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Old 06-17-21, 08:43 AM
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^^^^^^ That's due in part to the fact that the Sante brakeset doesn't have the eccentric cam release on the caliper like the Ultegra / Dura Ace of the same period would. There's just a push-button release on the lever, like the lower level Shimanos of the time. That button doesn't open the caliper as much as the cam release. That's one pet peeve I have about the Sante gruppo.
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Originally Posted by madpogue
^^^^^^ That's due in part to the fact that the Sante brakeset doesn't have the eccentric cam release on the caliper like the Ultegra / Dura Ace of the same period would. There's just a push-button release on the lever, like the lower level Shimanos of the time. That button doesn't open the caliper as much as the cam release. That's one pet peeve I have about the Sante gruppo.
But it leaves the brakes looking much cleaner. And all I have to do is smack the top of the tire to get it to pop out, and lean on the bars to get it to pop in. But I have the same experience with 7400 DA dual pivots - have to use a little force to get 25s through.
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Found some "rusty gold" today. Landed a 1983 Schwinn Super Sport SP in my size. The very first road bike I bought when I was a kid with mowing money was a 1983 Super Sport. The SP is almost identical except for the upgraded components and the darker blue contrasting head tube. It needs some love due to being somewhere damp and getting some surface rust, but it looks like it will clean up pretty well.

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Nice to see another ‘83 Super Sport SP on here. What is your build date? Mine is 1013.

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Originally Posted by tyler_fred
Nice to see another ‘83 Super Sport SP on here. What is your build date? Mine is 1013.
Funny you should ask...SAME!

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So cool! Here’s mine. I stored the original saddle, shifters and rear derailleur in favor of something more to my liking.


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Originally Posted by casanewt
Funny you should ask...SAME!

You should compare serial numbers.
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My serial number is 3F03299.
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Originally Posted by tyler_fred
My serial number is 3F03299.
I'll need to check it later on. In hindsight, it does not surprise me that for the same year model and frame size that they were built around the same time. I know Trek manufactured that way back in the day. I'm sure they would set up the frame jigs and knock out a certain amount of each frame size at the same time. I guess Panasonic built these for Schwinn in batches the same way most other manufacturers did.
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For what its worth, Duplicolor makes a spray can color that is a very close match.

https://www.amazon.com/Dupli-Color-E.../dp/B00407TV5E

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Originally Posted by casanewt
I'll need to check it later on. In hindsight, it does not surprise me that for the same year model and frame size that they were built around the same time. I know Trek manufactured that way back in the day. I'm sure they would set up the frame jigs and knock out a certain amount of each frame size at the same time. I guess Panasonic built these for Schwinn in batches the same way most other manufacturers did.
Correction! The build date stamped on the head badge is Schwinn's assembly date of the bike, not when Panasonic built the frame in Japan for them. My mistake. This may mean that our serial numbers will not be close, or perhaps they will be.
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Originally Posted by tyler_fred
My serial number is 3F03299.
Wow. Mine is 3F03292!

After comparing serial numbers, ours are both 1983 Super Sport SPs, Silver Blue w/ Blue paint, 25.5 inch size, assembled on the same day, and only seven digits apart on the serial numbers on the Panasonic built frames.

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You guys! I'm going to need to find one of these now (again)! '83 25.5" SP Schwinns.....still want them! Such beautiful bikes, even if we are in the "late-'80s" Schwinn thread.
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That’s great! Assembled the same day in N.A., and possibly brazed the same day in Asia…over 38 yrs ago. Yep, that’s definitely a cool factor!
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Latest (and likely last) '87 Schwinn Tempo. Columbus Tenax tubing, Dura Ace 10 speed, compact MT-550 crankset, Nitto stem and bars. Respray in Hugger Orange by Jack Trumbull at Franklin Frames.
Super comfy, all day rider, surprisingly fast when compared to my Merckx SLX, Bianchi SLX & other bikes with 25mm tires.
48/34 and 12-30 gearing means it will get up any hill around here, doesn't spin out until around 28 MPH.
Goes to the beach with me for a week or two in the summer, lives on the Neo2T trainer in the winter.
Crank and seat post will be polished next time it comes around in the rotation, also have BL-600 levers and Cinelli Calaido tape for it.


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Originally Posted by rccardr
Latest (and likely last) '87 Schwinn Tempo. Columbus Tenax tubing, Dura Ace 10 speed, compact MT-550 crankset, Nitto stem and bars. Respray in Hugger Orange by Jack Trumbull at Franklin Frames.
Super comfy, all day rider, surprisingly fast when compared to my Merckx SLX, Bianchi SLX & other bikes with 25mm tires.
48/34 and 12-30 gearing means it will get up any hill around here, doesn't spin out until around 28 MPH.
Goes to the beach with me for a week or two in the summer, lives on the Neo2T trainer in the winter.
Crank and seat post will be polished next time it comes around in the rotation, also have BL-600 levers and Cinelli Calaido tape for it.


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Doc, that's a nice resto-mod job. I like your placement of the Columbus decal rather than the "almost-out-of-sight" factory location below the FD band clamp. I have an '86 Tempo and Yep! these frames are definitely smooth riders.
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I've lurked in this thread for a little while, and finally have a contribution! I just picked up this '87 Le Tour for a very low price off FB marketplace, this is the before shot, though I don't plan on doing much beyond replacing the cables and tires (oh and def the saddle).

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Mine as I recently got it.




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Originally Posted by RobertUI
I've lurked in this thread for a little while, and finally have a contribution! I just picked up this '87 Le Tour for a very low price off FB marketplace, this is the before shot, though I don't plan on doing much beyond replacing the cables and tires (oh and def the saddle).

Good catch! I saw that ad and noticed the different crank.
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Good catch! I saw that ad and noticed the different crank.
Yeah, I have thoughts about swapping out the crank for something more like what it originally had, but I can't decide. I also plan on trying out a repositioned biopace setup, something more similar to what the OVAL stuff is doing ( really just involves rotating the ring about 2 hops ~ +144deg ).
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This thread re-surfaced in a timely manner, as I just finished overhauling this last week:




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I picked this immaculate World Sport up for a song a couple of weeks ago. I hadn't planned on buying a bike, but it was nearby. I also scored a NICE '73 Schwinn Hollywood from the same seller. It was a good day. I put two new tires on the World Sport, cleaned/lubed her up, gave her some new bar tape, and she rides great! Next project: bike storage solutions : )
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Originally Posted by RobertUI
I've lurked in this thread for a little while, and finally have a contribution! I just picked up this '87 Le Tour for a very low price off FB marketplace, this is the before shot, though I don't plan on doing much beyond replacing the cables and tires (oh and def the saddle).

I saw that ad also. I have a soft spot for these Schwinns. The ad said it had a bent front wheel. Did you have a spare or is it this one?
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I got this 1988 World sport yesterday at a yard sale for 5.00, The photos are after I done some cleaning. hat country was this bike made in? The build date stamped into the head badge is Saturday Dec. 26th 1987 , so I assume it was not made in the USA.


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