1980 Schwinn Le Tour Half-Mixte Road Bike - Red
The decal on the down tube of this 1980 Schwinn Le Tour half-mixte road bike is from Bikes not Bombs, so lets give them credit for turning what was probably a totally nondescript early-1980s ten-speed into a slightly-not-quite-as-nondescript city cruiser.
Upgrades include aluminum upright handlebars, brown grips with stimulating pleasure nubs, and an alloy seatpost and Cloud 9 saddle. The wheels are low-end alloys with Alex X404 rims, held in place by Halo "secure" skewers, which will foil any wheel thief who forgot to leave home with his 6mm allen wrench. And a modern cartridge-style bottom bracket provides a smooth, maintenance-free alternative to the stock ball-bearing setup.
Regardless of the upgrades, this is basically a yawn-inducing bike. The color is great, and I love the paint wear, but the half-mixte frame seems to represent a serious lack of commitment. The seat is probably comfortable, and the alloy post is lightweight, but they look weird on a 1980 Schwinn. And on a bike like this, I want to see some high-flange Weinmanns or "Schwinn Approved" hubs, not a cheap set of generic alloys.
So since the bike bores me, I put it in front of a big tractor, which is awesome, and shot some photos, which you can view below!