Singlespeed & Fixed Gear - Schwinn Le Tour Conversion
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07-15-08, 08:19 PM
Picked up a Schwinn Le Tour frame and fork. they're gold and have some character. no major dents on the frame, but there's a small dent on the fork, definitely still usable. they were $20 from a guy who has a bunch of other parts for it if it need. all this can be found in the other thread i made...
the important stuff. the width of the rear drop out is 126 mm. the craigslist ad was deleted so i'll have to get some pics of it soon.
07-15-08, 08:47 PM
07-15-08, 09:31 PM
it'll pick up once i get pics and parts together.
just want to make a list of the things i'll need and have
Wheels and tires, cross tires
Frame and fork
cog and lock ring
Brakes, Front and rear
Pedals, no cages
Stem, 1" threaded
Bars, drops with hoods not sure on the bar tape color but that's easy to change
cranks and gear
07-15-08, 09:33 PM
07-16-08, 02:43 PM
you might want to do a little homework on the measurements for your Le Tour before you go buying components.
I have a 1977 Super Le Tour 12.2 that I converted last year and discovered along the way that that bike has some wacky measurements (specifically the 15/16" headset measurement and the 26.8 seatpost stem measurement)
You'll need some spacers for that 126 rear dropout, too. Oh and you may need to find brakes with long-reach calipers - Tektro makes some decent ones.
07-19-08, 04:27 PM
the bike has a threadless headset now so i don't have to mess with threadless headset an i used the stock cups and the threadless headset fits. i found a rear axle that uses a skewer and fit in the rear drop out, though it's tight. i was also able to find a bottom bracket too. rear brakes are an old shimano tourney...in blue...that works. it has a 700c fork on the front with shimano rsx brakes. everything is going to work out, but the seat post. it's 26.8 and that's way smaller than anything else i hve at my house. other than thatk, it should be done in the next couple of days.
07-23-08, 01:00 PM
i only need two more parts and they're probably coming in on friday! can't wait!
07-31-08, 03:27 PM
07-31-08, 04:56 PM
Mine. Now have matching black tires, Soma 456 Drops, a front break, and a no name black seatpost. Also fixed the angle of the saddle.
07-31-08, 05:04 PM
mine is ss with of course two brakes. didn't really keep it old school because i put 700c wheels on it and a 700c fork.
07-31-08, 07:38 PM
Oh really? I was wondering about that. Did you really have to replace the fork?
07-31-08, 10:24 PM
yeah. my dad had it off one of his bikes when he changed the fork. it was a 1" threadless so we just put a threadless headset on it. the fork is very little rake so it has toe overlap(is that when your feet on the pedals can hit the front tire?) with 175 cranks. those have got to go if i get a flip flop hub! and i used a tektro long reach brake on the rear
08-01-08, 04:48 AM
Toe overlap, I understand, kinda like what my toes clips do now. It's kind of annoying.
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