1980 Schwinn Voyageur 11.8 Road Bike - Red

1980 schwinn voyageur 11.8 road bike - red - side view
60cm frame, 3000cm tree (approximately)

This 1980 Schwinn Voyageur 11.8 road bike has a Japanese double-butted lugged chromoly frame and fork with fire-engine red paint and chrome stays and fork tips. The SR alloy stem holds a set of Sakae Custom Road Champion handlebars. For braking, Dia-Compe drilled levers with Weinmann hoods connect to Dia-Compe G short-reach alloy side-pull calipers.

The Voyageur 11.8's derailleurs are Shimano Altus, shifted by matching Altus shifters. Sugino Super Maxy alloy cranks with 52/40 chainrings drive a 6-speed freewheel. The wheelset features low-flange unsealed Shimano hubs laced to Araya 27 x 1-1/4" alloy rims. The vinyl racing saddle is clamped to an alloy seatpost, probably by SR.


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So now that I've awkwardly coughed out the parts list and said the name of the bike a couple times ("1980 Schwinn Voyageur 11.8 road bike", in case you missed it two paragraphs ago), here's what I really think: this Schwinn is sweet with a capital "EE".

1980 schwinn voyageur 11.8 road bike - red - front angle view
Cyclocross

Why is it sweet? Because it's Japanese. Schwinn is an American company, and Chicago-made Schwinn bikes are legendary. Everyone knows that. But I like Japanese bikes. This one is a "Schwinn X-tra Lite Bicycle", whatever that means, and it has double-butted 4130 chromoly top and bottom tubes, which means that those tubes are pretty good.

Since the Voyageur 11.8 is made in Japan, it has Japanese parts. Campagnolo might be top of the mark, and I respect it, but brands like SR, Shimano and Sugino have always been more interesting to me than the Italian stuff. Plus, who can resist drilled Dia-Compe brake levers?

1980 schwinn voyageur 11.8 road bike - red - frame detail
Double-butted chromoly top 'n' bottom tubes

And this Voyageur is red. I love red bikes. The chrome stays, fork tips and fork crown give just enough balance to the color scheme. The 1970s Schwinn decals seem a bit out of date for a 1980 bike, and I'm not crazy about the little white stripe decals, but that's just hair-splitting.

1980 schwinn voyageur 11.8 road bike - red - handlebars
Cloth bar tape is awesome

If I planned to ride the Voyageur 11.8, I'd get new tires. That's it. If you were picky you could replace the chain, brake pads, cables, handlebar tape and brake lever hoods (see links for that stuff above and below). And maybe refresh the grease in the hubs, bottom bracket and headset.

But I didn't have time to ride this red Schwinn. Or tune it up. Or photograph it in front of a decrepit old building in the middle of the ghetto. So here are some pictures of the 1980 Schwinn Voyageur 11.8 road bike, leaning against a tree.


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1980 schwinn voyageur 11.8 road bike - red - stem
SR alloy stem
1980 schwinn voyageur 11.8 road bike - red - head tube side view
Top tube graphics, head tube lugs
1980 schwinn voyageur 11.8 road bike - red - shifters and fork crown
Sweet chrome fork crown
1980 schwinn voyageur 11.8 road bike - red - seat tube decal
Schwinn approved = Japan
1980 schwinn voyageur 11.8 road bike - red - rim
Araya alloy rims
1980 schwinn voyageur 11.8 road bike - red - front hub
Shimano low-flange hubs
1980 schwinn voyageur 11.8 road bike - red - front brake
Dia-Compe G brakes
1980 schwinn voyageur 11.8 road bike - red - brake lever
Dia-Compe drilled brake levers
1980 schwinn voyageur 11.8 road bike - red - head tube
Schwinn approved head tube and badge
1980 schwinn voyageur 11.8 road bike - red - head tube badge
1980 date code
1980 schwinn voyageur 11.8 road bike - red - crank
Sugino Super Maxy crank
1980 schwinn voyageur 11.8 road bike - red - rear derailleur
Shimano Altus rear derailleur
1980 schwinn voyageur 11.8 road bike - red - bottom bracket
Schwinn X-tra Lite Bicycles