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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 08-28-10, 09:20 PM   #1
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Any of these bikes more or less suitable for fixed gear conversion?

1977 Schwinn Continental 10 Speed

Fuji Sports 12 made with Double Butted High Tension 661 Tubing. (I don't know what year it is)

Schwinn LeTour II, late 70s or early 80s.

These are all within $35 of each other in price.

Assuming they are in similar condition and fit me, is one a better or worse candidate then the others for converting to a fixed gear?

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Old 08-28-10, 09:23 PM   #2
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All I know is that the Continental uses Ashtabula crank, so you are going to need a bb adapter.
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Old 08-28-10, 09:29 PM   #3
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assuming the fuji doesn't have cottered cranks it's probably that one
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If all are in the same shape and the right size, I'd go for the Fuji.

The LeTour frame should be 1020 single butted carbon steel tubing (heavy).

The Continental is an electro-forged Schwinn (boat anchor).
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All I know is that the Continental uses Ashtabula crank, so you are going to need a bb adapter.
Unless you run the original crank... They work just fine IMO.
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The Schwinns are both super heavy (that Continental probably weighs well over 30 pounds), so I'd go with the Fuji if it's decent and not terribly heavy.
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OK, guys, thanks for the pointers. I'm going to check the bikes out tomorrow. I appreciate your help.
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Fuji is probably the better bet buttttttt I do have a Le Tour II and I'm really happy with it. It is pretty darn heavy but it's a whole lot of fun to ride at the same time, and it looks pretty classy in "Pearlescent Orange". Haha. If you plan to do a good conversion, then you'll likely be buying a new wheelset which will help immensely with the weight and removing the damned derailleurs (the Le Tour II uses old Shimano derailleurs instead of Suntour, which are heavy as FRICK albeit bulletproof).

Just for kicks, this is what I ended up doing to my Le Tour II:
New wheelset; Weinmann LP18 rims built around Origin8 trackhubs (which I love, very smooth)
New Shimano BB (LBS find, don't know details)
Sugino RD 48t crankset; 170 mm crank arms
Eighth Inch 15t cog and lockring (hey, I got a free $20 there and they look quite nice)
Bontrager Saddle from old ride
Shimano Ultegra front brake/lever (friend inherited a broken Raleigh. got free parts)
MKS Sylvan track pedals

Also, Schwinn Le Tour II's were all made in '77! There's my information vomit/tangential ramblings.
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Old 08-29-10, 04:34 PM   #9
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Spot on about the Continental being heavy. It was very heavy. Too bad too, the frame was really in great shape -- no chips or scratches to bare metal. The best frame, condition-wise, of the three.

Unfortunately, the Fuji turned out to be too small for me.

So I got the Le Tour II. Heavy, yes, but not nearly as heavy as the Continental. I got it for $150, so I have room to put some money into good part upgrades. Someday maybe I'll even strip it down to bare metal and get it powder coated. But my plan for now is to turn it into a fixed gear and ride it through the winter.

Thanks again for the help.
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