VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   1987 schwinn prelude posted by: johnny on 3/20/2006 at 5:52:15 AM
ebay item # 6615063832 im usually upset when people do this kinda thang,but i couldnt resist meself. one stratch!! other than that it looks like a bran spankin new bike!!is spankin a real word?as you can tell im from the souf.yea we ride becycles down her,specially when the dang roscoe p coltrane takes yer licence,you fellers bid on dat dare bike,and ill ride the dang thang norf of da mason dixon line.its really a goodern,cant say much fer da extra par of haf metal shoes on dem pedals doe,they rub my flip flops the wong way!!

AGE / VALUE:   vintage raleigh track bike posted by: rick on 3/20/2006 at 4:50:27 AM
Could anybody help me accuratly date my Raleigh Proffesional track bike it is red w/chrome head lugs and fork crown. It has a white band on the seat tube with a blue band in the middle of that. A decal depicting the "heron" head badge adorns the blue band center and of courseit has the thin brass nottingham head badge. The bike is equiped with campy as it should be I am certain.
The serial # is A9405. Any help would be apreciated.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   vintage raleigh track bike posted by Wayne on 3/21/2006 at 4:47:47 PM
If you believe the chart at yours was made in 19669 (A followed by four digits).
I hope this helps.

VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Schwinn Ontare posted by: Rolf on 3/20/2006 at 12:51:01 AM
Can anybody tell me anything about a bike that I own called a Schwinn "Ontare" I think it was built around 1988. It's a pretty cool bike and I've never seen another like it.

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Schwinn Ontare posted by Dan on 3/22/2006 at 6:31:59 PM
I also own an Ontare which I restored last year, one was just auctioned on Ebay recently which had numerous original parts replaced and it sold for $355. I've been looking to purchase another Ontare for riding around town, I raced on my original Ontare for a ten year period before I purchased a 1999 Schwinn Peloton which I compete on now. The Ontare in a paint scheme called "Sunset" was advertised in late 1987 as a 1988 model offering in an aluminum bike, the first for Schwinn. I ordered mine in 1987 and it arrived in June of 1988, this was about the time the Ontare became available to the dealerships. My Ontare was the third one on order at the time, I was told less than one hundred Ontare's were sold or built between June '88 and the introduction of the 1989 model line of this bike called the 974 which also came with an aluminum fork, the Ontare came with a steel fork only. I have my original Schwinn model line booklet with parts listed if you need any componet information. The Ontare was an still is one of Schwinn's most beautifully produced bicycles from an era of faded paint jobs and aluminum frame emergence in bicycle production. I'm looking for a 22" inch model original Ontare or mostly original.

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Schwinn Ontare posted by Dan on 3/22/2006 at 6:51:47 PM
Just an added note, The ontare sold for $1000.00 in 1988. I have only seen three up close, watched two sell on ebay and one as a museum piece in a link on this website.

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Schwinn Ontare posted by Bob Hufford on 3/25/2006 at 5:32:52 AM
Another note -- the Ontare was one of just a handfull of names that Schwinn was forced to change because of trademark (or would it be copyright?) issues (someone had rights to the name first). That's why the bike became the 974. The others were a offroad-ish cruiser in '78 that had been called the Spitfire. They changed it to "Klunker 5" and then had to change it back to "Spitfire Five". The other was also a cruiser (in the fall of '76) called "California Cruiser" (they built only 500 or so as a market test for the California distributor), prior to the rename and Spitfire intro in '77.

Bob Hufford
Springfield, MO

   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Schwinn Ontare posted by Dan on 3/26/2006 at 3:56:52 AM
I hope the picture of my Ontare attaches, if not I'll have to call up help from someone with more braincells than what I have left!


   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Schwinn Ontare posted by Rich on 3/29/2006 at 6:58:57 AM
I just read this history and found it very interesting. I have an ontare in very good condition that I bought from a friend in about 1990. He had bought it new. I used it for a little while but then moved to the mountains where it is not of much use. I have been thinking of selling it. Does anyone have an idea of what it might be worth or how to sell it? Thanks.

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Schwinn Ontare posted by valerie on 7/26/2006 at 5:54:54 PM

I have an Ontare that I road for several years. It was 'made' for me with campy? and shumani parts. It has a neat paint job with red, oragne and yellow faded into each other. I am interested in how to go about selling it. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Schwinn Ontare posted by mario on 12/5/2007 at 6:03:10 PM
I own a ontare scwhinn bike and would like to sell, contact me for details

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Schwinn Ontare posted by Bob Hufford on 12/6/2007 at 9:09:32 AM
Sorry -- a correction to the Ontare naming info. It was originally named "Avion" and Schwinn had to rename that. They then named it "Ontare", then went to the numbers as names series for the aluminum bikes.

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Schwinn Ontare posted by Lou on 1/4/2008 at 3:30:41 PM
I have a 63.5 cm Ontare that has not been rode in years that I would like to find a new home for.

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Schwinn Ontare posted by Marc on 8/3/2008 at 10:49:24 AM
I used to race in the southwest on a Paramount until it was stollen. I bought an Ontare the day it came out
(s/n J700151A) to replace it as it was the new thing being aluminum and also built by the Paramount factory. I was concerned originally the bottom bracket would be too flexible but it proved to be very stiff unlike many aluminums of the era. Incredibly well engineered. I'm now pushing 60 and gave up competition years ago but I still have the Ontare and wouldn't sell it for love nor money. Somethings in life are priceless.

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Schwinn Ontare posted by Doug Hansen on 8/11/2008 at 1:48:38 PM
Does anyone have a Schwinn Ontare for sale? I need a frame with a seat tube 62cm measured center to center. Thanks, Doug

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Schwinn Ontare posted by john thomas on 10/12/2008 at 11:00:37 AM
I have a Schwinn Ontare for sale. Someone gave it to me in 1989 and it has not been used since, though I just had it tuned. I don't know the size and don't know where to find it on the bike but it is for someone about 5'9" I think.

VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Schwinn Tempo posted by: Gralyn on 3/18/2006 at 3:44:20 AM
After not seeing anything for a long time - I spot a couple bikes....A Firenze, or something, an older schwinn....then a couple days later a Schwinn Tempo. I believe it's an '87 model. Columbus Tenex tubing, Shimano 105 group, Mavic wheels. Cyclo computer with cadence. The saddle was trash - but otherwise, Pretty nice! was about time!

Anyway, where did the Tempo fit into the Schwinn line-up for 1987? I have an '87 Traveler.....which is certainly below this Tempo in quality and components.

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Schwinn Tempo posted by Gralyn on 3/21/2006 at 2:19:16 AM
OK, after a little research.....I could deduct that the line-up, excluding the Paramount, was Peleton, Super Sport, then Tempo.

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Schwinn Tempo posted by jay on 3/21/2006 at 3:55:12 PM
You have it right. Super Sport had the ultegra components and was a step up. The Tempo is 105 components.

VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Raleigh Lenton colours posted by: Bob Giess on 3/17/2006 at 2:33:16 PM
Greetings all, I've just picked up a 1949 Raleigh Lenton Model 28 frame for restoration - the rest of the bike was unoriginal. I've traced the first owner! who said it was "polychromatic green with white lining. Does anybody have one of these in that colour who could maybe send me picture for a paint match?? Thanks Bob

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Raleigh Lenton colours posted by Kurt K. on 3/18/2006 at 1:33:28 PM
Bob, try reposting this in the English Roadster should receive more information about the paintscheme then you'd ever want to know.

P.S.: You might like to have a look at Peter Kohler's collection of Clubmans here:
...and his writeup about them here:

Take care,


   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Raleigh Lenton colours posted by bob giess on 3/24/2006 at 8:29:33 PM
Thanks for the links and the advice Kurt. I put it the the lightweight discussion board because believe me, compared with my Roadsters and Superbes its featherweight! Bob (Liverpool/Nottingham)