1990 Schwinn Prelude Road Bike - Grey

1990 schwinn prelude road bike - grey - angle view
Little Prelude on the prairie

Normally when I find 20-year-old vintage road bikes, they're worn. Scratched. Dirty. Rusty. The tires are flat. The handlebar tape is hanging off like a parade streamer. The brake lever hoods are petrified. The chain is rusted stiff.


This Schwinn Prelude didn't really need new parts. Yours might. Here are a few.
Always check compatibility before ordering parts for your bike.
All bike repairs should be performed by a qualified bicycle mechanic.

But this grey 1990 Schwinn Prelude wasn't a normal vintage road bike. It was spotless. No grease on the chainrings. No brake wear on the rim sidewalls. No tears to the suede Sella San Marco saddle. The paint wasn't chipped. The decals weren't scratched. The front derailleur guide had no chain rubs. The only problem I could find was a light coat of dust.

1990 schwinn prelude road bike - grey - side view
Maybe I can trade this bike for a Weedwacker

When took the Prelude for my usual tour de cul-de-sac, I felt the freewheel rotate just a bit on the first crank, because it had never been fully tightened onto the rear hub. In other words, I was the first person to ever ride this bike.

So how does a Schwinn Prelude stay unused for 20 years? How is it possible to find a NOS vintage road bike? I don't know. I bought it from a guy at a yard sale. It was laying on its side on his front lawn. That's its entire provenance. Bizarre.

1990 schwinn prelude road bike - grey - frame
This is sweet

This 1990 Prelude had a Columbus Tenax lugged steel frame, SunTour Cyclone deralleurs, Sakae (SR) SX cranks, a two-tone HKK chain, a Sakae Custom alloy stem, alloy handlebars, Dia-Compe GX brakes with vented brake levers, and the aforementioned Selle suede saddle. Not a bad "kit".

But despite the Prelude's quality, style and immaculate showroom-fresh condition, the best I could do, apparently, was prop it up against my mailbox, in front of my unmowed lawn, with dandelions blowing in the breeze, and sqeeze off a few cheesy snapshots. What the hell was I thinking?

So to the 1990 Schwinn Prelude, I'd like to extend my apologies. I should have bought an expensive DSLR, found a beautiful background at some old factory or industrial complex, and captured every detail of the Prelude in all its glory. But instead...mailbox. Lawn. Dandelions.

Sorry.


Ordinarly, vintage road bikes need parts like this. The Schwinn Prelude? Maybe a dustrag.
Always check compatibility before ordering parts for your bike.
All bike repairs should be performed by a qualified bicycle mechanic.
1990 schwinn prelude road bike - grey - crank and derailleur
Columbus Tenax and spotless chainrings
1990 schwinn prelude road bike - grey - fork side detail
Fork lug with triangle cut-out detail
1990 schwinn prelude road bike - grey - seat tube
Clean and smooth
1990 schwinn prelude road bike - grey - front end
How can 20-year-old handlebar tape be this clean?

Fixing old bicycles can be a fun and rewarding hobby.
Always check compatibility before ordering parts for your bike.
All bike repairs should be performed by a qualified bicycle mechanic.
1990 schwinn prelude road bike - grey - head tube badge
Classic Schwinn head tube badge
1990 schwinn prelude road bike - grey - front brake
Dia-Compe GX front brake
1990 schwinn prelude road bike - grey - cranks
Sakae SX cranks
1990 schwinn prelude road bike - grey - front derailleur
SunTour cyclone front derailleur