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Schwinn Superior???

Old 08-04-19, 09:31 PM
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Schwinn Superior???

Got a complete Schwinn Superior at a rummage and have put tires and cables on it and it rode NICE!!

All of my investigations and parts match the Schwinn Superior, Badge date puts it in end of 1978.

There is no "Superior" label on the top tube. Doesn't seem to have ever been painted with the letters but it is pretty weathered.

Question: Anyone ever know of them not putting the name of the bike on the frame?
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Old 08-04-19, 10:21 PM
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The decals used at that time were very fragile. It is not surprising that they are no longer visible. Post pics of the bike (drive side) along with pics of the serial and badge numbers and we can be more helpful.
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Old 08-04-19, 11:03 PM
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Yes as Metacortex mentions, the modern looking graphics were more easily worn off than the decals of pre '76 that had that old timey Schwinn graphics of the fifties through the mid seventies.
Here are the catalog pages for
1977 Schwinn SUPERIOR
https://waterfordbikes.com/SchwinnCa...0/1977_07.html

1978 Schwinn SUPERIOR
https://waterfordbikes.com/SchwinnCa...0/1978_13.html
https://waterfordbikes.com/SchwinnCa...0/1978x09.html

As most of you know, the SUPERIOR has both a 54 teeth large crank in front, and a 40 teeth small crank in front........ at the rear you have 32, 26, 21,17, 14.
This gives a massively wide GEAR range for any TEN SPEED of that era...........54 front combined with 14 at rear would give a mighty top speed if you can crank the pedals................... and the 40 front combined with the 32 at rear is a LOW Gear that can really CLIMB HILLS especially with this 28 pound Maeda(SUNTOUR) equipped bike with the skinny 27 tire and aluminum wheels.
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