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SpeedofLite 09-20-19 09:30 PM

Road Test/Bike Review (1978) SCHWINN Superior
 
Never heard of this bike until now, but certainly because I didn't catch this short recent thread: https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-v...-superior.html
Never would have thought that 150 lbs could define a "bigger rider", not even in 1978.

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...80325de236.jpg
https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...14380971f0.jpg

Jeff Wills 09-20-19 10:38 PM

I had a 1978 Schwinn Superior, bought when I started working at the local Schwinn shop. I liked that bike a bunch and I'm sorry I sold it. I'm so sorry I tracked down a similar frame and turned it into a resto-mod: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ohpv/a...57642470085394

SpeedofLite 09-20-19 10:52 PM


Originally Posted by Jeff Wills (Post 21131624)
I had a 1978 Schwinn Superior, bought when I started working at the local Schwinn shop. I liked that bike a bunch and I'm sorry I sold it. I'm so sorry I tracked down a similar frame and turned it into a resto-mod: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ohpv/a...57642470085394

You did a very nice job on the frame. What was your procedure?

76SLT 09-21-19 07:18 AM

Here's mine I bought new in 79. Still have it and ride it, and love it.
https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...44dfd1385e.jpg

SpeedofLite 09-21-19 08:52 AM


Originally Posted by 76SLT (Post 21131833)
Here's mine I bought new in 79. Still have it and ride it, and love it.

Beautiful bike! You've taken excellent care of it.
OK, we've seen the Green and the Black, now who wants to show us one in Flamingo?

Jeff Wills 09-21-19 03:18 PM


Originally Posted by SpeedofLite (Post 21131642)
You did a very nice job on the frame. What was your procedure?

I gave it to some professionals and threw money at them. :) I had some extra cash thanks to a volunteer session as a lab rat.
Black Magic Paint

BikeWonder 09-21-19 10:04 PM


Originally Posted by 76SLT (Post 21131833)
Here's mine I bought new in 79. Still have it and ride it, and love it.
https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...44dfd1385e.jpg

Those tires are going to last you thousands of miles.
I love them.
Sweet looking bike, too :)

76SLT 09-22-19 08:57 AM


Originally Posted by BikeWonder (Post 21132697)
Those tires are going to last you thousands of miles.
I love them.
Sweet looking bike, too :)

Thank you. I ride it so little, the tires will most likely rot from age before they'd get worn out. I should ride it more though because it's so comfortable.

John E 09-22-19 04:50 PM

The fillet-brazed CrMo frames were always Schwinn's sleeper models. Extra points on this one for a nice alloy crankset and that great SunTour rear derailleur. That black with brown saddle, tape, and toolbag looks really sharp.

Lascauxcaveman 09-23-19 01:18 AM

I noticed that the article was written by some guy named Gary Fisher. That name sounds vaguely familiar. Is he a 'big' guy; over 150 lbs? :)

Jeff Wills 09-23-19 11:01 PM


Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman (Post 21134023)
I noticed that the article was written by some guy named Gary Fisher. That name sounds vaguely familiar. Is he a 'big' guy; over 150 lbs? :)

He's 6-foot + an inch or two. I'm not sure he's my size (6-foot-4). I've often wondered if his size influenced his design choices for mountain bikes: large aluminum tubes, 1 1/4" headsets, rear suspension, etc. where Tom Ritchey (a smaller person) chose smaller steel tubes, 1"headsets, and hardtails.

Sboat 11-17-19 09:36 PM

I just picked up a 1982 superior, can’t wait to get it out when it warms up a little.

thinktubes 11-17-19 09:47 PM


Originally Posted by Sboat (Post 21213331)
I just picked up a 1982 superior, canít wait to get it out when it warms up a little.

Orange? Start a new thread and post pics when you're able.

The 1981-83 Superiors are much different than the late 70s models. Essentially, they are Paramounts.

Here's my 1981 Superior

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...74d96f24_h.jpg

Sboat 11-18-19 10:55 AM

Very nice

Wildwood 11-18-19 03:13 PM

Owning a G. Fisher, I'm a fan.
Here he is in action.
Tall & thin.
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...df6a4ad38e.jpg

Wildwood 11-18-19 03:18 PM

The author of the Schwinn Superior article...
 
...a few years after writing it.

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...ce3243913e.jpg

The Man likes to laugh.
https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...a4f5c113cd.jpg


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