia Compe 5583
Rims: Araya 36 hole (looks like a Mavic Open 4 rim)
Pedals: Shimano 600 (these are probably not original)
Rear Hub: 6-speed Shimano FH-R105, quick release
Front Hub: Shimano HB-F105 quick release
Headset: Tange Falcon
Seat post: SR Laprade
Saddle: Avocet Criterium (possibly not original)
Bars: Sakae Custom Road Champion (possibly not original)
Stem: Some no-name, goofy high-rise mountain stem (definitely not original!)

Here's the story:
A co-worker had just been given 6 or 7 old junker bikes and said I could take what ever I wanted. The bikes were mostly cheap old department store 10 speeds in really bad shape. Then I noticed a Columbus sticker on one of them. That caught my eye. Mixed in with the junker bikes, the Tempo didn't look that impressive, but the more I look at it, the more it looks like a really nice bike.

Also, any advice on restoring a bike like this would be appreciated.
re: Schwinn Tempo age/info/advisewspokes
Mar 21, 2003 4:53 AM
What do you need to know? you have tons of great details already! I had a 1988 Schwinn Premis, a few models under the Tempo and I loved it! Beautiful feel, great ride. It was my first "real" road bicycle. Grab it up, clean it up, and ride it. You will enjoy it!! My Premis cost around $500 I believe. The Tempo was next up at probably $700. I keep wondering about the Japan made thing though, I seem to remember my bike was actually still made in US, not sure though so don't quote me on that. Great bike though!
re: Schwinn Tempo age/info/advisejdog1
Mar 21, 2003 3:56 PM
I just want to know the approximate age of the bike and it's place in Schwinn's line-up.

I'm considering repainting it and am wondering if the bike is worth that kind of trouble.

I forgot to add, the shifters are on the down tube and are not indexed. I'm guessing the bike is mid-80's.
re: Schwinn Tempo age/info/adviseAndy M-S
Mar 23, 2003 4:57 AM
Of course it's worth that kind of trouble--if you like the ride. I'd guess early-to-mid '80s as well, and I'm sure that someone (maybe Sheldon Brown?) has a serial number database that you can check.

Many riders worship the "top of the line" bikes; Schwinn Paramount, Bridgestone RB-1, Bianchi Reparto Corse, etc.

They forget that the second-rung bikes are many times just as good, and probably more durable.

If you like the ride, take care of the bike.