Friday, July 10, 2015

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration in the Schwinn Awesome Orange!

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration
Bicycle After Restoration
This is a Schwinn Le Tour III for Thomas.  Thomas contacted me a couple months ago with a specific idea for a bike in mind and that was a Schwinn Le Tour.  Thomas knows what I and a lot of people know about the Schwinn Le Tour, it is a very underrated bicycle.  Thomas as been commuting on a Silver Schwinn Le Tour and really loves it.  

The Le Tour frame was built by Panasonic in Japan.  The  frames where very well made with a nice geometry.  Built up the Le Tours are wonderful riding bicycles with lots of versatility built in.  The Le Tour leans more to a sport touring bike and rides so nice.

Thomas's idea is for a Schwinn Le Tour in the famous Schwinn orange color with a nice restoration done.  the Orange color is a extremely popular color and they are hard to come by here in the Chicago area, especially in okay starting condition.

Thomas is on the east coast and I am between Milwaukee and Chicago so we thought the best way was to find a candidate for restoration here in my area.  It took sometime to find the correct size and a descent starting condition but I eventually found one on my way to Upper Michigan to visit family.  It took a little detour to Wisconsin Rapids but it was a beautiful drive through rural Wisconsin.  Wisconsin and Upper Michigan are my home areas and I love it.

The orange Schwinn Le Tour III is in descent starting shape.   I think the paint is in really good shape under the dirt and dullness.  The components seem to be in good shape and should restore and polish beautifully.  The saddle is in great shape for its age.  The Le Tour will receive a total restoration along with new bearings, handlebar tape, brake pads, tire tubes, new tires, all new cables and cable housings.  I can't wait to see the results.

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Before

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Before

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Before
Handlebars

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Before
Stem

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Before
Head Tube

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Before
Front Brake

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Before
Front Wheel Hub

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Before
Front Rim

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Before
Stem & Shift Levers

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Before
Head Tube

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Before
Fork Crown

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Before
Front Half

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Before
Top Tube Decal

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Before
Down Tube

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Before
Down Tube Decal

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Before
Saddle

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Before
Seat Tube Decals

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Before
Bottom Bracket

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Before
Crank

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Before
Front Derailleur

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Before
Seat Lug

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Before
Rear Brake

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Before
Rear Derailleur

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Before
Rear Wheel Hub

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Before
Rear Wheel Rim

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Before

I stripped the frame of the components and found the frame to be in good shape.  There is one pretty big scratch and chip in the paint on the top of the down tube.  After polishing I will clean and fill the scratch and chip with clear to protect it from the environment.  The frame is pretty dull and does have some very tough tar and some staining here and there but it should all polish away very nice with a few grits of polishing compound.

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Frame Before

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Frame Before
Head Tube

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Frame Before
Head Tube

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Frame Before
Head Tube

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Frame Before
Head Tube

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Frame Before
Top Tube Decal

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Frame Before
Down Tube Decal - Scratch Above Decal

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Frame Before
Seat Lug

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Frame Before
Seat Post

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Frame Before
Bottom Bracket

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Frame Before
Bottom Bracket

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Frame Before
Bottom Bracket

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Frame Before
Seat Lug

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Frame Before
Seat Stays

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Frame Before
Drop Outs

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Frame Before

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Frame Before
Fork

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Frame Before
Fork Crown

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Frame Before
Fork Crown

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Frame Before
Fork Crown

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Frame Before
Fork Blades

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Frame Before
Chrome Fork Blades

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Frame Before
Chrome Drop Outs

I gave the frame and fork a deep cleaning, removed the tar and then started working through the polishing compounds.  The frame and fork polished beautifully!!  I could not be happier with the frame paint.  The orange really came back nicely to an even color with a very deep shine.  I love it!!

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Frame Polished

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Frame Polished
Head Tube

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Frame Polished
Head Tube

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Frame Polished
Top Tube

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Frame Polished
Down Tube

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Frame Polished
Down Tube Decal

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Frame Polished
Seat Lug

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Frame Polished
Bottom Bracket

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Frame Polished
Bottom Bracket

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Frame Polished
Bottom Bracket

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Frame Polished
Seat Lug - Small Chip on Seat Stay Plug

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Frame Polished
Seat Stays

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Frame Polished
Chain Stays - Absolutely fantastic condition for chain stays!!

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Frame Polished
Drop Outs

I like the bottom bracket that seems to be on most of the orange colored Le Tours, they have black bearing cups that just look cool against the orange.  The bottom bracket and headset are in descent starting shape.  I soaked the pieces in the crock part and after cleaning I started polishing by hand on the black pieces and on the industrial polishers for the chrome pieces.  The headset and bottom bracket polished beautiful and now spin just ad beautiful.
At this time I also cleaned and polished the shift levers as they are built into the headset.  The shift levers polished very nicely and function great after lubricating.  I have always liked the shift levers on the Le Tours, they are smaller then the Schwinn big stick levers but still work very nicely.

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Headset & Bottom Bracket
Before

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Shift Levers
Before

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Headset & Bottom Bracket
Polished

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Shift Levers
Polished

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Shift Levers
Polished

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Shift Levers
Polished

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration
Pressing Headset Cups

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration
Headset Cups - Pressed - Looks great against the polished orange!

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Headset Bearings
Packed - One of two paint chips visible.

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration
Headset - Complete

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration
Headset - 
Complete

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bottom Bracket
Bearings - Packed

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bottom Bracket
Complete

The stem is the very nice alloy "S" logo and the handlebars are a favorite of mine the way they flair out.  The stem was in good shape and just took a little cleaning and polishing.  The handlebars where a little rougher but no damage.  I polished the handlebars and they turned out fantastic.  Installed the stem and handlebars look great!

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Handlebars & Stem
Before

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Handlebars
Before

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Stem - Before

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Stem
Exploded

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Stem & Handlebars
Polished

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Handlebars
Polished

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Stem - Polished

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Stem
Complete

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Stem & Handlebars
Installed

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration
Stem & Handlebars - Installed

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration
Stem & Handlebars - Installed

The brake levers are in pretty good starting shape, a good polishing and they will look fantastic.  The gold accents on the brake levers are very cool.  I cleaned the brake levers and then worked through the polishing grits on the industrial polishers.  The brake levers turned out amazing and with the proper areas lubricated they function very smooth.  I love this stuff!

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Brake Levers
Before

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Brake Levers
Before

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Brake Levers
Before

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Brake Levers
Polished

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Brake Levers
Installed
 Next I decided to clean and polish all of the cable brackets while it is still easy to get into the tight areas.  The brackets polished beautifully.  Polished cable brackets really make a restoration pop.


Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Cable Brackets
Before

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Cable Brackets
Polished

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Down Tube
Cable Bracket - Installed

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bottom Bracket
Cable Bracket - Installed

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Rear Brake Cable
Hanger - Installed
The crank is a good crank.  I like the style of the crank that is on the Le Tours, it looks very cool and is light and functions nice.  The one draw back is the many many pieces it has.  I cleaned all the pieces and then polished the many hardware pieces on the polishers.  The chain rings and crank arms where polished by hand because the large chain ring and crank arm are one piece.  That one pieces makes it very difficult and somewhat dangerous to polish on the polishing wheels.  Installed the crank looks fantastic!!

  
Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Crank Before

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Crank Exploded

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Crank Polished

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Crank Complete

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration
Crank Installed

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Crank Installed

The derailleurs are always very nice on the Le Tours.  These are Schwinn Approved Le Tour derailleurs.  The derailleurs have a lot of alloy and polished beautifully and are pretty light for any derailleurs.  The derailleurs are also pretty bullet proof.  I cleaned all the pieces and started the polishing.  The derailleurs look amazing polished and with new grease and pivot points polished they function great too!!  Awesome!!


Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Derailleurs
Before

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Front Derailleur
Before

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Front Derailleur
Before

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Front Derailleur
Before

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Front Derailleur
Exploded

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Front Derailleur
Polished

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Front Derailleur
Complete

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Front Derailleur
Installed

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Rear Derailleur
Before

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Rear Derailleur
Before

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Rear Derailleur
Before

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Rear Derailleur
Exploded

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Rear Derailleur
Polished

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Rear Derailleur
Complete

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration
Rear Derailleur - Installed

The brakes are nice center pull brakes.  Center pull brakes work very well compared to side pull brakes from the era and they look fantastic polished.  I really like center pull brakes.  I cleaned all the pieces and then polished the many many pieces.  With all the pivot points greased and new brake pads installed the brake look great and work great.  I love those polished brakes against the polished orange paint.

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Brakes Before

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Brakes
Exploded

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Brakes Polished

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Brakes
Complete

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration
Front Brake - Installed

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration
Rear Brake - Installed

The original saddle is in excellent condition and so is the seat post.  The seat collar is in rough shape so right now its being repainted black.

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Saddle & Seat Post
Before

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Seat Collar
Ready for painting.
The brings us pretty far along on the main frame components.  Below is the Le Tour so far.

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle
So Far

Yesterday was Wheel Wednesday, I restored twelve wheels yesterday, it turned out to be a long day.  I have always liked the wheels Schwinn put on the early Le Tours, they are very well made wheels and I love the Schwinn high flange wheel hubs.

I broke down the wheel hubs and cleaned all the old hard grease out.  With the hubs cleaned I started the polishing process.  The hubs polished beautifully, I couldn't be happier with the hubs.  I cleaned all the axle pieces and installed new bearings and grease.

The wheel rims where in descent starting shape with just a light bit of surface rust here and there.  I worked through the rim polishing and the rims turned out amazing.  Overall the wheels are amazing!!  They look fantastic and spin amazing.  I really really like the Le Tour wheels.  Tires will be installed when chosen.

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration
Front Wheel Before

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Front Wheel Hub
Before

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Front Wheel Rim
Before

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Front Wheel Hub
Before

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Front Wheel Hub
Polished

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Front Wheel Hub
Bearings Packed

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Axle Pieces
Complete

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration
Front Wheel - Complete

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration
Front Wheel Complete - Love all that bright work!!

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration
Front Wheel Complete

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration
Front Wheel Complete

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration
Rear Wheel - Before

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Rear Wheel Hub
Before

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Rear Wheel Hub
Before

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Rear Wheel Rim
Before

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Freewheel & Pie Plate
Removed

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Rear Wheel Hub
Before

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Rear Wheel Hub
Polished

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Rear Wheel Rim
Polished

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Rear Wheel
Complete

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration
Rear Wheel - Complete

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Wheels
Complete

Today I cleaned the chain and freewheel and soaked the chain in oil.  The freewheel was very dirty but with some cleaning and lubricating the freewheel really came back nice.  I really like the small pie plate the Le Tour has and after a little cleaning and polishing it looks great.  With the chain and freewheel installed the Le Tour looks like is can go somewhere now.

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Freewheel & Pie Plate
Before

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Freewheel & Pie Plate
After

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Chain & Freewheel
Installed

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration
Chain - Installed

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Chain & Freewheel
Installed
I posted the before photos above of the seat collar and seat post before but I am posting the before below too.  The seat collar painted nicely and installed with the saddle cleaned and treated it looks great too.  I really like this saddle a lot.

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Saddle & Seat Collar
Before

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Saddle After

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Saddle Collar
Painted

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration
Saddle - Installed

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Saddle - Installed
This week I installed Panaracer Pasela Tires.  Tires that I like very much and have put many many miles on Panaracers.  The Panaracers look fantastic installed and will supply a cushy, fast and durable ride.

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration
New Panaracer Tires & Tubes

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration
Front Tire Installed

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration
Rear Tire Installed

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Panaracer Tires
Installed

Thomas has been using a red version of the Deda synthetic leather handlebar tape and has discovered why I like it so much also.  The tape is soft but also has the perfect look for vintage bikes.  I installed the black handlebar tape and it looks fantastic!!  It really complements the orange paint very well!

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration
New Handlebar Tape 

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Handlebar Tape
Installed

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Handlebar Tape
Installed

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Handlebar Tape
Installed - And my finger!

Pedals take a beating and usually they are well to far gone.  The Le Tours pedals are not perfect but they are not to bad to start with.  I cleaned the pedals and then hand polished the pedals with chrome polish and brass wool.  The pedals polished extremely well. I lubricated the pedals and they spin great.

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Pedals
Before

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Pedals
Polished

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Pedals
Installed

That almost completes the Le Tour.  I am working on cleaning and touching up the rack.  I got to test ride the Le Tour today and it rides beautifully.  It did take a good deal of road tuning to get just right but now it is beautifully tuned.

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Almost
Complete
I cleaned and installed the Jim Blackburn black rack.  I believe it is an original Blackburn rack since it says Jim Blackburn and not just Blackburn.  I installed the rack with new hardware and the rack looks great.  I then test road the Le Tour III again and it stayed in tune very well and rode very smooth and easy.  I like this bike a lot!  With the rack installed I took the final photos and the Le Tour is beautiful!  And you know what they say about orange bikes, "They are the fastest!"  I love orange bicycles.....


Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Complete

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Complete

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Front - Poor Photo

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Stem & Handlebars

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Head Tube

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Front Brake

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Front Wheel Hub

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Front Wheel Rim

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Stem

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Brake Levers

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Head Tube

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Handlebars

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Saddle Area

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Chicago Decal

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Drive Train

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Crank - I really like the style of the Le Tour crank.

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Front Derailleur

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Front Derailleur

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Rear Derailleur - I like the Le Tour derailleur too.

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Cable Hanger

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Rear Brake Caliper

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Rear Wheel Hub

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Rear Wheel Rim

Thomas's 1977 Schwinn Le Tour III Restoration - Bicycle Complete

3 comments:

  1. A beautiful job as always John. Love the color, I have always wanted an Orange bike, and you worked your magic on the paint. I built up a Le Tour III a few years ago for my sister in law and I agree the frame and component workmanship and details are fantastic on these Japanese built Schwinn's.

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  2. Sharp looking ride. The saddle is a little odd, is it leather?

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