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Schwinn Super LeTour 12.2 Chrome (N+1)

Old 03-13-15, 01:51 PM
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Schwinn Super LeTour 12.2 Chrome (N+1)

Greetings,

I just bought this bike today. It needs an overhaul, but the frame is in almost flawless condition. I'm stoked about that, but would appreciate some assistance in finding its birthdate. I don't really understand the Japanese SN system, and can see that some of you are quite familiar with it. The SN is B721908. Thanks, in advance.

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Old 03-13-15, 02:32 PM
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I believe the B7xxxxx indicates the frame was built in Feb. '77, however the 4-digit number stamped into the headbadge should indicate the specific day and year the bike was built. See the following post for more information: https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...l#post17628155

You can see the catalog page for your bike here:

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The "B7" in the serial number means the frame was made in February, 1977.

Here's the 1977 Super Le Tour 12.2 catalog page. Full chrome was a $50 option.

Nice bike!

EDIT - Metacortex beat me to it.
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I bought at least 15 minimum of them new as a kid, they are nice mid level quality bikes. I love them. I probably still have 6 or 7 in my storage place in NYC, gonna start using them again next trip up north in the summer.
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I bought at least 15 minimum of them new as a kid, they are nice mid level quality bikes. I love them. I probably still have 6 or 7 in my storage place in NYC, gonna start using them again next trip up north in the summer.
why so many?
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I bought at least 15 minimum of them new as a kid, they are nice mid level quality bikes. I love them. I probably still have 6 or 7 in my storage place in NYC, gonna start using them again next trip up north in the summer.
How many do you have in a 21" frame?
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Shiny!

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They are all 23 inch, I think there are a few Black ones left also, I haven't looked at them in a little while, but again they were great mid level bikes, not on par with Colnagos, Guerciotti, or Masi, but equal to the Kabuki's we had, St Tropez, Motobecane, Puch, Panasonic, ross, Peugeot, Fuji etc etc The chrome was very nice, I think a higher level than the parts that were hung on those frames. Back then the trend was to put a straight T-Bar set up on it with something like Dia Compe gold dot or similar brakes.

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Whenever we got one in at the shop I worked in I bought it, there were many Fri/Sat midnight NYC rides where they only lasted that one evening, and thats all I can say about it.
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Originally Posted by Cargobike View Post
Greetings,

I just bought this bike today. It needs an overhaul, but the frame is in almost flawless condition. I'm stoked about that, but would appreciate some assistance in finding its birthdate. I don't really understand the Japanese SN system, and can see that some of you are quite familiar with it. The SN is B721908. Thanks, in advance.

John
Chrome bikes are so glorious.

I'm looking forward to more pictures!
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