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Old 12-01-07, 07:38 PM   #1
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Restoring Schwinn Super Sport...

Hey all.
I recently picked up an older (I'm thinking mid-70s, but not certain) Schwinn Super Sport. It's in pretty bad shape, been sitting in a farm shed for 10+ years. Basically, I have zero bike repair experience, and would like to learn on this bike. Could anyone recommend a decent primer - either a website or book, for starting and completing this kind of work? Also, would this be a decent candidate to modify into a quality commuter?

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The Super Sport is an excellent around-town commuter bike. Check out www.parktool.com/repair for DIY repairs and www.sheldonbrown.com a bunch of knowledge.
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That Park Tool website is great! Thanks for the info
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welcome to the wonderful world of old Schwinns. I predict you will soon spend a lot of money and will start to obsess over bottom brackets and brake calipers and whether you should get the alloy rims or risk your life with steel in the rain and eventually you will have neighbors giving you old Schwinns. It will never end and you will be pleased. Well thats my story and I'm sticking to it.
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Mike,

We need pictures!

I'm in NE Phoenix and don't mind helping out on a Schwinn.

Stringbreaker, since he's in Scottsdale, steel rims aren't that big a deal, unless he wants to ride on a day like today. We've had more rain the last 36 hours than all year, so far. Some desert!
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Haha, I'll try to get pictures up ASAP - Does anyone know how to take photos from a verizon camera phone and get them online? Eh, either that, or I'll put some up when I get back to Scottsdale in January. Old Fat Guy, it's great to hear that you wouldn't mind helping me out, hopefully I won't make you regret that offer haha.

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Haha, I'll try to get pictures up ASAP - Does anyone know how to take photos from a verizon camera phone and get them online? Eh, either that, or I'll put some up when I get back to Scottsdale in January. Old Fat Guy, it's great to hear that you wouldn't mind helping me out, hopefully I won't make you regret that offer haha.

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The Super Sport came with alloy rims.
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Usually they need new grease (everywhere), new cables and housing (replace them all), and new brake shoes (all four). The original rims are Weinmann alloys but they do not have a hook bead to hold on modern tires. So tires will be hit or miss. Kenda 27 X 1 1/4 will work, some better tires might work, but others will just roll off the rim at about 50 psi. Just for a little inspiration, here's a pic of a SS I found at the dump this summer. It was a mess. Those are not the original wheels (which still need to be rehabed). Good luck.
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The Super Sport came with alloy rims.

Sure did, and butted spokes too! The only things that really made them too heavy are the 3-4 pound crankset, thick seat post clamp, brooks saddle, and components. Congrats on finding one of the great old Schwinns! What color is it? For commuting, I'd recommend Kenda 27 x 1 3/8's with a little tread on them. They fit perfectly in the frame and brakes, and mine rides like a newer hybrid. For brake shoes, Koolstop Continentals, you will not regret your purchase once you hit the road the first time. My SS stops like a modern luxury car, with the same brake feel.,,,,BD

This is during final assembly, I reinstalled the randonneur bars and the front derailleur since then. I am planning a 3 piece crank conversion, but have not done it yet. It should lighten the bike up considerably!



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Ha! I am calling your bluff on that, OFG.

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Sounds spot on!
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We'll see if Panama Red agrees after he's met and consulted with you .

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3 piece crank???

I just grabbed a '68 Schwinn Varsity. My LBS was not very helpful on upgrading to 3 piece, so I bought the parts needed to rebuild the 1 piece. The original crank arm is stamped 28/77, but what size bottom bracket should I buy to convert myself?? Thanks
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I am keeping an eye out for a restore-able old Schwinn road bike.....any to avoid???...any to pray for???? I am a casual (old & outa' shape) biker........
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Check Craigs list in your area there are usually older Schwinns on there
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I just grabbed a '68 Schwinn Varsity. My LBS was not very helpful on upgrading to 3 piece, so I bought the parts needed to rebuild the 1 piece. The original crank arm is stamped 28/77, but what size bottom bracket should I buy to convert myself?? Thanks
I converted a Varsity with Ultegra jewelry last spring. The BB adapter I used is a TRUVATIV bought from Harris. The BB is a Shimano Octalink for Ultegra also bought from Harris. My Ultegra double came from some close-out outfit as did the two Ultegra derails. I did have to use an alloy cast pair of shim "shells" to adapt the FD to fit the Schwinn seat tube (they look like a pair of babbit bearing shells for a connecting rod).

My LBS also was unhelpful so he didn't get in on any of the project.
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I just grabbed a '68 Schwinn Varsity. My LBS was not very helpful on upgrading to 3 piece, so I bought the parts needed to rebuild the 1 piece. The original crank arm is stamped 28/77, but what size bottom bracket should I buy to convert myself?? Thanks
I bought one of those Travitiv Ashtabula-to-3-piece bottom bracket converters for my Schwinn Super Sport. The threading on the unit is English, so bottom bracket cups that are English-threaded will work. As far as axle length, that'll depend on the crankset you're using.

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I am keeping an eye out for a restore-able old Schwinn road bike.....any to avoid???...any to pray for???? I am a casual (old & outa' shape) biker........
The pecking order on Chicago built Schwinn road bikes (1960s-70s) that you are most likely to come across, from least expensive to most, are; Varsity, Continental, Super Sport, Sports Tourer, Paramount. There are a few other models but tend to be rare (Sierra and Superior). All are very reliable and built to last. I also listed them heavy weight to light weight, and there is a noticable difference.

Varsities and Continentals usually can be found in the $10-$150 range.

Super Sports and Sports Tourers in the $50-$300 range.

Paramounts in the $500-$2500 and up range.

There are also the "Schwinn Approved" models built in Japan and Taiwan starting in the early '70s to consider. What size bike do you need and what vintage were you considering?
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The Super Sport would make a great commuting bike. I have restored two. The first was a gift for my dad. After which, having been very impressed with my dad's bike, I bought one for myself. I have attached pictures of my most recent restoration project below. As you can see in the pictures I replaced the twin stick shifters and Huret derailleur with Suntour Barcons and a Shimano Crane GS derailleur. Other than that the bike is still original. I am, however, considering upgrading the original crank (which probably accounts for half the bikes weight). My ultimate goal is to have a Super Sport (which is a very nice frame set) set up with components similar to those used on the early to mid 1970's touring Paramounts.

In terms of where you can go to find information, most, if not all my questions, were answered on this site or on links provided by BF Members.

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Ashtabulan goodness.




I've got to lace up the wheels and figure out what rear derailer to use.
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I've got to lace up the wheels and figure out what rear derailer to use.
Anything BUT the original Schwinn Approved (aka Huret Allvit, the world's worst dérailleur) will do just fine.
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