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Old 04-05-17, 08:47 AM
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Opinions on this 1985 Schwinn Le Tour Luxe, should I buy

What does the group think of this one?
https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/...074164542.html

Do those look like the original 27" rims and original hubs to you?

I think it will fit because I had a 1987 Schwinn Voyageur that was a bit too small (21 in.).
Basically I'm trying to figure out if this seems in good shape and has original components.

I'm sorry, I think I should have put this in appraisals but I don't know how to move it or delete it.
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Old 04-05-17, 09:09 AM
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IMO- the 85 LeTour Luxe is a really nice bike- it became the 86 Passage. Tenax frame, CrMo stays, hi-ten fork- really good component group. (with the exception of the Mountech REAR derailleur- the front Mountech is the cat's pajamas)
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Originally Posted by missmixte View Post
I'm sorry, I think I should have put this in appraisals but I don't know how to move it or delete it.
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Old 04-05-17, 09:25 AM
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Sure does not look like a 24" frame to me. Also with the oddly turned bars (Semi-DUI) and the lack of bar tape I am suspect of the condition and need for maintenance. That said, looks like a nice commuter type ride that can double with some distance riding.
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It does look to be in fairly good shape and original these came with 27" touring wheels stock. Considering it will likely need a full servicing and some new consumables the price is about right for a major market. I would double check the size in person 24" is pretty big for a touring bike.
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Old 04-05-17, 09:38 AM
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If that was near me I'd be making moves to get it.

Offer $150, if you can get it for $175 or less you've got a hell of a deal imo.

As mentioned above this is a real nice vintage touring bike that will need to be gone through but even if you have to pay $100 or so to get all consumables replaced and have things tuned and tweaked you're still looking at being in it for $250-$275 which I would say is still below fmv if you wanted to resell in a relatively decent bike market. Of course if you can do the work yourself you'd save a ton of money and have a sweet ride on your hands for next to nothing.

Either way good luck in your search!
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It does look to be in fairly good shape and original these came with 27" touring wheels stock. Considering it will likely need a full servicing and some new consumables the price is about right for a major market. I would double check the size in person 24" is pretty big for a touring bike.
As far as size I think this person just doesn't know what size his bike is. It's not 19 or 21, and visually we can tell it's not 25, so it must be 23, looking at the Schwinn catalog for this year.

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Old 04-05-17, 09:44 AM
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It's a 23
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Old 04-05-17, 02:19 PM
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Anyone have any thoughts on how the Schwinn Le Tour Luxe compares to the Fuji America?

https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/...040651164.html
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As for comparing they were very similar bikes about equal. Some would consider the Fuji to have bit nicer frame and fork having full cho-mo fork and rears stays. On these I would go more with condition and size when choosing between the two.
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Well if you liked your Voyageur, you should like this Schwinn as well. Looks all original and would be a 23 frame.

Schwinn catalogs, 1981 - 1990 (260 of 456)

For metro DC, the bike is priced at FMV.
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Old 04-06-17, 06:38 AM
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The Fuji America popped back up on CL.
https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/...075713458.html

Having a hard time choosing btw the two.

Does the rust on the Fuji (pic) seem concerning? Looks a little bit bad in a couple spots.
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When I was looking for a touring bike last year I'd have made the trip to DC to check this bike out. Especially for the $190 OBO.
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I don't see anything really concerning condition wise in the pics of the Fuji other than the poorly done cabling and and cheap wrap job with no hoods on the bars, but this could easily be corrected with new bar tape, cables and likely some new aero levers for around $40. At $150 it is very good deal I'm surprised it hasn't sold already.
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Going to see the Fuji America tonight. He said he'd take $140. Fingers crossed that it's okay and that rust that I see isn't too bad.

What made the difference? It's less expensive, easier for me to get to, and I don't have to replace the rear derailleur like I would with the Schwinn, sooner or later. And I think it was a slightly better or maybe just better bike in its day. I really wanted the Schwinn, though.

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I'd go for the canti's for touring/esp with a triple. Hard decision...
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I'd go for the canti's for touring/esp with a triple. Hard decision...
Yeah. Very hard decision.
What this is for is a commuting bike, 6, almost 7 miles each way. I wanted something lighter than what I currently have, and with a triple for hills.
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Rust on the chrome puts me off as well. Anyone know which is lighter? Is the fuji valite?
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Old 04-06-17, 11:28 AM
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Rust on the chrome puts me off as well. Anyone know which is lighter? Is the fuji valite?
They seem to both be 25 pounds (although I don't know the exact year of the Fuji): https://www.velo-pages.com/main.php?g2_itemId=15482

https://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1...985Ltwt31.html
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Bought the Fuji for $140. Would put the frame paint job at fair to good but certainly not excellent condition. A few chips, a few rust spots and other flaws. Everything else looks original and fine. Overall I *think* the price was fair. Will post pics once I have it cleaned up.
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