This is a 1983 Schwinn Le Tour Luxe in Dark Grey with Black decals. It is a 23″ / 58cm / Large (center of bottom bracket to top of seat tube) lugged cro-mo Steel frame with a steel fork. The stand over height is 32.5″ directly in front of the saddle.
There are 12 speeds available through the Sugino alloy two ring (52/42t) crankset and the Atom 77 6 gear freewheel.
The rear derailleur is a Shimano Altus LT and the front is also a Shimano Altus LT. Shifting is through stem mounted Shimano Friction Shifters.
Both wheels are alloy Araya rims drilled for Schrader valves laced to Schwinn Approved Maillard quick release alloy hubs. Both wheels have brand new 27″ x 1 1/4″ gum wall tires.
Braking is handled by alloy Schwinn Approved Dia Compe center pulls. The brake levers are alloy Schwinn Approved Dia Compe levers with safety levers, quick release and Barrel Adjusters.
The black Schwinn branded Avocet Touring saddle is mounted to a chrome seat post that moves freely in the seat tube.
Alloy SR handlebars are mounted to an alloy stem. The stem is not frozen in the steering tube.
There are eyelets for front and rear fenders and also has a kickstand.
The bicycle rides, turns, stops and shifts through all of the gears and rings as it should.
From the Schwinn Catalog:
Lightweight day touring bicycle with a chrome-moly frame, alloy rims and alloy componentry. Stem shifters for easy reach. Comfortable anatomical saddle.
Even almost 40 years down the road, this is still a nice looking, good riding, steel frame bicycle. The paint is very nice, but the decals have deteriorated somewhat, though it does still have the warning decals about stopping while the rims are wet and not to forget to tighten the quick release after you replace the wheel. It really doesn’t appear to have been ridden much, but with new tires and handlebar tape, it’s ready for someone to give it some exercise.
For less than the price of a generic Bike Shaped Object that anyone might buy online or from a store that sells bicycles in the Toy Department, you could be riding this vintage bicycle with quality components. The fact that it is still rolling down the road is a testament to how well it was built.
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