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Old 08-14-06, 01:13 PM   #1
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Fenders on a Schwinn LeTour

Hi,

Just acquired a nice late 80's Schwinn LeTour, with the idea of using it for a tourer/commuter bike. I picked it up on eBay, and it appears to hardly ever have been ridden. The chain wasn't stretched, the chainrings and freewheel gears were hardly worn, and the tires were original Schwinn Record 700x25's with almost no wear, but badly weatherchecked. When I replaced the Schwinn tires with my old road bike tires, they still had the original Schwinn tubes! Sure glad I never rode very far on them!

Anyway, I now want to increase tire size and put some fenders on the bike. I've already ordered some 700x32 Panaracer Pasela Touring tires, and wondered if anyone has successfully put larger tires and fenders on a LeTour. I was thinking about SKS fenders, as I've already installed some on my wife's V-brake equipped hybrid with no problems. However, the LeTour has SunTour Blaze sidepulls so the clearances are much smaller. Any suggestions?

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Old 08-14-06, 02:40 PM   #2
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In a pinch (so to speak), one could always notch the mudguards to facilitate brake caliper closure.
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I think there will be plenty of clearance, although my experience is with le tours that are a little earlier than yours. I'm currently running the exact tire you mention on an '83 le tour luxe, with SKS fenders. My bike originally had 27" wheels, though, and I've switched to 700c's, so that creates some extra clearance in itself. Also, I'm running centerpull brakes on the '83, which have a lot more reach than the sidepulls you mention (and need it to reach the 700c rims). But, I've got an '84 le tour that has dia-compe sidepulls, still with the stock 27" rims, and it appears it would have plenty of clearance for fenders. That's still not the same as yours, but since all the le tour models were intended as a day tourer/commuter type of bike, I'd be surprised if you can't fit the 700c x 32's with fenders. Good luck-

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Hi,

What is the fender width on your LeTour? SKS recommends a 45mm fender with 700x32 tires, but I was thinking about 35's.

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Hi,

What is the fender width on your LeTour? SKS recommends a 45mm fender with 700x32 tires, but I was thinking about 35's.

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Mine are the 35mm SKS Commuter fenders with the mud flaps. I'm running 700 x 32 Panaracers, and the fenders give complete coverage of the tires and do their job as far as keeping water off of me and the bike. The fenders are maxed out, though, as far as the tire size, at 32mm. I could fit wider fenders under those big ol' centerpulls, but the Commuter fenders were on sale at the time, and I'm a sucker for a deal-
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I think that you're likely to have no problems. The LeTour was a very practically-designed bike. My LeTour (actually a LeTour III) dates to probably the early 80's, and has plenty of clearance for 32mm tires. The only problem I ran into was with mounting the rear fender. My LeTour has a kickstand plate, but no chainstay bridge. I ended up using zipties to attach the fender to the chainstays and seat tube. It ain't pretty, but it ain't supposed to be, and it works. Other than that, you shouldn't expect anything to go wrong. The LeTour was a fine, cheap bike. Go nuts.
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I have the 700c SKS fenders on an 87 Le Tour, and was not able to go any higher than 700 X 28 on tires.
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I have the 700c SKS fenders on an 87 Le Tour, and was not able to go any higher than 700 X 28 on tires.
Since yours is an '87, it's more than likely closer to what the OP's bike has as far as clearance than my le tours. Hope he sees your post before he orders the tires and fenders-
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Fender Brackets

Google "Rivercity Bicycles" They make brackets for bikes with little or no fender clearance.
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