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Old 02-20-17, 08:01 AM
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Schwinn Le Tour

May I please have some help identifying my Schwinn Le Tour? I just inherited it and am trying to restore it. I can't figure the exact year. I'd like to get new wheels and rotating assembly(?) as well so any advice welcome. Thank you. I have been riding this bike to work almost everyday since it was given to me, and I love it.
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Old 02-20-17, 08:04 AM
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M4KI33583. = Serial number
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Old 02-20-17, 08:05 AM
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You might have a 1994 model Le Tour. Start checking the cats from that year on line. It's a good dependable bike. The Le Tour line has longevity.
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I presume by "rotating parts" you are referring to the drive train. It looks like you've got excellent 600 components on there, and my first guess is that a tune up, new cables, and pads, would clear up any issues you might be experiencing. (Barring, of course jacked up bearings.) What exactly are you experiencing? The folks on this forum are excellent sources of information, and are more than willing to walk you through the process... not to mention, there's a great deal of satisfaction doing this sort of thing yourself. Looking forward to reading more from you.
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Old 02-20-17, 08:32 AM
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Thanks for the responses, okay first off not experiencing any issues I'd just like to give the bike a good refresh. I build old motorcycles as a hobby and this will be my first non motorized build have heard good things about Schwinn and would really just like to keep one more old thing around and on par. I already have cables and full sets of brakes on standby. I'd really like to figure out my wheel size as id like a more modern (Lighter) set. I'd also like to replace my headset and bottom bracket bearings if not the whole assemblies so would need to know what sizes I should be looking for.
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Old 02-20-17, 08:39 AM
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So it looks like the set is the 300 series any input about that one? And as you can see the headset is not doing to well.
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Old 02-20-17, 08:41 AM
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It looks like it may be a 1995 model year Le Tour built in late 1994.

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Old 02-20-17, 08:41 AM
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And I know she needs a good scrubbing but I figure I'll ride her as she is until I can give her a real good once over. Remove any rust swap parts and all that.
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Any idea where I could find specifications?
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Originally Posted by Jcbblack View Post
Any idea where I could find specifications?
Yes. Unfortunately, they used a tiny font. Not very bright, but after the bankruptcy the new owners were on a steep learning curve.

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Thank you, I appreciate it.
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Welcome to the forum. That's a great Schwinn to start a classic/vintage bicycle hobby with. Schwinn is a bottomless well of CV possibilities.
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Old 02-20-17, 12:26 PM
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow View Post
The Le Tour line has longevity.
Yep. I've got a 1978 Le Tour III, actually made by Panasonic in Japan. Despite its rather hefty weight, it is my favorite riding bike. That said, the line changed from year to year on a regular basis, it is a bit hard to compare different years to one another. Mine was only built and spec'd the way it was in 1978, the year prior and after the bottom level of Le Tours were the IIs with differing components.
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Originally Posted by Scooper View Post
It looks like it may be a 1995 model year Le Tour built in late 1994.

If reading the headbadge correctly it was made really, really late in 1994!



"3514" equates to December 17, 1994, which was a Saturday. I guess Schwinn was pushing out the bikes for the last minute Christmas shoppers.
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You guys are awesome I really appreciate all the information. I will be doing the modifications some time on the next few months and will post the results, wish me luck.
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I wouldn't change any of those parts. Not that its a terrible frame that doesn't "deserve" any upgrades, it's just that those are good quality parts already. You can save a couple grams upgrading the Exage derailleurs to Deore, but it ain't worth the hassle; they work the same Maybe the crank is a little heavier than the top of the line, but still...

What I would do, if the bike was mine, is completely disaassemble it, clean and lube everything, replace what needs replacing. Bearings (perhaps) cables (if rusting/fraying) cable housing (if not feeling nice and slick on cable movement) tires (if dry rotted, cracked or worn out). The sales brochure posted above mentions at least some of the components have sealed bearings, which could mean they are just fine even at this age. Even that rusty looking headset can be made almost new-looking if you dunk it in oxalic acid for awhile. (But check it inside the races for pitting/indexing) If the rims aren't bent or damaged, keep them too.
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I guess Schwinn was pushing out the bikes for the last minute Christmas shoppers.
Or, Christmas isn't really a holiday in Taiwan, so they were at their normal day job, and it seems that only recently Taiwan went to a five day work week
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Originally Posted by Jcbblack View Post
M4KI33583. = Serial number
Thanks for posting pictures of your Schwinn and the serial number.

Given the Made in Taiwan label and the format of the serial number, it is a good bet that the frame was made by Merida of Taiwan.

It is interesting that the new owners of the Schwinn brand name, after the backruptcy, did not source the frames from Giant or China Bicycle Co. who previously supplied frames to Schwinn under the Schwinn family.
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