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Older Schwinn LeTour, making a rain/train bike, Shifting Questions?

Old 10-21-08, 01:01 PM
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Older Schwinn LeTour, making a rain/train bike, Shifting Questions?

I'm fixing up an older Schwinn LeTour (got if for free)and right now I'm thinking about shifter options. I am building the bike for rain/train as it is quite a bit heavier than my Litespeed so I'm hoping to build some additional leg strength form hauling the steel 27inch wheel'd behemoth around.

Right now I have the stock shifters mounted on the stem with the stock deraileurs in place. I am lacking a crank and freewheel so nothing is set at the moment, I was wondering about using friction bar end shifters so I can still utilize the stock derailuers and that gives me freedom as to which freewheel and crank I can use. Which bar end shifter would work best? I see quite a few of the Suntour bar end shifters up, but I want to make this machine slick, even though it is older. That said bang for the buck is def. the goal as the bike was free.

Also I've got a set of fresh 27 inch wheels, rear is set up for a freewheel, I'm at a loss for knowledge with regards to what freewheel gear set to get because I've read about a number of differences between freewheel sets and cranks. Anyone help me out? I think the threading is the common British thread

Thanks guys, I'll post some pics soon, it looks great!
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Why not go fixie or singlespeed? A ss freewheel and most fixie cogs will thread right onto that hub, no muss no fuss.

If you do go with gears, go with friction shifting - the SunTours do that via a nice clicky ratchet. You can run 5-6 or 7 speed freewheel that way.
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I'll get around to building a fixie, but for right now building this bike as a rain/train bike will suit my needs better.

So are you talking about the SunTour bar end shifters, or the ones that mount on the down tube?

I apologize for my lack of proper vocabulary or naiveness, I'm coming from motocross, I've only run a couple cross country bike races so my experience is super limited on the road
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