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Old 05-13-17, 10:09 PM   #1
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Keep or Sell my 1980's Schwinn SuperSport?

I'm going to request your input on what is probably a very personal​ decision. Recently my grandfather passed away and I inherited his very lightly used 1980's Schwinn SuperSport touring bike. It's a great bike but I rarely use it. I have another bike I use almost everyday. I'm trying to decide whether to sell it or keep it. Storage and usage are currently my biggest issues. Although I loved my grandfather dearly I'm not sentimental. What do you think, should I keep it or get rid of it? If I keep it I would likely convert it to my daily commuter bike. The thing is I really like the bike I have now although it has some issues. Here is what I'm thinking:
Scenario 1: keep the bike and get ride of my current daily commuter bike. The SuperSport has these things going for it:
* Front and rear racks installed and ready to go. My current bike only has a rear rack.
* This bike might have room for fenders, my current bike definitely doesn't have room for fenders.
* The SuperSport is a lighter frame.

Scenario 2: Sell the SuperSport and keep using my bike as my main commuter bike.
My bike (similar yet slightly newer Schwinn WorldSport) has these things going for it:
* The frame is heavier and feels like it could last a few lifetimes.
* I've put a lot of work into it. Schwalbe tires, replaced bottom bracket, new rear rack, and few other details. (as I type this I think I just fell for the sunk cost fallacy).

Scenario 3: keep both bikes and only ride the one (basically continue as I have been) and have no space.

Scenario 4: sell both bikes, both of which I would consider to be classics, and use proceeds to buy a more modern commuter bike. Probably my least favorite scenario right now. But definitely something I'm considering.

Scenario 5: A scenario I haven't thought of that you might have. Please share your ideas. What could I do? What would you do?
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Old 05-13-17, 10:27 PM   #2
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Keep your grandfather's Super Sport if it fits you. It is better and lighter than a World Sport and will last just as long. Transfer the best items from the World Sport to the Super Sport. Sell the World Sport if you really have storage issues.

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The thing is I really like the bike I have now although it has some issues.
...what are the issues ? I live in Sacramento. There's no way I would commute on a bike without fenders here. Even if you don't ever ride to work when it's raining, without fenders you're less likely to ride when it's not raining but still wet on the roads.

I seriously doubt you can buy a better "modern" bike for commuting than the Super Sport...if it fits.
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realperson, how tall are you?
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Hard to beat a 1981ish Super Sport, but if you are riding it with 8" of seatpost exposed, it is too small.
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Hard to beat a 1981ish Super Sport, but if you are riding it with 8" of seatpost exposed, it is too small.
That's another thing I forgot to mention; my grandfather was more than half a foot shorter than I was. The super sport does seem a little small.
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...what are the issues ? I live in Sacramento. There's no way I would commute on a bike without fenders here. Even if you don't ever ride to work when it's raining, without fenders you're less likely to ride when it's not raining but still wet on the roads.

I seriously doubt you can buy a better "modern" bike for commuting than the Super Sport...if it fits.
The main issue is the lack of real estate to put fenders on. You exactly hit on one of my concerns​ about commuting in Sacramento. I know I'll make some excuse about the roads being wet and then not ride that day. Aside from that, the other issues are small that I​ think I could fix myself.
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That's another thing I forgot to mention; my grandfather was more than half a foot shorter than I was. The super sport does seem a little small.
That looks like a 21" bike- good for someone around 5'8" or slightly shorter.

That is a top of the line bike. Because you have the racks and the aero water bottle- check values on eBay before you sell it. It's relatively rare for those bikes to come with those pieces, and they're nearly impossible to replace.
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Yes, way too small for you. I would think you need a 58 or 59cm. Strip the frame of everything except the headset and maybe the bottom bracket. Sell the frame/fork in C&V Sales Forum here.
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neat accessories, looks like a Schwinn approved pump.
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Give it to a family member who will havr use for it if there are any relatives near you.
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The main issue is the lack of real estate to put fenders on. You exactly hit on one of my concerns​ about commuting in Sacramento. I know I'll make some excuse about the roads being wet and then not ride that day. Aside from that, the other issues are small that I​ think I could fix myself.


...I don't think I've ever seen a Schwinn World Sport from that era that I didn't think I could mount fenders on.

I guess if you've got really fat tyres on there, and if it's got 27" wheels, maybe there's no room left. Were I you, before I gave up on it as a commuter, I'd take it over to maybe Addison's cycle Reparium, or the Edible Pedal in West Sac, or even the guys in the old Edible Pedal shop on Liestal Alley (Velo Trap ? )and get another opinion.

If you're happy with the bike in terms of fit, there's no reason you couldn't continue to commute on it if you can work the fendering thing out. Maybe drop down a tyre size for winter riding, or if you're feeling flush with cash, put on some 700c wheels......but once you start doing stuff like that you've probably invested more in the bike than you'll get back if you decide to sell it.

If the Super Sport were mine to dispose of, I would not strip and part it out. Those racks, for example, won't fit properly on a lot of other bikes.
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...I don't think I've ever seen a Schwinn World Sport from that era that I didn't think I could mount fenders on.
The world sport currently​has 27 inch tires. There's absolutely no space for fenders. I actually have taken it to Edible Pedal and they agreed. They said I could do a rear flap fender but after putting a rear rack on I'm not sure how I would do that. I wonder if I put smaller tires on if I can then fit fenders.
Both the world sport and the super sport are beautiful bikes and I'd hate to get rid of either but it's not practical to have both.
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Thanks everyone for the input. I've decided to put the Super Sport bike up for sale.
The final factor is the fact it was too small. Interesting how I didn't think of that earlier. I guess I was too​ distracted by the beautiful bike.
I'll just work with the World Sport that I have now.
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