Tuesday, June 9, 2015

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration

I started work on a Schwinn Super Le Tour between the tune ups and between prepping frames for powder coat and heat time.  The Super Le Tour is a very underrated bicycle.  They came with descent alloy wheels, Sun Tour Cyclone derailleurs and Dia-Comp 500 brakes.  It is a very nice set up.

This Super Le Tour may have had some time exposed to the elements but I think it will come back pretty darn nice.  The red paint is is descent shape under the weathered dullness, it should cut to a very nice finish.  The alloy may look rough but the fact that just about all the main pieces of the components are alloy means it will all polish beautifully.  I think there is an amazing bicycle in there, I can't wait to see it!

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bicycle Before

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bicycle Before
Handlebars

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bicycle Before
Stem

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bicycle Before
Head Badge

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bicycle Before
Front Brake

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bicycle Before
Front Wheel Hub

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bicycle Before
Front Wheel Rim

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bicycle Before
Stem

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bicycle Before
Super Le Tour Decal

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bicycle Before
Shift Levers

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bicycle Before
Down Tube

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bicycle Before
Saddle

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bicycle Before
Crank

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bicycle Before
Front Derailleur

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bicycle Before
Seat Lug

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bicycle Before
Rear Brake

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bicycle Before
Rear Derailleur

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bicycle Before
Rear Wheel Hub


From the looks of the frame the paint has definitely spent some time out doors in the weather and rain but the paint has very few chips.  The paint is very dull and rough with some staining and deep tar stains but everything should polish out very nice.

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Frame Before

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Frame Before
Head Tube

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Frame Before
Head Tube

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Frame Before
Top Tube

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Frame Before
Down Tube

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Frame Before
Down Tube

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Frame Before
Seat Lug

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Frame Before
Seat Tube Decal

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Frame Before
Bottom Bracket

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Frame Before
Bottom Bracket

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Frame Before
Bottom  Bracket

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Frame Before
Bottom Bracket

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Frame Before
Seat Stays

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Frame Before
Chain Stays

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Frame Before
Drop Outs

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Frame Before
Fork

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Frame Before
Fork Crown

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Frame Before
Fork Blades

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Frame Before
Drop Outs

After working through a few polishing grits and spending a good deal of time with each grit, the frame turned out amazing.  The red came back very nice, the stains polished away, and everything has a nice deep wet look.  There are a few spots that are just slightly dull like the bottom bracket area but that is mainly because of the cable guides.  I am very pleased with the polishing of the paint, the red looks great!!

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Frame Polished

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Frame Polished
Head Tube - Beautiful!!

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Frame Polished
Head Tube

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Frame Polished
Top Tube Deal

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Frame Polished
Down Tube

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Frame Polished
Down Tube Decal - I love the silver against the red!

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Frame Polished
Seat Lug - A few small chips.

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Frame Polished
Seat Tube Decal - Beautiful!

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Frame Polished
Seat Tube

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Frame Polished
Bottom Bracket

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Frame Polished
Bottom Bracket - Chips from kick stand.

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Frame Polished
Seat Stays

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Frame Polished
Drop Outs

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Frame Polished
Fork

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Frame Polished
Fork Crown

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Frame Polished
Fork Blades

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Frame Polished
Drop Outs

The headset and bottom bracket where a little rough to start so the pieces went into the crock pot for cleaning.  After some polishing the headset and bottom bracket look great and with the new grease they each spin great.  I like this headset a lot, I would say it almost has a Campy look to it.
1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Headset & Bottom Bracket
Before
1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Headset & Bottom Bracket
Polished

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration
Pressing Headset Cups

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration
Headset Cups - Pressed

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Headset Bearings
Packed

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Headset
Complete

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bottom Bracket
Bearings Packed

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bottom Bracket
Complete
The handlebars and stem where in fine shape to start.  Some time on the polishing wheels and they look fantastic.  Installed next to the polished red paint they look amazing.

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Handlebars
Before

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Stem - Before

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Stem & Handlebars - Before

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Handlebars - Before

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Stem - Before

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Stem - Exploded
1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Handlebars & Stem
Polished

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Handlebars
Polished

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Stem - Polished

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Stem - Complete

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Stem & Handlebars
Complete

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration
Stem & Handlebars - Complete

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Stem & Handlebars
Complete

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Stem & Handlebars
Complete
The brake levers are nice Die-Comp areo levers.  the hoods are in great shape they just need a deep cleaning.  I polished the levers and then cleaned and treated the hoods, they turned out great and look great installed.

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Brake Levers - Before
1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Brake Levers
Polished

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Brake Levers
Installed
The crank is a Sugino.  It is in rough starting shape, it has some gouges and scratches and has a very textured surface to the aluminum that makes polishing difficult.  When I broke the crank down I had to chain ring bolt break off on me, those will get replaced.  I cleaned all the pieces and then did my best to polish the textured surface.  The hardware polished great, the crank arms polished pretty good and the chain rings polished very nice.  On the crank arms you can still see where toe clips where rubbing the crank arm, the wear was just to much to polish completely away.  Overall I am very happy with the results of the crank, it looks great and with two new chain ring bolt it will be good for years to come.

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Crank - Before

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Crank - Exploded

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Chain Ring Bolts
Broken

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Crank - Complete 
1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Crank - Installed

The seat post is my favorite kind, which is anything with flutes and alloy.  I polished all the seat post pieces and then installed the original seat forgetting that there was anew white saddle for the Super Le Tour.  I later remembered and installed the correct saddle.  The white saddle looks great with the red and will look even better with white handlebar tape.  For some reason white and red just work.

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Saddle & Seat Post
Before

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Seat Post
Exploded
1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Seat Post - Polished

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration
Seat Post & Saddle - Installed
1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration
Correct Saddle - Installed
The shift levers where very gritty and barely moved.  I broke the levers down and started the cleaning and polishing process.  With grease in all the right places the levers function very smooth now, they also look fantastic, I love them.

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Shift Levers
Before

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Shift Levers
Exploded
1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Shift Levers
Polished

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Shift Levers
Complete

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Shift Levers
Installed
The bike being left out in the elements for some time really shows in the derailleurs, there are a lot of rough surfaces and some rough areas.  I cleaned all the pieces and lubricated the pivot points.  All the pivot points moved fine and with no wiggle or play so the derailleurs should function great.  With all the pivot points checking out I started polishing, I worked through a few greats and put the time in and all the pieces really polished nice.  I assembled everything and lubricated everything one more time.  The derailleurs turned out great, I am very proud of the work that went into them!  They also look great installed!

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Sun Tour Cyclone
Derailleurs - Before

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Front Derailleurs
Before

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Front Sun Tour Cyclone
Derailleur - Before

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Sun Tour Cyclone
Derailleur - Exploded

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Front Derailleur
Polished

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Front Derailleur
Complete

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Front Derailleur
Complete

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Front Derailleur
Installed

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Rear Sun Tour Cyclone
Derailleur - Before

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Sun Tour Cyclone
Derailleur - Exploded
1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Rear Derailleur
Polished

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Rear Derailleur
Complete - I am very proud of the results!

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration
Rear Derailleur - Installed
The brake calipers are Die-Comp 500's.  I like these calipers, they work pretty good, they look good and I like the release mechanism.  I did not notice at first but the hex key nut on the rear caliper an the end of the brake stud broke off when removing.  I broke the calipers down and did the cleaning and polishing.  The calipers look fantastic polished and amazing installed against the red polished paint.

I had to figure out what to do about the broken stud and nut.  I took an extra long nut and cut it down a little.  It is longer then the original to catch more threads.  The new nut now catches now about 5 threads and will work good.

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Die-Comp 500
Brake Calipers - Before

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Die-Comp 500
Brake Calipers - Exploded

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Brake Calipers
Polished

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Die-Comp 500
Calipers - Complete

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration
Front Brake - Installed

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Rear Brake
Replacement Nut

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration
Rear Brake - Complete

The pedals are missing the toe clips but they polished out very nice and spin very smooth.  They will work well.

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Pedals
Before


1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Pedals
Polished

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Pedals
Installed
Below is a photo of the main body components complete with the wrong saddle installed.  Looking good.

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bicycle So Far
Wrong Saddle

The wheels are rough, the alloy is very rough with some staining here and there.  I broke the wheel hubs down and had cut the old tires off.  The tires where so rotted I could only cut them.  With everything broken down I started the cleaning and polishing.  The wheel hubs polished nice and the wheel rims polished beautifully especially considering how they started.  With bearings packed in new grease the wheels spin great.

New Panracer 27 x 1 inch tires where installed.  It kind of rare to find the 1 inch Panaracers, the Panaracer tires where very very tight tires and I blew a tube install them.

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration
Rear Wheel - Before

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Rear Wheel Hub
Before

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Rear Wheel Hub
Before

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Rear Wheel Rim
Before

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration
Tires Cut Off

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Rear Wheel Hub
Old Grease

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Rear Wheel Hub
Polished

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Rear Wheel Rim
Polished

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Rear Wheel Bearings
Packed

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Axle Hardware
Polished & Ready

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration
New Panaracer 27" x 1" Tires

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration
Rear Wheel - Compelte

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration
Front Wheel - Before

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Front Wheel Hub
Before

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Front Wheel Rim
Before

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Front Wheel Hub
Old Grease

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Axle Hardware
Front is Front Wheel

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Front Wheel Hub
Polished

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Front Wheel Rim
Polished

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration
Front Wheel Complete

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Wheels - Complete

The old chain also shows that tit was left out in the elements at some point.  A new chain was installed.

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - New & Old Chain

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - New Chain
Installed

Time to wire the Super Le Tour and install the white handlebar tape.  The Ice Grey cable housings look great against the red paint and the white handlebar tape is perfect.

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - New Cables & Housings

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bicycle Wired

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration
Bicycle Wired

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Handlebar Tape
Installed

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bicycle Complete
I took the Super Le Tour for the test ride.  The Le Tour was actually a little finicky in tuning.  After some fine tuning the Le Tour rides great!  Le Tours always ride great and the Super Le Tour rides very fast and nimble, I like it a lot.  Best of all the Super Le Tour looks great, the white saddle and handlebar tape are perfect for the red paint and the Panaracer tires are perfect for the Super Le Tour.  I like the Le Tour a lot!

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bicycle Complete

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bicycle Complete

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bicycle Complete

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Handlebars

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Head Tube

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Front Brake

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Front Wheel Hub

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Front Wheel Rim

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Stem

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Top Tube decals

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Front Half

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Saddle

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Seat Tube Decal

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Drive Train

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Crank

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Front Derailleur

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Seat Stays

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Rear Brake

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Rear Derailleur

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Rear Wheel

1984 Schwinn Super Le Tour Restoration - Bicycle Complete

Thank You!!
John Z.

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