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Glennr134 04-10-19 06:17 PM

Found this today out for spring clean up.
 
Hello all, I found a Schwinn letour lux today on a pile out for spring clean up. It's the 15 speed version. I think it's a 1985. Has Columbus steel stickers on it and seems to be in great shape other than a different front rim. Was contemplating using this for the next project. I am not fond of the crank set. Am open to ideas on what to do with it. https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...d1b82e1f62.jpg
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...6c6a2d2b89.jpg
https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...b261246ad9.jpg
https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...55c3f84557.jpg

thumpism 04-10-19 06:20 PM

Fix it up and tour on it!

cb400bill 04-10-19 06:29 PM

I think you're correct about 1985.

https://waterfordbikes.com/SchwinnCa...1985Ltwt15.JPG

madpogue 04-10-19 06:57 PM

Enter it here - https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-v...lenge-5-a.html .

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

Dang, someone pinched the rear rack.

Aubergine 04-10-19 06:59 PM

Tenax is good stuff. I agree, fix it up and use it for tours or long-distance rides. What don’t you like about the crank?

noobinsf 04-10-19 07:00 PM


Originally Posted by Glennr134 (Post 20879086)
Hello all, I found a Schwinn letour lux today on a pile out for spring clean up. It's the 15 speed version. I think it's a 1985. Has Columbus steel stickers on it and seems to be in great shape other than a different front rim. Was contemplating using this for the next project. I am not fond of the crank set. Am open to ideas on what to do with it.

Do what you want with it, but definitely keep it if it fits ó itís a good find!

When you end up removing the shifters for the clean up, would you mind posting a pic of the shifter boss and noting its dimensions? I have found out that these top mount bosses have a lot more variation than I thought, and itís presenting some issues for one of my builds. It would be nice to know whatís under those shifters. Thx

Glennr134 04-10-19 07:10 PM


Originally Posted by Aubergine (Post 20879141)
Tenax is good stuff. I agree, fix it up and use it for tours or long-distance rides. What donít you like about the crank?

I like the campy/ Shamano 600 squared off look the best. The squared off cranks and chain rings reminds me more of an industrial look . Or early automobiles with big nasty square cut gears.

Glennr134 04-10-19 07:12 PM


Originally Posted by noobinsf (Post 20879144)


Do what you want with it, but definitely keep it if it fits ó itís a good find!

When you end up removing the shifters for the clean up, would you mind posting a pic of the shifter boss and noting its dimensions? I have found out that these top mount bosses have a lot more variation than I thought, and itís presenting some issues for one of my builds. It would be nice to know whatís under those shifters. Thx

yes I will post pics and dimensions for you, will be a fee days till I start taking it apart. Gave everything a spraying of PB blaster today.

clubman 04-10-19 07:28 PM

If the cranks arms are 165 (or less), there's a few of us out here that would trade a nice period correct MT60 in 175 for it. ;)

Hudson308 04-10-19 07:49 PM

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.

ryansu 04-10-19 10:41 PM

+1 on the clunker challenge and then rehab it, I had an 86 Passage with Tenax tubes and really liked it. Awesome score. The only free bikes I find all have frame issues. That chain is screaming for a WD 40 soak.

Came close to picking up a Le tour Luxe off CL last year but it wasn't one with Canti's

Phil_gretz 04-11-19 08:03 AM


Originally Posted by Glennr134 (Post 20879086)
Am open to ideas on what to do with it.

Since the Raleigh that you showed in the "531" thread was a bit too big for you (your words), this one is certainly bigger. Put it up on the C&V "Frame Doesn't Fit Pass Around" sticky thread. Trade for something that will fit you. Maybe a 531 frame that you're seeking? My two cents...

Glennr134 04-11-19 08:28 AM

I am going to clean it up to see how it rides, yes the Raleigh has a large frame and this one is a tad larger still. I have gotten used to the large frame so I will see how it goes. Will start to clean it up this weekend.

Glennr134 04-11-19 07:25 PM

Gave the rusty parts s quick shot of oil, filled the tires and adjusted the seat post and took her for a spin. Other than feeling sluggish from years of sitting it rode well. The large frame size was very comfortable . I am liking the bike more and more. Cannot wait to give it some tlc!! Very excited about this one.

John E 04-11-19 08:07 PM

That has all sorts of potential. Great find! I know several of us are going to be following your story with interest. :)

Glennr134 04-13-19 07:46 PM

Took the bike all apart today, it's in very good shape, the paint and decals are very nice. It needs a very good cleaning and lube. The frame set is so light, am very pleased with it.https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...0102f741e9.jpg
https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...1195ba8118.jpg

Glennr134 04-13-19 07:47 PM

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...f2564d0d3f.jpg
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...50ca6a2ae3.jpg

Glennr134 04-13-19 07:49 PM


Originally Posted by noobinsf (Post 20879144)


Do what you want with it, but definitely keep it if it fits ó itís a good find!

When you end up removing the shifters for the clean up, would you mind posting a pic of the shifter boss and noting its dimensions? I have found out that these top mount bosses have a lot more variation than I thought, and itís presenting some issues for one of my builds. It would be nice to know whatís under those shifters. Thx

The stud is about 110 mm down from the head tubehttps://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...3d15d82fb6.jpg

Glennr134 04-13-19 07:50 PM


Originally Posted by clubman (Post 20879182)
If the cranks arms are 165 (or less), there's a few of us out here that would trade a nice period correct MT60 in 175 for it. ;)

the crank arms are 170 versions

clubman 04-13-19 08:24 PM

Thanks for thinking of us!

noobinsf 04-13-19 08:33 PM


Originally Posted by Glennr134 (Post 20883554)
The stud is about 110 mm down from the head tube

Huh, Iíve never seen a mount like that. I have shifters like that and thought they would fit on a Symmetric boss, but no go. Now I know why. This was super helpful, thanks!

Glennr134 04-13-19 08:43 PM


Originally Posted by noobinsf (Post 20883610)


Huh, Iíve never seen a mount like that. I have shifters like that and thought they would fit on a Symmetric boss, but no go. Now I know why. This was super helpful, thanks!

the shifters are suntour and fit over the boss and a chrome Allen bolt in the center hold it to the frame. I have a beautiful set of Shamano 600 arabesque shifters that I am thinking of using but the suntours are very nice too.

tyler_fred 04-14-19 09:22 AM

Well, this is a nice find and Iím certain you will enjoy it. Does anyone know if this was built by Panasonic?

Glennr134 04-14-19 06:21 PM

Made quite a bit of progress today cleaning and polishing parts. All the parts are in very good shape and the paint I'd cleaning up nicely. https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...cd86ae515b.jpg
https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...12397d7918.jpg

Phil_gretz 04-15-19 07:23 AM

You have it disassembled. Why not exchange frames with a forum member for one that fits you? I'm not understanding that part...


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