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Old 07-22-16, 02:30 PM   #1
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Just picked up a Schwinn Super Le Tour 12.2

Finally have a road bike again after many, many years. My last road bike was a Schwinn Prelude from 1988. This is a 1978 mode with Schimano 600 components. it has brand new tires, cables and grip tape on it. Rides very smooth, just needs some cleaning up and maybe some paint touchup. Looking forward to my first long ride on it.
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Old 07-22-16, 03:21 PM   #2
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Tuned up one of these for friend, he loves his. Nice bike, enjoy.
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Welcome to Bike Forums...and C&V...nice bike...seems like a good one...congrats...
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Always admired that model Schwinn, congrats on licking it up. Welcome to the C&V, looks like you'll fit right in here with us.

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Thanks for the welcome. Is it hard or possible to rewrap the handlebars so the brake lines are under the wrap, or is that another type of brake component?
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Thanks for the welcome. Is it hard or possible to rewrap the handlebars so the brake lines are under the wrap, or is that another type of brake component?
Congrats on the Schwinn and welcome to the forum.

You will need aero brake levers in order to route the cable under the bar tape. $40 and higher on eBay for Shimano 600 although hoods can be a challenge. You can also go with something like Dia Compe or Shimano Exage aero levers which are usually cheaper.

Or you can not mess with a good thing and show those cables with pride
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Always admired that model Schwinn, congrats on licking it up. Welcome to the C&V, looks like you'll fit right in here with us.

Bill

^ Ewwwwwwww!


Since the levers lack gum hoods and you like aero, maybe some new levers like TEKTRO RL340s, for $25.
https://www.amazon.com/Tektro-RL340-.../dp/B003U9PYZY

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if it works for cats......
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Wait, what?

That's how I clean all my bikes Is there another way I haven't heard about yet?
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Congrats on the Schwinn and welcome to the forum.

You will need aero brake levers in order to route the cable under the bar tape. $40 and higher on eBay for Shimano 600 although hoods can be a challenge. You can also go with something like Dia Compe or Shimano Exage aero levers which are usually cheaper.

Or you can not mess with a good thing and show those cables with pride
Thanks for the response, I'll probably just keep showing them with pride.
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"Schwinn Supae Le Tour Twelve Point Two", always loved the way that rolls off the tongue. Pretty name and pretty ride. I love the classy large and spaced block style font on Schwinn's of this era, like they ripped a page from the legendary story about John Hancock signing the Declaration of Independence large enough to allow the King to read it without his glasses. Along with the little "world stripes" bands.
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Nice bike ! --- I agree on leaving the exposed brake cables, they fit the look of the machine as well ---, but i'd probably source a set of brake levers that have the gum hoods for comfort (I ride on the hoods 90% of the time )- but YMMV
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