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Picked up this Le Tour at the Dump. Any other Le Tour Owners?

Old 04-16-11, 06:04 AM
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Picked up this Le Tour at the Dump. Any other Le Tour Owners?

Needs some work but basically in pretty good shape except for a bent small chainring.
And, of course, a new chain:



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Old 04-16-11, 06:08 AM
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I've got one, upgraded it a bit.

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I have a Le Tour fixie that was my main year round commuter. Trying to sell it now to make room.
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I have one too. Mine has been converted to 700c wheels with a coaster brake.
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The perfect project bike!
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Here's a 1985 LeTour Luxe I picked up in 2003 thinking it would make a nice frame for one of my daughters, but I kept passing it by and now they're both way too big for it. In an attempt to clear our some frames and project bikes, I put it together as a flip. It is too small for me to test ride, but it looks comfortable. Columbus Tenax tubing, cantilever brakes and a nice set of GB randonneur bars.



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Old 04-16-11, 08:03 AM
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Heres a Super LeTour I rebuilt, and painted. Nice bikes. This one was a real mess when I started. Turned out nice after many hours of work.

Added some custom pinstriping also.
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^^ Would you happen to have any of that red cable housing left?? I've got got a super just like that but mines faded really bad. Thanks...(looks great by the way)
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Matching chain and housing!
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These are very attractive restorations. The "Schwinn" decal and the "Le Tour" smaller decal are both damaged. Since the actual finish is good I don't want to think about re-painting and would just leave the decals except that they seem to be actually flaking off. Any suggestions? Having gotten the bike for no cost I don't want to ruin everything by spending a bundle on replacement parts. I would like to make everything clean, lubricated and polished because it does seem to be a quality bike and worthy of some time and effort.
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Originally Posted by Sculptor7 View Post
Needs some work but basically in pretty good shape except for a bent small chainring.
And, of course, a new chain:



83 model. Not a bad bike if you change a few components. Definitiely open the bottom bracket and grease the bearings. Not sure if they all got the same treatment, but mine NEVER had any in it from day one. Thankfully it was never ridden, and kept in a good enviroment to prohibit rust. I opened it up, and it looked like the bearings came out of the box the day before. No evidence it ever had grease in it. Not dried up, or minimal lazy worker amount. It had NONE. It was the first and only time I've ever seen that.,,,,BD
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83 model. BD
The only numbers I see on the bottom bracket are stacked vertically: 861A (or possibly, 86IA)
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I have a silver Le Tour that is in the process of rennovation and single speeding. I have had it since my 14th birthday (1981 and no, we don't need to do the math). It has always been a good bike but had front derailure problems from the beginning. Decided to strip it down to bare metal, repaint it in a cream and blue scheme and single speed it. Almost finished. I will post photos when complete. The geometry is great for me and it has always been comfortable.
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^^ Would you happen to have any of that red cable housing left?? I've got got a super just like that but mines faded really bad. Thanks...(looks great by the way)
Thanks.But that was the last of some recycled cable housing I had.
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Originally Posted by Noah Scape View Post
Here's a 1985 LeTour Luxe I picked up in 2003 thinking it would make a nice frame for one of my daughters, but I kept passing it by and now they're both way too big for it. In an attempt to clear our some frames and project bikes, I put it together as a flip. It is too small for me to test ride, but it looks comfortable. Columbus Tenax tubing, cantilever brakes and a nice set of GB randonneur bars.



Nice Luxe Noah! That was the best year for them. I had an '84 that I liked a lot. It was the same color as Scultpor7's new find. These are some nice riding bikes.
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So, these are the numbers: On the bottom bracket: 861A
On the rear dropout: SL204465

Anybody know if that means this is a 1986 model?
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Is there a small number stamped on head badge?
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There should be four small numbers on the headbadge, last one is the year, I think the first three are the day of the year.

I've got an '89, picked it up at a rummage sale. 700c wheels, aero brake levers, downtube shifters. I really like it, think about selling it but then ride it and re-decide to keep it. I think I posted a pic of it a year or two ago.

Noah,
I'm looking for a bike for a grandkid, but your's is probably beyond my budget so I'll keep looking. I haven't seen a LeTour with cantilever brakes before. Frame about a 52?
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There should be four small numbers on the headbadge, last one is the year, I think the first three are the day of the year.
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Is there a small number stamped on head badge?
Will have to check. Thanks.
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Looks like a Le Tour Luxe possibly on the cantilever model? I can make out three words on the top tube?,,,,BD
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Originally Posted by Noah Scape View Post
Here's a 1985 LeTour Luxe I picked up in 2003 thinking it would make a nice frame for one of my daughters, but I kept passing it by and now they're both way too big for it. In an attempt to clear our some frames and project bikes, I put it together as a flip. It is too small for me to test ride, but it looks comfortable. Columbus Tenax tubing, cantilever brakes and a nice set of GB randonneur bars.




What size is it??
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Nice save. The Le Tour is a nice machine. Some versions better than others. The Super Le Tour was a particularly lightweight and nice bicycle. Some of the standard Le Tours were not quite as nice and were considerably heavier.

In any event, you have a nice bike to keep or to flip. I have always found that the market for Le Tour is strong.
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Originally Posted by treebound View Post

Noah,
I'm looking for a bike for a grandkid... Frame about a 52?
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What size is it??

It is about a 48cm.
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Originally Posted by Noah Scape View Post
It is about a 48cm.

I'm sorely tempted. My '88 sirrus is a 47 and I wouldn't mind having a drop bar sport tourer. Might cause me to thin out the heard.. <Or Not>
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