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Old 04-23-08, 01:02 PM   #1
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Vintage Schwinn SuperSport single speed conversion

I'd like to purchase this bike, but I think it might be too expensive. Could anyone suggest a fair price for what's offered here?

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Circa 1982 champagne Schwinn SuperSport single speed conversion for sale. This is a really big bike...I'd say you should probably be at least 6'-3 to ride this comfortably. I bought the bike without actually confirming the size and it's a couple of centimeters too big for me. In any case, this is a great bike and needs absolutely nothing additional to make it work. Brand new parts include:

Shimano brake
SRAM chain
Tektro brake lever
Cinelli bar tape.

The tires are newer. Everything else is vintage including the Schwinn hubs, Ukai alloy rims, Tange Levin headset. Standard MKS pedals. The handle bar is a chopped road bar.

The frame is in good shape for its age...no rust, no dings, no dents...just some scratches to the frame.

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34-3/4 stand over height, 62 cm seat tube length center to center.
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Old 04-23-08, 01:02 PM   #2
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he's charging $325 by the way
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Old 04-23-08, 01:19 PM   #3
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Depends on where you are. People doing conversions for resale aren't looking to give you a bargain; they're looking to make a buck. If you want/need to go cheap, look for a good lugged bike at yard sales, church sales, thrift stores, etc. and do the conversion yourself. It's not hard to do if you have a little time, a few tools, a modicom of mechanical aptitude, et al. To answer your question as best I can, I'd agree it seems high, but at least in a big city the seller might well get his asking price. Check the completed listings on ebay for comps, and offer him what you think you'd feel good about paying. If he balks, there will be another bike to bid on soon.
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Yow -- way too much. The Super Sport was a fillet-brazed frame. Quite nice, actually, but nothing I'd pay that kind of money for. I ride bikes that size as do several of the lads here, and I want to tell you they aren't all that uncommon. I see stuff like that advertized around here for about $200 less.
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Yow -- way too much. The Super Sport was a fillet-brazed frame. Quite nice, actually, but nothing I'd pay that kind of money for. I ride bikes that size as do several of the lads here, and I want to tell you they aren't all that uncommon. I see stuff like that advertized around here for about $200 less.
The seventies Super Sports were fillet brazed. This one, if it's an '82, is lugged chromoly (double-butted top and down tubes).

1982 Super Sport catalog page
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The seventies Super Sports were fillet brazed. This one, if it's an '82, is lugged chromoly (double-butted top and down tubes).

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I stand corrected! Still $175 too much!
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The seventies Super Sports were fillet brazed. This one, if it's an '82, is lugged chromoly (double-butted top and down tubes).

1982 Super Sport catalog page
I have one of the lugged touring models, Tange #2, made by Panasonic I believe. Really nice bike. I picked it up on Ebay about a year and a half ago for well under $200 incl. shipping.
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These frames are kind of wobbly. Be aware of that. Nowhere near as stiff as newer frames.
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These frames are kind of wobbly. Be aware of that. Nowhere near as stiff as newer frames.
I'd have to say "wobbly" is overstating it by a fair margin, but I'll concede that this isn't a track frame.
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I'd have to say "wobbly" is overstating it by a fair margin, but I'll concede that this isn't a track frame.
For stiffness, the '82 Schwinn Super Sport 25" is built from Tange No. 2 single butted rather than double butted tubing. I'm 6'3" 250#. Going around corners hard at speed there is some very, very slight flex in the chro-mo front fork.

I know there is some slight flex because occasionally I can hear it against the front brake shoes which are adjusted about 1/8" from the rim. Otherwise it's plenty stiff. My alternate rider is an '84 Miyata 610, which around the curves has no front fork flex whatsoever. Both bikes are very similarly built up, and their weights are very very close.

For reference, a 1985 Schwinn Traveler passed through the stable a while ago. Now that was a noodly frame!
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