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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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    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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    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.

    Quote Originally Posted by LUUUKE View Post
    thats the problem..i dunno how to take the bull horns apart

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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

    Jack

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