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Worked on the old Supersport today.

Old 03-22-22, 09:24 PM
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Worked on the old Supersport today.

Spent some time on the Supersport today. Basically did clean up, lubricating and tightened the chain. I discovered the derailer was sticking from lack of use. After lubricating and working it back and forth it freed up.There is a small screw that goes through a spring on the bottom of it,, haven't figured out what it does.Before I invest in new tires I think I'm going to just replace the tube in the back tire. Front tire is holding air so I think I'm OK with it for now. I watched a you tube video on changing the tube. I think I can do it once I find those little plastic tire flippers. I want to get this bike up and running and see how my back does before I start spending money. I have Spinal stenosis, curious if anyone else is riding with that condition. Someone mentioned I should repack the hubs. I watched a video and I'm not sure I want to do that unless the bike shop wants to much money. I can just see those little bearings falling out and bouncing around.
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Kind of a rare bike. First year for that model. I've only seen a few of them. Would like to find one in Coppertone.

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I'm in my late 40s, diagnosed with spinal stenosis several years ago after badly herniating a few discs. My father has had at least 3 surgeries for it as well. He's never really done any of the PT recommended, so it probably won't be long before the docs tell him he needs another....

For me, I run the bars ~1" higher than the saddle and muck with the saddle angle a bit to get my back in a pretty neutral position on the bike. I also run 165mm cranks whenever I can, although that may be more a benefit to my torn hip labrum. I also am fairly religious in performing regular stretches these days and watch my posture when sitting. Between all my issues, I HAVE to ride almost every day. Getting a moderate 30-40min ride in seems to make a huge difference in how much inflammation I feel, one of my PT's said that exercise helps keep the blood flushed out of the bad places.
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...I HAVE to ride almost every day. Getting a moderate 30-40min ride in seems to make a huge difference in how much inflammation I feel, one of my PT's said that exercise helps keep the blood flushed out of the bad places.
My younger son, a DPT at https://pacificpropt.com/our-team/ , would agree completely with "motion is lotion." He likes working with some of his military veteran patients, because they understand this and have the guts and gumption to follow through with an appropriate exercise regimen.
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Old 03-23-22, 10:25 AM
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I'm in my late 40s, diagnosed with spinal stenosis several years ago after badly herniating a few discs. My father has had at least 3 surgeries for it as well. He's never really done any of the PT recommended, so it probably won't be long before the docs tell him he needs another....

For me, I run the bars ~1" higher than the saddle and muck with the saddle angle a bit to get my back in a pretty neutral position on the bike. I also run 165mm cranks whenever I can, although that may be more a benefit to my torn hip labrum. I also am fairly religious in performing regular stretches these days and watch my posture when sitting. Between all my issues, I HAVE to ride almost every day. Getting a moderate 30-40min ride in seems to make a huge difference in how much inflammation I feel, one of my PT's said that exercise helps keep the blood flushed out of the bad places.
Thanks for sharing that information, I do core exercises that seem to help. I'm in pretty good shape for my age, just turned 67. When I was younger I was really into Martial Arts, studied for 10 years. Sometimes I wonder if I'm feeling the effects from that. I was just diagnosed last year with Spinal stenosis, probably had it before that but waited for Medicare to kick in before seeing a Doctor.
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Originally Posted by Sierra View Post
Kind of a rare bike. First year for that model. I've only seen a few of them. Would like to find one in Coppertone.

Is this picture the Super Sport 1964Supersport is trying to fix up? Or is this your Super Sport? I'm assuming when you wanted to find a Coopertone one, that meant you wanted to find one like the one in the picture?

I have one that I want to sell but it's complicated. Right now we are repainting it as a class painting project. When it is finished I'm going to sell it at an inflated price and give all the proceeds to my personal contacts in Ukraine that are getting people to the borders and bringing back food on the return trip. I recently sandblasted the the frame except just the area under the head badge. I left that just in case I needed to match paint again. The paint was in poor shape. I got this Super Sport from the original owner some years ago. The parts need some work.

Here are some pictures before I sandblasted it. We haven't primed it yet so any alterations like adding or removing braze-ons is easy to do now.

The color under the head badge shows the original color

Getting out the seat post. It hasn't been taken out in decades.

The was cooper tone Super Sport is the one closest to the camera
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As for keeping active, when I was delivering meals to seniors an old lady told me, "the longer you climb stairs, the longer you can climb stairs".
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I developed spinal stenosis about 20 years ago as a result of cracking C6 on a bike crash way back in 1980. At times, I've had to keep my bars way up higher than my saddle, but a few years of good PT helped resolve a good deal of the problem (as well as anti-inflammatories) and now bars are level with the saddle. Interestingly, my neck hurts more riding upright bars than drop, and pain tends to shift around year to year. Biggest limitation now is that I really can't ride more than 100 miles at a time without dealing with lots of neck pain, which isn't much fun. My days of 200k, 300k, and longer rides are over (though I can still tour; the overnight rest lets me recover).
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Originally Posted by Sierra View Post
Kind of a rare bike. First year for that model. I've only seen a few of them. Would like to find one in Coppertone.


How about a '65?


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I was hoping top506 would post a picture of this gem I found for him in MA a few years back.
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I was hoping top506 would post a picture of this gem I found for him in MA a few years back.
Posted that to show it off, I do plan on keeping it. If you ever make an other CCRT ride I'll ride it.

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Posted that to show it off, I do plan on keeping it. If you ever make an other CCRT ride I'll ride it.

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