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Old 05-26-17, 05:19 PM
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1985 Schwinn LeTour Luxe

Went to the bike shop today to order a few items.

It was a real treat to see this beauty in for some repairs.
[IMG]IMG_0731 by lebagman, on Flickr[/IMG]

They think he is the original owner. The bike is in really good shape. I did not see a blemish. Word is he is going to head out for a tour on it. The mechanic asked if I had any long cage Suntour RD's? Luckily I did.

[IMG]IMG_0730 by lebagman, on Flickr[/IMG]

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I have a Luxe and have considered switching to barcons. What are they using for a downtube clamp? Does it integrate with that top braze on shifter mount?
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I like that color. Nice wheelset on it.
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No. He removed the original shifters, put a screw in the boss and used a clamp on above the boss. Problem Solvers?
I donated a Suntour clamp on stop to the cause. A bike that sweet needs it more than my spare bin.

[IMG]img_0731.1 by lebagman, on Flickr[/IMG]

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I have a Luxe and have considered switching to barcons. What are they using for a downtube clamp? Does it integrate with that top braze on shifter mount?
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The shop replaced the originals at his request. Originals look better than most of mine.

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A Suntour clamp would be better then that gadget!
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And Dia Compe made downtube cable stops by the zillions in the 1970s and 80s for all those stem-shifter bikes. That's what came on my Le Tour.
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Originally Posted by eom View Post
They think he is the original owner. The bike is in really good shape. I did not see a blemish. Word is he is going to head out for a tour on it. The mechanic asked if I had any long cage Suntour RD's? Luckily I did.

[IMG]IMG_0730 by lebagman, on Flickr[/IMG]

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I don't mean to be rude-

That's the worst possible Suntour derailleur to have.

The enclosed pulley is famous for ingesting dirt, seizing up and throwing the derailleur into the spokes.


From Disraeli Gears:

But this second generation ‘Tech’ design had a fatal flaw. SunTour had decided to improve on the Design of the Le Tech by cunningly fitting the spring that tensions the third pivot inside the guide pulley. This meant that the guide pulley ran on a large diameter centre - and this rapidly attracted dirt. When the dirt got in, the pulley bearing became as rough as a badger’s arse and often jammed. To compound the problem the pulley was exceedingly difficult to remove for cleaning or for replacing. SunTour were inundated with expensive warranty claims, and, worse, lost the reputation for bomb-proof reliability that they had carefully and patiently built up over the decades.

In fact the MounTech had a couple of other flaws. The first was that it was seriously heavy and the second was that, like all three pivot designs, it rapidly went out of alignment and had a tendency to throw itself recklessly into the spokes of the back wheel. Like the Huret Duopar, it was God’s gift to wheel builders everywhere.
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The truth may be an offense, but it's no sin. ):

They asked for it so I provided. Told them I would not choose that to tour on.

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That's the worst possible Suntour derailleur to have.

The enclosed pulley is famous for ingesting dirt, seizing up and throwing the derailleur into the spokes.


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I have an '85 Le Tour Luxe myself, but this one's in MUCH better shape.

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What are they using for a downtube clamp? Does it integrate with that top braze on shifter mount?
Looks just like the Origin8 cable stop I've got on my Trek 300 Elance. Should work great as shown on this bike since the cables will run along the top side of the downtube just like they would from the original SunTour downtube shifters.

https://www.niagaracycle.com/categor...-28-6mm-silver

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And Dia Compe made downtube cable stops by the zillions in the 1970s and 80s for all those stem-shifter bikes. That's what came on my Le Tour.
It may not be what you meant to imply, but this bike didn't have stem shifters. It had SunTour downtube shifters that mounted via a single screw on top of the downtube. Much like SunTour's 'Symmetric' shifters, but without the trimming mechanism.
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Thanks for the link to that cable stop. Here's a pic of my Le Tour Luxe hauling groceries today. This thing needs a white seat or different tape.



Found a Bianchi on the way home...

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@9volt what isle in the grocery store were they selling Bianchi!

You had a great day. Is that Bianchi a MTB or hybrid?
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Bianchi Ocelot MTB. Lower end but the frame is lugged.
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It may not be what you meant to imply, but this bike didn't have stem shifters. It had SunTour downtube shifters that mounted via a single screw on top of the downtube. Much like SunTour's 'Symmetric' shifters, but without the trimming mechanism.
You're right, it wasn't what I was implying at all. Only meant to point out the relative ease of finding a period correct double cable stop as was used on pretty much every barcon or stem shifter equipped bike of that era.
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Found one of the blue versions of the '85 on Ebay in Gilroy, CA. Believe I was the only bidder and took delivery out of the owners storage bin. Probably paid more than it was really worth, but it was in very good original condition. Made a few minor changes added Nitto Noodle 44cm bars, XT 730 175mm cranks, and have had the rear triangle spread to 130mm for conversion to 700c wheels with Ultegra/Sun CR18 combination. Nice riding bike!!

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Wow, an '85 Luxe! The one year they had that model with canti brakes before changing its name to Passage the next year. What seems like forever ago in my bike world, but is more like only five years, there was a 25" Le Tour Luxe for sale, and it was either an '83 or '84 (no canti, dark grey paint), likely an '84. Back then I wasn't into the long chain stay look. Times have changed on that front certainly.
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Changed my Luxe over to Bar Ends and used the exact solution as this works really well.
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Sharp looking blue.
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Cool to see this thread resurrected.

I am really enjoying my 86 Passage.

The upright bars and tall stem work great for me.
I spread my riding over a handful of bikes but I am always impressed with the smooth ride of this bike when its turn in the rotation comes up.
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I used the same clamp to retrofit indexed thumbies on my '84 Luxe.

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I used this Origin 8 when I updated my 86 KHS to 5600 105..
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