Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Classic & Vintage
Reload this Page >

My 1964 Supersport, a work in progress.

Notices
Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

My 1964 Supersport, a work in progress.

Old 07-26-22, 07:08 PM
  #1  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2022
Location: Sedalia,Mo.
Posts: 92

Bikes: 1964 Schwinn Supersport

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 48 Post(s)
Liked 79 Times in 25 Posts
My 1964 Supersport, a work in progress.

I had someone ask me to post a picture of my 1964 Schwinn Supersport. I've had this bike since I was 10, I'm 67 now. Im really surprised I was big enough to ride it when I got it.
1964Supersport is offline  
Old 07-26-22, 07:11 PM
  #2  
Happy With My Bikes
 
Chuck M's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2020
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 2,132

Bikes: Hi-Ten bike boomers, a Trek Domane and some projects

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 843 Post(s)
Liked 2,215 Times in 1,073 Posts
That bike is as old as me and maybe better shape.
__________________
"It is the unknown around the corner that turns my wheels." -- Heinz Stücke

Chuck M is offline  
Old 07-26-22, 07:25 PM
  #3  
Senior Member
 
bikemig's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Middle Earth (aka IA)
Posts: 20,491

Bikes: A bunch of old bikes and a few new ones

Mentioned: 178 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5872 Post(s)
Liked 3,426 Times in 2,055 Posts
This bike is beautiful. Thanks for posting.
bikemig is offline  
Likes For bikemig:
Old 07-26-22, 11:54 PM
  #4  
blahblahblah chrome moly
 
bulgie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Seattle
Posts: 1,896
Mentioned: 90 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1122 Post(s)
Liked 2,417 Times in 1,018 Posts
That bike looks so much better than my '73 SS! Nice job.

Mark B
bulgie is offline  
Likes For bulgie:
Old 07-27-22, 06:02 AM
  #5  
Senior Member
 
Pompiere's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: NW Ohio
Posts: 3,404

Bikes: 1984 Miyata 310, 1986 Schwinn Sierra, 2011 Jamis Quest, 1980 Peugeot TH8 Tandem, 1992 Performance Parabola, 1987 Ross Mt. Hood, 1988 Schwinn LeTour, 1988 Trek 400T, 1981 Fuji S12-S LTD, 197? FW Evans

Mentioned: 24 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 511 Post(s)
Liked 906 Times in 480 Posts
Originally Posted by 1964Supersport
I had someone ask me to post a picture of my 1964 Schwinn Supersport. I've had this bike since I was 10, I'm 67 now. Im really surprised I was big enough to ride it when I got it.
I'm guessing that your parents did like most parents and got it sized on the large side because " he'll grow into it". That's what happened to my wife. When she was 13 she got a Schwinn Collegiate and 45 years later, it is still too big. After many years of storage in a damp barn, it does not look as nice as your Super Sport.
Pompiere is offline  
Likes For Pompiere:
Old 07-27-22, 06:46 AM
  #6  
Freewheel Medic
 
pastorbobnlnh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: An Island on the Coast of GA!
Posts: 12,835

Bikes: Snazzy* Schwinns, Classy Cannondales & a Super Pro Aero Lotus (* Ed.)

Mentioned: 137 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1422 Post(s)
Liked 2,094 Times in 927 Posts
Your parents were very generous to you when you were 10! I only received hand-me-down bikes from my older brother, who often only received hand-me-down bikes from our youngest uncles!
__________________
Bob
Enjoying the GA coast all year long!

Thanks for visiting my website: www.freewheelspa.com





pastorbobnlnh is offline  
Old 07-27-22, 07:22 AM
  #7  
Uff Da!
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 1,189
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 66 Post(s)
Liked 172 Times in 88 Posts
Sweet!
Fairly rare bike. I've only seen a handful of other '64 models.
Back then in my neighborhood. The kids were lucky to get a Varsity. One "spoiled" kid got a Continental. Getting a Sierra or Super Sport was "beyond the pale"!
I had to wait an extra year before I got my Varsity in 1965.
Looks like the pivot on the rear derailleur body is locked up. It should be free to pivot from about 5:00 to about 7:00.
Yours looks locked into the 7:00 position.
Sierra is offline  
Old 07-27-22, 09:15 AM
  #8  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2022
Location: Sedalia,Mo.
Posts: 92

Bikes: 1964 Schwinn Supersport

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 48 Post(s)
Liked 79 Times in 25 Posts
Originally Posted by Sierra
Sweet!
Fairly rare bike. I've only seen a handful of other '64 models.
Back then in my neighborhood. The kids were lucky to get a Varsity. One "spoiled" kid got a Continental. Getting a Sierra or Super Sport was "beyond the pale"!
I had to wait an extra year before I got my Varsity in 1965.
Looks like the pivot on the rear derailleur body is locked up. It should be free to pivot from about 5:00 to about 7:00.
Yours looks locked into the 7:00 position.
Thank you for your comments, I'm not sure I follow you abour the derailleur. Maybe I got something out of wack when I took the rear wheel off to install a tube. I will say I couldn't shift into the largest cog. I just flipped the bike upside down and lubricated the shift lever. After doing that it did shift into the largest cog. I haven't road tested it yet. Any advice on what to do to correct the derailleur if it is locked ? Thanks !
1964Supersport is offline  
Old 07-27-22, 09:19 AM
  #9  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2022
Location: Sedalia,Mo.
Posts: 92

Bikes: 1964 Schwinn Supersport

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 48 Post(s)
Liked 79 Times in 25 Posts
Originally Posted by pastorbobnlnh
Your parents were very generous to you when you were 10! I only received hand-me-down bikes from my older brother, who often only received hand-me-down bikes from our youngest uncles!
Yes they were good to me. I treated my Supersport as a Sunday bike, my everyday bike was a Schwinn Stingray. I still have the Stingray but it's in bad shape. My father put it in an old leaky shed at the farm. I got it back when he sold the farm.
1964Supersport is offline  
Old 07-27-22, 09:40 AM
  #10  
Extraordinary Magnitude
 
The Golden Boy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Waukesha WI
Posts: 13,616

Bikes: 1978 Trek TX700; 1978/79 Trek 736; 1984 Specialized Stumpjumper Sport; 1984 Schwinn Voyageur SP; 1985 Trek 620; 1985 Trek 720; 1986 Trek 400 Elance; 1987 Schwinn High Sierra; 1990 Miyata 1000LT

Mentioned: 84 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2581 Post(s)
Liked 1,657 Times in 915 Posts
Super Cool Super Sport!!!
__________________
*Recipient of the 2006 Time Magazine "Person Of The Year" Award*

Commence to jigglin’ huh?!?!

"But hey, always love to hear from opinionated amateurs." -says some guy to Mr. Marshall.
The Golden Boy is offline  
Likes For The Golden Boy:
Old 07-27-22, 09:45 AM
  #11  
I don't know.
 
RB1-luvr's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: South Meriden, CT
Posts: 1,948

Bikes: '90 B'stone RB-1, '92 B'stone RB-2, '89 SuperGo Access Comp, '03 Access 69er, '23 Trek 520, '14 Ritchey Road Logic, '09 Kestrel Evoke, '08 Windsor Tourist, '17 Surly Wednesday, '89 Centurion Accordo, '15 CruX, '17 Ridley X-Night

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 301 Post(s)
Liked 800 Times in 415 Posts
beautiful color.
RB1-luvr is offline  
Old 07-27-22, 09:59 AM
  #12  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Toledo Ohio
Posts: 1,469

Bikes: 1964 Huffy Sportsman, 1972 Fuji Newest, 1973 Schwinn Super Sport (3), 1982 Trek 412, 1983 Trek 700, 1989 Miyata 1000LT, 1991 Bianchi Boardwalk, plus others

Mentioned: 21 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 563 Post(s)
Liked 652 Times in 366 Posts
Originally Posted by bulgie
That bike looks so much better than my '73 SS! Nice job.

Mark B
I have a 73 also. This 64 is quite a bit different than our later boom era models. Schwinn might have been gauging the market too and seeing how to outfit them early on. By the 73 boom era, they were probably trying to keep up, and parts interchangeably with the Varsity and Continental was fine as they probably sold everything. Nice bike from an interesting timeframe for Schwinn.
sd5782 is offline  
Old 07-27-22, 10:29 AM
  #13  
Uff Da!
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 1,189
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 66 Post(s)
Liked 172 Times in 88 Posts
Originally Posted by 1964Supersport
I'm not sure I follow you about the derailleur.
Look at the angle of the derailleur body in the attached photo of the demonstrator. It's canted forward to about the 5:00 position. The body is spring loaded at the pivot where it attaches to the "claw" that attaches the entire assemble to the bike frame at the dropout. This 5:00 cant is the normal position of the derailleur. It pivots backwards while gear shifts are being made, but then returns to this position.
Your derailleur body is stuck canted to the rear limit of about the 7:00 position.
I would take the derailleur loose from the "claw", make sure everything is lubricated in there, then reassemble. It's a putzy adjustment and may take you several tries to get it right where the lateral(side to side) slop is just taken out, but the body is still able to pivot back & forth from 5:00 to 7:00. You'll see how it works when you get it apart.

Edit: The pivot is not spring loaded. I guess it's just the chain tension that keeps the derailleur body canted forward.


Last edited by Sierra; 07-27-22 at 02:20 PM. Reason: Correct some wrong info
Sierra is offline  
Old 07-27-22, 11:18 AM
  #14  
framebuilder
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Niles, Michigan
Posts: 1,458
Mentioned: 50 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 609 Post(s)
Liked 1,901 Times in 647 Posts
My dad got me a blue 22" 1965 Super Sport just like yours for Christmas. I was a freshman in college. They cost just under $100. It replaced a 1963 $60 "Ascot Flyer" 10 speed made in Austria my dad bought at Western Auto. Most people considered $100 an insane amount of money for a bicycle back then. Just as a reminder, before the bike boom in 1970, good 10 speeds were rare in the US. Especially in the Midwest. When my cousin and I did a bicycle trip in Vermont and surrounding states in 1966, everyone thought we were just crazy college kids. My SS got stolen the last day of my senior year in college when everyone was leaving to go home for summer vacation. By that time it was just a campus commuter. I had already graduated to full Campy equipped bicycles.

And yes I realize I had really good parents.
Doug Fattic is offline  
Old 07-27-22, 11:24 AM
  #15  
Crawlin' up, flyin' down
 
bikingshearer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Democratic Peoples' Republic of Berkeley
Posts: 5,551

Bikes: 1967 Paramount; 1982-ish Ron Cooper; 1978 Eisentraut "A"; two mid-1960s Cinelli Speciale Corsas; and others in various stages of non-rideability.

Mentioned: 40 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 972 Post(s)
Liked 2,355 Times in 986 Posts
Originally Posted by Doug Fattic
My dad got me a blue 22" 1965 Super Sport just like yours for Christmas. I was a freshman in college. They cost just under $100. It replaced a 1963 $60 "Ascot Flyer" 10 speed made in Austria my dad bought at Western Auto. Most people considered $100 an insane amount of money for a bicycle back then. Just as a reminder, before the bike boom in 1970, good 10 speeds were rare in the US. Especially in the Midwest. When my cousin and I did a bicycle trip in Vermont and surrounding states in 1966, everyone thought we were just crazy college kids. My SS got stolen the last day of my senior year in college when everyone was leaving to go home for summer vacation. By that time it was just a campus commuter. I had already graduated to full Campy equipped bicycles.

And yes I realize I had really good parents
.
Well, weren't you?
__________________
"I'm in shape -- round is a shape." Andy Rooney
bikingshearer is offline  
Likes For bikingshearer:
Old 07-27-22, 04:42 PM
  #16  
Ride, Wrench, Swap, Race
 
dddd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Northern California
Posts: 9,138

Bikes: Cheltenham-Pedersen racer, Boulder F/S Paris-Roubaix, Varsity racer, '52 Christophe, '62 Continental, '92 Merckx, '75 Limongi, '76 Presto, '72 Gitane SC, '71 Schwinn SS, etc.

Mentioned: 132 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1545 Post(s)
Liked 1,255 Times in 835 Posts
Later Supersports came with the long-cage model Allvit or Schwinn-Approved derailer to accomodate a 32T freewheel cog.

On the long-cage models, the mounting claw bracket featured a more-rearward positioning tang controlling the B-pivot angle, so the derailer swung more rearward and the guide pulley cleared the 4-tooth-bigger cog (the longer cage itself merely wrapped more chain).

When I adapted a 6s Uniglide freewheel with only 28T largest cog to my 1971 Supersport, I remember filing away at the claw bracket tensioning tang so as to improve shifting by letting the derailer swing forward, thus reducing the chain gap.

The OP's fabulous example shows the chrome fork, which became fashionably featured on many of the new-for-1963 Schwinns.

My own early-1963 Continental in the same Radiant Blue color looks to my eye much like the OP's Sprint-equipped Supersport, but for much-slacker frame angles, chromed-steel Rigida Chrolux rims and of course thinner frame tubes and seatpost. It's likely rougher up close than the OP's bike, shown below after sourcing it from Goodwill in 2006 or so and removing a lot of surface rust from all of it's chrome. I added clipless BMX pedals, axle wingnuts, lever hoods, and also the accessory VDO timer/clock which shows a mfg date from the same year. This is the very first old Schwinn road bike that I acquired and rode among spirited groups of riders, and which would become "a thing" for me going forward. I think I paid $99 for it after letting it sit at Goodwill for a day or two with no takers.


Last edited by dddd; 07-27-22 at 04:48 PM.
dddd is offline  
Likes For dddd:
Old 07-28-22, 12:17 AM
  #17  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2022
Location: Sedalia,Mo.
Posts: 92

Bikes: 1964 Schwinn Supersport

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 48 Post(s)
Liked 79 Times in 25 Posts
Originally Posted by Sierra
Look at the angle of the derailleur body in the attached photo of the demonstrator. It's canted forward to about the 5:00 position. The body is spring loaded at the pivot where it attaches to the "claw" that attaches the entire assemble to the bike frame at the dropout. This 5:00 cant is the normal position of the derailleur. It pivots backwards while gear shifts are being made, but then returns to this position.
Your derailleur body is stuck canted to the rear limit of about the 7:00 position.
I would take the derailleur loose from the "claw", make sure everything is lubricated in there, then reassemble. It's a putzy adjustment and may take you several tries to get it right where the lateral(side to side) slop is just taken out, but the body is still able to pivot back & forth from 5:00 to 7:00. You'll see how it works when you get it apart.

Edit: The pivot is not spring loaded. I guess it's just the chain tension that keeps the derailleur body canted forward.

I went to the local bike shop to check on tires so I had the derailleur looked at. Turned out it was just stuck and needed to be freed up. Didn't surprise me because it has been sitting a long time. Shifting through all the gears fine now ,thank you though for all the information.
1964Supersport is offline  
Old 07-28-22, 12:19 AM
  #18  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2022
Location: Sedalia,Mo.
Posts: 92

Bikes: 1964 Schwinn Supersport

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 48 Post(s)
Liked 79 Times in 25 Posts
Originally Posted by Sierra
Look at the angle of the derailleur body in the attached photo of the demonstrator. It's canted forward to about the 5:00 position. The body is spring loaded at the pivot where it attaches to the "claw" that attaches the entire assemble to the bike frame at the dropout. This 5:00 cant is the normal position of the derailleur. It pivots backwards while gear shifts are being made, but then returns to this position.
Your derailleur body is stuck canted to the rear limit of about the 7:00 position.
I would take the derailleur loose from the "claw", make sure everything is lubricated in there, then reassemble. It's a putzy adjustment and may take you several tries to get it right where the lateral(side to side) slop is just taken out, but the body is still able to pivot back & forth from 5:00 to 7:00. You'll see how it works when you get it apart.

Edit: The pivot is not spring loaded. I guess it's just the chain tension that keeps the derailleur body canted forward.

I went to the local bike shop to check on tires so I had the derailleur looked at. Turned out it was just stuck and needed to be freed up. Didn't surprise me because it has been sitting a long time. Shifting through all the gears fine now ,thank you though for all the information.
1964Supersport is offline  
Likes For 1964Supersport:
Old 07-28-22, 05:15 AM
  #19  
Death fork? Naaaah!!
 
top506's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: The other Maine, north of RT 2
Posts: 5,302

Bikes: Seriously downsizing.

Mentioned: 49 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 552 Post(s)
Liked 608 Times in 269 Posts
Cleaner than my '65:

Not your run of the mill Super Sport

Top
__________________
You know it's going to be a good day when the stem and seatpost come right out.

(looking for a picture and not seeing it? Thank the Photobucket fiasco.PM me and I'll link it up.)
top506 is offline  
Old 07-28-22, 09:04 AM
  #20  
Full Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 442
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 31 Post(s)
Liked 73 Times in 29 Posts

My 64 frame with mostly all wrong parts.
schwinnderella is offline  
Likes For schwinnderella:
Old 07-28-22, 11:53 AM
  #21  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2020
Location: Wake Forest, NC
Posts: 5,369

Bikes: 1989 Cinelli Supercorsa

Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3254 Post(s)
Liked 2,674 Times in 1,621 Posts
A "work in progress??" Looks like it's finished to me, and very nicely!
smd4 is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.