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Old 11-07-09, 03:09 PM   #1
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schwinn world sport information

I just picked up a Schwinn World Sport..yard sale thing..and would like to know a little more about it.

It is in good condition with all the original stuff on it, Weinman rims, Suntour stem shifters, Sugino crank,
Dia compe side pulls with those weird extension brake levers. It is a low end bike (my opinion) the serial number is 4514924. It has a 24" TT and a 26" ST. Just wondering what year it is and any other info you wise guys have :>)

No pics today cause I'm on dial up on the weekends, sorry.

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There is a 4 digit serial number stamped into the head badge. The first 3 digits are the day of the year and the 4th is the las digit of the year. With that number and a picture I can do better. Roger
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Without a picture, either look for the four digit code on the headbadge, or look up the component codes on the vintage Trek site. Schwinn made the World Sport for over 20 years, and a lot of years had Suntour components.
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pictures tomorrow..it looks like an '84...the numbers in the headbadge are 2204.

a couple of observations: what are the little locks on the front wheel for? When I tried to drop the wheel I had to click the locks to take it off. and, when this was made did giants walk the earth? This thing is huge, maybe a 62cm top tube and an even bigger seat tube and the head tube dimension is no small thing either.

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if it is an '84 here are the specs for it:

http://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1...984Ltwt19.html

and that's what it should look like:

http://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1...984Ltwt15.html

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what are the little locks on the front wheel for? When I tried to drop the wheel I had to click the locks to take it off
You mean those little pieces of alloy that you have to plop into screws on the inside of the fork so they do not flap when you ride? Just a Schwinn weirdness...
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a couple of observations: what are the little locks on the front wheel for? When I tried to drop the wheel I had to click the locks to take it off. Mike
They're nicknamed "lawyer lips"... They're there to prevent the front wheel from departing the fork in case you, the rider, are dumb enough not to check the security of the front wheel quick release and then decide to sue the manufacturer because of your negligence.
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They're nicknamed "lawyer lips"... They're there to prevent the front wheel from departing the fork in case you, the rider, are dumb enough not to check the security of the front wheel quick release and then decide to sue the manufacturer because of your negligence.
what's the proper name for these, btw?
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what's the proper name for these, btw?
"Secondary retention system" is what Sheldon called them.

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/gloss_l.html (Scroll down to "Lawyer Lips, Lawyer Tabs"...)
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what are the little locks on the front wheel for? When I tried to drop the wheel I had to click the locks to take it off.
They are a nuisance, but I still like them more than the modern equivalent. New bikes have tabs at the base of the fork tips so that you practically have to unscrew your quick release all the way before you can take off your wheel. Of course, my favorite system is without any legal advice in which case you can just turn your lever and remove your wheel.
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They are a nuisance, but I still like them more than the modern equivalent. New bikes have tabs at the base of the fork tips so that you practically have to unscrew your quick release all the way before you can take off your wheel.
This is kind of interesting, because our 2 most modern bikes (my 1990 cross bike - ok does not qualify as "modern" - and my wife's 2002 super V MTB) have neither of those nuisances. Just a plain old quick release that works the way it should (undo, turn a couple of times, pop the wheel off)
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My new 953 Waterford is the same; no nuisances.
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My mom has a CAAD 3 Cannondale (not sure of the exact year) and my dad has a 2006 Specialized Roubaix, which both have the annoying tabs. Those bikes represent the extent of my experience with modern bikes.
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This is kind of interesting, because our 2 most modern bikes (my 1990 cross bike - ok does not qualify as "modern" - and my wife's 2002 super V MTB) have neither of those nuisances. Just a plain old quick release that works the way it should (undo, turn a couple of times, pop the wheel off)
Actually, yes you do have the "lawyer lips". As you said, you have to turn the QR a few times to release the wheel. That's so the QR will clear the lawyer lips on your modern bike. A bike that truely has no lawyer lips will clear the dropout by simply releasing the QR and needs no turning. I had this on a few old Raleighs and an old Peugeot.
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To the OP. Everyone has their opinion of what a "nice" entry level bike is. Ever since I found a World Sport at a yard sale (since flipped) I've always believed that the first nice entry level Schwinn in the mid to late 80s was the World Sport. In the mid-80s it was the first model with chromoly main tubes. YOurs also has alloy rims and a front QR. Add the alloy cranks, Suntour AR derailers and you've got a pretty decent bike. Mine had alloy bar sleeve too. In short, I think the World Sport is a respectable bike as vintage bikes go, certainly still entry level, but respectable.
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Pictures!!!

I just posted it on Craigslist today. I rode it and it rides great but it has a standover height of 36".....not this little guy (5'9" 30" inseam)

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