I recently bought a 1974 Schwinn Le tour road bike, have cleaned it up nicely and now am deciding whether to convert it to a singlespeed. I'm 90% sure I'm going forward with it.
I would like to know if anyone knows whether I can get a newer seatpost for it. I took the seatpost out and it has zero information on it regarding size. It is chromed steel and simply says Le tour.
I should also say that there is a metal shim in the seat tube that allows the seat binder to close tightly on the seat post. If I take the shim out, the binder doesn't close the seat tube enough to grip the post tightly. It just slips down.
Is there another way of approaching this? I think I read somewhere that you can grind a little of the metal away where the split in the seat tube is, allowing it to come closer together and hence making a tighter fit. That way I could at least dispense with the shim.
If nobody has another suggestion, I am going to take it to my LBS to have them size a new seat post or make recommendations.