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Old 12-06-09, 01:28 AM   #1
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Would this be worth it?? Schwinn LeTour FG

Looks like it was built good...Thoughts??? $225 53/19 gears.



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Old 12-06-09, 01:38 AM   #2
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FYI it's a conversion.... not a true track bike if you didn't know....

Anyway from the looks of the pics; the components/wheelset/tires look pretty fresh and the frame&paint looks good.

I would say $250 is reasonable after all it's all ready to ride and it looks solid [ALWAYS test ride a bike!!!!].
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FYI it's a conversion.... not a true track bike if you didn't know....

Anyway from the looks of the pics; the components/wheelset/tires look pretty fresh and the frame&paint looks good.

I would say $250 is reasonable after all it's all ready to ride and it looks solid [ALWAYS test ride a bike!!!!].

Yes I know it is not a true track...but for fun to cruise around town?? I would offer $175 to him..if everything feels right and looks right at the showing and test ride.
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Old 12-06-09, 01:48 AM   #5
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OK and why?
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waaaaaaay over priced, even at 175.
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waaaaaaay over priced, even at 175.
Even if everything is brand spanking new??? I see your point.
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This guy has 3 other FG bikes.... IMO all over priced.
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Old 12-06-09, 02:53 AM   #9
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About $100 too much. For that price you may as well find your own le tour for $30 or so and build it up yourself.
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About $100 too much. For that price you may as well find your own le tour for $30 or so and build it up yourself.

Yeah I'm going to different garage sales tomorrow and see if they have a bike i could convert. That bike does look nice...I would low ball him for sure. You should see his other bikes...all over priced!
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ya, the wheels are bottom of the barrel. Cranks are a piece of sh**. You can't replace the chainring without replacing the whole thing. And the seat is probably crap too. But it will probably ride fine, and get you from here to there without issue. It'd probably due you all right if your a casual rider
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ya, the wheels are bottom of the barrel. Cranks are a piece of sh**. You can't replace the chainring without replacing the whole thing. And the seat is probably crap too. But it will probably ride fine, and get you from here to there without issue. It'd probably due you all right if your a casual rider

Thanks for that. I would do better building my own...I think he feels the paint job and matching tires will sell the bike...IMO.
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Funny how he says I have some bullhorns for an extra 15 bucks??? LOL
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For that money you are well on your way to a brand new bike.
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Thanks for the link cool bikes!...I would like an old school conversion..I have a brand new bike! Though not a FG!
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For that money you are well on your way to a brand new bike.
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i would save up a bit more and get a kilo tt from bikesdirect. its going to be a whole hell of alot lighter, and has parts that are just as good as bikes costing twice as much(aside from the hubs)
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You can probably do better. Convert one yourself- it won't be much cheaper if at all, but it's more fun and it'll be yours.
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Convert one yourself- it won't be much cheaper if at all
it's best you disregard this guy's^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ post....

A conversion is the best friend for a tight budget; everybody can save some money these days.

All you need is a rear wheel and some basic tools or just brute force to tear out the old gear stuff on a potential conversion/ ANY BIKE....

Plus, I'm pretty sure those pretty good kilo tt wheelsets are plentiful with so many hipsters swapping 'em out for deep v's and composite wheelz
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it's best you disregard this guy's^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ post....

A conversion is the best friend for a tight budget; everybody can save some money these days.

All you need is a rear wheel and some basic tools or just brute force to tear out the old gear stuff on a potential conversion/ ANY BIKE....

Plus, I'm pretty sure those pretty good kilo tt wheelsets are plentiful with so many hipsters swapping 'em out for deep v's and composite wheelz
Dicks, eat them.

Your supposedly better advice is to use "brute force to tear out all the old gear stuff"? What the **** are you talking about?

In my opinion, buying a bike part by part does not save you any money generally despite the fact that you are doing the labor yourself. It is generally cheaper to buy something already put together, be it a bike shop conversion or a bikesdirect new bike. That is not to say you shouldn't build your own, just don't expect to save tons of money.
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Well, if you can get a good deal on a bike, or have one already, a conversion is dirt cheap. All it takes to turn 90% of bikes (with horizontal dropouts) into a fixed gear is a new rear wheel and a pair of short stack chainring bolts. It isn't hard to get that for about $100. The crankset can be reused, as can the bottom bracket. Running the chainring on the inside usually gives a damn near perfect chainline.
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Dicks, eat them.

Your supposedly better advice is to use "brute force to tear out all the old gear stuff"? What the **** are you talking about?

In my opinion, buying a bike part by part does not save you any money generally despite the fact that you are doing the labor yourself. It is generally cheaper to buy something already put together, be it a bike shop conversion or a bikesdirect new bike. That is not to say you shouldn't build your own, just don't expect to save tons of money.


you can easily build a decent conversion for under $200.
part by part? What are you talking about?

Happypills is right.
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Your supposedly better advice is to use "brute force to tear out all the old gear stuff"? What the **** are you talking about?
You must not have a good imagination or reasoning skills; such a shame. Here, let me simplify what I'm saying; you do not need to spend any money to acquire/buy special tools/ hire a professional bike person to remove old components from a potential conversion; basic tools and the use of muscles is all you need.

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Dicks, eat them.
Sorry, I'll pass on your suggestion; our diets must be different. But hey; if you prefer consuming human genitalia good for you!


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Convert one yourself- it won't be much cheaper if at all, but it's more fun and it'll be yours.
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In my opinion, buying a bike part by part does not save you any money generally despite the fact that you are doing the labor yourself.
Now I thought you said that was the fun part.....

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Happypills is right.
And now the other/opposing party is wrong.

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Sorry, I'll pass on your suggestion; our diets must be different.
That made me a chuckle
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You must not have a good imagination or reasoning skills; such a shame. Here, let me simplify what I'm saying; you do not need to spend any money to acquire/buy special tools/ hire a professional bike person to remove old components from a potential conversion; basic tools and the use of muscles is all you need.



Sorry, I'll pass on your suggestion; our diets must be different. But hey; if you prefer consuming human genitalia good for you!






Now I thought you said that was the fun part.....



And now the other/opposing party is wrong.
not specifically directed towards you happypills, but why must everyone in this forum always have something smart to say rather than actually being helpful

also to the OP, i think the price of the bike is rather reasonably price compared to the prices i see here in chambana and nyc.

you should really take a look at the crap they try selling in NYC and the prices. frigging redick. hence why i am shipping a bike from chambana to nyc.

depending on the parts he used, it might be a good deal, either way its not bad. If you like some of the parts you can always swap them out. and if i am not mistaken, le tours were suppose to be mid-end bikes back in their day. but overall, they have a good reputation amongst the older folk i have spoken to, dispite the popular opinion of the majority of riders here who jump on older steel frames.

and if you're are making a cheap beater conversion maybe you can do it under $100, but wheelset alone cost me $130, then with everything else, i ended up spending $285 on my conversion.
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