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Finally grabbed a Schwinn Le Tour 1980 12 Speed

Old 06-30-22, 01:05 PM
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Originally Posted by daverup View Post
If the tires are old and dried out, I would replace them with new.
The trailer will add weight which will work against the brakes. How old are those brake pads? If you are going to pull this trailer in wet or rainy weather Kool Stop brake pads will greatly improve stopping.
If you are in a hilly area, you may find the gearing a bit high for uphill work. The trailer will make that worse, if it is heavy.

Yeah definitely replacing tires and brakes. Brakes are just as old as the tires
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I’d definitely follow the tire/tube (& perhaps brake pad) recommendations already suggested!

RE: the trailer question, in my opinion (it’s worth what you pay for it), pulling a trailer with that bike might not be the best option. I’d suggest your wife’s bike ! As mentioned, the gearing isn’t low enough. Just about any hill would be a challenge. It wasn’t (despite its name) truly designed to be a loaded touring bike (again, my opinion). To be sure, it will be a great bike for cruising around on Connecticut back roads if there aren’t too many hills. If pulling a trailer is a necessity, I’d consider getting a bike better suited to the task.
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I had an 89 letour. Excellent framesets. True temper is nice steel.
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Originally Posted by sovende View Post
Iíd definitely follow the tire/tube (& perhaps brake pad) recommendations already suggested!

RE: the trailer question, in my opinion (itís worth what you pay for it), pulling a trailer with that bike might not be the best option. Iíd suggest your wifeís bike ! As mentioned, the gearing isnít low enough. Just about any hill would be a challenge. It wasnít (despite its name) truly designed to be a loaded touring bike (again, my opinion). To be sure, it will be a great bike for cruising around on Connecticut back roads if there arenít too many hills. If pulling a trailer is a necessity, Iíd consider getting a bike better suited to the task.
fair enough! thanks for the info. Yeah sooner or later I wouldn't mind getting a trailer but I definitely want to make sure I have the right bike for it and a quality trailer. I might actually have to grab the wife's bike for it LOL. She has some 10 yr old random Huffy mountain bike with purple accents and a sparkle seat! Can't wait to ride that thing down main street with a trailer haha
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