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Old 02-05-12, 11:19 PM   #1
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My lowly 1977 Schwinn Superior

I say "lowly" only because "Schwinn Superior" usually makes someone think of the baby Paramount. Mine is almost identical to a Schwinn Sports Tourer with a few minor differences.

I didn't go as crazy with the polish on this bike, I just hate doing it. I created vector art of all the original decals but I changed my mind about replacing them. The original decals have that nice thin, almost painted quality that isn't easy to replace. Plus, new decals make the paint look worse.... it's a slippery, slippery slope. I need to add bar tape to finish it off. I want to use Fizik Microtex again but haven't decided which color.... any suggestions? I'll probably use black tape... I know, boring.

It weighs in at 29 lbs as it stands. It's got most of it's original parts and I made an effort to keep it that way.

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This is the nicest looking Schwinn branded stem I have ever come across

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I kept the dork disc, it's just not a Schwinn without one.

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Old 02-05-12, 11:27 PM   #2
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That's beautiful, a classic. Great job!
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Old 02-06-12, 12:40 AM   #3
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Thank you! It's definitely a classic in my eyes. I've only ridden it about 2 miles so far but it did handle differently than I expected. It was a little racier than I expected. Steering felt more responsive compared to my Mercian. It's the same weight as my Mercian but I thought it felt lighter... I was surprised when I weighed it.
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Old 02-06-12, 02:43 AM   #4
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NICE! I really like it.
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Old 02-06-12, 02:45 AM   #5
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Wow, that came out sharp. I didn't know those were 4130.. very cool!
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Old 02-06-12, 02:51 AM   #6
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Beautiful bike , that green will really stand out in a crowd ! I would have to agree with you on the black bar tape , it would look sharp with the black seat and tires.
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Thanks everyone. Yeah, I think the color is loud enough that colored tape might just make it crazy looking. I did consider pink fizik tape for a minute.

Frank, these are pretty strange frames... they have all the look of the low end Schwinns but were hand built with the Paramounts. They were 2nd in the lineup, right under the Paramounts.... of course that is a pretty big gap. If you look at the picture with the seat cluster you can see a little brass at the joint.

Other rare-ish features for a Schwinn:
- Standard 68mm Bottom Bracket shell with threads
- Forged droupouts with integrated hanger
- No kickstand mounts on the Superiors
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Matt,

Actually, your Superior is more in keeping with the Superior line reaching back to about 1938 when the Paramount was introduced. The various versions were all hand fillet brazed until the "Baby Paramount" was introduced in 1980. Lugged Superiors, while sweet in their own right, are the modern, new fangled way to build this marque.

The color on your Superior is so mid-70s cool!
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The color is a lot wilder looking than I expected. I like the "Flamingo" red ones the best, but there seems to be less of them. I had a Kool Lemon Sports tourer frame and I was choosing between the two... I sold the sports tourer to wrk101... now I need to ship it to him, I am very delinquent on that. The only differences I noticed were the kickstand mount, color and decals.


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Suggest that you match the bar tape color to the decal color. When possible, I like to match the cable casing color the same way. An interior design color matching technique that works like this: find the least used color (as opposed to the most used color) in the item to which you want to match. Match to that least used color.

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A picture of my '76 Superior.

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Old 02-06-12, 06:45 AM   #12
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Nice, so many stylin cues and bits of gear that look a lot like my 79 LeTour IV, except in Strawberry Red. Though it had a lugged frame, Super Maxy crankest, and stem-shifters. My decals were just 90%gone from the down tube and top tube. Some of the seat tube decals were left. I ended up just repainting because the rust was starting to nibble away the frame. Florida IS wet (with salt air). Solid riding bike, nothing special, but rides well.
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Old 02-06-12, 08:08 AM   #13
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I got a flat on while I was out this morning (3rd flat this weekend). Since I couldn't ride, I took a few outside pictures to give a better idea of the color.


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Very nice. I had a 72 Sports Tourer. I eventually switched out the front rings to TA's to get a more usable range. The 54 ring was a little too tall for my riding style.
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Yeah, the 54 is pretty ridiculous and I know I will never use it. The 40t ring is pretty reasonable, I was using a 45 on my Mercian until recently.
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Looks great! I'd probably go with the black tape, either cloth or Fizik.

I'm not familiar with that crankset. Is there a spacer between the two rings? Looks almost like a triple but with no teeth on the middle ring.
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Looks like a real nice, solid, everyday all rounder'! It's definitely purdy and you definitely made it work.
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I'd go with brown Tressostar tape and swap the brown Cane Creek hoods for black ones.
I really like the campus green fillet-brazed frame. -It makes the ultimate, unmistakeable, Schwinn-esque statement.
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Looks great! I'd probably go with the black tape, either cloth or Fizik.

I'm not familiar with that crankset. Is there a spacer between the two rings? Looks almost like a triple but with no teeth on the middle ring.
That toothless spacer is a Schwinn spec thing, i've been told that it was to prevent the chain from dropping between the rings. It's really thin, more of a washer than a chain ring. The sports tourers had them too and an extra chain guard on the outside.

I've got these NOS Gran Compe levers that I thought about using. I really like the bike, but I think those levers might be too special for it.

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Even came with a wrench!

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I like it uh-lawt. That Campus Green is really iconic for me. In the pantheon with:


Looks great with that Brooks too.
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I believe thats Scwinn's lime green. I seem to recall campus green being considerably darker and less metallic.
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Turned out really nice Matt. I think that if you're going with black hooded levers, black tape will work fine. If you were keeping the tan hoods, I'd say go with tan for the bar tape. Of course then I'd also suggest putting on a honey Brooks saddle and putting tanwall tires on it too.

Did you consider converting it to an IGH at some point? (My obligatory IGH boost, natch.)
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Those GCs are some of my favorite levers. Nice buy! Are they too nice for that bike? Yeah, but that doesn't usually stop me.

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Yellow tape w/brown hoods. 2 coats of clear shellac make it a marigold color. Black w/ black hoods.
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Well, I had some free time this afternoon and I decided to butcher the cane creek hoods. They did not fit quite the same as the original weinmann hoods, they have more of a Campy shape. The Weinmann levers had those large barrel adjusters on top, but they were plastic which had chipped and faded. I found some Dia-Compe levers with really nice steel barrel adjusters.

I just used a sharp razor and cut them straight across. It's not as elegant as the original hoods, but I am much happier with the look. It looks less boring to me. I also cut a chunk out from underneath, because it was hitting the lever when I operated the brake.


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