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  1. #1
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    E bay 1971 Schwinn Super Sport, How'd I do?

    Was looking for a road bike or a fixie, came across this SS that was close enough to do local pick up. I"ll either ride it as is or replace some parts and hold the originals. How does it look like I did for $114?

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    Looks sweet. Pretty original, too (though Richard ought to chime in about this). And at that price in that condition, it's pretty hard to lose. But did bicycles have suicide brake levers in 1971? And I think there's a link inside a recent Retro-Classics forum thread that says the Schwinn frames of the era were actually electro-forged, not fillet-brazed. Just filling your head with useless information here.......
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    I'm old enough to know

    Kinda sure those levers were available at the time. The seller does provide part of the serial #. I'm a former machinist/toolmaker/welder, I know something about metalurgy, forging, welding ,brazing and silver solder. I missed "roto-forging" please do help me out. What I do know is CHROMEMOLYBDENUM, TURNS ME ON, Wether it be a bicycle frame or a gun barrel, CromeMoly, I'm in.

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    The Super Sport, Superior, and Sports Tourer were fillet brazed in the "Paramount cage" at the Chicago factory. They were not electro-forged like the Varsity, Continental, Suburban, etc.

    The Super Sport used straight gauge (not butted) 4130 chromoly tubing, and was bullet proof. You did well.

    Sheldon Brown has a good article on the Schwinn fillet brazed models HERE, and an equally good article on the Schwinn electro-forged frame manufacturing process HERE.

    I described my own 1973 Super Sport project in THIS THREAD.
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    You did great.....nice saddle too
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    thank gawd you didn't pay to have it shipped

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    I read Mapei's post and immediately thought of Scooper - the "go to" guy on everything Schwinn. Sure enough.......

    I've learned a lot about old Schwinns from our shop manager who sold them back in the '70's.

    You did quite well. And yes, they did have "suicide levers" then!
    Anyone who believes there are no stupid questions never worked in a bike shop.

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    I think my brown SuperSport had a cost of $138 in 1970. It definitely came with those brakes. It was sold when I bought my 1972 Paramount for $352, which I still use.

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    I'd love to find a 26" inch frame super sport like that.

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