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Old 11-27-07, 01:50 PM   #1
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1972 Schwinn Super Sport

Hi resident Schwinn experts,

I have a Schwinn Super Sport, built in August of 1972 which needs a repaint, but I'm trying to decide if I'm keeping the 'Kool Lemon' or go with a different color...

http://www.geocities.com/sldatabook/detail7074.html says at the top of the description that Kool Lemon, opaque blue, and opaque green were offered. At the bottom, it additionally lists burgundy...

Was burgundy a valid color? If so, does anyone have a picture of the Schwinn burgundy? Or for that matter, either of the opaque colors?

Also, are these "Ratchet type fingertip dérailleur controls" the Suntour "Schwinn Approved" Barends?

Thanks a bunch everyone!
Richard

PS, this frame is slightly too big (I think its the 24" model). If anyone has a smaller, similar vintage Super Sport and wants to trade for a bigger one, PM me.
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Here's a Burgundy '72.

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Here's a Burgundy '72.

Wow. I have a new favorite Paramount color.
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Yeah, that is pretty...
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...and here's a '71 Super Sport in Burgundy, that I found at the dump this summer.



...and here's a '73 Super Sport in really abused Opaque Green. el twe was really hard on the paint, not to mention the stuck stem in the fork.



...which Dr.Deltron is painting a beautiful Candy Red. It's his version of early '60s Schwinn Radiant Red. Along with the white panel on the seat tube it will have yellow accents.



If you decide to repaint your SS, JRrestore can help you with the decals.

Some will disagree, but feel free to paint it whatever color you like. While SSs are not the most prolific Schwinn, there are more than enough around, and virtually none have any history (i.e. no one famous rode it to victory in the TdF ), that personalizing it to your tastes, should not be any big deal. My feelings are you must enjoy yourself! And then post plenty of pictures so we can enjoy your accomplishments.

Thanks for asking and welcome to C&V!
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If you decide to repaint your SS, JRrestore can help you with the decals.

Some will disagree, but feel free to paint it whatever color you like. While SSs are not the most prolific Schwinn, there are more than enough around, and virtually none have any history (i.e. no one famous rode it to victory in the TdF ), that personalizing it to your tastes, should not be any big deal. My feelings are you must enjoy yourself! And then post plenty of pictures so we can enjoy your accomplishments.

Thanks for asking and welcome to C&V!
Hi, thanks! Normally I'm the lurker type, because most of the questions I'd ask I can easily find by searching/etc. I'll probably stick with a stock color just for the fun of preserving accuracy but I'm planning on hanging modern components on it. I just need to piece together the rest of my 9 speed campy chorus gruppo.

What's the seatpost size on these guys? I measured mine with my caliper and it looks like a 26.8. Sound right?

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You can blame my neighbor (the original owner) for the paint, pastorbob! Too bad you had to get rid of the Johnny's Sports sticker...
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Here is my repainted Burgundy '72........

I think it is the best color offered that year.

These days it has different rims and a Brooks saddle.

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My "73" opaque blue Super Sport still my baby
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Pastorbob, exactly where IS the "dump" where you found your Super Sport? That is a really sharp looking Schwinn, especially at age 36.

When I see bikes in the trash in MY neighborhood, they seem to always be a Huffy with a missing back wheel and a twisted fork.
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Here is my repainted Burgundy '72........

I think it is the best color offered that year.

These days it has different rims and a Brooks saddle.

I want one of those pink flamingo waterbottle cages. Where do you get one of those?
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Pastorbob, exactly where IS the "dump" where you found your Super Sport? That is a really sharp looking Schwinn, especially at age 36.

When I see bikes in the trash in MY neighborhood, they seem to always be a Huffy with a missing back wheel and a twisted fork.
On the other side of the typical small New England town in which I live. About 4 miles by car or a nice 8 mile bike ride past a couple of beautiful mountain glacier lakes. Today the dump blessed me with a Lemon Varsity and a rusty old AMF Road Master. Check the dump find sticky.
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This 64 SuperSport came in "Terra Cota Red"
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Hi, thanks! Normally I'm the lurker type, because most of the questions I'd ask I can easily find by searching/etc. I'll probably stick with a stock color just for the fun of preserving accuracy but I'm planning on hanging modern components on it. I just need to piece together the rest of my 9 speed campy chorus gruppo.

What's the seatpost size on these guys? I measured mine with my caliper and it looks like a 26.8. Sound right?

Thanks,
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26.8 is correct on the seatpost.

I'm no expert on spreading rear chain stays, but I wonder if you could go to a 9 speed on a Super Sport. Two reasons for me pondering this: First, the kickstand mounting tube is mounted at an angle, which is different then most better framed bikes which uses a bridge at right angles just behind the BB. Would the angled tube cause one side to spread differently then the other? Second, there's not a great deal of clearance between the leading edge of the rear wheel and that kickstand tube. Would spreading place the wheel closer? Just thinking out loud! Best of luck on your project!
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Is that a 21" frame?

All I find are 23" and larger
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