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Old 08-13-08, 02:40 AM   #1
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Super Sport Updated!

I made a couple of changes to the '71 Super Sport. I was still feeling wrist pain, so I needed more extension on the handlebars. Then the Le Tour RD blew up on me, so I had to hunt around the garage for a replacement. I went with the long cage Suntour that had served so well on the red Trek 830; it seemed appropriate somehow. So here's a before:

And an after:

The requisite drivetrain photo:

And a little high flange action for you:

And a detail of the brake and shift levers:

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It looks great, especially with those Collegiate/Suburban bars, Suntour shifters and new RD. Are they BMX or MTB brake levers?

Recently I used a similar set of bars on my 2003 C-Dale comfort bike (I hated the MTB type (nearly) straight bar). And at the same time I tossed the fat gel saddle and added a spare Brooks B-15 to see how it felt. With C-Dales smooth, fillet brazed look alike, tube joints, it sort of gives the same appearance of your SS.

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Old 08-13-08, 06:45 AM   #3
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Very nice looking bike. It shows that old Chicago made Schwinns never fade away. I have a yellow Super Sport in my shed that needs some fixing up. I used to have an Opaque Blue one when I was young, so for sentimental reasons I just can't give this one up.
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Looks good. The saddle seems awfully nose-high in the "after" pic. (Ouch!)
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It looks great, especially with those Collegiate/Suburban bars, Suntour shifters and new RD. Are they BMX or MTB brake levers?

Thanks for posting your conversion.
They're MTB levers, from this:

The frame broke at the head tube, and I got all the parts back after my LBS got the frame replaced with a new Trek 820 under warranty. I've been re-using the parts as needed. I like the idea of some of that old bike "living on" with other bikes, like an organ donor.
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