Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: south Georgia
Bikes: 1972 Schwinn super sport, heavy no name each cruiser
new guy here
I'm getting back into this biking thing after many years, I've been riding a heavy nameless beach cruiser bike with no gears, and I have just gotten a 1972 Schwinn Super Sport, I ended up making a 100 mile round trip and paying someone 100 bucks for this bike, it needs work but it mostly complete. It was missing the upper derailer, and apparently one of the bearings out of the headset, I have both of those parts on the way from Ebay, and it's matter of cleaning it up and and unfixing everything he fixed, the paint isn't terrible for a 40 year old bike, it had chips in some places, but I'm going to leave the paint as is, this is a survivor, and I would hate to ruin the character of the bike, it came with a 70's star headlight and generator set, and a best bikes rear rack, which also appears to be from the 70's, while I'm waiting on parts, I modified the light to take an LED replacement bulb, and blasted and painted the light housing black, the chrome was far too gone to save, the bike has black handlebar tape, and the light matches really well. I've sourced a Schwinn 70's rear lamp also on ebay, and I'll modify it also with a high power LED, I'm going to leave the generator on the bike, simply for it's vintage appearance, but I'm mounting a small box with AA batteries on the bottom of the rear rack, I never have liked those generators, the wire going to the back will appear to be for the generator, but it's really power going to the lamps. We have a great bike trail here, plus I plan on riding on the road as often as possible,just as soon as it's road worthy. At night I wear a personal red tube type strobe, but the rear light will help anyway. I'm looking forward to getting this bike in great mechanical condition and enjoying it.