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Old 03-07-12, 04:57 PM
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New Ride - Schwinn Superior

Picked it up last night. Was listed as a 1983 but the headbadge ID ends with a 2 so I think it's an 82. Looks to be original except for a new Brooks, tires and one brake hood. This is my first higher end C&V, can't wait to get her on the road. It's in very good condition, just dirty. A good cleaning and polishing should do wonders. Didn't get it for a steal but think the price was decent enough where I won't lose anything in resale down the road.

Sorry for the crappy cell phone pics, I'll get better ones when the bike is clean. Edit: And the sideways pic, I'll try to fi it.


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Old 03-07-12, 05:15 PM
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Well it has a 80-82 crank but that in no way means it is not a 83 it was not unkommon for bikes of this era to have cranks from the previouse year. If the seller told you it was a 83 and you have there is little else to make me think it isn't I would go with the 83 dating.

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Old 03-07-12, 05:20 PM
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SWEET! Beautiful bike. Should ride like a dream. Nice score.
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Love it..dying for an orange one!
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Old 03-07-12, 10:37 PM
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Well, a new Brooks. Not the original. That's too bad. I'm afraid this bike is nearly worthless. Send it to me for safe disposal yada yada.

Looking forward to better pics!
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Old 03-08-12, 08:31 AM
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Love it..dying for an orange one!
I would have preferred the orange also.
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Looks nice. I don't know anything about the old Schwinn's - can you give some details about the bike?
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Originally Posted by lueckebw View Post
Looks nice. I don't know anything about the old Schwinn's - can you give some details about the bike?
Reynolds 531 frame. Several sources say the '82 frames were built by Don Mainland in Racine, WI, under contract to Schwinn.

The '82 was only available in Pearl Orange, had Nervex Professionl lugs and mostly Campy Gran Sport components.

Here's the '82 catalog page:



'83 catalog page:

The '83 had Italian lugs, Gran Sport crankset and Nuovo Record derailleurs. Color was Platinum Grey.

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Nice snag. I was watching that on Philly CL for the last couple of weeks but it is too small for me. Glad someone here got it!
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So as I have read up, these Superiors built these years can really vary. My headbadge reads 2422 which should make it a 1982 build, but it's painted the Platinum Grey. It also has Nervex lugs, or at least they look like them to me.

Fender1, I watched it a bit too. Finally decided to go take a look at it. It's really in original and very good condition, just needs a really good cleaning. The guy selling bought it a couple years ago but only used it a few time. He purchased it from a co-worker who was the original owner. I was surprised it had not sold yet, so I figured it must be in bad shape. After checking it out, I ended up getting it for $450. Seemed like a fair price for me to enjoy it for a few years and be able to pas it along without a loss.
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So as I have read up, these Superiors built these years can really vary. My headbadge reads 2422 which should make it a 1982 build, but it's painted the Platinum Grey. It also has Nervex lugs, or at least they look like them to me.

Fender1, I watched it a bit too. Finally decided to go take a look at it. It's really in original and very good condition, just needs a really good cleaning. The guy selling bought it a couple years ago but only used it a few time. He purchased it from a co-worker who was the original owner. I was surprised it had not sold yet, so I figured it must be in bad shape. After checking it out, I ended up getting it for $450. Seemed like a fair price for me to enjoy it for a few years and be able to pas it along without a loss.
Great deal on a great bike. We should meet up for a ride so I could take a look at it. congrats!
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It's a 1982 build painted for the 1983 model year. Most '83s did come with Nervex lugs, not the generic Italianesques shown in the catalog. I've also yet to see an '83 with top tube cable braze-ons.

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Old 03-08-12, 01:52 PM
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Great deal on a great bike. We should meet up for a ride so I could take a look at it. congrats!
I usually ride the schuylkill river trail to Valley Forge once a month and a few charity rides in the summer. I'm really a mountain biker at heart, so I don't do too much on the road. Just enough though to enjoy vintage road bikes.
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Thanks for the additional details - looks like it must be a great ride.
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Congrats and nice find too!

IMO, those Superiors are rare, and in your size, and good shape too. Again, good find!!

Sometimes we have to chunk out a nice price for something we want. I did it on my 85 Prestige and my 2nd 79 Raleigh Comp GS, NO REGRETS..
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Ill bet those orange ones do look nice. Even in the gray its a cool bike though. It seems that it is worth what you paid for it too.
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