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    Schwinn Super Sport - Vintage 1970s

    Hi everyone, I own a Schwinn Super Sport, men's, 27",
    burgendy in color all original parts except for saddle, which
    is English-made, leather; in mint, really mint, condition.
    It also has the Schwinn generator-powered lights of the
    '70s. Anyway, I am thinking about exchanging it for a
    tandem (twin or double) bike, but I have no idea of how
    much this Schwinn is worth.

    Any idea?

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    I bought one last year for $20 at a yard sale.

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    If you could post some pictures that would help.

    The fillet-brazed Chicago Schwinns are great riding bikes. If it is all original and in good condition you will have some interested parties. Here in Denver a mint condition SS can go for as high as $180

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    Two weeks ago at a LBS bike swap a pretty nice one sold very early in the swap for 100.00. This is in northern Minnesota.

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    I paid ten bucks for this one, but it was at a thrift store. It wasn't this nice when I started, but close.I would take no less than $200 if I were planning to sell it. I am not planning to sell it anytime soon.,,,,BD



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    A few months ago, I sold a 1964 SuperSport to a collector for $250. I was only asking $125 but that was after I had removed the saddle & stem/bars/brake levers for separate sale. It had very good paint & the original owners manual with notes by the owner. The original Brooks B15 saddle was in good condition and the Ambrosio track bars with ambrosio adjustable stem plus the Weinman brake levers with "red button" brake release are very scarce. The buyer offered $250 for everything & I agreed mostly to keep the bike original, despite being able to get more $$ selling the parts on e-Bay. This is probably the most you could expect for the whole bike but, depending on condition & the specific parts on your bike, you might be able to make more $$ by disassembling & selling the parts separately. Don
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    Which bars did they come with anyway? Mine had a set of AVA's with no crests, and no upturn on the
    uprights. They were supposed to have the same randonneur type as the Continental right?,,,,BD

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikedued
    Which bars did they come with anyway? Mine had a set of AVA's with no crests, and no upturn on the
    uprights. They were supposed to have the same randonneur type as the Continental right?,,,,BD
    I am almost positive the randonneur bend is correct (and VERY popular in the early 1970s; my 1971 Nishiki came with randonneur bars, as well), but the SS may have come with aluminum bars, instead of the Conti's steels.
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    Conti's came with alloy bars and stems. Collegiate sports and Varsity's came with steel bars and stems, IIRC.,,,,BD

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    Hi again everyone,
    I have tried unsuccesfully to upload pictures of the Schiwnn Super Sport, men's, 27" burgendy bike.
    By the serial number it seems circa 1963.
    Anyway, the bike is in excellent condition. The saddle, "Brooks B-15" leather, is in fair condition.
    New tubes and tires; ready to ride or collect.

    Schwinn or "Schwinn-Approved" parts, including front and rear generator-powered lights.

    "Crome Molybdenum" material; made in Chicago.

    It also has a "zefal sp4" air pump and an "Equus" computer.

    Special thanks for those who have post that are giving me an idea of how much it is worth.

    Rose13

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    A 63 model would be worth more than a 70's model, simply for the fact that it most likely has
    forged dropouts! They stopped doing that on 71 models if my history is correct. Please email me a pic of the RIGHT side of the bike, like my picture above. Best pictures are taken from about level with the top tube or just below, and from about 10 to 15 feet away. Try to fill the frame with the bike, without clipping anything off. Solid background, or outdoors with the nearest object several 40-50 feet away. I'm sure everyone here will want to at least see this bike! It should be VERY nice, given the vintage.,,,,BD

    Send picture to ninety-eight1 (AT) earthlink.net without the spaces and correct "at" symbol.

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    Correction

    The Schwinn Super Sport, according to the bigining of its serial number, "J 0" should have
    had a date of manufacture of September, 1970.
    Also, the strap around the handle bar looks new.
    Rose13

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose13
    . . . Anyway, I am thinking about exchanging it for a
    tandem (twin or double) bike, but I have no idea of how
    much this Schwinn is worth.

    Any idea?
    Rose, nobody on this forum can tell you accurately what your bike is worth.
    You have to put it up for sale in the largest market possible, and that is usually
    ebay.

    Something is "worth" what the market will bear.

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    There wouldn't be an O or a zero as the second position? Same with I and 1. It was to avoid confusion when reading them? A 1970 would have a JF prefix. Could it be a Q, that would make it a 79?,,,,BD

    Where is the serial number located? On the rear dropout, or on the head tube on the right side?
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    Let me see if I get this right... (as a newbie, I still don't know the bike parts by their names!)
    What I think is the serial number, is located in the front (below the handlebars), just below the
    metal "Schwinn" plate.
    Rose13

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    Yep, that would be the location. If it was older than 70, it would be elsewhere....

    Well, there was a JO S/N series in 1960, but the location under the headbadge means 70 or 71 up model. I'm not sure of the cutoff year. My 71 Continental is a JG (July of 71), a 1970 would be F as the second letter. Could the O actually be a Q??,,,,BD

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    The first year for the Super Sport was '64.

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    According to Mike Rother's article on Sheldon Brown's website, the Super Sport was made from 1964-1973. "Before 1965 serial numbers were stamped onto a rear dropout. Beginning in 1965 serial numbers were moved to the head tube and the following date system was used for all Schwinns except Paramounts. The letter at the beginning of the serial number indicates the month of manufacture, skipping the letter "I." For example, "A" = January, "B" = February, and "J" = September. The second letter of the serial number indicates the year of manufacture (not the model year), beginning with "A" = 1965. Skip the letter I & O. Sports Tourer KH017873, for example, was built in October 1972."

    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/schwinn-braze.html

    If the serial number is on the headtube, not on a dropout (thingy the rear axle goes into), the second character in the serial number must belong to this set: [A (year=1965) through H (year=1972) or J (year=1973)].

    According to Bob Hufford's Schwinn Lightweight Data Bible, er, Book, the color Burgundy was offered only in 1971.

    Thus, Rose, your bike is almost certainly a 1971. See The Book entry here:

    http://www.geocities.com/sldatabook/...1971supersport

    In 1971, this bike cost $136.95. In 2007 dollars, that's $694.39.

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    Ah, 1964 24" Sky Blue Super Sport with original Brooks in good condition, where are you my darling?

    Or your tall, beautiful younger sister, 1972 26" Opaque Blue Super Sport?

    Long time passing.

    Sigh.

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    Oops, didn't mean to give any false info. Did they stop making the frames in 1973? I know I've seen bikes assembled later than that. The ebay 77 for example, the guy stuck to his story even after he was told about the badge showing assembly date. My opaque blue is dated mid 73, but is nearly all late 74 dated parts.,,,,BD

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    Slightly off-point, but since we're discussing Super Sports, I'm interested in how the Japanese-made lugged frames fit into the lineage, if someone knows. I believe they were made by Panasonic. Here's a couple shots of mine:




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    Here's a finished ebay Super Sport auction for one that looks close to new condition. Sold for $350 and about $79 more for shipping. I've seen thrashed Super Sports and wasn't very impressed but that yellow one looks nice.

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    That's interesting, BD. The article on Sheldon's site (or was it somebody in an earlier post?) stresses that SNs give you the date of manufacture, not the model year. Also, I think we've heard enough stories from reputable sources about companies selling bikes or frames left over from previous years to make strange combinations possible.

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