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Road Test/Bike Review (1978) SCHWINN Superior

Old 09-20-19, 09:30 PM
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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.


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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
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Originally Posted by Jeff Wills View Post
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?
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Here's mine I bought new in 79. Still have it and ride it, and love it.
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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?
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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.
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Here's mine I bought new in 79. Still have it and ride it, and love it.
Those tires are going to last you thousands of miles.
I love them.
Sweet looking bike, too
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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I just picked up a 1982 superior, can’t wait to get it out when it warms up a little.
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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

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Owning a G. Fisher, I'm a fan.
Here he is in action.
Tall & thin.
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The author of the Schwinn Superior article...

...a few years after writing it.



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