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88 Schwinn LeTour VS 87 Schwinn Traveler

Old 11-28-18, 12:14 PM
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88 Schwinn LeTour VS 87 Schwinn Traveler

Got a chance to pick up a letour for good price, but also a traveler for a smidge more. They seem to be very similar bikes after researching. Any thoughts on which I should snag?
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Old 11-28-18, 12:23 PM
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Get the LeTour. Both have TrueTemper double-butted cromoly so no advantage to either if memory serves. I think the LeTours had the snazzy fade paint jobs too, can't remember if the Traveler did.
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Old 11-28-18, 12:24 PM
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If the 87 traveler has the winter mint paint, grab that!
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Old 11-28-18, 12:26 PM
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True, both are DB main frames but I don’t know about the stays. Both might have hi ten forks. Time to go look.

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Old 11-28-18, 12:28 PM
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Its winter mint, very nice. The le tour is faded blue and white also very nice.
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Old 11-28-18, 12:32 PM
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Okay, 88 Le Tour has chromoly stays but hi ten fork. 87 traveler has hi ten stays and fork but that COOL winter mint colour. Get the traveler.

what size do you fit?
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Old 11-28-18, 12:36 PM
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I just kind of eyeball the size. Not the smallest, medium sized frames are a little big. Both the bikes Im looking at are in that ball park. The le tour i can get for cheaper. But for real the mint is a great color.
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I think both come in the 19, 21 and 23” sizes. So are they both the same eyeball size... 21” or 54cm. How tall are you? What is your standover size and are you long or short upper torso?
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Old 11-28-18, 05:07 PM
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Just picked up this 88 LeTour yesterday. This is the 19 size just for an eyeball comparison. Way too small for me, so it will be flipped.
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Old 11-28-18, 09:43 PM
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I'd go LeTour if it fits you. A nicer bike by a notch or two. And this is from a former, very satisfied Traveler owner (earlier example than discussed, lasted through 3 drive trains, and beloved to me at that, my favorite bike of several, I upgraded and modded that Traveler progressively by myself save wheel work)
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Old 11-29-18, 09:19 AM
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What will it be?
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Which one would fit you better? Which one evidences better service life maintenance? Which one requires less work to be road ready / setup for your needs? The two are close enough in quality/age that these other factors should have a greater impact on the decision.

OTOH, if you're willing to work with/around maintenance and readiness issues, then the one with the cool/desireable color may be the better choice.
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Old 11-29-18, 04:11 PM
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Im gonna go with the letour. Both are same size. The letour just seems to be a bit more bike.
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The Le Tour will make you a fine bike. A win with either Schwinn!
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Its a nice problem to have to choose. I found them on this app called letgo, a little sketchy, the seller said he would hold the letour, yet never took the post down. I can only hope some other vintage schwinn lover doesnt swipe it. Im riding a 87 sprint. Need the upgrade.
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Also, the LeTour is from the Greenville, Mississippi era.. So USA built. They were nice bikes then. The Traveler is still a nice bike in this age range.
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