This was a vintage 1979 LeTour IV built in Chicago, Illinois.
Verified by the serial number that was stamped at the factory near the left dropout, it was a beautifully crafted mid level bicycle. Compared with a Peugot in 1979, the frame itself was a filet brazed CroMo that rode beautifully. I purchased it from a young father who had built it but due to his newborn’s attachment to dad, he couldn’t ride it . So, I was fortunate enough to buy this awesome bike with Super Maxi Cranks, Bontrager tyres, grips and saddle for 180.00. This is how I re established my Love of bicycles.
Overhaul and refurbish of an old Schwinn Panther cruiser
Someone’s getting a nice Christmas present
Nice old things.
But the metal on metal of the braking discs produces a lot of heat,
so the grease gets toasted.
(If you’re going to service one, check the thermal rating on your grease. And Shimano makes a fine hub grease.)
Not for going down a lot of hills.
Depending on use, of course, get it serviced every thirty to sixty years, whether it needs it or not.
But not cheap.
Unless you want to keep the bike original, consider buying a new wheel, or even a new hub and have us build a wheel.
But then again, no one makes anything likes this anymore. Took even more time to make than to overhaul.
So if you need one serviced, now you know where.
Been in there; done that.
Feel free to stick questions in the comments, and I’ll answer best I can. -dz