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Old 10-06-21, 05:40 AM
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Schwinn Super Le Tour 12.2

Looking for advice on this one. I've researched some and it seems this model is a little rarer? Double butted on top/down tube. Fully lugged. I think there is much work to be dont to make it rideable and safe. I also feel the price is high. Doesnt look like original brakes. Any help would be appreciated.

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Yeah, your gonna need a chain, cables, brake hoods, and tape, possibly tires and saddle too. Restored one of these for my brother, nice riding bike, looks all original to me. Brakes are supposed to be Dia Compe side pulls, hard to tell for sure, but that looks like them, levers are correct. Price doesn’t say firm, if it were my size and I wanted it, I would offer 150.
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I assume you found the year and the appropriate Schwinn catalog? That should help with whether any parts are not original. I don't know that I would consider that model rare in the classic sense, and even if it were "rarer", I don't think that equates to higher cost. Even though this was considered "ultralight" it is listed at 26.89 lbs., the equivalent of 12.2 kg.
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Looking for advice on this one. I've researched some and it seems this model is a little rarer? Double butted on top/down tube. Fully lugged. I think there is much work to be dont to make it rideable and safe. I also feel the price is high. Doesnt look like original brakes. Any help would be appreciated.
The only thing non original on the brakes is on the right (rear) brake lever. The part that holds the cable end should be like the one on the left (front) brake lever. The one that is on there is from a different model. Since this bike needs a complete overhaul and a seat, it's probably not worth it unless nostalgia means something.
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I assume you found the year and the appropriate Schwinn catalog? That should help with whether any parts are not original. I don't know that I would consider that model rare in the classic sense, and even if it were "rarer", I don't think that equates to higher cost. Even though this was considered "ultralight" it is listed at 26.89 lbs., the equivalent of 12.2 kg.
Yep, I figured it was a 76-78 based on catalogs. And the brakes are really close to original.
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Old 10-06-21, 08:36 AM
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Originally Posted by TugaDude View Post
I assume you found the year and the appropriate Schwinn catalog? That should help with whether any parts are not original. I don't know that I would consider that model rare in the classic sense, and even if it were "rarer", I don't think that equates to higher cost. Even though this was considered "ultralight" it is listed at 26.89 lbs., the equivalent of 12.2 kg.
Correct, I would think it would be a complete overhaul. Nothing to nostalgic other than it looks like it would shine up nicely. My guess is they purchased at a thrift store for cheap to flip it. I would only pay about 60 for it as is.
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Agreed, might offer a lowball.
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That one is worth doing if you got it cheap enough. I don't know if you could get the seller down to a reasonable price if they are asking $190 for it in that condition. I rebuilt my friend's Le Tour for him and he spent about $100 for cables, tires and tubes, plus bar wrap. It came out nice and I rode it . Even though it was way heavier than my bikes , I found it surprisingly fun to ride and it climbed like a goat compared to my racers! I see them around here at garage sales and stuff for about $100, good luck!
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Made an offer and lowest he would go is 180. Pass. Thanks for all the insight!
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It has better pedals and a different seat. Otherwise looks stock. Needs tape.
Wheel size is 27" on really nice Weinmann or Arai rims.
These have the top notch Japanese componentry of the day, Shimano 600 group, very lite for their size (about 27/28lbs.) and very smooth machines.
I would say 180 and take it home. I think that is about the average for the color ones in good shape.
Just sold an absolutely perfect, and I mean perfect, no embellishment, chrome version for $275 3 weeks ago. It had been ridden 4 times and put away. They are vintage Schwinn Japanese high end goods and very good quality


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Nice chromie!^^^^^
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Old 10-06-21, 06:41 PM
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Super sharp Chrome! Thanks for the info. I will watch it and see if a change happens.
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That bike was sweet. I would have kept it if I could ride a 25" frame comfortably.
Absolutely sanitary and perfect decals.




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