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MISC:   Identify This? posted by: Michael Saladee on 7/4/2005 at 12:46:17 AM
Can any one tell me what year or any infomation on a Schwinn (Racer)Serial #L420133.
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           RE:MISC:   Identify This? posted by Ken on 7/5/2005 at 1:55:48 PM
If the number is on the left rear dropout, it's a 64.
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           :   Identify This? posted by John E on 7/5/2005 at 4:36:28 PM
In fact, the frame was made in November 1964. (A=Jan, B=Feb, ..., H=Aug, I is not used, to avoid confusion with "1," J=Sep, M=Dec.)
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           RE:MISC:   Identify This? posted by Jerry Griffies on 7/13/2005 at 3:53:01 AM
I have a similiar question:

I'm confused by "bunchobikes" Schwinn serial number charts.

I have a number on the bottom bracket : K74851 -AND- a number on the headbadge: 0408

So it could be October (the K) something "7" (77,87,...)
0r
it could be the 40th day of '88.

Any guesses? It's a racer type frame.

Thanks,

Jerry
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VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Tange 1,2,3,4,5.....? posted by: Gralyn on 7/3/2005 at 9:32:26 PM
I can't remember.....Which is better...Tange 2 or Tange 5?
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           RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Tange 1,2,3,4,5.....? posted by Warren on 7/4/2005 at 12:51:31 AM
2...or 1...or pro.
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MISC:   Super Sport Front Derailleur posted by: Bryant on 7/3/2005 at 11:24:57 AM
HELP!! I'm putting my Schwinn Super Sport together and I can't get the front derailleur to work. Oh, it moves and I have adjusted it to allow maximum travel of the cage. The problem is it doesn't seem to have enough travel to move the chain to the big ring. It comes close and makes noise, but it doesn't move the chain off the small ring. It is the original derailleur so it must have worked at one time. Can't really replace it since the seat tube isn't the standard size and all my spare fr ders are too small. Anyone have any ideas?
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           RE:MISC:   Super Sport Front Derailleur posted by Bryant on 7/3/2005 at 11:35:08 AM
Oh yeah at little info on the bike might help. It is a 1972 Super Sport, and I am using the original Ashtabula crankset. tried using the conversion kit but had the problem with the derailleur so thought going back to the original carnks would help. It didn't.
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           RE:RE:MISC:   Super Sport Front Derailleur posted by Kurt K. on 7/3/2005 at 1:55:25 PM
Did you try adjusting the "high" max-travel screw?

Should be two adjuster screws on the derailer - one to determine how close the derailer may come to the frame, the other to determine where it stops when you shift to the big ring (you don't want to shift the chain right off the chainwheel, you know!).

Turn the high gear adjustment screw counterclockwise (unscrewing, basically) just slightly, and try shifting again. Just make sure you don't over-adjust it.

-Kurt
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           RE:RE:RE:MISC:   Super Sport Front Derailleur posted by Bryant on 7/3/2005 at 3:05:36 PM
Yes. The high gear adjusting screw is adjusted all the way out. Actually i was thinking of just taking it off so I don't lose it. Still no big chainring. Now I am trying this with barend shifters rather than the stem shifters but I don't think that matters.
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           RE:RE:RE:RE:MISC: Super Sport Front Derailleur posted by Stacey on 7/3/2005 at 3:19:07 PM
Try this.

http://www.parktool.com/repair_help/howfix_frontderailleur.shtml
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           RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:MISC: Super Sport Front Derailleur posted by Bryant on 7/3/2005 at 9:33:36 PM
Well it seems to be working now. I put the deraileur as close to the crankrings as I could, and now it is going into the big chainring. I finished the other cable, put on natural color cork tape and have the second coat of shellac on it. Looking really nice. Tomorrow is the test drive. Thanks!
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AGE / VALUE:   need more infomation posted by: michael on 7/2/2005 at 3:30:36 AM
I have recently purched a A.Schwinn(World Class Racer)For $3 less than what the firand signature st owner paid.It is covered with crome (Signature Hubs,Kick stand,seat poast)and has A.S. bolts. I ride it, it is my favorite bike.The serial #l420133.

PLEASE HELP ME APRESHEATE AND UNDER STAND WHAT I HAVE !!!
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           RE:AGE / VALUE: need more infomation posted by Warren on 7/2/2005 at 1:42:40 PM
It's a bike...ride it to appreciate it. Forget the "world class racer" hype. Learn to enjoy it...then get another one...and another, etc
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FOR SALE:   schwinn collegiate posted by: david on 7/1/2005 at 8:16:20 PM
for sale: mens schwinn collegiate. new tubes and tires. 5 speed. light blue. i believe it to be early 70's. in very good condition for its age. i have been riding it for the past year, but am looking for a new bike. 100.00. i am in new orleans, but will ship. 504-452-7289
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VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by: Todd on 7/1/2005 at 6:47:22 PM
I purchased a Zebrakenko "Wind" in 1985 and it currently sits in a cocoon in my garage. It hasn't been riden since 1994. I was just thinking about replacing the tires and riding it again. Am I the only one that still has one of these bikes from Japan? It's all original and in great shape. I've been trying to find some history on these bikes but no luck so far.
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           RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by T-Mar on 7/2/2005 at 11:47:01 AM
Zebrakenko was a Japanese brand that goes back to the turn of the century (20th) but only started US distribution in the mid 1970s. They offered a wide range of models, from entry level to high end. There was even a nice Dura Ace 10 equipped track bicycle. The early models were typical Japanese bicycles: clean workmanship, very sturdy, capable components, but having a "dead" ride quality relative to the resiliency of most European bicycles. Depending on the year and/or model you could find them equipped with either Shimano or SunTour based groups. The head badge was quite nice, with an oval with a roaring lion's head in the centre, a crown over the lion's head and 'GOLDENSPORTS GS ZEBRAKENKO'. The brand seems to have disappeared in the mid-1980s, about the same time that the Zebra brand appeared. I have always wondered if they just shortened the name, but the distributors were different, so it may just be a co-incidence.

The Wind was one of the original models distributed in the USA during the mid-1970s and was one of the most popular models. It was obviously long live too, if you bought one in 1985. I am quite familiar with the early version, which was a nicely appointed, mid-range bicycle. Unfortunately, I am not familiar with the mid-1980s model.
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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by sid on 6/13/2006 at 5:12:55 PM
I had a Zebrakenko 15 speed touring bike "Country Road" in the early 80s, it was nice with typical Sun Tour components, if a bit heavy. Unfortunately, it was stolen after only a year or so.
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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Sean Lassak on 10/11/2006 at 5:06:38 PM
I was just doing some background research about Zebrakenko--I have two of their frames both dating sometime before 1981--and stumbled across your page. One still has all orginal parts and the other I converted to a "cheater" fixed gear. Over the course of nine months the rear drop out on the converted bicycle has been slightly bent due to not putting a true fixed gear hub on it. Just thought I'd let you know that they are still out there--somewhere near the Edge.

Sincerely,
S. Lassak
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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by sue stevens on 11/17/2006 at 8:06:22 PM
i have a maroon zebrakenko wind. its a nice enough ride. its got mostly sun tour crap on it, so i am trying to overhaul it on my own, switching out components, etc. i only wish there was more infomation on the company out there.
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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by BZ on 11/26/2006 at 11:37:36 AM
I have a 1977 Zebrakenko Wind in good condition. I am willing to sell it to anyone intersted.
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           RE:RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Dion on 4/15/2007 at 9:01:08 AM
what is it worth ?
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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by mileage on 5/9/2007 at 7:34:59 PM
I have an 81 Zebrakenko Storm, there was a Wind and a Storm model, one in chromoly, one in double butted steel.
My bottom bracket bearing races are shot. You wouldn't just have a bottom bracket available, would you? I biked across the US on it and I'm trying to keep it going as my back-up bike.
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           RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by jchickos on 5/9/2007 at 11:34:18 PM
I have a Zebra Tempest from 84 or 85. Given the storm theme I think it might be more than coincidence about the Zebra/Zebrakenko relationship. The head badge on my bike is however very different.
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           RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Val on 5/12/2007 at 4:15:40 PM
I just got my Zebrakenko Wind back today, which was their top of line bike in 1977 when I bought it new. If I remember right, it was fairly expensive -- I thought it was $500 but maybe it was less--if anyone can remember what they sold for back then, I'd love to know). I ended up selling it 15 years ago beause I had lost interest in road biking. The guy who bought it from me rarely rode it and kept it in his basement. My husband bought it back this week and replaced the brake pads, the tires and the tubes. He gave it to me as a Mothers Day gift. It is in beautiful shape and it still a great bike. It feels lighter than the Raleigh rode bike I bought two years ago (which I sold recently). The nice thing about these bikes is that the brand name isn't plastered across the frame and there was only one frame color--unlike most of the bikes on the market now. I am thrilled to have this bike back!!

P.S. Someone asked why the model name wasn't on the bike--it probably came off--the model name was a decal on the bottom back of the frame. My Wind decal is still on the bike.
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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:���Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by jo on 5/16/2007 at 9:28:50 PM
congratulations, Val! i've been riding a blue zebrakenko wind which i bought used from a grad student in 2004. at the time i didn't think i could ride a road bike, being new to bike enlightenment..but i soon discovered the joy of riding..& if i go fast enough, my bike makes a whistling sound like the wind!
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           RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Tim on 6/13/2007 at 6:56:57 PM
I just got laughed at by 2 bike shops when I brought my early 80's "Thunder". I am looking for a replacement Suntours front derailer (sp?). If you know of any source, please let me know. Thankyou, Tim
tube
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           RE:RE:RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by dave rickard on 8/18/2007 at 5:53:18 AM
when iwas a kid back in 70s my dad bot me a bike from coast to coast hardware it was the red baron with the cross on the chain gard. if eny one has a clue on wear to find one let me no. they came with a cheater slick and apehanger
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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Mike on 8/24/2007 at 7:36:28 PM
I bought my Storm from a used bike shop in Southern Wisconsin in 2001 for 80.00. Due to a DUI I was forced to reintroduce myself to riding, now 6 years later I wonder why I ever gave it up in the first place. I ride year around and couldn't guess how many miles I have on my Zebrakenko. This is one tough bike and now that I know some of it's history I will treat it with more care.
Mike
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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Ben on 9/2/2007 at 2:57:01 PM
I thought I'd share a few pics of my "Wind" that was left me by my brother.


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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Ben on 9/2/2007 at 3:00:02 PM
And another of the whole bike.


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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Leighton Walter on 9/4/2007 at 5:28:03 PM
Sorry to come to this thread so late. I'm replying because I was just given a Goldensports GS Zebrakeno. It had been in a neighbor's basement for many, many years, and its condition shows it. The frame is white now, but it's obviously a rattlecan job; head badge still shows, but nothing else. One point that is interesting: It's mostly Campagnolo-equipped, with the exception of the crank, which is a really nice forged Stronglight (the star-patterned one). Heavy surface rust on the frame, but may try stripping it and seeing what's underneath.
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           RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Steve on 10/6/2007 at 3:01:07 PM
I was sad to hear they went out of business. I still have my "Olympic Ace" in the basement - attached to a trainer. I got it back in 87. Great bike!
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           RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by WIsconsin Rider on 10/21/2007 at 1:49:41 PM
I've owned my Zebrakenko "Blue Sky" since new. I rode it many miles and never had any problems. I see there is still interest in these bikes.

Enjoy
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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Ames on 11/30/2007 at 2:48:41 PM
I own 3 Zebrakankos and my brother has 2. I have 2 80's and an 81, all Winds. My brother has an 80 wind and just picked up what I believe is an 81 Thunder. We worked at a bike shop in 1980 when he bought his Wind new. It listed for about $600. There were also lighting and storm models as I recall. If there is interest I think I have the date code from the serial number figured out.
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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Brian on 1/10/2008 at 8:43:29 AM
I am renovating a Zebrakenko Goldensporte that was in the garbage here in Brooklyn. Not sure which model, it has the original all black paint job but no decals, only the headbadge with the crowned lion. lugged steel frame, chromed front fork, sugino super maxi cranks, suntour shifters and derailleur and dia-compte brakes. Still in pretty good shape! Would like to know what year it is if anyone knows any way to figure that out.
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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by andy on 3/11/2008 at 12:23:11 PM
i have a zebrakenko, touring bike...excellent condition, black. i bought it in 1977. anyone interested in purchasing it. let me known
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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Mike Larsen on 3/13/2008 at 5:23:52 PM
I have a mid seventies wind or storm light blue in good original condition if any one wants to buy it or I will restore it to origanal condition which wouldn't take much it has early sun tour stuff the early good stuff which is more valuable than the whole bike.
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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Mike Larsen on 3/13/2008 at 5:25:29 PM
I have a mid seventies wind or storm light blue in good original condition if any one wants to buy it or I will restore it to origanal condition which wouldn't take much it has early sun tour stuff the early good stuff which is more valuable than the whole bike.
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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Mike Larsen on 3/13/2008 at 5:29:19 PM
I have a mid seventies wind or storm light blue in good original condition if any one wants to buy it or I will restore it to origanal condition which wouldn't take much it has early sun tour stuff the early good stuff which is more valuable than the whole bike.


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           RE: Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Leighton Walter on 3/13/2008 at 7:47:05 PM
I have a Zebrakenko that I found in a friend's basement. Think it had been there for many, many years. Not in great shape (bad respray, lots of wear), but the funny thing is that the bike actually has good components: Campagnolo derailleurs, seatpost, rims, hubs; beautiful Stronglight alloy crank. Any others out there like mine?
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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by wally on 3/29/2008 at 1:47:42 AM
i have a zebrakenko I believe thunder are there Serial numbers or date code to tell when the bike was produced.. I picked it up for $5 or 10.00 a couple of years ago at a tag sale perfect condition. I'll post a picture if anyone wants to see it. I'm not looking to sell it just want to find out anything i can about the bike.Thanks Wally (Manchester, CT)
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           Zebrakenko OM-4 posted by Dan Janssen on 7/14/2008 at 6:16:44 AM
Looking to sell my 1984 Zebrakenko OM-4. Beautiful condition. Make me an offer.
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           RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Homer on 9/8/2008 at 6:02:26 PM
I paid $275 for a brand-new Zebrakenko Wind in 1977. I've still got it, under the stairs, still with the Wind decal on the right rear stay...I guess they went up a lot after that.
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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by paul on 9/27/2008 at 1:59:41 PM
i recently got into riding. my first decent road bike was my fathers "wind" zebrakenko. ive moved one but want to keep the bike alive so im gunna convert it to a fix. nice to see others with winds
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           VINTAGE ZEBRAKENKO posted by Joe on 10/15/2008 at 9:49:27 PM
This Zebrakenko fan is on the lookout for opportunities to buy one of these sweet 1980's bikes. Let me know if you have one for sale. Joe
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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Michael Trupin on 11/1/2008 at 5:38:53 AM
I have a 1976 Zebrakenko Lightning that my parents bought for me in 1976 for $280. It’s seen some abuse/ neglect over the years, but continues to be my only bike, and I just put clipless pedals on it. Looks pretty scrappy now, but originally a pearlescent light blue/violet. Chr-moly frame, seems to have been fitted out similar to the Wind. It’s a good old friend.
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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by chuck on 1/28/2009 at 7:45:49 PM
Have a blue Zebrakenco Wind bought new in 1977 at Greasy Wheel Plymouth, NH. Still pretty, and pretty bulletproof.
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           RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by dee on 3/27/2009 at 5:21:27 AM
How much are they worth today
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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Alan on 5/2/2009 at 3:56:23 AM
Hello, I have a mid-seventies Zebrakenko with less than 100 miles on it. I hardly ever used it.
I put new tires on it due to dry rot.
It's a 12 speed road bike in like new condition.
I would like to sell it.
It has Suntour equipment. I paid $300 for it new.
203-288-0354 or edelman@comcast.net
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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Mike on 5/30/2009 at 10:13:59 PM
RS ZEBRAKEBKO STORM all ORGINAL DEEP RED METAILIC COLOR 9.999 ALL ORGINAL MINT CONDITION LOW MILES 1983 STORM LARGE FRAME 34..1/2" STANDOVER Dia Compe crank and breaks $400.00 new tires ORGINAL BEAR CLAW FOOT PEDALS WITH SHOE SUPPORTS JAPAN CLASSIC TIME Capsule

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           RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Bonde on 6/3/2009 at 12:14:18 PM
Hello, a couple people mentioned the serial codes on Zebrakenkos. Mine is a Wind in metallic burgundy color over chrome. It has Suntour forged dropouts. The serial number is in two parts:
D1D1125
Z81D

Anyone know how do decipher these? Can I assume the Z81D part might signify the year as being 1981?

Also, would anyone know what the original parts were on this bike? I got mine as a frame and built it up as a fixie just to get it rolling but would really like to get it back to geared road condition, preferably with original parts.

Thanks!


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           RE:RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by jim on 7/20/2009 at 5:21:57 PM
I have a zebrakenko, it is in fair condition, it is a cmplete bike. Iam trying to find a value.
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           RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Andrew on 7/26/2009 at 10:52:05 PM
Hmm. I paid $7 for a 64cm "Wind" frame, forks, cranks, headset, and bars today at a yard sale. I was going to Ebay it, but maybe now I will keep it rolling.
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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Desiree on 8/3/2009 at 9:17:32 AM
I have a Zebrakenko I bought in '83. I moved out of the city a couple months later and haven't ridden it since. Will sell, if interested, email me for details and pics.
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           RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Jim on 8/7/2009 at 5:33:25 PM
I have a black Zebrakenko Wind, I want to replace the tires which are rotting away. I can't read the size on the sidewalls. Can anyone tell me the size?
Thank you, Jim
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           RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Brion on 8/11/2009 at 3:04:32 PM
I have a 1977 that I bought new for $500. Haven't had it out for a few years but plan on a triathlon this weekend. Road portion is 20 miles hope it holds up. It is still in good shape was and still is the best ride for the price I have ever been on.
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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Diane on 10/4/2009 at 9:58:23 AM
I have a 19 inch mens 1981 Pearlized Champagne New Sun Zebra Kenko,
hardly ever used in super mint condition and would like to sell......
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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Mike Larsen on 10/8/2009 at 3:03:40 PM
Red Zebra Kenko posted on Mpls MN Craigslist, hot red storm, I will purchase and pick up for anybody out of area. Don't know how long it has been posted and forgot who the guy was that E-mailed me and wanted one. It is cheap.

Mike Larsen
St. Paul, MN
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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Ames on 10/16/2009 at 4:07:34 AM
Response to Bonde; Z81D does signify 1981, the D translates to April. Does the headbadge have a lion head of does it show a stylized Z with a zebrahead on it? I have 2 80's & 1 81 Winds. Tell me what the headbadge is and I can tell you the components are as they seemed to changed during this period. Good luck!
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           RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:���Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Vito Cavallo on 11/4/2009 at 8:23:53 PM
I just picked up a Maroon Zebrakenko Goldensports Wind for $20 at an estate sale. First time ever heard of this bike.
Suntour handlebar-end shifters (wow - never had one of these) and derailleur, shimano hubs, allow wheels. Diacompe brakes, gummy hoods yucky.

Very nice lion head badge. Can't remember if 10 or 12 speed, but very nice either way. Will keep since rare and the name is great.

I have a Zebrakeno ..... a whooda whatta?
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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Phil on 12/5/2009 at 4:36:58 PM
I just brough home a 1980 maroon Zebrakenco Thunder mixte that a friend gave me. It has the crowned lion headbadge, Suntour Seven deraileurs, diacompe brakes and sigano crank. Unfortunately, the downtube is buckled near the headtube - looks like somebody ran into something pretty hard. Too bad because the paint, decals, etc. are in good shape. The frame is lugged, so repair isn't out of the question. Too bad i would have to ruin the finish in th process. I know the bike isn't worth it, but I want to learn to work on frames, so this could be a bike to learn on.
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           RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Peter on 3/14/2010 at 5:24:27 PM
I have a pink Zebra (no kenko) circa 1986 with 022 tubing and Suntour components; willing to sell...
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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Steve on 3/14/2010 at 10:30:30 PM
My bro gave me a bike. Its a "zebra sprint." I believe it was derived from "zebrakenko." Funny thing is, is that I haven't been able to find the bike online. Anyway, it has a black frame, with "Suntour" parts. Any insight on this bike would be appreciated.
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           RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Alan on 3/16/2010 at 8:45:53 AM
I have a Zebrachenko "Sun" bike. Dark blue with all the decals. Lion Head raised badge. It has Suntour VX gears, Sugino Super Maxy crankset, Cro-Mo frame, butted, HT-4500 Steel fork. Di-comp brakes. Can anyone tell me anything about it? What level bike was it? Does it have any value?
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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by ian on 3/27/2010 at 5:48:20 PM
hey guys i have zebrakenko bike that i picked up for 40 bucks its called "fire" just wonder if anyone knew the story about it or if anyone else out there is riding one cuz i didnt see any other entries about the fire
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           RE:RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by MB on 4/20/2010 at 4:03:00 PM
BlackZebraWind, circa 1981-ish, deemed unworthy of tune-up by will-remain-unnamed outdoor Recreational Equipment store tech. Still fits this tiny girl as no other frame has, especially after anatomically-correct saddle retrofit, and rides as its name implies. Looking for spare parts: bad winter, uncovered beneath carport. Can't seem to save coffee $ fast enough for that Ruby.

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           RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by David on 4/21/2010 at 10:43:52 AM
$500 in 1977 was a pretty expensive bike! Are you sure?
For a BB replacement, just get a YST cartridge bearing model; cheap, reliable, maintenance-free. Try biketoolsetc.com Keep 'em rolling.
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           RE:RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Chris on 5/2/2010 at 7:38:30 PM
So if Z81D is April of 81, what does Z80M denote? Presumably 1980 but which month?

Also, is it Blue Sky, Wind, Storm, Thunder, Olympic Ace in terms of increasing quality of models, or did that vary by year? In the 70's was there only the Wind?
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           Zebrakenko brochure from 1981 posted by Susan on 6/18/2010 at 12:25:59 PM
Zebrakenko brochure from 1981 with specs, photos, etc.


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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by GJ on 6/26/2010 at 12:51:51 PM
Anyone have some serial numbers to post? I have what I think is an mid 80's zebrakenko but am unable to confirm it. With the front badge missing all I have to identify it is one made in Japan decal at the bottom of the down tube. My number is K7B03028.

Or if anyone could post some close up pics of the butted joints of the frame it would be greatly appreciated. From my initial comparisions with distance shots I have been able to be almost sure it is an old Golden Sport.

Thanks so much for any replys.

GJ
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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Chris on 7/5/2010 at 4:52:13 AM
Wow, Susan, that Zebrakenko brochure from 81 is a find! I would love to be able to read that spec sheet, but when I zoom in it is blurred, even using photo shop. Is there any way you could scan it at a higher resolution and re-post it here? I bet everyone would be very interested. I think it would answer lots of questions about the various models. Thanks!
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           RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by T-Mar on 7/6/2010 at 4:25:33 AM
GJ, assuming it is mid-1980s, the serial number would make it a 1987. But Zebrakenko had disappeared from the market by them, so it may be a 1987. What are the makes and models of the major components? Are you even sure it's a Zebrakenko?
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           RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by T-Mar on 7/6/2010 at 4:28:05 AM
Oops, in my previous post I eant that it may be a 1977.
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           RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by JL on 7/12/2010 at 7:08:42 AM
I have a Zebrakenko Thunder. Besides the tires which look old, the bike is still in excellent shape! I still have the owners manual for my bike as well.
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           RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Tim on 7/21/2010 at 3:30:22 AM
I just bought a Zebra Suprema (Zebrakenko) with a full Shimano 600 series set already on the bike. Can anyone tell me how to determine the age?


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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Ian on 7/30/2010 at 4:15:49 PM
I have a zebrakenko "Fire" that im fixed up and repainted i was just wondering how rare it might be and the history behind it i havent been able to find anything about it nor did i hear "Fire" get mentioned in any blog.....someone help me out please
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           RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Myron on 8/11/2010 at 8:48:40 AM
I have a Zebrakenko Wind purchased by me new in 1976. It is still in excellent condition although I seldom ride it anymore. Today I ride primarily a recumbent trike or a trail bike.

There was a road test published in Bicycling magazine in their Sep 1976 edition comparing the Kobe Cobra and the Zebrakenko Wind. The article was written by Gary Fisher, and he was very impressed by the Wind. The retail price for the Wind in 1976 was $190.
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           RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Matt on 8/22/2010 at 9:45:56 PM
Great posts, everyone! The catalog posted by Susan on 6/18/2010 is very helpful. I have a 1980 Zebrakenko Lightning, in pearlized blue mist, purchased new in March 1987 from Bicycle Village in Annandale VA for $208. The sales clerk told me it was a prior year model (little did I know it was 7 years new!) He swore when he realized the store had mis-labeled the price, so thought it was a good deal then and it has been my primary commuting and touring bike for the past 23 years.
Over the years I have changed freewheels and seat, installed a rear rack, and converted to clipless pedals. In the last year I replaced the wheels and brake levers. As my 50th birthday looms, I am considering switching to a hill-friendlier 48/34 front sprocket & crankset, perhaps Sugino XD 700. These upgrades make no sense, but this is my mid-life crisis. I love this bike!
I'll post photos once I've finished this project.
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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Susan on 8/25/2010 at 7:59:22 PM
Hey,
I'll try to get a better scan of the Zebra brochure spec sheet pages and throw it up soon.
Susan
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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Tom on 8/30/2010 at 11:32:02 PM
I bought my black-framed Zebrakenko Wind 10-speed Bicycle on Dec. 29, 1976 for $189.95 in Arlington, Va. and I still ride it almost everyday. I've replaced the front fork twice, but I still have the original receipt and the owner's manual, and this 55 year old rider has to say it's the best bike I've ever had!
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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Cindy on 9/4/2010 at 8:21:14 PM
I just came across a Zebrakenko Wind for sale that is in fair to good condition -- frame and paint are in great shape (just needs tune-up type work and tires). It appears to be a 70's model. I took it for a ride and even though it needs a bit of work and definitely needed new tires, I thought it rode very well. The guy selling it won't take any less than $80 for it. I'm thinking that it may be worth that price after reading all of the various posts. I don't know much about the bike and would appreciate some feedback from people who know about these bikes. Thanks!
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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Chris on 9/13/2010 at 4:25:19 PM
80 bucks, I'd buy it for sure.
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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Brian on 9/15/2010 at 11:07:40 PM
I have a Zebrakenko / Kenko ten speed that dates from the early or mid 1970's. The color is maroon or purple, and the insignia on the head has a falcon (?) and says "Kenko" and "Tokyo". The derailleur is a Shimano Eagle. The crank has cotter pins, which have never needed to be changed.
I have no idea which model it is, as there is no model anywhere on the bike. I have recently re-lubed it, adjusted it, and taken it back on the road after 30 years in the garage, and it rides well. It's a sturdy, smooth riding bike, and light enough. The 'Eagle' derailleur still shifts smoothly and accurately.

I'm not into the modern $1000 plus bikes, the vintage ones work well enough for me -- they get the job done. I read on another forum someone thought the Zebrakenko frame was "heavy". Now, a 38 pound Schwinn Varsity is heavy (I still ride one). Compared to that, the Zebrakenko is light.
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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by chaz on 9/19/2010 at 11:47:52 AM
I just found what looks to be a mid-80's 12-speed Zebra Tempest, based on the components. It's gunmetal gray with red lettering, and the badge (and logo) is a gold square with a few minimalist black diagonal and vertical lines in it. The frame looks to be a pretty decent steel frame. HT-4500 Double Butted Chrome Molybdenum tubes. 27# Araya Rims. Sugino GP Cranks. Suntour AR Deraileurs. DiaCompe Brakes. IRC Super HP Nylon tires. Kuski Winpista handlebars.

it's a solid bike and rides really well. the friction-shifters are great and accurate. It's also got stays for front and rear racks. This could be a solid commuter, for sure.
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           RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Larry on 9/19/2010 at 4:50:52 PM
In 1977 or 1978, I bought a Zebra Kenko, blue (I think Wind),model from Bicycle Pro Shop in Georgetown Washington DC. A terrific bike that I rode until I married in 1986. I began training for triathlons last year and pulled it out of storage, but realized it's not competitive today, so I will let it go. Its all original with SunTour Vx front and rear deraileurs, and DiaCompe brakes. Great solid Double Butted Chrome Molybedenum tube frame. A crank arm has been replaced and ugly tape job, but otherwise same components as rolled out in late 1970. Photo attached.


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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Pete on 10/2/2010 at 12:10:58 PM
Today I bought a Krystal at a garage sale. Medium weight, 27 inch, Dia-compe equipped. I can't find any info on this bike, other than the owner remembers buying it in the mid 70s. Seems like a high end bike and it is in perfect shape. Any info? Thanks, Pete
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           RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Jared Vaughn on 10/17/2010 at 12:43:55 PM
Four years ago, I picked up a Zebra Race for $25. I converted it to a low geared single-speed, and I have fallen in love with the smooth ride. It has also inspired me to start a small online business, turning old steel framed bikes in good condition into fully upgraded single-speed commuters. You can see pics @ Hillbillybike.com
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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Chris on 3/3/2011 at 8:30:52 PM
From Bicycle Magazine, July, 1978, a write up of the Zebrakenko Country Road and the Record Tour.
http://www.velo-pages.com/main.php?g2_itemId=15291&g2_imageViewsIndex=1
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           RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by larry jenkins on 3/23/2011 at 5:25:44 PM
I want to replace the main components on my zebrakenko. I think it would make a good century cruiser. Any suggestions for replacing the handlebars, (stem too?), crankset, chain, rear cassette and derailers? Any set that would fit this bike?


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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Scott on 7/14/2011 at 8:45:43 AM
I purchased a Golden Sports Zebra Kenko Wind at the Good Will store in Missouri. Black in color. Probably needs tubes tires good. Bike in great shape. What is the thing worth?
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           RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by David on 7/15/2011 at 9:46:00 AM
Scott - what did you pay for it? If you're hoping to flip it, be happy if you get your money back.
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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Scott on 7/20/2011 at 6:33:22 AM
I paid a whopping $12 for it. Know it is worth more than that..
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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Cindi on 9/24/2011 at 10:02:16 AM
Have a Zebrakenko that needs derailler Any suggestions on where I can get one. I love this bike and would love to start riding it again.

Thanks
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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Sam on 9/24/2011 at 2:05:42 PM
I have a Zebrakenko that's been passed around my family for more than 25 years....I've had it three different times during that period and have it again because I need the exercise. I assume it's an '83 "something" as the serial no. is D3J3004. It's a 6-spd friction shifting Suntour Honor derailleur system riding on 26x2.125 MTBs on Araya 26.125 rims. Shifter broke years ago and it's stayed locked in third gear which is fine by me. It's one sturdy, nice-riding cruiser and the only problem is deciding who I'm going to will it to when I croak. Until then I'll continue doing 2-5 miles a day on it with a big grin on my mug.

More pics here: http://home.bluemarble.net/'n9emz/Vehicles/ZEBRAKENKO/

Regards,

Sam


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           RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Sam on 9/24/2011 at 2:10:37 PM
Have no idea what happened to the links but here goes again. Sorry for the glitch.

http://home.bluemarble.net/'n9emz/Vehicles/ZEBRAKENKO/


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           RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Sam on 9/24/2011 at 2:20:31 PM
This site doesn't recognize the "tilde" character in an image location and substitutes an apostrophe for it.

Replace the apostrophe to the left of n9emz with a tilde (sideways "S" character key left of numeral 1 on standard QWERTY keyboard) and the link will work.

Sorry for any confusion and regards to all,

Sam
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VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Schwinn Super Sport posted by: Gralyn on 7/1/2005 at 12:02:22 PM
.....a first for me: a Schwinn Super Sport.

I stopped by my favorite thrift store....and...nothing. There was a Schwinn ...like a cross, or comfort bike...and it had a double crankset - but was set-up (already drilled) for a triple.....so I was thinking about buying it for the triple crank. Then I happened to notice some more bikes that had not been put out in bike area yet. I spotted one in the pile with alloy wheels, alloy crank, alloy pedals and clips....that's all I needed to see. I couldn't tell what brand it was - and I didn't care....so I asked about it - and whether they could give me a price on it. I helped dig it out.....pretty dirty and dusty....flat tires with the rim strip hanging out....bars turned to the side (the guy starts to straddle the front wheel and attempt to align the bars and stem....but it's taking a lot of force....and I'm thinking....don't warp that front wheel!.....so I tell him to not bother with it - it's OK) He comes up with a price.....really, really good price.....I would have paid a lot more.....So I get it.

It's a Schwinn Super Sport. About a 55 cm frame. Very light. I think it was Tange 2. Component were all alloy, single lever dia-compe brakes with gum hoods (gum hoods need replacing), Dia-compe "G" brakes. Nice-looking set of Araya wheels (rim has a large oval sticker - with "Araya" on it....presta valve. According to the date code stamped on the head tube badge - it looks to be a 1983 model. Also, 1983 by the components, too...they look like 80's components.

My question is: Where in the Schwinn line-up would the Super Sport have been - back about 1983?

Another question: Where can I find replacement Gum hoods? Can you find them for say - between $6 - $10? I see them for a lot more from time to time.....I have found slightly newer styles of hoods...and hoods for aero brakes before - for about $6 on average. But I haven't seen any gum hoods ....except for like $16 - $24....that's just too much!
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           RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Schwinn Super Sport posted by Eric Amlie on 7/1/2005 at 3:23:50 PM
It's overall placement is kind of hard to tell as Schwinn had different classifications of bikes in '83. The classifications were Competition, Touring, Recreational/Day Touring, and Recreational/Leisure. The Paramount isn't mentioned in the catalog, but I assume it was on top as usual. In the Competition classification were the Superior, Super Sport SP, and Super Sport(descending order). The touring bikes were the Voyageur SP, and the Voyageur. They were probably roughly comparable to the Super Sport models but set up for touring.
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VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Fontan Mixte, made in France posted by: Gralyn on 7/1/2005 at 11:52:48 AM
I picked up a Fontan mixte the other day. At first, it seemed pretty typical.....but then, maybe not. It seemed to be just like a Jeunet mixte I had....and in line with the typical straight steel made in France models - with the foil decal....all those bikes seem to be the same - just different labels on them. However, closer inspection shows that the decals were not the typical foil. Not sure exactly what they are - but they are not the typical foil I always see. Also, the brakes - the calipers are typical Mafac Racers....but the levers are not what I usually see. They are mounted from each side of the stem - on the top of the bar. The lever extends outward - and then curves slightly with the curve of the bar. To me - they look like a type of lever that would work pretty well on a fixed gear bike. Anyway, someone had wrapped the brake levers with black electrical tape. I un-wrapped to find that they are like coated with hard white plastic (not like a rubber coating - I mean the bulk of their thickness is plastic. Also, it looked like the ends of them were broke off. Not sure what the end of those levers would have looked like. The remainder of the equipment is typical: Saminir Saminox...whatever those rims are.....and Simplex ders.....Simplex down-tube plastic shifters.
It looks like it would clean up pretty good.
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           RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Fontan Mixte, made in France posted by Derek Coghill on 7/2/2005 at 11:33:23 PM
I think I've seen those brake levers before - a sort of flattish blade that hangs out and down - but I can't remember where! Possibly in a bike shop in France....I'll post again if I remember.
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AGE / VALUE:   world class racer posted by: michael on 7/1/2005 at 2:56:25 AM
I have one the man sold it to me for what he said was $3 less than sale price. $58?
can any one tell me more than (WRAP IT IN SERANN WRAP AND DONT RIDE IT) i WONT IT IS MY FAVORITE, WHAT EVER IT IS. ITS ALL SHINNY.
please help.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   world class racer posted by David on 7/1/2005 at 11:18:01 AM
From what you've told us, this is certainly an Italian bike of the highest quality. Most likely, it was used in the Tour de France. You should definitely wrap it in plastic and hang it in the living room for display.
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VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Identifying Make and Model posted by: Nick on 6/30/2005 at 6:57:32 PM
Last year I bought an old race bike from a local thrift store. I recently began replacing some worn parts(chain, cables, etc) and have come across some information that may help identify the bike. It has shimano wheels, sekai deluxe tires, shimano eagle rear derailuer, suntour thumb shifters, shimano cassette, and "Japan Champion" inscribed in the handle bars. Any help identifying the bike is appreciated. Thanks.
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           RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Identifying Make and Model posted by Nick on 6/30/2005 at 7:11:51 PM
Found the serial number: KS105120
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           RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Identifying Make and Model posted by T-Mar on 7/1/2005 at 12:59:36 AM
KSXXXXX serial numbers have been seen on many Nishiki bicycles from the early 1970s. Some feel that the K denotes Kawamura, who manufactured the Nishiki and Azuki brands. However, the tires are branded for another Japanese make, Sekai, so if these are original. the serial number's resemblance to a Nishiki could be a co-incidence.

The described components could be found on just about any make of bicycle and appear to be a mixture of brands and eras, so are not of any help. However, based on the little info we have, I'd say Nishiki and Sekai are the forerunners.
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           RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Identifying Make and Model posted by Nick on 7/1/2005 at 5:29:53 AM
Thamks for the help T-Mar.
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           VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Identifying Make and Model posted by John E on 7/1/2005 at 9:20:43 PM
I vote Nishiki, circa 1973 or 1974, based solely on the fact that the serial number of my 1971 American Eagle [Nishiki] Semi-Pro [Competition] was KS78091.
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VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Ideale saddle Rebour posted by: Jacob on 6/29/2005 at 4:50:19 PM
Hi everybody!

I know Ideale saddles are nice, but I wonder if a model 88 with "Rebour" stamped in the leather is rare/valuable?

I know Rebours drawings, and I understand that Rebours name on this saddle has something to do with a softening proces of the leather.

Any comments?

Jacob

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           RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Ideale saddle Rebour posted by Warren on 6/30/2005 at 12:05:58 AM
If the Rebour is in excellent shape, it should fetch hundreds of dollars. There's an example of your saddle here...

http://www.classicrendezvous.com/France/Ideale_main.htm
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           RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Ideale saddle Rebour posted by Warren on 6/30/2005 at 12:09:32 AM
If the Rebour is in excellent shape, it could fetch hundreds of dollars depending on the bidding weather on ebay. Some days it won't. There's an example of your saddle here...

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           oops... posted by Warren on 6/30/2005 at 12:13:44 AM
editing and browsing at the sametime...gettin' old
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AGE / VALUE:   RARE WHITEWALL TIRES posted by: Rod on 6/28/2005 at 3:59:25 PM
I want to know whether or not if whitewall tires are rare for lightweights; I have a 1968 Schwinn Collegiate women's bike that has 26" Straight Side Sport whitewalls unlike anything I've ever seen, and I'll usually see tires as plain blackwalls or even gumwalls on various models. Thanx!
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   RARE WHITEWALL TIRES posted by Gralyn on 6/28/2005 at 4:21:44 PM
I remember having 26 X 1 3/8 tires on a bike - with white wall. I have a set of 27 X 1 1/4 (they could be 1 1/8 - I don't remember for sure) - but they are more white wall, rather than gum wall. I will probably put them on my Schwinn Sports Tourer whenever I get around to fixing it up. I bought these at a bike shop - they had to orde them for me. I don't know if you can still get them or not.

I believe they used to make more actual white wall bicycle tires - even for lightweights - but not sure you can still get them anywhere.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   RARE WHITEWALL TIRES posted by Lenny on 6/28/2005 at 4:33:35 PM
Hi Rod,

Here in the US midwest, I don't recall ever having seen 27 x 1 1/4" whitewall tires back in the mid-70s (when I started paying attention to such things)through the 1980's. However, one of the local bike shops here in Indianapolis often has Kenda 27 x 1 1/4" whitewall tires in stock. They are decent tires though not as nice as the Continental Sport 1000 (currently my favorite tire in this size). Regards, Lenny
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: RARE WHITEWALL TIRES posted by marc on 6/28/2005 at 8:25:24 PM
I had a peugeuot touring version of the UO-8 from the late seventies early 80's that had 700c hutchinson white wall touring tires. I sold the bike and I regret not keeping the tires.
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           RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: RARE WHITEWALL TIRES posted by Kurt K. on 6/28/2005 at 9:45:48 PM
Kenda and Duro currently make whitewall 27" X 1-1/4" tires, Duro also makes whitewall 26" X 1-3/8" tires (EA3) as well, although I have yet to bag myself a pair of the latter.

Marc - those Hutchinsons - what width were they? I'm looking for a 20 or 23 700C in whitewall.

Take care,

-Kurt
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           RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: RARE WHITEWALL TIRES posted by JONathan on 6/29/2005 at 7:12:08 AM
I think the white-wall 26" for roadster is pretty hard to come across. I have a Dunlop 26" from the 60's that is still OK. It is for EA3 rim. They are really tough tires, too. A mate for it would be cool on a "Sports", but so far I have only come across one other, but it was unserviceable due to the brake-pad having scored through one sidewall. That's a fast way to wreck any tire. One side looks great, so it could be used on non-rideable restoration. The new tires have a nylon mix which makes them ride rough and look cheap, but I am tired of looking for good used white-wall 26's. Some of the older Schwinn tires seem to stick like they were glued on the rim. You are lucky that yours came off in one piece. I think they are rare and could be worth more than when new. Good luck. Nice find.
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           RARE WHITEWALL TIRES posted by John E on 6/29/2005 at 2:39:09 PM
My 1962 bottom-of-the-line Bianchi Corsa came with 26" x 1-3/8" x 1-1/4" Pirelli Stella whitewalls.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   RARE WHITEWALL TIRES posted by Eric Amlie on 6/29/2005 at 3:06:31 PM
Those 26" Schwinn whitewalls(EA1) were used on the Traveler models in the mid fifties to mid sixties. They are very hard to find in good condition these days and will sell for a bunch of money on ebay if you can find them.
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   RARE WHITEWALL TIRES posted by Derek Coghill on 7/2/2005 at 11:38:12 PM
I've occasionally found roadbike whitewalls when sorting out the tyre pile at the bike charity place; I suspect they're touring bike width, though; Michelins or somesuch.
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: RARE WHITEWALL TIRES posted by Oliver on 7/21/2005 at 7:12:40 PM
I just bought a circa 1950s Huffy Sportsman that uses 26" X 1 3/8" tires, so I've been searching too. Found this website that offers several different models in this side, including white walls. http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/tires/590.html

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AGE / VALUE:   Takara "Competition" w/ Campy equip. posted by: wally on 6/28/2005 at 1:52:12 AM
Hi All,
I'm hoping one of you can tell something about this bike I bought at an auction.

1. Takara "Competition" with Campy shifters fore and aft.

2. Champion #2 Chrome Moly steel butted tubes Tange Industries LTD (sticker on downtube).

3. Sugino 140 "Supermaxy" crank set.

4. Dia Compe "G" side pull brakes.

5. 3T (ttt) "Record" headset and handlebars.

6. Gipiemme hubs.

7. The rims have a dark sticker that reads: "Durex, Marchio Depositato, allumag monocellulare" and colorful sticker that reads: "Montreal, Ambrosio, Medaille D' Or, Made in Italy". They are for sew-up tires.

I'm hoping one of you can tell me when this bike was made, whether it is original with this equipment, the quality of the bike when new, and, of course, whether it has any value now as a complete bike or should I part it out?

Thanking you in advance and looking forward to your replies.
Sincerely,
wally
PS If any of you have old or vintage watch (Pocket or wrist) questions I MAY be able to help.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Takara posted by T-Mar on 6/29/2005 at 6:15:47 PM
From what I see your Competiton is most likely from the early 1980s. It was mid range model, about 4th in the line-up and cost about $350 US.

The crankset and brakes match original specs. Specs varied somewhat from year to year, but during this era it was usally seen with SunTour ARx derailleurs, SR bars and stem, Suzue hubs and 27" Araya rims.


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VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Mystery Team? Raleigh posted by: jack on 6/26/2005 at 3:58:55 AM
After a week-long trip to Ventura CA (great beach bikeway but disappointing used bike market)...now back home I stumbled across a Salivation Army parking lot sale today. I hesitated to stop because I never find anything decent anymore and being late in the day figured anything good was long-gone by now. Looking around I found a ratty red and yellow road bike w/Shimano 600 and looking at it closer saw a small Raleigh decal on seat tube...all other decals were gone although their shadows were barely visible. First guy I ask says the bike was just donated and not for sale. I looked at the bike again, missing front wheel, generally rough condition but quite light in weight, integral sloping-crown fork and wrap-'round chainstays...that did it! I decided I wanted it so I asked someone else and he says five dollars. I gave him six (being the generous soul that I am) and made a quick exit with my "find".

Now home taking it apart, found "Reynolds 531 Butted" on the steerer, Campy tips fore and aft, and Made in England decal! Barely readable on top tube is "Raleigh USA". With red and yellow colors, I'm figuring its a Team from 1979 or Team Racing from 1984 (not sure of the difference). Nice part is my 23" size so this will be a fun project to bring her back from obscurity or a date with a chinese blast furnace.
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           RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Mystery Team? Raleigh posted by TimW on 6/28/2005 at 9:23:25 PM
Most awesome find Jack. What components are on it? Some "Team" Raleighs were Reynolds 753 (I'd LOVE to find one of those). I guess comparing the serial # to the Retro Raleighs site list is your best way of establishing what year it is. I don't know if the 'wrap-around' stays are an indication of anything.

That may be worth a total restoration, but would certainly make for a great regular rider, esp given that if fits you.
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           RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Mystery Team? Raleigh posted by jack on 6/29/2005 at 12:38:37 AM
Tim, bike had Shimano 600 group and I think if it was a 753 it would have a Campy group. It is very light though, bare frame sans fork comparisons on my "fish" scale: Teledyne Titan 3lbs, 70's Paramount (full 531) 5lbs, Mystery Raleigh 4lbs. Would a 753 frame be a pound lighter than same in 531?
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VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Mafac tool set saves the day posted by: Gralyn on 6/26/2005 at 2:15:50 AM
I went on a camping trip in the mountains this weekend - I took a USA Schwinn Traveler with triple crankset for the road.....and a mountain bike for any trail riding. I always carry a tool pouch with me when I go riding. I put my wallet and various things in it...tools....and one of those old Mafac tool kits - really retro. Well, driving back home today.....I'm cruising down the interstate....when my radio goes dead. I assume it's the station....so I tune to another station.....but nothing!....then I notice my instruments aren't working.....the AC fan isn't working....nothing is working. I cruise on down the highway.....after about 10 more miles - it just dies. I was in heavy traffic...in the fast lane....and had to get it over to the slow lane....then luckily - I was right at an exit ramp. I coasted up the ramp then pulled over. I was able to locate the problem: The main wire coming from the alternator - the connector had broken off - leaving the wire disconnected. I had no tools......but then I just happened to remember my Mafac tool kit. I got it out - found a 10 mm. Disconnected the battery......then disconnected the broken connector at the alternator (it was 10 mm also). Then connected the wire - tightened it down...then re-connected the battery. The battery didn't have enough juice left to turn the engine - so I just rolled it backwards down the ramp and popped the clutch in reverse - it started right up. I cruised on home - thanks to my Mafac tool kit!
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           RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Mafac tool set saves the day posted by Warren on 6/27/2005 at 3:15:43 PM
It's why everyone should drive a stick!

Give me 5 speeds or give me death...(some famous dead guy)
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           RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Mafac tool set saves the day posted by Ron on 6/29/2005 at 11:00:54 AM
I've got one of those Mafac kits that I always carry in my bike bag. I usually have a few tools in the car so I've never had to use the Mafac for that, but it has sure saved me several times on the bike. When I first got it, I was stationed on a ship, so the Mafac was my only tool set.
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