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Spotted this bike in West Seattle last night. Hadn’t seen it before, like the Fuji Ace with SunTour Blaze spotted in May.

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Updated with flatbars, Tiagra, and VO cranks

Didn’t meet the owner to inquire about the upgrades (changes) made to it. I’d have questioned the flatbar and Tiagra; especially, when the chainstays have Dura-Ace decals on them.


This is a Schwinn Volare produced for only two years (1977-1978) by Panasonic.  It was a less expensive alternative to the Schwinn Paramount (Volare/$495.00; Paramount P-13/$703.).  Fully equipped with Shimano’s top component assemble (Dura-Ace) similar to the Paramount (52/42 crank, 14/16/18/21/24 freewheel).  Today, the Volare a very desirable bike and highly sought after.

Thanks for the comment and that’s why I thought it a shame to flatbar and put Tiagra on it. Ok with VO cranks. Maybe it was inherited, but a bike that classic should stay classic.

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