Here's my mid-1980s Schwinn Super Sport. I bought this bike second-hand
in San Francisco in 1996. Liked the better-than-average components
and clean lugwork, but bottom line, needed a bike. Rode it hard
for a decade and grew to love it. In the end, though, I got just
what I deserved for having treated it so roughly -- a cracked bottom-bracket
shell. "It's dumpster food," one guy said of the frame, but I refused
to give the bike up. Eventually found someone who was willing to
do the work, and the end result was, at least to me, beautiful.
Spent three months finding parts and building it up, and here it
is. Am particularly fond of the Honjo aluminum fenders -- they're
just the right touch -- and having saved the original California
Schwinn Super Sport mid-'80s. Japanese-made, perhaps Panasonic.
The respray is in the original two-tone paint scheme.
Handlebars and stem: SR Sakae "custom."
Fork and headset: Tange fork, Tange Royal headset (original).
Wheels: Dura-Ace FH-7403 eight-speed hubset, unknown ceramic rims,
and bottom bracket: Sugino Aero Mighty (original), Shimano sealed
Saddle and seat post: Serfas Cosmos seat, Dura-Ace post.
Pedals: Sugino Aero Mighty pedals, MKS toe clips.
Derailleurs, gearing: Suntour Cyclone II front (original) and rear
derailleurs, Suntour downtube shifters, Dura-Ace cluster.
now this bike is resting comfortably inside my apartment -- it's
winter and it deserves to be treated well for once! When the sun
comes out this spring, however, we'll go for a ride together. Very
much looking forward to it.