Love for 70s Road Bikes | Schwinn Le Tour II

I’ve recently acquired a 1977 Schwinn Le Tour II from a radical dude in the Gables – and I couldn’t be happier.

There is something about ten-speeds from the American bike boom of the 70s and 80s that I just love. The perfectly horizontal top tubes, sleek lines and surprisingly light weight of these steel frames; the gumwall tires and non-indexed stem shifters that force you to feel the bike in order to shift properly … all of it makes for a fun and challenging ride that feel just as modern today as it likely did forty years ago.

This particular model, made in Japan, has a beautiful “pearlescent orange” finish and 27″ wheels with a ten-speed derailleur drivetrain. More features include:

  • randonneur handlebars
  • Shimano quick release wheel hubs
  • Shimano front and rear derailleur, but with “Le Tour” engraved on it
  • a fairly comfortable Selle Royal saddle
  • “Unishift” stem shifters
  • seatpost-mounted Schwinn cargo rack
  • Planet Bike rear LED light
  • Bell Radian front LED headlight
  • Rat-trap style steel pedals

There’s probably more features I’m missing, but I can definitely tell you that riding this bike is a thrill. It was part of Schwinn’s Xtra-Lite series, and while it doesn’t hold a candle to today’s feather-light carbon frames, it certainly feels stiff and durable whilst being friendly to carry up the stairs.

More bike reviews coming soon!

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