1980 Schwinn Le Tour Half-Mixte Road Bike - Red

1980 schwinn le tour half-mixte road bike - red
Side view

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!

1980 schwinn le tour half-mixte road bike - red
Profile view
1980 schwinn le tour half-mixte road bike - red
Nice front end
1980 schwinn le tour half-mixte road bike - red
City grips and BMX brake levers, part I
1980 schwinn le tour half-mixte road bike - red
City grips and BMX brake levers, part II
1980 schwinn le tour half-mixte road bike - red
Schwinn head badge, 1980 date code
1980 schwinn le tour half-mixte road bike - red
Action alloy handlebars
1980 schwinn le tour half-mixte road bike - red
SunTour stem shifters
1980 schwinn le tour half-mixte road bike - red
Head tube detail
1980 schwinn le tour half-mixte road bike - red
Alloy seatpost and C9 saddle
1980 schwinn le tour half-mixte road bike - red
Front center-pull brake and chrome fork crown cap
1980 schwinn le tour half-mixte road bike - red
Alloy front hub with Halo "secure" skewer
1980 schwinn le tour half-mixte road bike - red
CST Super HP front tire
1980 schwinn le tour half-mixte road bike - red
Center seat tube lug and rear brake routing
1980 schwinn le tour half-mixte road bike - red
Front not-quite-parallelogram with awesome paintwear
1980 schwinn le tour half-mixte road bike - red
Well-worn Schwinn down tube decal
1980 schwinn le tour half-mixte road bike - red
Mixte rear triangle
1980 schwinn le tour half-mixte road bike - red
10 speeds, all "medium"
1980 schwinn le tour half-mixte road bike - red
Alex X404 alloy Rims
1980 schwinn le tour half-mixte road bike - red
Continental Ultra Sport rear tire
1980 schwinn le tour half-mixte road bike - red
Shimano 400ff rear derailleur
1980 schwinn le tour half-mixte road bike - red
Center-pull rear brake mounted under "middle mixte stays"
1980 schwinn le tour half-mixte road bike - red
Non-stock cage pedals
1980 schwinn le tour half-mixte road bike - red
Bikes not Bombs
1980 schwinn le tour half-mixte road bike - red
"X-tra Lite" is a relative term, I guess
1980 schwinn le tour half-mixte road bike - red
Sugino Super Maxy crank and double rings
1980 schwinn le tour half-mixte road bike - red
Sugino Super Maxy crank and cartridge bottom bracket
1980 schwinn le tour half-mixte road bike - red
Halo "secure" rear skewer and rear dropout