Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior (Baby Paramount) Restoration


Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle After
This is Bill's 1982 Schwinn Superior restoration.  The 1982 Schwinn Superior has a fascinating story and is one of my favorite bicycles of all time.  The 1982 Superior was built with the left over Paramount tubing when Schwinn moved the hand built Schwinn shop from Chicago to Waterford, WI.  Schwinn contracted out the frame building to Don Mayland of Racine, WI to build the Superior.
My friend David C ( He owns the other 1982 Schwinn Superior on the Website which an be seen by clicking here.  Some more detailed info is also in that post.) tracked down Don Mayland and talked to him on the phone and a few months later I was able to have a cup of coffee with Don.  For ten years I lived a few blocks a way from Don in Racine and never knew it.

Bill's Schwinn Superior was bought new by Bill and its still in pretty good starting restoration condition.  It has the Campagnolo Gran Sport derailleurs, Campagnolo crank set, Campagnolo Gran Sport brake caliper and levers and Campagnolo pedals.  The components are in good shape but will polish like new and function like new.

The paint is in good shape with some chips but the Superior is worth so much more with original paint and the original paint will really come back nice with some cutting and polishing.  New decals will also be installed.

The Superior will get a complete restoration along with all new cables and cable housings, new bearings, new brake lever hoods, new handlebar tape, new Gatorskin tires and tubes and maybe somethings I am forgetting.

I can't wait to get working on the Superior, as I said one of my all time favorite bicycles and you cant beat that orange!

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Before

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Before
Handlebars

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Before
Head Tube

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Before
Front Capagnolo Brake Caliper

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Before
Front Wheel Hub

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Before
Front Wheel Rim

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Before
Brake Levers

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Before
Stem

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Before
Headset

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Before
Shift Levers

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Before
Top Tube Decal

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Before
Down Tube Decal

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Before
Water Bottle Cage

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Before
Saddle

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Before
Crank

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Before
Front Derailleur

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Before
Rear Brake Caliper

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Before
Rear Derailleur

The frame is in pretty good shape, there are some paint ships but not enough for a repaint, the frame is to valuable to loose the original in this shape.  The paint is dull and dirty but after a deep cleaning, working through polishing grits and a sealer wax the frame looks beautiful!  It really turned out nice and the shade of orange is the best.  Ia m very happy with the frame results!

The decals will be installed later.


Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Frame Before

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Frame Before
Head Tube

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Frame Before
Lugs

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Frame Before
Top Tube

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Frame Before
Down Tube

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Frame Before
Down Tube

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Frame Before
Down Tube

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Frame Before
Bottom Bracket

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Frame Before
Seat Tube

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Frame Before
Seat Lug

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Frame Before
Brake Bridge

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Frame Before
Drop Outs

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Frame Before
Fork

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Frame Before
Fork

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Frame Before
Fork Crown

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Frame Before
Fork
Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Frame Polished

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Frame Polished
Head Tube

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Frame Polished
Seat Lug

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Frame Polished
Down Tube

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Frame Polished
Down Tube

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Frame Polished
Bottom Bracket

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Frame Polished
Drop Outs

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Frame Polished
Fork

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Frame Polished
Fork

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Frame Polished
Fork Crown

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Frame Polished
Fork Chrome
The headset & bottom bracket are beautiful Campagnolo, the quality is extremely nice.  I should have taken a photo of the inside of the cups they are in good shape but before they had some of the most stubborn grease I have seen in a while.  after some time in the crock pot, a little longer then normal, the grease wiped right off.

Both the headset and bottom bracket polished beautifully, the headset is one of my favorites design wise.  I could not be happier!

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Headset & Bottom Bracket
Before
Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Headset & Bottom Bracket
Polished
Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration
Pressing Headset Cups
Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration -
Headset Cups Pressed
Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Headset Bearings
Packed
Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration
Headset Complete
Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration
Bottom Bracket - Complete
The stem is a beautiful SR stem, I will double check that though because I am thinking different as I sit down and type.  The handlebars are y favorite and the ones I ride, Sauke Road Champions.

Th stem has a brushed finish but is scratch up and does not look right with the scratches.  I polished the stem on the power polisher to get an even consistent mirror finish, it turned out fantastic, the alloy is such good quality that it polished perfect.

The handlebars took a lot of cleaning but they also polished beautifully.  The stem and handlebars installed look incredible against the polished orange and the highly polished headset.


Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Handlebars - Before

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Handlebars Before

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Stem & Handlebars
Before

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Handlebars - Before

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Stem - Before

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Stem - Exploded



Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Stem - Polished

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Stem & Handlebars
Polished

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Stem & Handlebars
Polished - Beautiful!!!

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration
Stem & Handlebars - Complete

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Stem & Handlebars
Complete
The crank is a fantastic Campagnolo Gran Sport, just beautiful!!  The crank is in pretty good shape, a few scuffs in the brushed finish.  A while back the non drive side crank arm broke on Bill a bike shop installed a somewhat poor match replacement that is seen in the photos below.  I can't believe that Bill actually found just a single non drive side replacement but he did, amazing!

It took a deep cleaning to get the crank and chain rings looking good after that I did a lot of hand polishing.  Campagnolo cranks have a brushed finish to them from this era anyways I never know the best way to go, I guess I let the condition of the crank decide.  I could use the power polisher but that would only leave a mirror finish.  The crank for the Superior turned out pretty nice so I think for now its best to leave the original finish.

I think the crank looks pretty good installed, I did power polish all the crank hardware.


Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Crank - Before

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Crank Before
Replacement Crank Arm

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Crank Exploded


Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Crank Polished

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Crank Complete

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration
Crank - Installed
I love Campagnolo brake calipers from a design standpoint,  I love the drooping shape of them and they are high quality too.  The calipers for the Superior are in pretty good shape and after cleaning and polishing will look better then new.  With the pivot points greased the calipers function perfect and they look fantastic against the polished orange, one of my favorite looks ever!

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Calipers Before
Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Calipers
Exploded

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Calipers
Polished

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Calipers
Complete

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration
Front Caliper - Installed
I love the orange, the caliper & that yellow head badge!

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration
Rear Caliper - Installed
I love Campagnolo shift levers from this era, they look great and work great.  These shift levers are in good starting shape, after a good deal of polishing they look quit stunning, I am very pleased with the results.

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Shift Levers
& Bracket - Before
Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Shift Levers
& Bracket - Polished

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Shift Levers
Complete - Beautiful!

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Cable Bracket
Complete
The brake levers are very nice Campagnolo Gran Sports,  they are in a bit of a rough shape with the hoods rotted and some gouges on the alloy.  I filed the gouges as much as I dared and then polished them out, they polished very nice,  I have been looking for original brake lever hoods or at least reproduction but the best I have found where near $150 and that is a huge risk for old hoods that could be rotted and dry also.

I replaced the hoods with Cran Creek reproduction, if I can find originals at a reasonable price I will install those.  The brake levers do look great polished and new hoods.

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Brake Levers
Before

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Brake Levers
Before & Old Hoods


Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration
Brake Levers Polished & New Hoods

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Replacement
Brake LEver Hoods - Installed


Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Brake Levers
Installed

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Brake Levers
Installed



The derailleurs are very Campagnolo Nuevo Cran Sport.  The derailleurs are in good shape, just dirty and dull and time for new grease at the moving points.  I cleaned both derailleurs and then did the polishing.  The front derailleurs polished amazingly, the way the derailleur photographs shows the high polish.

I guess I need to take the rear derailleur photos yet.

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Derailleurs
Before

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Front Derailleur
Exploded


Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Front Derailleur
Polished

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration
Front Derailleur - Installed




A new Brooks B17 saddle in black is ordered and will be here in a few days, I can't wait!.  I think the Brooks in black is the perfect saddle for the Superior.  I have seen two saddles on the Superior before, a Brooks in black and an Italian foam padded saddle that the name is escaping me at the moment.

The seat post polished very nice, the seat post was a little rough and has a few marks but nothing to worry about since they will be hidden in the seat tube.

I will post photos of the Brooks installed when it arrives.


Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Seat Post - Before
Old Saddle

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Seat Post - Polished

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration
Seat Post - Installed
I thought above I forgot to take photos of the rear derailleur but I actually for got to install the derailleur to the frame according to the photo below.  I will do that quickly.  

The Superior is really coming along nice!!  There will be a bit of a delay for the wheels, well maybe the rear wheel as I am looking for a single original wheel rim to replace the one on the rear.  I am looking for a single at a reasonable price.

There are two things I need to take care of on the frame yet, I need to polish the reflector brackets and the water bottle cage and of course the Brooks B17.  Below is a photo of the Superior so far.

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Superior So Far.


To start the morning of work after a brutal Flu bug I got to work on the rear wheel for the Schwinn Superior.  We are replacing the rear wheel rim to match what it original had.  I ran into a problem right from the start, someone in the past removed the Campagnolo freewheel with a ill fitting freewheel tool, the notches where badly damaged.  I worked with some files and was able to repair just enough of the notches to be able to slowly remove the freewheel, I am extremely happy the freewheel removed because damaged freewheel notches are enough to derail the use of a whole wheel.

With the freewheel removed I was able to break down the hub and remove the spokes.  The spokes are currently soaking for a a good cleaning and the spoke nipples are soaking in white vinegar.

I cleaned the wheel hub and got to polishing it.  Polishing wheel hubs with no rim installed on the power polisher is one of the most satisfying processes of restoration work.  The rear wheel hub polished just beautiful.  There are few sights in bicycling like a deep polish on a Campy wheel hub!!

I installed new grease and new bearings and the rear hub spins fantastic, I love Campy hubs!!

With the wheel hub polished I got to cleaning the and polishing the replacement Super Champion rim.  Like an idiot I got a little greedy in polishing of the rim and slipped a little removing a third of the Super Champion decal.  I ordered new Super Champion decals right away which is good because the decals where not in perfect condition to start, the original front rim decal is pretty rough, in the end probably a good slip.

The rim did polish beautifully though, I am very happy with the results and when the wheel is assembled on new Gatorskin tires will bee better then new!!

Later today when the spokes are done soaking and clean and the spoke nipples also I will lace the wheel.

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration
Rear Wheel - Before

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Rear Wheel Freewheel
Before

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Rear Wheel Hub
Before

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Rear Wheel Rim
Before

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Rear Wheel Hub
Old Grease

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Rear Wheel Hub
Disassembled

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Rear Wheel Hub
Before - Campagnolo Hub

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Rear Wheel Hub
Before -  Love that Campagnolo Logo!

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Rear Wheel Hub
Polished

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Rear Wheel Hub
Polished - Beautiful!!

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Rear Wheel Hub
Polished - Beautiful!!

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Rear Wheel Hub
Polished - Beautiful!!

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Rear Wheel Hub
Complete

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Rear Wheel Hub
Complete

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration
Replacement Rear Wheel Rim - Before

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration
Replacement Rear Wheel Rim - Before

I laced the rear wheel this afternoon.  It gave me a heck of a time with radial true but after sometime and slowing down I got the wheel perfectly true.  I think this is just a beautiful wheel!!  The Campagnolo hub is stunning, the Super Champion rim polished perfect and all together the wheel looks quit stunning, especially against the orange.  Just need those new Super Champion decals.

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Rear Wheel
Laced

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Rear Wheel Hub
Complete

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Rear Wheel Rim
Polished



At the same time I started the rear wheel I started the front wheel, the front wheel is all original and descent starting shape.  I disassembled the wheel hub and cleaned the wheel.  Next on the rear wheel is to start the polishing.

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration
Front Wheel - Before

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Front Wheel Hub
Before

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Front Wheel Rim
Before

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Front Wheel Hub
Old Grease
The front hub cleaned very well and polished beautifully!  I could not be happier with the front wheel hub, with new grease and bearings the wheel spins like butter.  Schwinn sure made a good choice in wheels when they where putting the Superior together.

The front wheel took some doing to get true but it is now, there is a replacement spoke on the front wheel with a spoke nipple that is slightly different then the rest.  I am trying to find a spoke nipple that is a little closer match, so far I have not found one with the correct thread.

There is a photo of the front rim decal, that will be replaced when the replacement decals arrive, that will make a huge difference.

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Front Wheel Hub
Polished

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration
Front Wheel - Complete

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Front Wheel Hub
Complete

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Old Front Rim
Decal

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Wheels Complete

Time to install the Brooks B17.  The dirty work is done on the Superior so its a good time to take the Brooks out.  The B17 is black a perfect color for the Superior.  I installed the saddle and it looks perfect on the Superior, just perfect!

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - New Brooks B17
Saddle

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration
Saddle Installed

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Brooks Saddle
Installed

Next is the Continental Gatorskin Titres.  I installed the front and it went great, I installed the rear and the tube had a bubble in it, my last tube for the 25 mm Presta size so I will pick up a new tube this afternoon and install the tire.   I do have a bunch of tubes ordered that should be here early next week but I would rather just get a tube and finish the tires.

The tire looks great, the Gatorskin has a nice dark color that looks like gum walls and I think its a great look for the Superior.

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration
New Tires

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration
Front Tire Complete

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Front Tire Complete
I got a new tube yesterday afternoon and installed the rear tire.  The Superior sure looks fantastic with the tires installed!  I love it!

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Rear Gatorskin Tire
Installed

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Tires Installed

With the tires installed its time to wire the Superior.  New cables and new Jagwire Ice Grey cable housings.  I chose the ice gray color because I think it compliments the orange paint very well.  The original cable housings where a lighter gray that is very hard to match now so I went with a better compliment in my mind.


Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration
New Cables & Cable Housings

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Cables Installed

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration
Front Brake Cable - Installed

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration
Rear Brake Cable - Installed

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration
Derailleur Cable - Installed - Poor Photo

When the rim decals arrive I will install all of the decals because it will be quicker and cleaner to do them all at ounce.  Tomorrow the chain, freewheel and pedals and if its not snowing like its suppose to do a quick test ride.


The pedals are very nice Campagnolo pedals.  I cleaned the pedals and started the hand polishing.  I hand polish the pedals because it is impossible to get the polishing wheel in the tight areas and then you get a blotchy look.  The hand polishing gives an even finish. The pedals polished pretty good and are in pretty good shape especially because pedals take a beating.  After lubricating the pedals spin very well!

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Pedals - Before

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Pedals - Before

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Campagnolo
Pedals - Polished

The freewheel had some damage to the freewheel tool notches.  I filed the notches square and then cleaned and lubricated the freewheel.  I put a heavy coat of grease on the freewheel threads and installed it, the grease will keep it from freezing up in the future and make it easier to remove if need be.

After installing the freewheel I installed the chain.  I cleaned the chain a while ago and had it soaking for a bout a week in oil, the chain is in very good shape.  With the chain installed I did some minor tuning of the shifting and now it the Superior shift super crisp.  Hopefully a test ride is in the future??? But with the snow, the -2 Fahrenheit and -16 tomorrow.

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Freewheel Cleaned
& Lubricated

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Freewheel & Chain
Complete

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Freewheel
Chain - Complete
As soon as the rim decals come I will finish up the Superior.  Wow it sure is looking good! I love the Baby Paramount Superior!!

I was waiting for the rim decal to come and then I would clean the shop and install all the decals and handlebar tape but i have done so much polishing this week and work I had to clean the shop this morning and with a clean shop I installed the handlebar tape and the main decals.

The handlebar tape is a hybrid Synthetic leather with a gel strip so its kind of the best of both worlds and I think the style and look is perfect for the Superior and the black Brooks saddle.

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration
New Handlebar Tape

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Handlebar Tape
Half Installed

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration -  Handlebar Tape
Installed

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Handlebar Tape
Installed - Love it!

I got the decals from Velocals.com.  Velocals.com quality has come a long way, I ordered the UV protected decals for prepainted frames and the quality is not bad I just wish they where a little thinner.

The graphic designer side of me loves the decals for the Superior, I think they are the best Schwinn ever made.  Typeface wise the Schwinn word is not much different from there other ones, just the slightest bit different but I love the Blue outlining, its perfect with the orange.  The Superior decal I think is the best of all Schwinns, I love the typeface and the fact they did not outline it or highlight it, it is just white and perfect for the orange.  I love this stuff!!  And I love the looks of the Superior with the new decals!!

I also thing the Schwinn Chicago Decal is perfect, a good new looking Chicago Schwinn decal makes the who restoration.

The decals are applied with the masking backing and after about two hours dry time (They are applied with water and dish soap.) they are dry and the masking can be removed.

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - New Schwinn
Superior Decals

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Down Tube Decal
Drying

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Deals - Drying

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration
Seat Tube Decal 
Drying

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Down Tube
Decal - Complete

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Superior Top Tube
Decal - Maybe my Favorite of all bicycle decals

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration
Chicago Schwinn Decal - Compelte

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Decals & Handlebar Tape
Complete

The Superior is really coming along fantastic or maybe it has come along fantastic as I am just waiting on the rim decals and the tow clips, it is pretty much done to this point.  I love the Superior, it probably is my all time favorite bicycle and I have seen and worked on a lot of bicycles.  It may be my favorite mainly because when and where I grew up, lots of Schwinns available, and the Superior Baby Paramount and Paramount where the pinnacle around here in that time.  The only Schwinn I think that looks better then the Superior is the Schwinn Volare that was made in 1977 and 1978, it is known as the Japanese Paramount, I own a Volare that is too small for me by a few cm, I found it as someone made it into a single speed, I am still looking for a few parts for it to finish it.  When I finish it it is going to my friend Dave Conrad because it is his size and the only person I would ever let have it.

Hopefully the decals come soon so check back for the decals, toe clips and final photos.


The Super Champion rim decals came today in the mail so its time to install them, the decals came from Australia and I have to look the name up again but I am very impressed with the quality of the decal.  I gave the decal area one last cleaning and installed them.  Wow, the decals really make a huge difference, looks fantastic!!

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - New Wheel Rim
Decals

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Front Rim Before
Decal

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Rear Rim Before
Decal

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Decal Installed

Next is the new toe clips and straps, the plastic toe clips that where on the Superior are fine but to get the classic look we are installing MKS metal toe clips and Zefal leather Christophe straps.  I installed the clips and straps and it does make a nice difference in the restoration I am glad the metal clips where chosen!


Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - New Toe Clips
& Leather Straps

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Toe Clips
Installed

I was looking at the Superior after installing the two clips, one last go over and it seemed something was missing, it was the reflectors and water bottle cage.  I polished the reflector mounting brackets and cleaned the reflectors.  Installed the reflectors look good and complete the look.

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Reflectors
Polished

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Rear Reflector
Installed

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Water Bottle Cage
Installed

That complete the 1982 Schwinn Superior, it is a beautiful bike!!

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Complete
I have tried for years to mix a match of touch up paint to match the Schwinn orange and nothing looks right, it looks worse then the paint chips so i cleared the paint chips just to protect them.

I wish I could test ride the Superior and take the final photos outside but with the snow cover and the wet and salty roads I will not bring a completed bike out in that.

I tuned the Superior on the stand and it is tuned very nicely, maybe just a quick small adjustment for road tuned when that can happen.  I already know on the Schwinn Superior (Baby Paramount) ride and that is fantastic.  The components are very nice and work very well and the ride overall is very smooth and surprisingly quick for that smoothness.

I love this Schwinn Superiors, an all time favorite in the top of my list.  I know very few of these where made, I have now preserved one and restored one, hopeful there are more in my future!

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Complete

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Complete

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Front

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Handlebars

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Stem - Yes I am wearing my usual flannel.

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Front Brake

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Front Campagnolo Wheel Hub

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Wheel Rim

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Brake Lever

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Headset

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Head Badge

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Stem

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Campagnolo Shift Levers

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Superior Decal

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Down Tube Decal

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Front Half

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Brooks B17

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Chicago Schwinn Decal - That is really nice!

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Drive Train

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Crank

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Campagnolo Front Derailleur

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Campagnolo Front Derailleur

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Rear Campagnolo Brake

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Rear Campagnolo Derailleur

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Rear Wheel Hub

Bill K's 1982 Schwinn Superior Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Rear Wheel Rim - New Super Champion Decal
Thank you for all the interest!

John Z.

1 comment:

  1. Those are Nuovo Tipo hubs, the hubs don't have barrel oiler holes (unlike Record Hubs), and the QRs don't have wing-nut loops they are simple, and the cams are held on with circlips, not dome nuts. Campagnolo Nuovo Tipo hubs are like that.

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