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Bikeforums.net, a community of bike experts and enthusiasts, contains many discussion threads mentioning the Le Tour. The first was "Le Tour Deluxe," the second one was "Le Tour Luxe" and the third model was called, "Lil Tiger," a departure from the first two models that had decidedly European names.

According to Sheldon Brown, an online bicycle enthusiast, the Schwinn Le Tour line was manufactured by Panasonic for Schwinn.

Some Taiwanese (built by Giant) Schwinns have a date code (on the right rear axle hanger or on the bottom bracket shell) in the format 'Gmmyy'.

This was used to keep the physical year of production, for example 'X9' -- December of 1979, with the model year of the remainder of the production for that model -- 1980.

This could also work for January back to a previous year.

The make of the derailleurs and shifter is Shimano Tiagra or Shimano Sora, while the brakes are from Tektro R 538, with long reach calipers.

The rims are Xero Shawla and the tires are Continental Ultra Sports, both in varying sizes depending on the model.

It is distributed through independent bike shops throughout the country, and lists the shops near you when you enter your ZIP code.

In Chicago, there are about 20 bike shops that sell the Le Tour.

The bike attracted casual riders and those who were in need of a good, functional bike.

Schwinn has reintroduced this beloved line of bikes as a higher-end bike.

The Schwinn Le Tour is a bike model made in the 1970s and 1980s.

According to Re-cycle, the Le Tour is Schwinn's first European-style touring bike, although parts of it are manufactured in Japan.

An example would be 'G0181' and equates to "Giant, January, 1981".