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Old 04-15-19, 07:29 AM
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Amazing. I love that particular year. Perfect touring bike.
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1985 is the only year that Schwinn offered the LeTour with canti brakes. I've been on the lookout for one in that size for a few years. If that frame is too big for ya, I've got a couple of slightly smaller ones I'd trade for it. '88 Schwinn SS or a Nervex-lugged (French) Ficelle, both in 56cm.
Do you have pics of the FIcelle up on this site? I like French bikes but I haven't heard of this brand (or was it just a name slapped onto bikes imported into the US?). Apparently they were imported by a distributor in the twin cities.

OP: great find, love the color. I also like what you have on your chalkboard in your workshop.
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Old 04-15-19, 07:47 AM
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Bike looks unridden.... like somebody purchased it and let it sit in a garage.
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Old 04-15-19, 11:17 AM
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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
Do you have pics of the FIcelle up on this site? I like French bikes but I haven't heard of this brand (or was it just a name slapped onto bikes imported into the US?). Apparently they were imported by a distributor in the twin cities.
OP: great find, love the color. I also like what you have on your chalkboard in your workshop.
Unfortunately I don't. I'll post pics in another thread, once it's PC'd and re-decaled.
I believe Ficelle was indeed a bonifide brand, as I've seen examples with graphics that are very different from the ones that pop up occasionally here in the Twin Cities.
Online info is very scarce, but I suspect they were produced in both Belgium AND France at different times.
The ones around here typically have "Made In France" decals.

Back to our regularly scheduled program... nice work one LeTour! I'm glad to see you're up for a full refurb.
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Old 04-15-19, 04:43 PM
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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
Do you have pics of the FIcelle up on this site? I like French bikes but I haven't heard of this brand (or was it just a name slapped onto bikes imported into the US?). Apparently they were imported by a distributor in the twin cities.

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Amazing. I love that particular year. Perfect touring bike.
thank you, the more I dig into it, the more i like this bike.
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Old 04-15-19, 06:41 PM
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More progress, the chrome against the brown paint is very good looking.
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Beautiful work there, she is coming along most nicely!

Thanks very much for sharing the progress.

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Enter it here - Clunker Challenge #5 .

Number stamped on the head badge will indicate date of manufacture.

Dang, someone pinched the rear rack.
What year does 1414 correspond to. Mine is the same size, no cantis, 4130 tubing, same rear derailleur, same top-mounted shifter. I was never in love with it. Too big, too laid back, not light, not a ride that rang my bells. Better for me with a 180 stem. (I picked mine up for $50 nearly NOS at a garage sale. Immaculate under deep dust. Grease was petrified. Barely ridable when I bought it because of the grease.)

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What year does 1414 correspond to. Mine is the same size, no cantis, 4130 tubing, same rear derailleur, same top-mounted shifter.
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Old 04-17-19, 07:16 PM
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Beautiful work there, she is coming along most nicely!

Thanks very much for sharing the progress.

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thank you , and thanks for the specs. They will be very handy for me.
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What year does 1414 correspond to. Mine is the same size, no cantis, 4130 tubing, same rear derailleur, same top-mounted shifter. I was never in love with it. Too big, too laid back, not light, not a ride that rang my bells. Better for me with a 180 stem. (I picked mine up for $50 nearly NOS at a garage sale. Immaculate under deep dust. Grease was petrified. Barely ridable when I bought it because of the grease.)

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this one with the Columbus tubing is quite lite . This one too has sat for quite a long time. The front wheel was replaced at some time and the bottom bracket was quite rusty.
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More progress tonight after work. Swapped out the crank set and shifting parts with my shamano 600 arabesque set. New wheels I built on Normandy high flange hubs I had.

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