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1976 Schwinn Super LeTour 12.2 or 1970's (?) Schwinn Super Sport

Old 06-07-11, 07:48 AM
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1976 Schwinn Super LeTour 12.2 or 1970's (?) Schwinn Super Sport

Which one of these would be a better option? The Super Le Tour has had one owner and is selling for around 200. The Super Sport has had a single piece crank that was swapped out with a conversion kit for a 3-piece and is selling for 150. I don't know the date yet, but I am assuming early 70's.
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While the bikes are very different, the ride is probably about the same. I personally would go with the one in better condition. They probably weigh about the same since the Super Sport's crank was converted. This was probably a $75-125 expense, so you are benefiting from another person's work. Do you have any pictures?
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From what I can tell from looking at the original catalogs for these bikes, the Super Sport would have hand brazed frame and the Le Tour would have the lugged frame.
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To me, they look to be different sizes. Therefore, whichever one fits you best would be the better deal.
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All else being equal, the Le Tour is a materially better bike.
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Two different sizes, crank on the SS is hideous to me, looks straight off a BMX bike.

SS is more collectible, Super LeTour is the better bike.
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Thanks for all of the input. I completely agree about the crank.
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The SS wasn't very nice and the new crank was a hack job.

I ended up buying the Super Le Tour for 200. The bought it new from a local bike shop and still had the owners manual. He has taken pretty good care of it. Everything looks original except for the brake pads and tires (new last year).
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Nice bike, need to lower that stem. Looks like it is over extended.
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