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angel wings (Super Sport)

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Schwinn Super Sport SP, 1983. Japanese-made, perhaps Panasonic or Nishiki. The new paint is in the original two-tone scheme.

SR Sakae "custom"

Tange fork, Tange Royal headset (original).

Dura-Ace FH-7403, Mavic Open Pro rim, 32 spokes.

Dura-Ace FH-7403 eight-speed hubset, Mavic Open Pro rim, 36 spokes. Dura-Ace cluster.

Sugino Aero Mighty (original), Autex self-extracting crank bolts (original), Shimano sealed bottom bracket.

Serfas Cosmos seat, Dura-Ace post

Sugino Aero Mighty pedals (NOS) with custom platforms, MKS toe clips (NOS, modified), SRAM chain

Suntour Cyclone II front (original), Superbe Pro rear (NOS); Suntour downtube shifters (original).

Royal Compe; Shimano Dura-Ace.

Honjo fenders.

Here's my 1983 Schwinn Super Sport SP in the middle of its post-rebuild inaugural ride on September 13, 2008. I've had this bike for a dozen years, having bought it 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 (thanks, Toby!), 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 bike licenses. Have subsequently discovered that the Super Sport SP was just one notch below Schwinn's top of the line for that year, the Superior.

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You know...

I have to say, this is a particularly handsome bike that exhibits a
good "soul" so to speak, as strange as it sounds, especially seeing
as it's 4am where I sit, viewing this blue beast through monitor and
squinting eyes. You did a fine job and I enjoyed reading your description.
Icing on the cake might be replacing that saddle with a
Brooks Team Pro and adding a Cinelli 1A 120mm stem. That's just
personal preference, of course, but it might take this over the top
(though know you love the Serfas Cosmo).

re: You know...

Thanks for the note, glad you like the build. Have thought about a Brooks saddle, may well make the switch some day. On the stem, have tried some Cinellis but have two preferences that are hard to satisfy: first, aero style, with the bolt hidden underneath. That rules out the 1A model, which is has a conventional bolt. Second, no massive logos. That rules out the aero XA, alas. In any case, thanks again, and I'll keep looking.

Hey Leighton!

Ever find the Sierra? Nice Ride!

no, but threre's still a happy ending

Thanks for asking. It took making one all over again, but I got the Sierra back -- same model, year, size, color, condition, then got every last component I added to the original. Built it up, there's no telling them apart -- other than the *really* big lock I use with the new one. ;) Feel much, much better.


Hey put up a picture ok? Cheers!


It's under my bikes -- grand bleu redux. I tell ya, it's been a heck of a time the last two years: two bikes with cracked frames, my third one stolen. All better now, thankfully. Time for some rest!

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