Doohickie, host of The Mixte Gallery, has offered another of his own for our enjoyment. This is his 1987 Schwinn Prelude complete with re-purposed Lederhosen bar wrap.
While I’m thinking about it… I don’t believe I sent you pictures of my most recent acquisition.
In February I was doing my normal cruise through pawn shop/thrift store alley on the city’s west side when I spotted a drop bar racer. I took a closer look and found a Schwinn Prelude. It was a diamond in the rough (see last picture). The original downtube shifters had been replaced by the sorriest stem-mounted friction shifters I’d ever seen. Plus there was some rust on the frame. I decided it was worth the nominal price they were asking and brought it home.
I lucked out at a swap meet and found a set of early Shimano Indexed Shifters that would operate the rear cogs (this is a 1987 model- the first year of indexed shifting for Schwinn), plus picked up a saddle bag. I picked up a pair of skanky leather pants at a thrift store and cut them into strips to wrap the handlebars. It’s a real ghetto cruiser but it came out great and performs well.