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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 02-28-09, 08:15 PM   #1
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Has anyone tried to convert a Schwinn Le Tour?

A friend of mine is thinking of picking one up. He's not into FG/SS, but I'm going to try and talk him into converting it to a singlespeed, at least. I asked in the road forum and those guys said they were solid double butted chromoly bikes, but I was wondering if anyone who had tried to convert one had any particular trouble. Thanks for any info.

edit: By the way, here's the link: http://sarasota.craigslist.org/bik/1045205021.html
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Old 02-28-09, 09:11 PM   #2
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No big deal. It's a pretty good conversion candidate.

Just keep the "need" for new parts down, and it'll be fine. You only really need a rear track wheel and maybe some spacers for the chainring to keep the chainline straight, but then you may decide you want to go for a set of 700 wheels instead of just a 27" rear wheel (if they're not 700), and then you may want a new crankset/bb, and then...and then...and then you've spent too much on a Schwinn fixie (as I did, see my avatar.)

They're awesome though.
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Old 03-01-09, 01:45 AM   #3
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Was my first fixed conversion. Rode the hell out of it for a year, held up perfectly. Didn't run into any problems converting it. This picture was before I bought a track wheel for the back. I kept the original front on there, and it worked perfect. If yours is in good shape, I would do the same. It's a good money saver. Oh and make sure the frame fits you, unlike mine.

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Thanks, guys.
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Super le Tour 12.2

Here is an image gallery of a 1978 Super le Tour 12.2 I converted...

http://www.718c.com/718C_003.html

Click orange arrows to move through images, and click "Build gallery" for more images of process
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Hello,

I am working on my first fixie conversion - it is also an early 80's Schwinn La Tour

However, I salvaged this bike from a friends garage minus cranks but including the original 3p bottom bracket (119 MM asymmetrical).

the rear wheel is already laced to an flipflop hub and has a rear chainline of 42mm

What should I do about the crank arms? Is there any guidance anyone can offer about what to be shopping for in order to make the front chainline correct. Should I replace the BB with a newer shorter one? Will the frame accept track specific Cranks? Or should I look for a compact double?

Please help

Thanks

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