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1985 Schwinn LeTour

Found this bike, ditched the rusty parts, and decided to sandblast and re-paint the frame. Re-purposed a literal piece of garbage into a slick running, go everywhere bike.

Frame:
1985 Schwinn LeTour, 4130 chromoly, polished Sugino seatpost bolt, custom dog-tag head badge

Fork/Headset:
Phil chrome road fork/ Tange Seiki NJS 1" threaded

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
Shimano Dura Ace 7400/ FSA RPM 68x116mm

Pedals:
Crank Bros

Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain:
All City 16T cog, Dura Ace lockring, FSA F.Gimondi 46T, KMC K710 silver/black

Handlebars/Stem:
Painted Nitto B2500 cro-mo flat bars, color matched 100mm stem

Saddle/Seatpost:
Brooks B17 Standard antique brown, 26.2 color matched seatpost

Brakes:
Campagnolo Chorus Skeleton dual pivot, Cane Creek crosstop lever

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Vuelta with personally built hub, Kenda Karvs 700x25, Race lite tube

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Vuelta with personally built hub, Kenda Karvs 700x25, Race lite tube

Accessories:
Salsa gel cork brown tape, wine cork bar ends, handmade flannel and cherrywood saddlebag, Blackburn Rack, Custom made Wine box storage trunk, titanium bottle cage, SKS 35mm Blumels fender, Anodized black self-extracting crank bolts, NiteRider 650 for them dark dirt roads

More Info:
Turned this into a 1x10 with shimano XT, then I sold it....see: Masi!

Bike History

Click a link below to see past stages of this bike.

  1. Initial
  2. Added some goodies
  3. New ratio and custom headbadge
  4. Color matched stem
  5. New Wheelset, Tires, Cog, and lockring
  6. Fenders
  7. Flat bars, B17, Kenda Karvs
  8. paint, tape, saddle bag
  9. Fancy Wine Box

Current Stage Info:

Hand made a rear storage box out of old wine boxes, then tacked/glued them together. Finished it all off with some Gun stock stain and Lacquer.

Added by Mshap0352. Last updated almost 4 years ago.

As of over 4 years ago, Mshap0352 has indicated that they no longer own this bike.

Latest 21 Comments

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GoldenR

GoldenR says:

New setup looks great!

Posted about 5 years ago

Mshap0352

Mshap0352 says:

thanks! just changed it again, haha

Posted about 5 years ago

tbart44

tbart44 says:

when is this Fred-mobile getting Campy wheels to match the Campy brake?

Posted over 5 years ago

Mshap0352

Mshap0352 says:

Neverever. But I do have a San Marco Rolls comin in today. So...there's that

Posted over 5 years ago

sloman

sloman says:

Quite nice,simple but elegant. Isn't it cool when an old frame finds you?

Posted over 5 years ago

Mshap0352

Mshap0352 says:

Thanks! Yeah definitely, this one was behind a stack of old, rusting bikes behind my shop. I actually found it by accident. Then decided to transfer most of my existing parts, and the build took off from there.

Posted over 5 years ago

tbart44

tbart44 says:

u forgot the quotes around your "Phil" fork lol

Posted over 5 years ago

Mshap0352

Mshap0352 says:

You're a quote

Posted over 5 years ago

Nimhskater978

Nimhskater978 says:

Nice ride but I think this model was made in Japan with most of the other Scwhinn models at that time the only Scwhinn bicycles at that time being made in the states were the Paramount mountain bikes.

Posted over 5 years ago

Mshap0352

Mshap0352 says:

Thanks for the info! I will have to dig deeper

Posted over 5 years ago

Nimhskater978

Nimhskater978 says:

I read that Panasonic made most of the Scwhinn models in 80's where some of the higher end models were rumored to be made by Bridgestone. So either way you still have a quality ride.

Posted over 5 years ago

Mshap0352

Mshap0352 says:

Awesome! I was finding out the same thing, good to know! Thank you :)

Posted over 5 years ago

m_sobie

m_sobie says:

I got a kick out of the original decals. Mine are only starting to crack. How does the new fork handle? I'm not a big fan of the responsiveness (or lack-of) with the original.

Posted over 5 years ago

Mshap0352

Mshap0352 says:

The new fork lowers the front end a tad, makes the whole bike seem more agile and aggressive, as well as shiny hahaha. Thanks for looking, I will make sure to check out your ride!

Posted over 5 years ago

m_sobie

m_sobie says:

Haha, can't go wrong with a shiny fork! Looks good with all that black. Nice job on the conversion and giving an old frame new life!

Posted over 5 years ago

Mshap0352

Mshap0352 says:

Thanks! It was a fun build, overall it only cost me $60 out of pocket!! Most of the parts were traded for or restored

Posted over 5 years ago

m_sobie

m_sobie says:

Dang, well done!

Posted over 5 years ago

Tony

Tony says:

rad conversion!

Posted over 5 years ago

Mshap0352

Mshap0352 says:

thanks man! I felt bad for this little frame, it was behind my shop rusting away!

Posted over 5 years ago

sloman

sloman says:

La Turd! Coffee up my nose snort LOL. Nice build,great name.

Posted over 5 years ago

Mshap0352

Mshap0352 says:

Haha thanks!

Posted over 5 years ago

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