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Another Vintage Voyager: Before and After Resto

Old 03-13-20, 04:33 PM
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Another Vintage Voyager: Before and After Resto

Almost done with this one. Have to install the fenders and racks, and I'm done. I love restoring these old bikes. It gets expensive, but I don't play golf, so what the heck.....
Post #1now updated with final picture. See below.



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Old 03-13-20, 04:38 PM
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Looks beautiful. Makes me wish I still had my 86 Voyager... It was heavy but so smooth and comfy.
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Right on!
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Originally Posted by beefTLR View Post
Looks beautiful. Makes me wish I still had my 86 Voyager... It was heavy but so smooth and comfy.
According to the Voyageur guide, the '86 weighed in at 24 lbs. My '90 is rated at 26 for whatever reason. I think the Tange CrMo frame is heavier than the Tenax. Still rides real nice. I really like this colour!
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I meant to ask what wrap is that, Fizik?
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow View Post
I meant to ask what wrap is that, Fizik?
No, some cheap Amazon stuff:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It wraps fine, but there is no adhesive on it when you wrap it. It's fine though IMHO.
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Originally Posted by beefTLR View Post
Looks beautiful. Makes me wish I still had my 86 Voyager... It was heavy but so smooth and comfy.
I have an 86 also. A really lovely frame with chromed fork and stays (fork is painted as are seat stays).


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Old 03-13-20, 11:10 PM
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Originally Posted by UKFan4Sure View Post
I have an 86 also. A really lovely frame with chromed fork and stays (fork is painted as are seat stays).

Beautiful bike dude. Mine was similar minus the fenders. It made my 12 mile commute at the time smooth sailing.
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Nice work! That emerald green looks really nice with the brown saddle & bar tape.

I have an '89 that is a blast to ride!
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Originally Posted by thorstein View Post
Nice work! That emerald green looks really nice with the brown saddle & bar tape.

I have an '89 that is a blast to ride!
Wow! Extremely retro looking! I love those water bottle cages and water bottle. And that Honey Brooks saddle and tape is more than I have in my whole bike. You spared no expense in yours. Are those Velo Orange racks? Wow, what a gorgeous ride. It's bikes like yours that I draw inspiration from!
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If you find a great deal on a 25" Voyageur let me know. You seem to have some Voyageur mojo.
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This is getting most of my miles lately.
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Originally Posted by UKFan4Sure View Post
Wow! Extremely retro looking! I love those water bottle cages and water bottle. And that Honey Brooks saddle and tape is more than I have in my whole bike. You spared no expense in yours. Are those Velo Orange racks? Wow, what a gorgeous ride. It's bikes like yours that I draw inspiration from!
Thanks! I got some inspiration from others around here. The racks are both vintage Blackburn that have Jim Blackburn stamped on them. The bar tape is just shellacked yellow cotton. The cages are VO retro no tab. I found a few stainless bottles that I wrapped in twine & shellacked. Aside from the above items & the pump that came with it when I bought it, the Brooks b17, & SunTour bar end shifters are all I added. It came with the stock components. I really didn't spend a whole lot on it, apart from the b17.
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An 88 owner here with the emerald green paint. Going through a refit at the moment.
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Wow!! So much Voyageur love! (Be careful how you say that. Leaving the "g" out could get you in trouble).
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow View Post
An 88 owner here with the emerald green paint. Going through a refit at the moment.
Testors "Gloss Teal" is a pretty good paint match as long as the white primer hasn't been skinned through. The primer shines through the paint to some extent due to the Emerald Green's translucence. Without the white primer, it looks more bluish.
I got my little bottle at Hobby Lobby.
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Originally Posted by 52telecaster View Post

This is getting most of my miles lately.
The '86 frame is my favorite. What a well built, luxurious frame and one well worth building with modern components.
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Originally Posted by UKFan4Sure View Post
Testors "Gloss Teal" is a pretty good paint match as long as the white primer hasn't been skinned through. The primer shines through the paint to some extent due to the Emerald Green's translucence. Without the white primer, it looks more bluish.
I got my little bottle at Hobby Lobby.
So good to know! I have done a super bad job so far on a big spot on my top tube and needed this kind of info. Hobby Lobby I go.


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Originally Posted by beicster View Post
If you find a great deal on a 25" Voyageur let me know. You seem to have some Voyageur mojo.
I'm retired now. If I told you how far I drove to get this Emerald Green '88, you'd think I was nuts (and my wife would agree with you). Let's just say round trip fuel was about $75 in my 3.5 eco-boost F150. I just can't let these nice old touring bikes go to waste. They call my name!
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I'm retired now. If I told you how far I drove to get this Emerald Green '88, you'd think I was nuts (and my wife would agree with you). Let's just say round trip fuel was about $75 in my 3.5 eco-boost F150. I just can't let these nice old touring bikes go to waste. They call my name!
i do the same for old bikes and hifi
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i do the same for old bikes and hifi
We sir, are cut from the same cloth, then. Vintage HiFi is in my blood too. I was an electronic tech by trade before I went into management.
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow View Post
So good to know! I have done a super bad job so far on a big spot on my top tube and needed this kind of info. Hobby Lobby I go.


Prime those areas white first before you touch that up. Then, you'll probably get a decent match.
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Hi... if 24 pounds is heavy for a medium sized steel touring bike, what out there is considered light???
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Hi... if 24 pounds is heavy for a medium sized steel touring bike, what out there is considered light???
i know right?
a rack, decent saddle bag and dynamo gets a bike near 30 anyway.
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i know right?
a rack, decent saddle bag and dynamo gets a bike near 30 anyway.
Mine is "Oh Crap!" heavy. That's what I said when I picked it up one day, anyhow.
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