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Old 03-20-09, 08:18 PM
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Vintage Schwinn Le Tour

I have a 1976 27" made in Japan Schwinn Le Tour. I bought it new from a Schwinn dealer and I'm the only one who has ridden it and that wasn't very often. It has always been kept indoors. The tires are cheap but other than that it is very nice. I'm sure it needs a complete service. My wife and I are going to buy folding bikes for our motorhome and she says I must get rid of the Schwinn first. I don't have a clue what it is worth or the best way to sell it so I need help. Thanks.

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Old 03-21-09, 10:46 AM
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This will be a bit dissapointing if you aren't near a large metropolitan area. While it may be valuable to the person looking exactly for that bike I wouldn't expect to get more than $75-$100 for it. Try Craigslist.
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Old 03-21-09, 11:04 AM
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Try posting this in Classic and Vintage board (few clicks above this board), I'm sure folks there can help you.
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Originally Posted by johnasmith
I have a 1976 27" made in Japan Schwinn Le Tour. I bought it new from a Schwinn dealer and I'm the only one who has ridden it and that wasn't very often. It has always been kept indoors. The tires are cheap but other than that it is very nice. I'm sure it needs a complete service. My wife and I are going to buy folding bikes for our motorhome and she says I must get rid of the Schwinn first. I don't have a clue what it is worth or the best way to sell it so I need help. Thanks.

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You should get out and ride that bike. You'll love it. Why don't you add a little rack on the back of the motorhome and put your Schwinn on it. No need for a folder.
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Originally Posted by gerv
you should get out and ride that bike. You'll love it. Why don't you add a little rack on the back of the motorhome and put your schwinn on it. No need for a folder.
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Old 03-22-09, 08:57 AM
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It is very hard to give you a definitive price as it would depend on several factors:

1) location and local demand for vintage bikes
2) whether it is tuned up and ready to ride or needs a lot of work
3) presentation of the ad - quality pictures, accurate description, measurements, highlighting features that make it most desirable

If you can lube the headset, bottom bracket and hubs, replace cables and cable housing, sand the crud off the brake pads (or replace them), replace bar tape, tubes and tires, true wheels, clean and polish the frame with car wax, then that would more than double what you'd get for it. However, if you pay a bike store to do the complete tune up, your net would be much less than if you sold it as is.

Here where I live, the bike would probably sell for about $75 as is, or about $190 tuned up and ready to ride.
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https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage-bicycles-whats-worth-appraisals/
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Originally Posted by curbtender
Yup. That`s the place to ask. Old bikes are much appreciated here on the touring forum, but the guys on Classics and Vintage could tell you more about what price to expect and how to get the most for it.
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I had that exact same bike, did my first tour on it. I remember it fondly.
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Old 03-30-09, 07:58 AM
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Sold it on Craigs list to the first looker for $90. I got 6 inquires the first hour after listing it.
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Nice sale, what area are you in?
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Originally Posted by johnasmith
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Oh, you might have gotten more in that local, if only it needed tires and grease job.

That is about the price it would sell for in eastern rural Midwest.

No wonder the ad attracted so much interest.

All the best with the motor home. My Snl and her husband are full time RVers, tow a Honda CRV with roof mount rack for their full size bikes, they tied the folders and did not enjoy the compact frames. Before the CRV, they had a enclosed utility trailer in which the BMW motorcycle road with folders. They downsized when they sold the trailer and motorbike, as that rig with motorhome was 53" long going down the road.
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We are not likey to ride much so I don't want the hastle of dealing with bikes being in the way. So it will be 20" folders or nothing. Any feedback with suggestions would be appreciated.
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Originally Posted by johnasmith
We are not likey to ride much so I don't want the hastle of dealing with bikes being in the way. So it will be 20" folders or nothing. Any feedback with suggestions would be appreciated.
If you have the space to transport the folders, but unsure what to get, I would suggest you pose the question in the forum dedicated to Folding Bikes - https://www.bikeforums.net/folding-bikes/

I couple I purchased a very nice Suburban from last year showed me his folder, and it appeared handy enough for normal or less than normal sized folks, but for this 2XL due, I was afraid it would not handle my engine for very long.
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Its a good bike. I have a 73 schwinn le tour that I got for free at a friends parents garage sale, and used it as a commuter stock and eventually built it into my single speed bike. If you get an aluminum wheelset and new tires you have a very nice bike

also if you can post it and deliver it to a city people will pay close to 200 for it if its in good condition
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