is my latest find, a 1974 Schwinn Super Sport that was built in
March of that year. I bought it at a yard sale for $10. The paint
was fair, the metal needed help, and grease residue was around the
hubs which helped preserve the aluminum. I couldn't think of any
good reason to just walk away; I had to have it! I once had a 1971
Sierra Brown model that I purchased in September of the same year
when I was a freshman in high school. That bike still exists with
my friend Dave in Garland, Texas.
I test rode it and the front tire exploded, I decided that a complete
rebuild was in order. I took everything off the frame except the
kickstand. I cleaned the whole frame then polished and waxed it.
I took the wheels completely apart, re-greased the hubs, shined
everything, then restrung and trued the rims. All metal was shined
with Mother's Aluminum Mag Wheel cleaner. Some of the metal parts
are pitted and I did as much as possible to bring them back to their
original glory. All bearings and races were cleaned and re-greased,
derailleurs cleaned, polished and oiled, Weinmann center pull brakes
dismantled, polished and reassembled, then I lovingly put it all
Brooks saddle needed little help except some tightening, sanding,
dyeing, and polish.
replaced the tires, cables and housing, tape and spokes. I wanted
to keep it as close to original as possible. Too bad I couldn't
locate the original nylon tape or tires.
finished, I took photos, then rode it. I had forgotten how strongly
built and HEAVY Chicago Schwinns used to be. My legs complained
the next day. I felt like I had just gotten a new bike. It glissens
in the sunlight. The spokes flash. Mind you, it isn't perfect, but
I once again have the Schwinn of my youth, a classic bicycle from
the 10-speed era.
consider this my classic ride. I ride it around Newport News, Virginia
mainly on the weekends. Sometimes I ride it to work. I may take
it on a long ride some day (just like the 50 milers I did on my
first Super Sport loaded with tent, sleeping bag and other necessities)
once I find time. And I do ride it looking for more Schwinns at
hope you find my camera skills acceptable. The "before" picture
is the photo taken in April. If you would like other angles or other
photos, please send a message. I'd be very honored if you accept
my Super Sport for placement in you current classic photos section.
for your site and support.
Someday I will find a 1976, 22.5 inch frame Raleigh Competition
at another yard sale for an unbelieveable price.