Converting an old Schwinn Le Tour to singlespeed

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Converting an old Schwinn Le Tour to singlespeed

Postby crrimson » Thu Oct 20, 2011 6:16 pm

Wondering if you gents have any recommendations on a really cheap wheelset for converting to single speed?

It currently has heavy, bent-rimmed 27" wheels. I tried my friends Felt 700c flip-flop wheels and they fit, so I'm probably going with 700c.

Sheldon's site has a few for around $200 - $215
http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/wheels1.html

Found some real cheapos for $99!
http://www.amazon.com/Track-Bicycle-Fix ... B003NID9DQ

Anyone have any experience with either of these wheelsets, Futon maybe? Trying to keep the build to a minimal price since I'm not too serious about riding around on concrete.

Here's the model I have in chipped Cardinal Red
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Re: Converting an old Schwinn Le Tour to singlespeed

Postby Farmboy » Fri Oct 21, 2011 8:21 am

I wouldn't be afraid of the cheapos if I were you. It'd be one thing if you were riding it everyday in the muck and snow.
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Re: Converting an old Schwinn Le Tour to singlespeed

Postby DL1030 » Fri Oct 21, 2011 8:26 am

more importantly, do you already have a matching turtleneck?
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Re: Converting an old Schwinn Le Tour to singlespeed

Postby jnecessary » Fri Oct 21, 2011 8:42 am

DL1030 wrote:more importantly, do you already have a matching turtleneck?

Cheap wheels might not survive these...


But seriously, I'd go with those cheapies on Amazon. That is a good deal and you could tension/true them up yourself if needed.
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Re: Converting an old Schwinn Le Tour to singlespeed

Postby crrimson » Fri Oct 21, 2011 11:31 am

jnecessary wrote:
DL1030 wrote:more importantly, do you already have a matching turtleneck?

Cheap wheels might not survive these...
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But seriously, I'd go with those cheapies on Amazon. That is a good deal and you could tension/true them up yourself if needed.


Hilarious! Man, I'm ashamed to say I'm guilty of 3/5 of those objects in the middle of that hipster trap. And if the chain wasn't yellow I'd be guilty of 4/5. :oops: Can you guess which one I either don't own or wouldn't step into a trap for?

Next thing I need is a crankset. I'm finding they're almost as expensive as these wheels, but still really cheap compared to mountain bike parts. Any suggestions on a good/cheap crankset / gearing
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Re: Converting an old Schwinn Le Tour to singlespeed

Postby Farmboy » Fri Oct 21, 2011 11:35 am

On my commuter / townie I have an old square tapered crankset with a 42t front and a 17t rear. I'm freewheeling though. Might wanna go taller on a fixie. Spinning out sucks.
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Re: Converting an old Schwinn Le Tour to singlespeed

Postby crrimson » Fri Oct 21, 2011 1:23 pm

Farmboy wrote:On my commuter / townie I have an old square tapered crankset with a 42t front and a 17t rear. I'm freewheeling though. Might wanna go taller on a fixie. Spinning out sucks.


I'm gonna run freewheel/singlespeed, going to throw the fixed gear on the other side of the hub just for fun.
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Re: Converting an old Schwinn Le Tour to singlespeed

Postby futon » Fri Oct 21, 2011 9:29 pm

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http://bikeisland.com/cgi-bin/BKTK_STOR20.cgi?Action=Details&ProdID=548


I bought these almost 3 years ago, for $119 (now $159 shipped in black, add $20 for color) in blue including tires tubes and cog. I added a freewheel that has only been used once when I let someone borrow the bike. They come with tires and tubes "for shipping" but I still use them, I have hit many potholes and later had to boot the tire, but never had a flat, I hit a tall parking curb riding fixed and totaled the frame (Ishiwata lightweight trek) and the front wheel is still true.
I run a 46 -16 fixed, pretty good choice. I use origin cranks on a square taper.


http://bikeisland.com/cgi-bin/BKTK_STOR20.cgi?Action=Details&ProdID=1814

check your brakes, make sure they can adjust enough to work with 700c

just the rims including shipping $99 with 16tooth cog and lock-ring.



165 arms to keep from striking ground so often when cornering, riding fixed.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ORIGIN8-FIXED-G ... 2eb23f13ff


If not going to ride fixed, then most any road crank with a 46 chain ring would do. I used a road shimano 175mm and often had pedal strike, that extra 10mm seems to help.



I wish I would have stayed with conventional colors, instead of red crank, red chain, red bullhorns, fixie blue grips and pink seat.
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Re: Converting an old Schwinn Le Tour to singlespeed

Postby crrimson » Fri Oct 21, 2011 9:59 pm

The Origin crankset is what I'm looking at, thanks for the thoughts on the different lengths.
I think the ebay link you sent me is the best price I've seen. For wheels I am looking at these now:
http://www.bicyclewheels.com/merchant.m ... y_Code=FGW
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or
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http://www.velomine.com/index.php?main_ ... 87_172_183


Both have the Weinmann LP18 rims, and a Formula hub, debating silver vs black & sealed vs loose bearing, only a difference of about $20 or so.
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Re: Converting an old Schwinn Le Tour to singlespeed

Postby futon » Fri Oct 21, 2011 10:35 pm

http://bikeisland.com/cgi-bin/BKTK_STOR ... rodID=2335

just start over with this $199 shipped paint flaws 56cm


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Re: Converting an old Schwinn Le Tour to singlespeed

Postby crrimson » Sat Oct 22, 2011 12:42 am

no kidding. I could probably just buy that and take the parts off it for cheaper. Might not be as much fun though
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Re: Converting an old Schwinn Le Tour to singlespeed

Postby crrimson » Sun Oct 30, 2011 11:46 pm

Finally ordered everything for this build, if anyone wants to have a wrench & beer night this fall/winter I think I'll work on this bike. I debated on buying the Dawes, because it is a better deal if I wanted all of the parts on it, but all I want off it was the drivetrain and wheelset, the brakes/bars wouldn't work, so I opted to buy everything seperate.

Also, if anyone has a need for old a$$ Schwinn 27" wheels or brakes & some very small cramped bars just let me know.
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Re: Converting an old Schwinn Le Tour to singlespeed

Postby crrimson » Tue Nov 08, 2011 11:41 pm

Anyone have a tool for these oldschool bottom brackets? (Square taper cranks), I think it might be this
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or this:
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Re: Converting an old Schwinn Le Tour to singlespeed

Postby futon » Wed Nov 09, 2011 5:51 pm

I have a park tool not listed on their page,



I would say go to a shop, usually, you need a sturdy stand and some real leverage to remove bottom brackets that have been in 20 plus years

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Re: Converting an old Schwinn Le Tour to singlespeed

Postby crrimson » Thu Nov 10, 2011 2:07 am

I have the day off tomorrow though so I might bring it to the shop.

One of the shops in town made fun of the last Le Tour I brought in and didn't want to troubleshoot it. They'll probably try and sell me a new bike instead of this one.

I initially just wanted to clean and regrease the BB, but the chain line is way off, so if they know which size BB to order to line this up it would be worth paying them to save me the time of reading measurement specs of every cheap square taper BB on the internet.
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Re: Converting an old Schwinn Le Tour to singlespeed

Postby futon » Thu Nov 10, 2011 12:22 pm

take your new crank with you and they probably have one in stock, they did for my commuter.(Hall's)

On my fixed gear, I moved the chain ring to the inside of the crank, not as pleasing aesthetically, but the chain lines up.
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Re: Converting an old Schwinn Le Tour to singlespeed

Postby crrimson » Thu Nov 10, 2011 12:53 pm

I brought it to Halls, there were a bunch of bikes they were working on already though, so couldn't help out today I'll probably just check back next week.
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Re: Converting an old Schwinn Le Tour to singlespeed

Postby Farmboy » Thu Nov 10, 2011 3:40 pm

sorry I didn't get you called back yesterday. busy at work. crazy busy.
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Re: Converting an old Schwinn Le Tour to singlespeed

Postby Rage » Sun Nov 13, 2011 10:49 pm

crrimson wrote:Anyone have a tool for these oldschool bottom brackets? (Square taper cranks), I think it might be this
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I got it, you're welcome to borrow it if needed.

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Re: Converting an old Schwinn Le Tour to singlespeed

Postby crrimson » Mon Nov 14, 2011 8:30 am

Rage wrote:
crrimson wrote:Anyone have a tool for these oldschool bottom brackets? (Square taper cranks), I think it might be this
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I got it, you're welcome to borrow it if needed.

Rg.


Thanks Rage. I wanted to borrow one when I thought I just needed to clean the BB, now I'm getting a new one to line up the chain, so I'm going to have the shop do it since they can afford to have several BB's to try out and get to fit.
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