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Hello Bikeforums.net members!
My name is Brad. I have been lurking here for a few weeks and finally decided to jump into the forum community. I have been in possession of a 1971 Schwinn Super Sport for a while, but until recently, have had no particular interest or need to work on it. That changed a few months ago when I decided to start training for a local sprint triathlon. Of course, that gives me reason to work on it!
The bike is in pretty rough shape, as the attached pictures demonstrate. But having a mechanical inclination, I appreciate the challenge. My hope is to ride this thing through a few sprint tri's before any serious upgrades, and hopefully enjoy some road cycling along the way.
Welcome to the forums. Be sure to check out the Vintage forum for help on restoring your SS.
08-02-11, 07:18 AM
Howdy and welcome to the forums! Looks like a good project.
Thanks! Just got back in from spending a bit of time with the bike and it's coming along already. I'm going to have to replace the brake and shifter cables in addition to the tubes, tires, and brake pads, but I figure all that's pretty routine for a bike of this "vintage" shall we say. But I got the wheels to spin pretty true, at least enough to be comfortable at low speed, and I replaced the rotting seat that was left on it with a Bianchi my brother found lying around. The brakes are in bad shape, but again, that's to be expected.
It seems that the crankset, gears, derailleur, etc are all original, but in pretty rough shape. I'm thinking about pulling the whole thing apart for cleaning and inspection to see how much of it is realistically worth keeping. In most cases I'm into the vintage thing, but I'd have to source a Schwinn seat, handlebar, and pedals to have the complete set. Given what I've read about the weight and relative crudeness (at least compared to the frame) of some of the components, it doesn't surprise me that the previous owner had switched them to European-built components some time before.
Anyway, thanks for the welcome! I'm sure I'll have several threads in the Vintage, Road Bike, and/or Triathlon subforums in no time, for if anyone's interested in what happens to this thing, that's where I'll be. :)
08-02-11, 01:19 PM
hello and welcome
08-02-11, 01:22 PM
Looks like once you fix that beauty up, you'll get a ton of miles out of it!!
I have a similar bike (nishiki, american eagle) which I feel may last me a lifetime.
I highly recommend Mothers Mag Wheel polish to get those metal components shiny. Available at any car parts store.
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