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Schwinn 1972 Super Sport 10 Speed

Old 03-01-24, 02:50 PM
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Schwinn 1972 Super Sport 10 Speed

I'd like to get some suggestions about the current value of my Schwinn 27" Super Sport. Its in great shape with all original equipment in a baby blue. 27 inch wheels with quick releases, stem mounted friction shifters, integrated kick stand, duel control brakes. It rides great and brakes and gears all work.
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Hello Paul and Welcome To The Forum

Your bicycle will generate more response it you were to post it to this forum:

https://www.thecabe.com

there is a sub-forum there entitled "Schwinn lightweights" which would be a good place to post

one needs to register to post and registration is without cost


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Iíve had this listed local marketplace for 45. Not pretty to look at, but rides awesome. Zero interest.
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27" wheels are a deal breaker for a lot of people.
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Those are really nice bikes -- very different than their Varsity brethren -- fillet brazed, nice riders. The problem is that most folks can't tell the difference. Kdogbikes example for $45 going unsold is a good example -- esp with the Brooks saddle!

You can post photos in your gallery here and then post on this thread saying you've done so -- and folks will repost them for you (or make 10 posts and be able to post them directly yourself) -- photos REALLY help in establishing value.

You say yours is 27" -- is that the frame size (really tall?) or are you conflating wheel and frame size. 27" wheels are no longer common, but there are still good tire options out there, and for someone who actually knows what this bike is it will not be too big a barrier.

Assuming good condition and a bit of luck $75-$100 is not out of line. If it is actually a 27" frame I'd buy it if I were not halfway across the country!

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I believe there were only 3 sizes on these and measured to the top of the seat tube clamp. I have 3 from 1973. I sold a beautiful 1972 in the tall size a couple years ago locally to a gentleman that already had one, but wanted another cleaner one. He drove 50 miles for it. That is the market; finding that nostalgic guy. That one sold for $200. That blue was fairly common here in the Midwest.



1972, all stock except derailleur and maybe cables

Last year at the Monroe Michigan bike swap which is very large and well attended, a dealer had a VERY nice 73 in the mid size for something like $230-250. It was stock and very clean, but I don’t think he was getting any action. So unless yours is practically pristine, I think maybe $100 or a bit more. $150 maybe to the right guy and $200 for a show piece. We need pics from you to evaluate better of course. Here’s mine. I love the Super Sport!



My nicest one in close to stock form



Family photo; all 1973
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Value depends on your location and your ability to market. All original often means has not been maintained in 40 years. I buy "all original" bikes all the time. Anything with bearings: wheel hubs, headset, bottom bracket, pedals, will need to be disassembled, cleaned, and fresh grease. These tasks mean the buyer has to do the work themselves, as the cost to have a shop do this work will be several hundreds of dollars. Then you have rubber parts, like brake pads and tires. Add chain, freewheel clean, flush and re-oil, fresh cables and housings.

When I obtain bikes like this, my first step is a complete tear down to the bare frame. Then I clean, replace bearings, fresh grease, and the process begins. I have two in the queue right now. One is an all chrome vintage MTB with zero rust. Even though I bought it cheap, I won't make any money on it.

In my market, an all original Super Sport from that era will bring $25 to $50. To the average buyer, $50 will buy a used bike that weighs at least 10 pounds less, with much nicer components (like a three piece crankset and a much better derailleur set). Schwinn spec'd in some really low end parts on these bikes, except for the Brooks saddle. It's kind of sad, as they knew how to make them better, but by the 1970s, they ran the business on auto pilot, not upgrading anything. When the Japanese bikes started entering the market in the early 1970s, it was an eye opener.

Years ago, I sold one for $250. Those days are long over.

Hopefully your market is better, but, I have bought a lot of bikes in the Denver market as I found that market to be very soft. Hopefully you can do better.


Denver market right now:

Trek 900: $30.

While a Trek 900 is a MTB, for a recreational rider, I find these old school MTBs provide a lot of value. Great brakes compared to the SS, can take a myriad of tire widths, 26 inch tires are plentiful, can handle any rack front or rear, better shifting, list goes on and on.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...7-3235a08693e4

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While on the " heavy side " ...The Super Sport is one of the BEST riding bikes !!!
Smooth...stable....sturdy !!!
I have one,.... 1973 all original. I never ride it as I have a 2003 Lemond Alpe D' Huez I ride most of the time.
The " vintage" bike market is " soft" right now as mentioned above.
It all depends how quick you want to sell and where you live....

If it's in good shape and rideable , I would say $ 125.00--- $150.00.
Where else can someone find a cro-moly frame with a Brooks Leather saddle, that will not fall apart like Walmart/Target stuff for 150.00 **********
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Thanks for your feedback and Suggestion!
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Thanks for your feedback! Good points made.
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I can't comment on the value of your Super Sport, 9062pen, but all of these pics in this thread bring back a ton of memories! I had a Super Sport, mid-sized and blue, back in the day. Actually used it to complete a century ride back in 1973(!). Wasn't smart enough to know that it couldn't be done back then (or so the "experts" told me). That bike served me well. The good ol' days......

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Originally Posted by Mikey58
Actually used it to complete a century ride back in 1973(!). Wasn't smart enough to know that it couldn't be done back then (or so the "experts" told me). That bike served me well. The good ol' days......
A good friend road a 1969 SS from Los Angeles to San Francisco. All my buddies decided that right out of High School they wanted to ride to SFO and they all road whatever they had.
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I stepped up to a late sixties SS in the same blue hue as my first 'quality' bike and at the time $104.99 of my lawn mowing/paper route savings was a major hit - and made me a subject of ridicule in the neighborhood. It would be the last bike with clinchers and the beginning of a life-long passion that has defined my adult life. A C-note and change in exchange for my fondest reason for waking up in the morning for over half a century is money well spent. One difference from the slightly newer bikes on this post is my ride had zero Asian parts on it: derailleurs were Huret, brakes and rims were Weinmann, a fully plated tubular fork and the rear dropouts were Campy - most likely from the shelf in the Paramount Room.
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The market for these is fading most of the guys who would buy them for sentimental value are now retiring and selling of there bikes and cars not buying and they are not old or nice enough to be good collectors bikes.
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Originally Posted by wrk101
Value depends on your location and your ability to market. All original often means has not been maintained in 40 years. I buy "all original" bikes all the time. Anything with bearings: wheel hubs, headset, bottom bracket, pedals, will need to be disassembled, cleaned, and fresh grease. These tasks mean the buyer has to do the work themselves, as the cost to have a shop do this work will be several hundreds of dollars. Then you have rubber parts, like brake pads and tires. Add chain, freewheel clean, flush and re-oil, fresh cables and housings.

When I obtain bikes like this, my first step is a complete tear down to the bare frame. Then I clean, replace bearings, fresh grease, and the process begins. I have two in the queue right now. One is an all chrome vintage MTB with zero rust. Even though I bought it cheap, I won't make any money on it.

In my market, an all original Super Sport from that era will bring $25 to $50. To the average buyer, $50 will buy a used bike that weighs at least 10 pounds less, with much nicer components (like a three piece crankset and a much better derailleur set). Schwinn spec'd in some really low end parts on these bikes, except for the Brooks saddle. It's kind of sad, as they knew how to make them better, but by the 1970s, they ran the business on auto pilot, not upgrading anything. When the Japanese bikes started entering the market in the early 1970s, it was an eye opener.

Years ago, I sold one for $250. Those days are long over.

Hopefully your market is better, but, I have bought a lot of bikes in the Denver market as I found that market to be very soft. Hopefully you can do better.


Denver market right now:

Trek 900: $30.

While a Trek 900 is a MTB, for a recreational rider, I find these old school MTBs provide a lot of value. Great brakes compared to the SS, can take a myriad of tire widths, 26 inch tires are plentiful, can handle any rack front or rear, better shifting, list goes on and on.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...7-3235a08693e4
+1 the Denver market has pretty much been a big soft market for 40 or so years now just a lot of great bikes at silly low and silly high prices with not much actually selling at FMV for the rest of the US.
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+1 the Denver market has pretty much been a big soft market for 40 or so years now just a lot of great bikes at silly low and silly high prices with not much actually selling at FMV for the rest of the US.
Yeah I agree with that. Asking prices are all over the place, with some really basic bikes in the $250-$350 range, and then you get vintage Treks for $40.

There has been one on fb marketplace for $20, although it is slightly on the larger size. But still.
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Originally Posted by Mikey58
I can't comment on the value of your Super Sport, 9062pen, but all of these pics in this thread bring back a ton of memories! I had a Super Sport, mid-sized and blue, back in the day. Actually used it to complete a century ride back in 1973(!). Wasn't smart enough to know that it couldn't be done back then (or so the "experts" told me). That bike served me well. The good ol' days......

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On my 73 I did several centuries while loaded on a solo Ohio tour to see a buddy. I wasn’t really trying to accomplish this, but just traveling. My older brother competed in a 24 hr endurance ride on his in about 1975 in Tulsa on a closed course. He did just over 300 miles. I guess I wasn’t smart enough either to know one couldn’t tour on a Super Sport.
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