Scott F in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was nice enough to send us his beautiful blue 1974 Schwinn Le Tour. Immaculate indeed! But I just know you’re going to get the, “…why’d you put the front wheel on backwards?” comments now. To me, if you have a bike that looks this good, you can put the wheel on any dang way you please.
I would like to submit my bike for your site.
This is a 1974 Schwinn Le Tour. That is first year Schwinn introduced the model. These bikes were made in Japan, the first bikes Schwinn ever offered that was not a USA produced bike. The frame was made for Schwinn by Panasonic which was known for making very fine lightweight racing bicycles.
I bought this particular Le Tour from the original owner who used the bike only for a indoor trainer and then only for a very short time. It has spent the last 30 years in a closet away from heat and cold or moisture. I believe this is one of the most beautiful examples of this model I have ever seen.
The bike had absolutely no rust on it and only a very small amount of wear. After purchasing the bike I stripped it down to the last nut & bolt. Every part hast has been cleaned, inspected and polished. I have replaced the seat, chain and handlebar wrap. A new chain as well as new cables, brake pads and brake hoods were fitted. New tires & tubes were installed. I have completely rebuilt the steer head, bottom crank bracket and wheel hubs including installing new bearings.
This bike is immaculate and though the frame does have some small chips & scratches the original paint and decals are in very nice condition.
I believe this bike is one of if not the nicest vintage bikes in Tulsa.