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Old 08-13-07, 12:28 PM   #1
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'73 Schwinn Le Tour

so, i met this guy at work that had a '73 scwinn le tour in his garage, and i asked him about it. he told me he'd sell it to me for 40 bucks. i wanna convert it into a fixie, only thing is, he's 6 feet tall, and i'm 5'8" and ride a size 54 in my langster. worth it?
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so, i met this guy at work that had a '73 scwinn le tour in his garage, and i asked him about it. he told me he'd sell it to me for 40 bucks. i wanna convert it into a fixie, only thing is, he's 6 feet tall, and i'm 5'8" and ride a size 54 in my langster. worth it?
Ask to ride it and then you can tell if it is worth it.
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Old 08-13-07, 01:24 PM   #3
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They were made by Panasonic... if it fits and is in good enough shape, why not. At least it isn't one of their filet brazed monstrosities..
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i took a look at it. it has all the original parts on it, including the tires, which are completely rotted away. the frame and fork are in perfect condition, which is all i really cared about. it's a little big for me, but rideable.
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my roommate has a le tour. shiny royal blue with chrome fork tips. i want it. i say go for if it fits.
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is it a chicago one or a "schwinn approved" (read: janapese) one? I think their pretty bikes, i have one and it rides nicely.
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A lot of bikes from that vintage were taller than they were long.... so you only end up with standover issues rather than reach problems. I have an old 61cm bike that has the same TT as a modern 57. You could always were platform boots when you ride it.
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the orange le tours are still some of my favorite paint of all time.. such a good ****in orange
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i went ahead and bought it from him. i actually was wearing work boots when i sized it up [oops], so it's a freakin' tank, but i didn't mind forking over fourty bucks for it. it'll be a fun project, regardless.

oh, and yeah, it's the chicago.
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