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Old 06-25-09, 06:49 PM   #1
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Schwinn Le Tour

I'm looking at a Schwinn Le Tour apparently dating from the mid to late 1980s. I'm not too knowledgeable about bikes, so I need some help. If it's in good working condition, how much would this bike be worth?
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Old 06-26-09, 08:30 PM   #2
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I want to add to this thread, if possible. I'm also looking at a Schwinn Le Tour from the mid '80's that a friend just picked up for $40 and wants me to rehab.

Old school headbadge, 4130 chro-mo TruTemper frame, lugged nicely.
Red w/wide white lettering.
Brakes are drilled Dia Compe levers, single pivot side pulls, very similar to 600EX.
Shifters are DT friction, no names whatsoever.
FD and RD are Sachs-Huret and look pretty nice.
Fluted seat post. Saddle is shot.
Sakae Road Champion alloy bars, SR Custom quill stem.
Crankset is a chromed Stronglight, or polished alloy Stronglight, can't tell.
Wheels are 27x1, polished aluminum and very nice.
I can't tell what the hubs are, but the lettering is around the hub.
Decent condition. $40 to start, worth another $50 to rehab?
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Old 06-26-09, 08:45 PM   #3
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I dunno about 'worth', but i have the same bike, cleaned, saddle replaced, moustache bars, bar end shifters, some diacompe brake levers & a set of 105 brakes..oh..and a rear rack + computer + lights...mostly parts bin stuff I rehabbed mine with, ended up about a 25lb great city bike for probably a hundred bucks or so as built...can't buy a new one & get lugs & the patina for that price!
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Robbie, your bike would be about $175 around here, clean, ready to ride, depending on paint condition (would need to be spotless). So yes, it would be worth a $50 rehab. And if you could rehab it for around $25, it would be even better!!!

To the OP, Schwinn changed their builds quite a bit, so what is the frame made out of and what are the rims made out of? As Schwinn improved their lower end bikes, they went from the $100 value point to about the $175 value point.

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Old 06-26-09, 10:42 PM   #5
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The one I'm looking at is being sold for $75, so it sounds like it's a good value either way. I'll probably go meet the guy selling it at some point this weekend. Thanks for the advice!
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The eighties Schwinn catalogs with specs are on-line HERE.
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Robbie the bike is certainly worth $50 in rehab work. A nice lugged steel bike, under $100 and ready to ride. I assume your friend wants to ride it and not flip it, so no question in my mind.
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Robbie, your bike would be about $175 around here, clean, ready to ride, depending on paint condition (would need to be spotless).
+1 Atlanta, except would not need to be spotless, just wear commensurate with age.
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Robbie the bike is certainly worth $50 in rehab work. A nice lugged steel bike, under $100 and ready to ride. I assume your friend wants to ride it and not flip it, so no question in my mind.
He has absolutely no interest in riding it. He bought it because it was $40 and he "knew a guy..." who may be able to do something with it. That be me, I guess.

The wheels and hubs are interesting, I dig the Stronglight crank set, but know zilch about the Sachs-Huret FD/RD. No rust, no dings, needs rubbing compound; I think I can make it something.
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+1 Atlanta, except would not need to be spotless, just wear commensurate with age.
Thanks, guys, I guess I've got a short-term project. I took before pics, will get them up with after pics.

Initial cleanup:
Rims are Weinmann 27x 1 1/8" aluminum.
Hubs are "Schwinn Approved, Made in France"
Calipers are DiaCompe but very similar to the mid-80's Campagnolo's, especially the QR.
Brake levers are drilled DiaComp non-aero, aluminum or alloy, the "pale" alloy.
Seat post is a fluted SR, quill stem is SR Custom, bars Sakae Road Champion
FD/RD are Sachs-Huret, seem to work just fine, DT shifter bosses are the "newer" square base.
Shifters are unmarked, friction. Freewheel is Shimano 6-speed.
Saddle is electrical tape, mostly. Bar wrap is clear vinyl.
Pedals are MKS but no designator for model.
Frame is nearly rust-free, faded, but will come back, 4130 TruTemper chro-mo. Eyelets for racks.
54cm and I'm gonna budget $50 and shoot for a nice $100 investment and find a rider.
I appreciate the assistance. Great entry-level bike for $150-$175 when done.
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I thought I would join this thread instead of starting a new one.
I also have a Le Tour. 1984 4130 tubing. Research tells me it's a Mississippi Schwinn. Paint is rust free with no dents and a few scratches. Decals are good to missing a few pieces.
Sugino crank
Suntour ARX derailleurs and shifters
Dia Compe side pulls and levers
SR stem, bars and seat post
Weinmann rims, Schwinn approved hubs.
Tires are 70% & don't match, new bar tape. Pink cables, (ewww) I should replace those

Is this worth any more or less than the standard mid 80's Cromoly framed bike with decent components in the SoCal market? I guess $200 for this area.
It rides good, shifts well and looks good, just kinda heavy IMO.



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