I am the original/sole owner of a 1978 (maybe 1977) Schwinn Super LeTour 12.2 10-speed road bike. I even have the receipt!
I rode it sporadically, probably less than 1500 miles total. It's too big for me - equivalent of 58cm and I'm 5'6" female - and it's just not a comfortable fit. It has been kept indoors/garage and is in very good condition. No crashes or falls. I've had the LBS do quick look-overs when I took it in for adjustments/tire stuff. The frame has no nicks, scratches, or rust. Never broke a spoke. There are some screws for reflectors and such that are a little rusty. This area is not flat, the gearing will accommodate most riders.
Deviations from stock:
1978 brake lever extenders (riding on the hoods was too far a reach for me)
2008 commuter tires, tubes - probably 100 miles on them.
2008 waterbottle cages.
2008 cateye entry level wired bike computer (battery alive)
2008 rear rack silver tubular aluminum
2010 new gel bar tape but a crappy DIY wrap job.
2010 shimano dual platform/SPD pedals (new), but can swap w/ original rattrap pedals.
I trashed the original stock saddle and want to keep the new women's specific saddle that's on it. I figure the buyer will be male and will want to replace the saddle anyhow.
I started riding the bike in earnest in June 2008, but by November same year I bought a new high-end road bike that fit perfectly. I still did some upgrades thinking I'd use the Schwinn as a "hop on and ride / winter bike" but I just enjoy the new bike too much. It has a lot of sentimental value to me. My only motivation to sell it is to de-clutter the garage and match it with a buyer who will enjoy the bike and treat it nicely and provide me with $ for a similar-purpose bike that fits. If the bike was my size (54cm/shorter reach) I would probably still be riding it.
There are some bike swap meets coming up in the DFW area. I do not plan to sell via CL or eBay so I have not taken pics.
I have checked CL from time to time but have not found a comparable bike in the area.
I am also considering selling the rack, pedals, wired computer separately if putting it back more to it's original "look" will make it more valuable to buyers. Not sure if the audience will be somebody looking for a commuter steed, a fitness bike, or conversion to SS/FG
The bike is silver mist paint with chrome plated crown/fork ends. Black bartape. Silver rack. 4130 chromoly frame. Still has the dork reflectors. It was the nicest bike at the bike shop in 1978, I was shopping for a chromed 1978 Schwinn Paramount (sigh) but this one was the closest thing they had.
I always ask for pictures to determine condition and this is no exception, but based on your very detailed description I feel like I have a good idea what the bike probably looks like. It could bring up to $150 around here, a decent mid-range model from the 70s. The Schwinn name helps.
As far as "finding it a good home", you really don't know what the next owner will do with it. It seems to mean a lot to you, but as it does not fit you it might serve someone else better. Did you ever put a shorter reach stem on? I can ride road bikes that are much too large for me if the reach is ok. The only issue then is standover clearance, which I personally think is irrelevant.
Standover height is low clearance but not an problem for me.
It's really a reach issue. My shoulders ache after 5 miles even riding on the bar tops. The hoods are even a longer reach, hence the brake lever extenders.
I generally ride with the saddle a couple of inches above the handlebars and like drop bars.
The saddle is positioned with fore-aft position for good power application on pedals and height enough for my stiff knee.
Bike has the original handlebars and stem. I am not mechanically inclined, do not own many tools nor do I enjoy tinkering with bikes.
The bike pics I've taken before are pretty crappy/fuzzy so I didn't try.
Yes, the bike has a name and he talks to me.
On the other hand the bike has seen fewer than 10 miles in the last 3 years.
So yes I am quite conflicted about selling.
Would a Schwinn of this model/year be generally viewed as a classic/vintage or just a beater?
FastJake, thanks for your response. I took the bike to a local bike swap meet where most folks own current-technology high-end road bikes.
I originally priced it at $250 and drew some lookers but no inquiries.
I cut the price tag to $150
Got someone trying to negotiate down to $100.
I said I could remove the computer and bike rack and then start talking, but they wanted those.
Then I said if they could return at the end of the swap meet or if they were in the area we could talk after the show. They said "no", now or never.
15 minutes later the same people brought $150 cash. I believe the bike is headed across the border to Mexico today based on comments they buyers made.
I tried to find a comparable bike in my size to work a straight swap but there was nothing of that era even close in terms of quality and condition.