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Old 03-24-08, 01:41 PM
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Not your father's Super Sport

I've just about finished tinkering with my 1970 Schwinn Super Sport, so I wanted to share some pics. It's a 24" frame, originally Kool Lemon, that I traded awhile back for my 22" 1971 Kool Lemon frameset. The paint was beat up, so I had it powder coated candy blue and also replaced the original chrome fork, which was quite pitted. Replacement decals from JR Restore. I was also pleased to get 700c wheels on the thing (Rigida rims, Normandy hubs) and have plenty of reach with Dia Compe 750 centerpulls front and rear. It's also set up as a single speed for now. The rear wheel I originally wanted to put on has a Bendix 2-speed kickback hub with coaster brake, but it needs an overhaul. Additional parts are Velo Orange fenders, Rivendell Roly Poly tires, Brooks B15 saddle, SR bars and stem, Union rubber block pedals, SR crankset w/ Truvativ adapter, Hunt-Wilde blue glitter grips. The MTB brake levers work great, but I don't like the look, so I'll substitute Weinmann touring levers when I get a pair.

Total weight w/ kickstand removed is around 27 lbs on my hanging scale. It's a fun ride.

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Old 03-24-08, 01:52 PM
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Neal, that's terrific! Way to go!!
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Great job!

Powder coat looks stunning.

Swapping the crank probably knocked 5-lbs off the scale. When I was younger I often considered trying to swap an alloy three piece crank for the Astabula on my Superior but in those days the conversion BB's were not commercially available.
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Neal that thing looks delicious.

Please tell me you got that done at Long Beach! I'm anxiously waiting the return of Ciocc, Pinarello and Trek 400 from Scott.

Great grips.
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Old 03-24-08, 02:22 PM
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Originally Posted by jebensch View Post
Neal that thing looks delicious.

Please tell me you got that done at Long Beach! I'm anxiously waiting the return of Ciocc, Pinarello and Trek 400 from Scott.

Great grips.
Yup, that's a fine example of Scott's work. And I'm awaiting my Norman Fay touring bike frame!

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Neal! You stole the title I planned to use when Dr.Deltron completes my Super Sport.

Now I'll have to use, "Not Neal Lerner's Super Sport!"

BTW, the bike is really sweet! And perfect as a SS in Boston. If I ever repaint my Continental, that would be my choice of color. Did Long Beach install the decals?
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Fantastic work!
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Originally Posted by pastorbobnlnh View Post
Neal! You stole the title I planned to use when Dr.Deltron completes my Super Sport.

Now I'll have to use, "Not Neal Lerner's Super Sport!"

BTW, the bike is really sweet! And perfect as a SS in Boston. If I ever repaint my Continental, that would be my choice of color. Did Long Beach install the decals?
Bob, I was going to call the thread "Not Your Grandfather's Super Sport," given that 1970 was aways back now.

I did the decal installation, following JR's thorough instructions for wet-application. Very easy!

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Sweet!
Love the color. A vast improvement over Kool Lemon IMHO.
Are the decals water slide? No problems putting them on powder coat? I've heard they won't stick.
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That looks beautiful Neal.
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There is a fine line between admiration and outright jealousy...
and I find I'm dangerously near it.

Very nice indeed.
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Sweet!
Love the color. A vast improvement over Kool Lemon IMHO.
Are the decals water slide? No problems putting them on powder coat? I've heard they won't stick.
The decals are adhesive backed. No problem with sticking to the powder coat. As a matter of fact, I initially ordered and installed black before I realized that they were virtually invisible. So I had to peel those off with a combination of Goof-off and a plastic credit card. It wasn't easy.

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Wow wow wow. That looks good enough to eat!
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Beautiful, what else can I say. It looks like a newbie, just leaving the LBS.
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Nice to see it all painted and built up!
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Great job almost too pretty to ride.
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After seeing this, I would say fillet brazing and powdercoating are made for each other! Excellent color choice too. Beautiful!
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I have some Super Sport lust going on here.....

Stunning bike!
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That powder looks great!
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yeow! very nice neal. i'm considering a powdercoat on one or two of my bikes and i think you've just convinced me. very nice! v
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After seeing this, I would say fillet brazing and powdercoating are made for each other! Excellent color choice too. Beautiful!
I'd have to say the same thing. Just the right thickness to gloss ratio. VERY NICE!! I got my 24 inch SS frame, now begins the painting prep. I'm going a sunset orange with black decals. It'll be single stage
so probably not as shiny as this fine specimen.,,,,BD
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I like it!
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Thanks for the comments, all. I agree that the lugless construction and the high gloss powder coat go together really well. I think the frame joints actually look better now than they did in the original paint--the candy lustre gives them a smoother look.

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