Sporty's Humble Beginnings
Sporty started life as a 1972 Opaque Green Schwinn Super Sport frameset. I bought it from a Bike Forum member in 2007 as pictured. The stem had fused to the steering tube on the fork and had been cut off. I decided it was the perfect candidate for my first "Art Bike" project.
More About Sporty
When deciding on how I wanted to build this bike, my desire was to eliminate as much of the heavy steel components Schwinn originally used. Eventually this would include the one piece crank, the kickstand, and headset. My other goal was to use as much Campagnolo gear as possible.
In order to use a different crankset I needed to use a bottom bracket adapter, and because I live in the mountains of New Hampshire, Sporty needed a triple along with wide range derailleurs and freewheel to match.
The Final Build List:
Super Sport Heritage
Schwinn introduced the Super Sport in 1964. It had been preceded by the 15 speed Superiors of 1961-63. Prior to this the Superior was produced as a single speed or 3 speed tourer, or a fixed gear track bike from 1938 until about 1959. All were fillet brazed straight chrome molly steel tubed frames. Only the Paramount was a better Schwinn.
The Super Sport lasted until the mid '70s when the Sport's Tourer was introduced and overlapped the last years of the Super Sport. Finally the Superior name badge was brought back to the fillet brazed frames in 1976-78. To use up the remaining chrome molly tubing Schwinn made a very limited edition Sport Limited in 1979. There was also the S/S Tourer made in 1968.