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    Default Is this a needle in a haystack?

    For the last couple of years, Shan and I have pitched in at a free bike charity called FreeBikes4Kids. The fellow who started it really has a tiger by the tail and now collects something like 2500 bikes a year, gets volunteers to clean and repair them and then gives them away through schools and churches.



    I was scanning through the stacks and a Schwinn with Columbus tubing caught my eye. does anyone here know of this bike?







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    Schwinn Prelude…I had one many moons ago.

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    Thanks!
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    From the head tube pic, looks like it has cantis? So may be Voyageur or Passage. They actually had quite a few models with Columbus tubes, if my failing coming of age in a Schwinn shop memories are correct.
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    Tenax was sort of Columbus SL. I forget the similarities and differences. Rumor was Columbus sold Schwinn all their factory seconds, but who knows - they were durable frames. Overall the bikes were well designed, but they weren't all the same frame. Not all bike models got the same configuration of tubing. I think the top model(s) got Tenax main triangle tubes only and then some sort of chromoly stays and better dropouts (Tange maybe?) I think the Prelude was the top model? There was a nice red white and blue version that sold well, possibly because it looked a bit like the Wheaties-Schwinn team bike (which was actually a Paramount.) And possibly because it came out after the 1984 Olympics.

    The Schwinn Voyageur was a pretty nice touring bike. That brake might be a center-pull though. Schwinn used those forever.

    edit: I should have read RW's link first.
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    Thanks Jorn, your depth of bike knowledge is a wonder.
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