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1985 Schwinn Super Sport: Tire Clearance?

Old 07-15-22, 02:27 PM
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1985 Schwinn Super Sport: Tire Clearance?

I'm thinking about checking out a 1985 Schwinn Super Sport, but I'm worried that 28mm tires won't fit...the catalog says it comes with 25mm tires, but the Schwinn catalogs of that year are very skimpy with geometry information other than wheelbase and seat tube+head tube angles.

Anyone have a '85 Super Sport and know what the clearance is?

Thanks.
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Old 07-21-22, 08:42 AM
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I had 700 X 28's on an '84 Tempo which is the same frame IIRC and I think I could have slipped 32's on it. I no longer have it or I'd test fit some 32's in it for you.
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Old 07-21-22, 10:44 AM
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^^^^ +1, added data point - I just tried a wheelset with 700x28s on an '86 Tempo (Tenax) frameset, ample room, esp. in front. I estimate 32s would clear the chainstays, if only just.
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Originally Posted by Murray Missile View Post
I had 700 X 28's on an '84 Tempo which is the same frame IIRC and I think I could have slipped 32's on it. I no longer have it or I'd test fit some 32's in it for you.
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^^^^ +1, added data point - I just tried a wheelset with 700x28s on an '86 Tempo (Tenax) frameset, ample room, esp. in front. I estimate 32s would clear the chainstays, if only just.
Hmmm hmmm, thank you both!! This data is bad news for my wallet and bad news for my relationship The GF does not want another bike in here before the other is out!

Might be time to finally sell my old frame. How do you two like the ride? I have a 1982 Miyata 1200 mutt of a bike (only thing original is the frame, and the components don't match) and love it, but would like something a bit closer to sport touring than straight road. I do love that the Miyata really soaks up the road, but the replacement fork has much lower trail than desired (~40 trail).

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Old 07-21-22, 01:18 PM
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How do you two like the ride?
Sorry, mine's a frameset only. Purchased somewhat on a challenge/dare from friend at Dream Bikes, frame/fork/headset and VERY stuck SR Laprade seatpost, that has as yet thwarted both me and my bike shop buddy. Post is not high enough that it would fit me properly built up, so I've never built/ridden it. Can't say I'm not tempted.....
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What year is the pink/white one? I've had 2 of those, a 54cm and a 58cm. Both held 28s fine.
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How do you two like the ride?
I liked it but I really didn't ride it that long as I have other two Champion No. 2 bikes that have much better paint and graphics plus a couple Tenax framed Super Sports to build. I also went on a Reynolds 531 buying spree awhile back so I stripped it down and traded it and a couple other framesets to make room.
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Originally Posted by Dylansbob View Post
What year is the pink/white one? I've had 2 of those, a 54cm and a 58cm. Both held 28s fine.
The magenta (pink) and white Super Sport is 1987. I own one so good to know 28s will work.
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I have a 1982 Miyata 1200 mutt of a bike (only thing original is the frame, and the components don't match) and love it, but would like something a bit closer to sport touring than straight road. I do love that the Miyata really soaks up the road, but the replacement fork has much lower trail than desired (~40 trail).
Sounds like you just need a handlebar bag.
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
Sounds like you just need a handlebar bag.
Oh believe me, I've been thinking about it Just I'll be moving to a more rainy area in about a year. Gotta get a proper frame that can take fenders. Was going to be a Super Course MKii but the frame/fork turned out to oh so slightly bent causing the bike to veer to the right a little...There's a special place in hell for people who knowingly sell old, bent frames on craigslist.
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38mm 650Bs will probably fit with fenders.
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I have become an accidental evaluator of brake pads' positions in their calipers' slots primarily as an in-vain effort to see if I could put generous 28mm tires (up to 30mm) in some of these modern race bikes. So I'm back to being happy with riding touring bikes quickly and comfortably over crummy roads. Anyway...

The Super Sport is a different bird than a Tempo. Super Sports are short reach brake only for 1985 (I had a 1984). Looking at the photo below, the brake pads are pretty well down in their slots on these short reach calipers. Looking at the vertical gap from the top of the tire to the brake bridge/crown, there should be enough room, in my experience, to fit healthy 28mm tires.

A 1984 Tempo is a bit longer legged. Standard reach brakes are used (see bottom photo) which means 32s are easy to fit. Very nice.



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