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Old 09-16-19, 03:16 PM
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My Sunset Orange Super Sport.....

This is one 1972/73 model Schwinn SS I found a few months ago for $35 in all original condition, and clearly hadnít been ridden in decades. Even the tires and tubes were factory original.
Sadly, the Brooks B17 saddle was warped and cracked to pieces, but I rebuilt the bike, keeping as much original
as possible. It is still 98% original.
This may be my favorite bike to date.









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Old 09-16-19, 05:32 PM
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That looks like the pictures were taken no later than 1974. Nice looking chrome. The Super Sport was not a favorite of mine when I worked at Schwinn dealership, however, now, I am keeping an eye out for one. Mostly because it is hand made in Chicago. I like the fillet brazing.

My objection back then was the heavy one piece crank. Now, if I get one as nice as yours, I wouldn't change it.
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Love it. The Schwinn colors of this time period are my favorite colors offered on any bike ever. Your Orange, Opaque Blue, Coppertone, Kool Lemon, even Sierra Brown. They're all great and Schwinn paint holds up so well.

I have a Sports Tourer from the same period and I ride it every day. I've upgraded pretty much everything on it besides the RD, seat clamp, and stem though.
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Thank you guys!
Yes, it was a dynamic age for Schwinn color schemes.
My daily rider is a 1970 Varsity in Sierra Brown. Certainly a unique color by todayís standards.
The SS frames are awesome, but I agree you can feel the weight of that crank, swinging like a pendulum, when you pick it up.
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Really nice super sport. Great pictures. Rear derailer is spotless! Cheers, Kevin
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Thank you!
When I got it actually, it was coated in petrified grease and oxidation. The pedals were frozen and the old gumwalls had melted to the rims. It needed a complete tear down to clean it up and rebuild all the bearings.
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Originally Posted by Retroman69 View Post
Thank you!
It needed a complete tear down to clean it up and rebuild all the bearings.
But wasn't it one of the easiest to service you've ever done ? Your's is a very similar find to my '75 Continental that also had the original tires on it, so very few miles on it when it came to me 34 years after leaving the showroom. I see your flexon grip tape also looks to be as good as new, that color matching tape really helped bring out those old Schwinn colors. Great find !

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-v...st-39-lbs.html
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Originally Posted by Deal4Fuji View Post
But wasn't it one of the easiest to service you've ever done ? Your's is a very similar find to my '75 Continental that also had the original tires on it, so very few miles on it when it came to me 34 years after leaving the showroom. I see your flexon grip tape also looks to be as good as new, that color matching tape really helped bring out those old Schwinn colors. Great find !

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-v...st-39-lbs.html
Yes, it was quite easy to service even tough it was so long neglected.
I do love the original color matching tape (on any of the colors). Virtually impossible to find anything to match if you have to replace it now.
Thank you!
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PS: That Chestnut Continetal is a beauty!
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Your photos before and after of the Sunset Orange Supersport might provide inspiration for anyone considering taking on one of these finds.

Great job!
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Thank you dddd! I really appreciate that!
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Posted this a while ago, don't know if you've seen it:

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-v...per-sport.html

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You know it's going to be a good day when the stem and seatpost come right out.

(looking for a picture and not seeing it? Thank the Photobucket fiasco.PM me and I'll link it up.)
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Posted this a while ago, don't know if you've seen it:

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From the local Ride of Silence.
My buddies Continental in action.
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Originally Posted by Retroman69 View Post
PS: That Chestnut Continetal is a beauty!
Thanks retroman

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From the local Ride of Silence.
My buddies Continental in action.
Hi Law, looking forward to the City to Sea ride on the 29th !....what to bring ???
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