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Old 12-11-17, 07:18 AM
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I took the Super Sport SP out for a short shakedown ride this weekend. This is the tallest bike I've ever owned; however, the fit is great and the bike rides smooth. Other than a stiff chain link and tinkering with the shifter tension, the first ride went well. I've got to get used to the Suntour friction shifters.

I think the bike cleaned up nicely. All the components are in excellent shape; although, I did replace the brake hoods. I suppose I'll ride the red bar tape until it gets worn, then switch to blue.

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Very nice. Man, that thing is tall.
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That bike is really really clean. Really pops in those pictures. What is the stem? And the black Rolls( I think ) looks great.
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Thanks. The stem was a leftover from a project that never materialized. It's a 3TTT Record stem from the 70's I believe. It was the only stem I had at my disposal that was over 100mm reach.
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Originally Posted by tyler_fred
I had the red laying around, so thought I would try it for a bit. It's okay, but doesn't appeal to me..

Doc, Hardrock23.. If only I had some used blue laying around to give a try..

I have a couple rolls of new black Cateye tape, but again, just can't seem to pull the trigger.

I think it's the dark blue head tube that's throwing me off.
Did I hear the word [low rent] "Photoshop" in there somewhere???

Classic black. Always a winner. Match the saddle! Match the tires! Match the black of night, because I can't see the bike or anything else--the sun sets at 4:17 now!!

/long day...sorry.



Finding some darker blue tape could be a sweet deal. Otherwise, light blue to dark blue to black is a logical color progression on the bike.

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Thanks Riddle of Style! I just couldn't see it before. My options are wide open now.
Don't be surprised if you get inundated with bar wrap illustration requests..
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Yes, like a powdery blue request...even though it isn't my bike lol I suck at photoshop otherwise I'd do it. Plus, all I have is "paint" on this computer now.

The SS SP is super clean, new looking even...it's gorgeous!
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Originally Posted by RiddleOfSteel
Did I hear the word [low rent] "Photoshop" in there somewhere???

Classic black. Always a winner. Match the saddle! Match the tires! Match the black of night, because I can't see the bike or anything else--the sun sets at 4:17 now!!
An original owner SP came up on eBay this week, so I inquired if the bike still had the original bar tape. Turns out it does and its black cloth tape.
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Originally Posted by tyler_fred
Thanks Riddle of Style! I just couldn't see it before. My options are wide open now.
Don't be surprised if you get inundated with bar wrap illustration requests..
You're welcome. Yeah, we'll keep this real low key. I have some other Photoshop work I need to be doing now (after doing it most all day for my job), but I just wanted to help.

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Yes, like a powdery blue request...even though it isn't my bike lol I suck at photoshop otherwise I'd do it. Plus, all I have is "paint" on this computer now.

The SS SP is super clean, new looking even...it's gorgeous!
It does look amazing, and its parts are just so pristine. Part of me wants to be jealous because it's so pretty, and the other part goes, dude, you have a Paramount... Still, that SS:

Powder blue request? I like it.

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Oh! More options! I like that color too! Good for you that I didn't show interest in a four-color harlequin pattern...
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Originally Posted by RiddleOfSteel
You're welcome. Yeah, we'll keep this real low key. I have some other Photoshop work I need to be doing now (after doing it most all day for my job), but I just wanted to help.



It does look amazing, and its parts are just so pristine. Part of me wants to be jealous because it's so pretty, and the other part goes, dude, you have a Paramount... Still, that SS:

Powder blue request? I like it.

Oh you did it! lol...I love that color on it as well.
2* Paramounts, at that...But the seemingly few Schwinns like this, who wouldn't want one as well?

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Oh! More options! I like that color too! Good for you that I didn't show interest in a four-color harlequin pattern...
Medium blue, powdery blue, & white (or black)...not 4 colors, but that'd be quite pretty I'd think. Also quite a pain to do though.

I'm not too surprised black was the original bar tape color though. It does look nice and it lets the frame stand out.
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Originally Posted by primo123
Another nice looking Schwinn!!
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I'm a new poster but have been lurking been for awhile, just picked up that exact bike today for $175.00 in pretty good shape. the wheels need work and the seat post has been replaced with a altered (ground down and forced in)replacement. Maybe someone could tell me the original size post diameter so I can go about repairing this mess. I'm confident I can fix it but can't find the original specs to replace this foolish bit of mechanics. Thanks for any help, Jack.
PS I'm referring to the blue tempo on the last page.

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Seatpost would be a 26.6mm diameter. Go to trfindley.com for Schwinn specs.
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Thank you my friend.
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Originally Posted by Hardrock23
Oh you did it! lol...I love that color on it as well.
2* Paramounts, at that...But the seemingly few Schwinns like this, who wouldn't want one as well?
Haha, I did! I think it looks good as well, and would be complete with a light brown saddle to match the brake lever hoods. Keep the color palate nice and airy.

Two Paramounts, indeed. And I had to work to get those two back on the road again! But yes, a SS SP would be fun. I seem to have taken the discarded "Save the Whales" signs, scratched out the 'Whales' (they're fine now, right?) and Sharpie'd in 'Schwinns.'
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Originally Posted by RiddleOfSteel
I seem to have taken the discarded "Save the Whales" signs, scratched out the 'Whales' (they're fine now, right?) and Sharpie'd in 'Schwinns.'
Same here RoS. No Schwinns 2+ yrs ago and now I have four.
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Well, they're certainly worth saving...as well lol
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Originally Posted by Hardrock23
Well, they're certainly worth saving...as well lol
Well I certainly enjoy riding them, so much so that I have two carbon fiber bikes that haven't been ridden in over a year.
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[MENTION=423363]Hardrock23[/MENTION] they certainly are! I had a mid-day dentist appointment, which in this case meant, bike home from work, hop in the car to the dentist's office, and then go back to work via car then bike. Finally took the big Paramount (my '74) out again after such a long time. Friction shift in noisy traffic? 'Too short' 170mm cranks with slightly bent crank arm that requires oft front derailleur trimming? Somewhat mushy Kenda tires (that I pumped to 70/80 psi F/R for the first time) to hamper response? Wonderful, all of it. What do I know? Well, other than that, even with modern pads, it is not a fierce stopper. But still. I 'need' to find or rescue a '78 or so P13 to split the ride difference between the '74 and '85. You know, for research purposes...
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This must be the place to ask.
I just picked up a 1988 Tempo frame with a few parts. Top tube ctc is 56. And the ST ctc is 57. I assume it is a 22inch? I think it is too small but I'll probably build it up to experience the "hype". Are the Tenax 23 inch Schwinns all 58 inch top tubes? Or do the SS and Peloton differ in ST/TT measures from year to year and compared to the Tempo?
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Originally Posted by tyler_fred
Well I certainly enjoy riding them, so much so that I have two carbon fiber bikes that haven't been ridden in over a year.
Sell them.....that's what I did.
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Well, they're certainly worth saving...as well lol
Yep, everyone needs to save at least one!
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Originally Posted by Classtime
This must be the place to ask.
I just picked up a 1988 Tempo frame with a few parts. Top tube ctc is 56. And the ST ctc is 57. I assume it is a 22inch? I think it is too small but I'll probably build it up to experience the "hype". Are the Tenax 23 inch Schwinns all 58 inch top tubes? Or do the SS and Peloton differ in ST/TT measures from year to year and compared to the Tempo?
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Cool pick up! Given that the ST is 57cm CTC, and Schwinn measured it CTT, it's a 58cm frame. A calculator conversion says that's 23". You'll have to compare that to other bikes you ride as far as size goes.

As to your question regarding TT lengths of Tenax frames, Tenax was employed across a range of frame levels and styles, so that is a question with no answer. As the Tempo is an upper level road frame, it shared basic (stated in the catalog) geometry with other high-end steel models (Circuit and Premis). I would imagine that it would also be similar to the Prologue. Paramounts kept similar TT lengths but had different HT and ST angles as well as different fork rake and trail geometry. 1986+ Schwinn seemed to have a standard geometry for their high end road bikes. Others will have to confirm measurements as I have an '85 Peloton and an '84 Super Sport that possess steeper angles.
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