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Old 07-17-11, 08:29 PM
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1987 Schwinn Le Tour Questions

Hello,

I'm pretty new to working on old bikes, but I'm interested in taking on this challenge. I just recently bought a '87 Schwinn Le Tour and over the bike frame is great condition. The chain and rear cog are rusty though. It needs new tires and tubes, new handle bar tape and probably just a complete cleaning and regreasing/oiling.

So some of my questions are:
What is the best book for General Bike maintenance?

What size tires and tubes do I need, I can not read what size was on there since the dry rot is so bad. The wheel Weinnan has 630/27x 1 1/4 on a sticker. Also is there only one size of tire that fits.

What can I do about the rusty chain, and the rusty rear cog? Can the rust usually be cleaned off or do these need to be replaced?

What is the best way to clean up and polish the components, handelbars, brakes, and brake levers?

That's all I can think of for today but I'm sure I'll have more questions as I dig deeper into reviving this old bike.

Thanks,
Dennis
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Old 07-17-11, 09:16 PM
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I love my 1987 Le Tour mine is the red one.

Some people will have suggestions on books, but I have just read info on the internet. Sheldon Brown's website was invaluable to me and probably alot of folks here.

27 inch tires will be what you need. there are afew different widths and brands you can try. the tubes can be 700c or 27 inch tubes just make sure you get the right vale which I assume for your bike is presta.

The rusty chain and cog might still be useful and be able to be cleaned, but I can't tell without a pic.

There are lots of methods people use to clean up parts. It depends on the finish of the part you are polishing up.
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Here's a good site for repairs and maintenance https://www.sheldonbrown.com/

You need 27 x 1 1/4 tires, can't beat these for the price. https://www.outsideoutfitters.com/ps-...uot-tires.aspx

Chains are cheap, replace it, clean the freewheel with a wire brush.

Mothers mag and aluminum polish on all aluminum parts. Available at any auto parts store.
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Old 07-19-11, 04:36 PM
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Thanks for the replies. My Le Tour is also a Cherry Red color with a White motiff.

Is it necessary or recommended to completely take the bike apart clean everything, and relube for a bike this age?

I need recommendations for a new chain, and for brake and derailleur cables plus the housings. Also after some more inspections I believe the cassette may be ruined there is quite a bit of surface rust on it. Any recommendations for a replacement cassette?

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Would I be able to use JagWire brake and derailleur cables with this bike? It has Dia Compe side pull brakes and Shimano derailleurs however the stamping of the model has worn off. Is there another way I can tell what group of Shimano I have?

I am also wanting to replace the chain any suggestions as to what type I should go for?

Thanks again for the help!
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If you can it would be cool to see some pics of your bike. =)

Here is a link to the 1987 Schwinn catalog scan with specifications to gioe you an idea of what you likely have and the second link is the white Le Tour in the catalog.

https://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1...0/1987_17.html

https://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1...0/1987_08.html

Jagwire should be fine.

Any 6-speed chain should be fine.

You will need a 6-speed freewheel if you decide you can't clean it up. As long as its shimano or shimano compatible it should be fine.

Taking everything apart and regreasing it is a good idea. I need to do that on my Le Tour I just haven't got around to it yet.
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You need 27 x 1 1/4 tires, can't beat these for the price. https://www.outsideoutfitters.com/ps-...uot-tires.aspx
The Civia Brownie full coverager fenders (black) for $17.93 also look pretty good. The Silver SKS fenders for $28 are pretty decent, too.

https://www.outsideoutfitters.com/ps-...ge-fender.aspx
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Here are a couple of pics of the 87 Le Tour. I've included a picture of the Stong Light Crank, and the Cassette. Should I be able to clean the cassette up, or does it look like a replacement is necessary? If I do need to replace it what type of cassette do I need to get?

Thanks for all the help, and comments!

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The freewheel doesn't look that bad. Clean it with a wire brush and oil the inside with 30 weight motor oil.
That chain has to go, I like these https://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...oducts_id=2460

When you replace the cables, go to a bike shop and get index cable housing for the rear derailleur. It'll shift better.


From Sheldon Brown:
Lubricating Freewheels

Freewheels should be oiled from time to time with a medium-weight oil. This is easy to do, and generally requires no disassembly.
The bike should be held with the rear wheel off the ground, and leaning to the left at about a 45 degree angle. An assistant may be helpful for this. Turn the pedals around a couple of times to get the wheel spinning fast, then let it coast (helps to be in high gear for this.)
Look inside the smallest sprocket. The sprocket will be stationary, since the wheel is coasting, but you'll see an inner part of the freewheel that is spinning with the wheel. Drip oil onto the crack between the turning part and the stationary part. Gravity and capillary action will help work oil into the freewheel.
Repeat this a few times, until you hear a change in the sound of the clicking pawls (they'll generally get quieter when the oil reaches them.)
This should be done every year or so, or any time that coasting sounds loud and gritty.
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So I've started dismantling the Schwinn, and I have a couple of questions. Should I purchase the tools necessary to remove the crank and bb or leave that to a professional? If it's not that difficult what tools exactly will I need? I'd like to regrease the bearings and clean out all the old 27yr gunk.

While I was messing around with the cranks I broke the dust caps, are replacement dust caps for Strong Light crank arms easy to get or is there a compatible part?

Since I have taken the headset apart to clean the bearings should I just reuse the bearings or is it wise to replace them now? I also have the same question about the bearings in the hubs? Also is it possible to take the hubs apart with regular wrenches to do I need bicycle specific thinner wrenches?

I'm sure there will be more questions as I keep moving along in this project.
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