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Schwinn High Sierra Appreciation

Old 07-31-18, 09:33 PM
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Schwinn High Sierra Appreciation

I just picked up what i believe to be a 1987. It is basically just a frameset and will need a wheelset. I am thinking of going 9sp with it and a bit of a touring build. The front fork has braze-ons for a 6mm. I hope to put a porteur rack on the front and i have a "racktime" rear rack for it. I believe these are made by ortlieb. I also plan on full fenders. First order of business is getting a wheelset. Ill probably head over to Velomine if i cant find anything locally.

Anyway....who cares...

I just think these things are great. Tons of mounts and very versitile for bike packing/camping, around towners, commuting, touring etc etc.

Lets see yours and what you have done with it.
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Mine has moved on to a new home, but I really enjoyed it while I had it. I agree, these are great bikes.

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Great looking bike. I want to find a 18 inch in black chrome some day.
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I've got an 87 that I've been only been working on since 1991.

It's getting there. Slowly...

1987 Schwinn High Sierra by Dave The Golden Boy, on Flickr

High Sierra Fillet Brazed by Dave The Golden Boy, on Flickr

1987 Schwinn High Sierra by Dave The Golden Boy, on Flickr

1987 Schwinn High Sierra by Dave The Golden Boy, on Flickr

I agree with you- these bikes are so cool. The fillet brazed head tube, the named Schwinn badge, the lugged unicrown fork- absolutely effing cool. Then you get into the braze ons, bottles, rear rack, front rack and mid fork eyelets... and a pump peg on the back of the seat tube for crying out loud!!! This was an ATB if ever there was one.

The big drawback to the 87s is being stuck with either roller cams or U Brakes. I think he roller cams are awfully cool- but cantilevers are more my style. Baby.

The stock wheels were pretty cool- but I got these awesome Suntour XC hubs laced to some mystery rims- serious quality wheels.
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Mine is just a regular Sierra, so it's welded instead of brazed, and it doesn't have all the extra doo-dads, but it still rides nice. And, it's Black Chrome.

1986 Sierra in (mostly) original configuration.

1986 Sierra with drop bars.
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Here's mine. It doesn't get nearly enough use. I am thinking I should bring it to the city and make it my commuter.

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1984 HS as my city bike.
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This is my winter ride.
Ridden hard and put away wet.
Will need to get after it before this winter.
It's a mule.


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I have one too.

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21" '87. I absolutely love this bike. Handling is spot on with no load to a moderate load, but still good with a full load. Estimated 90-100 lbs (cargo and bike) as shown. Just a little bit laterally flexy with thus much weight front and rear. 650b x 47 tires (Roller cam pads will come up far enough for 650b rims without modification). 18" chainstays with the rear all the way back in the dropouts, 44 1/4" wheelbase.

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