This is a 1987 Schwinn Le Tour in Scarlet with White decals. It is a 23″ / 58cm / Large (center of bottom bracket to top of seat tube) True Temper double butted Cro-Mo lugged Steel frame with a Cro-Mo steel fork. The stand over height is 32.5″ directly in front of the saddle.
There are 12 speeds available through the alloy Sugino two ring (52/40t) alloy crank with 170mm alloy crank arms and the Shimano 6 gear freewheel. The original Suntour spoke protector is present and still clear.
The rear derailleur is a Shimano Light Action L523 and the front is also a Shimano. Shifting is through Downtube Mounted Shimano Indexed Shifters.
Both wheels are Weinmann double wall alloy rims drilled for Presta valves laced to Maillard quick release alloy hubs . Both wheels have 27″ x 1 1/4″ Continental Ultra Sport black wall tires.
Braking is handled by Dia Compe side pulls with quick release. The brake levers are alloy Dia Compe levers with the original white hoods.
The Schwinn black vinyl saddle saddle is mounted to a fluted alloy seat post that moves freely in the seat tube.
Alloy handlebars have new white Hanldebar tape and are mounted to an alloy stem. The stem is not frozen in the steering tube.
There are bosses for a bottle cage on the down tube and eyelets for front and rear fenders.
The bicycle rides, turns, stops and shifts through all of the gears and rings as it should.
I bought this bicycle from the original owner who took excellent care of it. Made in Schwinn’s Mississippi plant with made in the USA True Temper chrome-moly steel. Schwinn claims a 25lb weight for this bicycle which was 1 lb more than the Prelude, 2 lbs more than the Tempo and Super Sport and 4 lbs more than the Circuit, all of which used Columbus tubing. The paint is a lustrous red with very few paint chips from it’s 35 years. It even still has the factory warning stickers (Don’t forget to engage the Lawyer Locks on your front wheel, Wet rims take longer to stop…), all of the original reflectors and the aforementioned Lawyer Locks, the original spoke protector (which at this point is normally either gone or is brittle and cracked), and the original brake hoods. A very nice riding, very good looking road bike.
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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