1983 Schwinn Sierra

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RustyHornet

Finally riding a big boys bike
Cleaning this one up for a random stranger. I spotted this one on my commute to work leaning up against a tree. It wasn’t there, then showed up one day. I drove by it for a few weeks before I finally worked up the courage to stop.

I had an idea what it was, but it was too far off the road to confirm.

I asked if he wanted to sell it, he said he better not because his wife bought it for him years ago, but he said he wanted to do something with it. So I made a deal with him to clean it up for him. Hoping eventually I get to purchase it because it really is a sweet bike that is really comfy, gearing is amazing too!

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He said they replaced the handlebars, they have a Wald sticker on them, appear to be very similar to what the catalog pics show. Tires have also been replaced at some point.
 

RustyHornet

Finally riding a big boys bike
Got to tearing into it today. Few parts I need to replace, but I think for the most part I’m just gonna clean it up and re-grease.

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This was the local Schwinn shop for years, looks like the replacement bars are confirmed. Way cool find! Kinda a shame to cover it up!

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RustyHornet

Finally riding a big boys bike
Updates, just installed the last pieces on this one. Only thing left to do is test ride! Had to buy some used shifters for it because the originals were broken...

Don’t mind the clutter, just recently filled the garage with someone else’s collection... Trying to sort...
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Oilit

I live for the CABE
Updates, just installed the last pieces on this one. Only thing left to do is test ride! Had to buy some used shifters for it because the originals were broken...

Don’t mind the clutter, just recently filled the garage with someone else’s collection... Trying to sort...
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You've got that bike looking good! Can you post a picture of the bottom bracket area? From the serial the frame was probably built in Chicago, but March 1983 was close to the end. And what's the head badge number, if you don't mind? My guess is that this was also assembled in Chicago, but the frame could have been shipped to Tennessee for assembly. Information on Schwinn operations during this time is pretty scant.
 
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SoBayRon

Finally riding a big boys bike
Updates, just installed the last pieces on this one. Only thing left to do is test ride! Had to buy some used shifters for it because the originals were broken...

Don’t mind the clutter, just recently filled the garage with someone else’s collection... Trying to sort...
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This is looking real nice and I bet it is going to ride great. But, the question is, we’re you able to acquire this one from the owner? Sure hope so!
 

RustyHornet

Finally riding a big boys bike
You've got that bike looking good! Can you post a picture of the bottom bracket area? From the serial the frame was probably built in Chicago, but March 1983 was close to the end. And what's the head badge number, if you don't mind? My guess is that this was also assembled in Chicago, but the frame could have been shipped to Tennessee for assembly. Information on Schwinn operations during this time is pretty scant.
I will do so later!
 

RustyHornet

Finally riding a big boys bike
This is looking real nice and I bet it is going to ride great. But, the question is, we’re you able to acquire this one from the owner? Sure hope so!
Unfortunately he has decided to keep it for now. But he has my number and knows where I live. I really like the bike and will be keeping my eyes open in the future for another one. He has paid me really well to fix this up for him, way more than I quoted him and I tried to refuse some, but he insisted... He’s extremely happy and is looking forward to having it back.
 
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