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Road Test/Bike Review (1985) SCHWINN Super Le Tour

Old 02-21-22, 09:49 PM
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This is great!

Thank you for taking the time to share it.

I had a 1986 Schwinn Passage I enjoyed that's (with new owner now) that I think was manufactured in Mississippi.

It also had the Tenax tubing.

I recently picked up a Schwinn Tempo, 1987 ,
I think, with Tenax tubing also.
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As always SpeedofLite, I'm humbled by your effort to share these magazines and articles. I truly get a kick out of them, as they bring back some of the same reminiscent joys that I get from riding a vintage bicycle from back in the day. Man, I really wished the Schwinn Greenville Experiment would have worked out and prospered. Back in the, oh, mid 90's, I attended a bidness class where the Schwinn rise and fall were the basis of the study... at one time, I could have told you why the Greenville Experiment failed, but it's now slipped my memory. It's a great bike, and I have a fondness for the LeTour's, but back in '85, lots of bicycle companies were making lots of great bicycles... and it was hard for any of them to stand out in the crowded crowded crowd. I like the look of the 85 Schwinn logo/stripe design, and I usually favor flashy over sedate. I like the font. My personal experience with them though is that they become delicate, some 30 years later. One of my holey grails has been a Greenville Schwinn, and I finally obtained one, a 85 Tempo, in boring grey, and w a slight top tube "handlebar swing" dent... but it's mine.
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Many thanks for posting this!

My slightly baggy Super Le Tour is slowly getting upgraded (700c Mavics, double acting brakes) and it is quite nice to ride. A bit of maintenance and it will be good to go.
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The cool thing about this review is any of us can probably find one of these on our local Craigslist/FBM right now.
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My Le Tour is a 1988, so a few of the details are different, but it's still pretty much the same bike. I got it for $40 at a local flea market. This photo is shortly after I brought it home and cleaned it up. As the article mentioned, it has standardized dimensions, so I have used it as a test bed for experimenting with different gearing, brakes, handlebars and stems. At one point, only the seat post remained from the original parts. It fits me well and the ride over the rough rural roads is good, so it sees a lot of miles.


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Originally Posted by plonz
The cool thing about this review is any of us can probably find one of these on our local Craigslist/FBM right now.
Here's one: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...15842048%22%7D
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Love these old article scans, and love my 86 Le Tour I picked up and restored a few months ago. Had the chance to ride it recently and it's so much fun. There's another in my area, same striking red with white decals, and I'll probably pick that up soon. Who can say no to sub-$100 steel??
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