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My first "vintage" Schwinn; 1963 Superior
« on: February 19, 2012, 07:37:17 PM »
Using a lot of knowledge and insight gained on this forum I just purchased my first "vintage" Schwinn, a 1963 Schwinn Superior. Can someone with the wherewithal post a pic and/or provide the correct part numbers for the front derailleur, pedals, and brake lever hoods? They're the only non-original parts on it and I'd like to restore it to as original condition as possible. Thanks!

« Last Edit: February 19, 2012, 07:43:49 PM by skydog »
1963 Schwinn Superior 22"
1982 Schwinn Continental 24"
1982 Schwinn Continental 26" (bought new)

WTB: 1978 Schwinn Superior 24" frame preferably in Flamboyant Red. Must be original and in very good condition.

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Re: My first "vintage" Schwinn; 1963 Superior
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2012, 07:47:36 PM »
Wow -- heck of a find!

Eric Amlie is our Superior expert in residence (though I'm sure there are others).

Help will be along soon.

Congrats!

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Re: My first "vintage" Schwinn; 1963 Superior
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2012, 07:48:32 PM »
That's a beauty!

Congratulations!

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Re: My first "vintage" Schwinn; 1963 Superior
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2012, 07:50:58 PM »
Congrats, looks great!!

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Re: My first "vintage" Schwinn; 1963 Superior
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2012, 07:56:13 PM »
Eric and others were very supportive in helping me determine the originality and condition factors of the purchase. I've got a lot to learn!
1963 Schwinn Superior 22"
1982 Schwinn Continental 24"
1982 Schwinn Continental 26" (bought new)

WTB: 1978 Schwinn Superior 24" frame preferably in Flamboyant Red. Must be original and in very good condition.

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Re: My first "vintage" Schwinn; 1963 Superior
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2012, 08:04:17 PM »
Very nice find there ! 
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Re: My first "vintage" Schwinn; 1963 Superior
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2012, 08:47:20 PM »
Congrats again!

You have a quite rare bike there.

Attached are 3 different pics of the original front derailleur.

I don't have pics of the brake levers or the pedals(which are Atoms) but I know other members have those pics, and hopefully they will chime in here with them.
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Re: My first "vintage" Schwinn; 1963 Superior
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2012, 08:52:19 PM »
My 61 Continental has the Atom pedals. Here is the post with a pic.

http://www.schwinnbikeforum.com/index.php?topic=7825.0


If no one comes forward with pics of the brake levers, I'll get pics of a set with the color matched covers when I go see my parts guy. He has a very nice Terra Cotta 63.

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Re: My first "vintage" Schwinn; 1963 Superior
« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2012, 09:04:55 PM »
Thanks, everyone!
1963 Schwinn Superior 22"
1982 Schwinn Continental 24"
1982 Schwinn Continental 26" (bought new)

WTB: 1978 Schwinn Superior 24" frame preferably in Flamboyant Red. Must be original and in very good condition.

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Re: My first "vintage" Schwinn; 1963 Superior
« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2012, 06:58:39 AM »
Great bike!

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Re: My first "vintage" Schwinn; 1963 Superior
« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2012, 11:16:20 AM »
I noticed that that bike has the rear dropout with the cutout.  It must be the earlier ones that had the solid dropout.

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Re: My first "vintage" Schwinn; 1963 Superior
« Reply #11 on: February 20, 2012, 11:21:13 AM »
I noticed that that bike has the rear dropout with the cutout.  It must be the earlier ones that had the solid dropout.

I've a couple of pics of 62's. One has the solid and one has the cutout. I'm assuming the change came about in '62 sometime. Now the big question: What's the reason for it?
1963 Schwinn Superior 22"
1982 Schwinn Continental 24"
1982 Schwinn Continental 26" (bought new)

WTB: 1978 Schwinn Superior 24" frame preferably in Flamboyant Red. Must be original and in very good condition.

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Re: My first "vintage" Schwinn; 1963 Superior
« Reply #12 on: February 21, 2012, 12:27:41 AM »
The cutout is just removing unnecessary material to make it lighter.

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Re: My first "vintage" Schwinn; 1963 Superior
« Reply #13 on: February 21, 2012, 06:52:23 AM »
Seriously? On a bike with an Ashtabula? I just assumed it was a design feature or something that aided in production.
1963 Schwinn Superior 22"
1982 Schwinn Continental 24"
1982 Schwinn Continental 26" (bought new)

WTB: 1978 Schwinn Superior 24" frame preferably in Flamboyant Red. Must be original and in very good condition.

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Re: My first "vintage" Schwinn; 1963 Superior
« Reply #14 on: February 21, 2012, 07:55:42 AM »
Seriously? On a bike with an Ashtabula?

No kidding!

I've got a couple of those triple cranks laying around and it's amazing how heavy they are.

On my '62 Violet Superior I replaced it with TA Pro 5 vis(cyclotouriste) 32/45/50 crankset.
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