VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Schwinn Super Sport Update posted by: Gralyn on 7/11/2005 at 11:43:32 PM
I got the Schwinn Super Sport finished up this weekend. I didn't want to wait until I could find some gum hoods - so I used some levers with black hoods. The saddle it came with (Schwinn)wasn't very impressive - and it needed some repair - so for now, I put a Selle Italia, yellow and black. I didn't have any black cloth bar tape left - so I put some yellow cork tape on the bars. It looks pretty good.

Now, I'm assuming the wheel set is original - Araya 700C....but I also noticed that there is a lot of clearance for 27" wheels. Anyway, I had a Schwinn Traveler that came with 700C wheels....and 27" wheels would not fit it.....so I know it was originally built for 700C's. My Super Sport is from 1983 - are the 700C wheels correct?

Also......there are links I have found for Schwinn catalogs....up to about 1980. Is anyone aware of any available from 1981 - 1990?
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   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Schwinn Super Sport Update posted by jack on 7/12/2005 at 7:04:25 AM
Gralyn,

I have an '81/'82 catalog. There were two models, a SuperSport (SR triple crank,SunTour Cyclone) and SuperSport SP (Sugino AT triple,SunTour Cyclone Mk II). The SP was "new for '82" acc to catalog. Minor other diff barely justify price difference (SS-550, SP-650). Both models used Araya alloy box 700C rims on Sanshin LF hubs. Decent bikes, esp if you have f&r racks and "aero" (SP)waterbottle as pictured!
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      Schwinn Super Sport posted by John E on 7/12/2005 at 2:23:26 PM
Gralyn, By 1983, I believe 700C had replaced 27" as the default wheel size.
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   RE:   Schwinn Super Sport posted by Gralyn on 7/12/2005 at 4:15:33 PM
Would the 700C's have replaced 27" wheels by 1983 so far as "competition" models? Or more all models in general? Because - it seems I have loads and loads of bikes from the mid-80's (more recreational and touring models) with 27" wheels.....even my Schwinn Travelers....'85, '86, and '87 models all have 27" wheels. I had a Traveler from about '89 or '90 that came equipped with 700C
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   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Schwinn Super Sport Update posted by Eric Amlie on 7/13/2005 at 1:32:37 PM
Gralyn, you guessed it right. In the '83 catalog, the bikes in the competition category(Superior, Super Sport SP, and Super Sport) all had 700c x 20mm rims. All the other road bikes had either 27" x 1 1/8" or 27" x 1 1/4" rims.
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   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Schwinn Super Sport Update posted by Gralyn on 7/13/2005 at 4:13:58 PM
The Super Sport is weighing in at 22 lbs.......not bad! Hopefully this weekend - I will have a chance to really try it out.
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    wheel size posted by John E on 7/13/2005 at 6:06:11 PM
Thanks for the wheel size clarification, Eric. I guess the American conversion from 700C to 27" was a gradual "trickle-down" process, spread over many years.

My 1981 Bianchi was definitely built for 700C. My 1980 Peugeot can take either size, but since the tire width is strictly limited to 1" for 27" diameter, we can safely assume that it also was made with 700C rims in mind. Perhaps someone else can help out with the stock rim size for a Peugeot UO-9 or Carbolite 103 of that vintage.
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   RE: wheel size posted by Gralyn on 7/14/2005 at 1:57:52 PM
The Peugeots I have had....with the Carbolite 103....which were most likely early to mid. 80's bikes - all had 27" wheels. They were Rigida alloy with eyelets at the spokes....but they were all 27".....and from what I can recall - with room to spare!
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   RE:RE: wheel size posted by marc on 7/14/2005 at 9:52:02 PM
I came across one of these super sports from the mid 80's and it was amazing. Columbus tubing, full shimano 600 arabesque groupo, really good craftsmanship, beautifully simple cream paint job. Only problem was that it was only a 50cm. I was going to part it out but it was just too nice, sold it to a friend for his girlfriend. Grayln, does yours say schwinn super sport on the headbadge?


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   RE:RE:RE: wheel size posted by Gralyn on 7/14/2005 at 11:17:31 PM
Yes, it says "Schwinn Super Sport" on the head badge...plus it has the date code for 1983 stamped on it. Mine is like a 21" or a 21 1/2" ..53 - 55 cm. It may be too small - I don't know - I haven't had a chance to take it for a significant ride to see how it does. I have a couple 21" bikes - and they aren't bad fit-wise. My 21" Traveler was just too uncomfortable - so I installed a stem with an upward angle - to raise the bars a few inches - and now it fits great. I had thought about that on the Super Sport - but I'll see how it does as is before I swap out a stem.
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AGE / VALUE:   Bernard Dangre posted by: JB on 7/11/2005 at 10:17:03 PM
Picked up an unusual 80's French bike...Bernard Dangre..nice components..Stronglite, Sachs-Huret, Super Comp. Rims...very light Vitus frame...anyone familiar with this bike...or the man behind ....thanks
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   RE:AGE / VALUE: Bernard Dangre posted by Warren on 7/11/2005 at 11:19:54 PM
Found a couple for sale here. It's translated so the decriptions are odd...funny actually. Maybe contact a seller?

http://tinyurl.com/bevwk
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Bernard Dangre posted by JB on 7/13/2005 at 10:17:41 PM
Thanks Warren..turns out Dangre Cycles made bikes until the mid-ninties...still don't know who Berard was....but the bike I have is an excellent rider..scary quick for an old steelie...
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Bernard Dangre posted by vince on 8/18/2005 at 1:14:03 PM
hi, i bought one 2 weeks ago at flea market, a racer, very light -- a guy about 50 years old stopped me on the street wanting to buy it, apparently he was a big bike champion and bikes no longer are made ?
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VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Mid 80's Somec road bike posted by: Greg on 7/11/2005 at 3:05:41 AM
Also need info on purchasing replacement decals for said bike. Thanks, Greg
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   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Mid 80's Somec road bike posted by Warren on 7/11/2005 at 11:12:37 PM
You may find answers here...

http://www.uplandsg.com/somec/
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AGE / VALUE:   Mid 80's Somec road bike posted by: Greg on 7/11/2005 at 2:59:14 AM
Any info would be helpful. I just bought a Somec road bike. Mid 80's age. Columbus SL tubes. Chrome fork. Don't now anything about it. Is it a decent bike?? Thanks, Greg
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VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   1898 Attica Special Racer posted by: Rick Chapman on 7/9/2005 at 5:40:08 AM
I recently purchased a 1898 Attica Special Racer. I'm looking for any information about the bike and manufacturer which might provide me with some idea as to the original colors of the bike and how many were made. I'm also looking for a "skip-tooth" chain and the tires that would have been on this year bike. ANY HELP WILL BE APPRECIATED, HELP!!!!!
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