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Old 10-16-11, 12:27 PM
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My old Super Sport


Got this bike in 1971 when I was in high school. I finally have gotten around to restoring it, thanks to reading this forum. It's in pieces in my basement now, but I will be putting it together and riding it in the next few weeks. Here are a few pictures of where I stand with it.
Wheels have been cleaned up and new tires mounted, also got the old Brooks saddle treated.


Here is the frame about as clean as I can get it. I've decided I'm leave the frame as it is, I kind of like the "character" of it.

Thanks for looking, and I'll post more pictures as I go along.
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That is going to be a whole lot of awesome!
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Nothing like restoring a bike you've had for 40 years. I picked up a Opaque Green '71 last year for $100 on CL and was surprised at how well it rode.

Keep up the good work!

2011-1971=40
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Beautiful work on the wheels. They are never an easy cleaning job. Can't wait to see the reassembled bike.
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Looking good!

If you want to fix the look of the decals and get rid of the outline without hurting the decals try a Magic erase sponge, just get it damp and lightly go over the decals and it'll come right off.
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schwinns are great bikes all around but
get rid of the dork disc though - cant stand those
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Nothing like restoring a bike you've had for 30 years.
That's 40 years! I got mine the same year - I was 5 years out of high school then. Same size and color, but mine has the Huret forged dropouts with derailleur hanger. I have the impression a Super Sport without those would be later than 1971. Have you checked the serial number for the year of manufacture?
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That's 40 years! I got mine the same year - I was 5 years out of high school then. Same size and color, but mine has the Huret forged dropouts with derailleur hanger. I have the impression a Super Sport without those would be later than 1971. Have you checked the serial number for the year of manufacture?
Hi cyqlist, serial number is DG057728. I think that works out to April of 1971, but I could be wrong. I see you are from Mass. I grew up in Somerset and bought the bike at Pauls Schwinn Cycle Shop in Fall River. Here are a few more pictures.

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Looking good!

If you want to fix the look of the decals and get rid of the outline without hurting the decals try a Magic erase sponge, just get it damp and lightly go over the decals and it'll come right off.
Thanks for the tip. I'll give it a try.
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schwinns are great bikes all around but
get rid of the dork disc though - cant stand those
Dork disk, never heard that before. It is staying, along with the huge chain guard. I'm an old school guy, I kind of like it!
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Hi cyqlist, serial number is DG057728. I think that works out to April of 1971, but I could be wrong. I see you are from Mass. I grew up in Somerset and bought the bike at Pauls Schwinn Cycle Shop in Fall River.
That's interesting. Mine starts with FG which would be June 1971, and I believe I got it at Crout's in Quincy. I might still have the original invoice somewhere. Price was $138.95 as per the catalog.
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Dork disk, never heard that before. It is staying, along with the huge chain guard. I'm an old school guy, I kind of like it!
Dork disks and chain guards are the only way to go. It helps separate the dweebs from the geeks.
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Dork disk, never heard that before. It is staying, along with the huge chain guard. I'm an old school guy, I kind of like it!
haha - you cleaned it up nice though - have fun with the project
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Nice! Looking forward to seeing it built up...I have a '73, also finished in Kool Lemon, one of my favorite Schwinn colors....

PS - Schwinn dork disks rule!
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Looking good!

If you want to fix the look of the decals and get rid of the outline without hurting the decals try a Magic erase sponge, just get it damp and lightly go over the decals and it'll come right off.
What is a Magic erase sponge and where do you find them?
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In your grocery store, a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, look for them in the cleaning aisle.

http://www.mrclean.com/en_US/magic-eraser.do
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Thanks khatfull, and thanks for the tip FORDSVTPARTS.
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Dork disk, never heard that before. It is staying, along with the huge chain guard. I'm an old school guy, I kind of like it!
I agree absolutely. The chain guard (7.0 oz), spoke protector (6.8 oz), safety levers (2.8 oz), and built-in kickstand (14.7 oz) are all part of the "classic & vintage" look (and feel) of the '70s Schwinns. The SS also has a wide-range (14-32) freewheel (using an even bigger "dork disc" than Continentals, Varsities, etc.), and I see that at some point you had also upgraded the bike with the best derailleur to ever carry the Schwinn name, the GT300 Le Tour (aka Crane GS). That derailleur was used on '73-'79 15-speed Paramounts, '73 World Voyageurs, '74-'75 Voyageur IIs, '73-'75 Sports Tourers, and '76-'77 Superiors. It is a perfect vintage upgrade for a '70s Super Sport.

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I agree absolutely. The chain guard (7.0 oz), spoke protector (6.9 oz), safety levers (2.8 oz), and built-in kickstand (14.7 oz) are all part of the "classic & vintage" look (and feel) of the '70s Schwinns. The SS also has a wide-range (14-32) freewheel (using an even bigger "dork disc" than Continentals, Varsities, etc.), and I see that at some point you had also upgraded the bike with the best derailleur to ever carry the Schwinn name, the GT300 Le Tour (aka Crane GS). That derailleur was used on '73-'79 15-speed Paramounts, '73 World Voyageurs, '74-'75 Voyageur IIs, '73-'75 Sports Tourers, and '76-'77 Superiors. It is a perfect vintage upgrade for a '70s Super Sport.
I actually did not know what type of derailler that is, but thanks for the info. I had a crash on that bike years ago and the original one was in pretty bad shape. I brought it in to a Schwinn dealer for repair, and that is what they put on there. I had forgotten about that until this morning when I was cleaning it up. It is practically brand new! Maybe the original one was unavailable when the repair was done? Glad to know it's a nice upgrade.
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If you want to fix the look of the decals and get rid of the outline without hurting the decals try a Magic erase sponge, just get it damp and lightly go over the decals and it'll come right off.
Hey FORSSVTPARTS, Mrs. OTG went grocery shopping today and I asked her to pick up a magic erase sponge. I just went downstairs ant tried it out, and it worked like a charm. Probably the best single piece of advice I have gotten on any forum! Thank you very much, I hope the pictures do it justice.
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Holy cow. I gotta get that, too.
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Wow, that sponge did a great job. Gotta get me one. Is this the first bike that you've restored?
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Yes, I'm a total newb at this. I've restored a bunch of other stuff over the years, mostly old cast iron cookware, and I restored a 1957 wooden speedboat about 15 years ago. I'm addicted to the show "American Restoration".
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Hey FORSSVTPARTS, Mrs. OTG went grocery shopping today and I asked her to pick up a magic erase sponge. I just went downstairs ant tried it out, and it worked like a charm. Probably the best single piece of advice I have gotten on any forum! Thank you very much, I hope the pictures do it justice.
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