1972 Schwinn Sports Tourer

I found this 1972 Sports Tourer in Opaque Blue on eBay as a frame and parts.  It went pretty cheap, as it was not complete and it looked pretty rough. Parts that came with the bike included brakes, crank, front derailleur, handlebar, stem, headset and crankset.  I cleaned up the frame, touched up the paint, cleaned up the chrome and raided my stash of old parts, finding many appropriate giblets that I had accumulated over the years.  Perhaps the best find was a seatpost clamp that is correct for the bike, which it was missing.  Or, mabe it's the Schwinn Approved ratchet shifters I used to replace the awful Twin-Stick units that came stock.  After all, those exact barcons were available as an extra cost option when the bike was new.

I bought a new '73 Brooks B17 to replace the very cracked B15 that came with the frame and in my parts stash I also found a suitable GB stem with the Schwinn "S" logo that was a better length along with a set of replacement GB Randonneur bars to go with it. Someone had tried to flatten out the original bars that came with the bike and had created a misshapen mass out of them.  I was happy that the bike came with the correct front changer, as these are harder to find than the Gran Tourismo rear.  While the Campy GT is one of the world's worst derailleurs, it does work ok when setup properly and was what the bike came with originally.  The Huret rear dropout had actually been modified at the factory to fit this changer.

The bike had led a rough life in storage, but had very few miles on it, judging from the lack of wear on the parts.  I fitted an old set of Campy steel pedals to it with Schwinn Approved AVA toe clips.  The Bluemels fenders are suitably ratty and the only component that is really incorrect is the Blackburn rack.  The only options Schwinn offered for racks in 1972 were steel spring racks and Pletscher racks.  I really can't bring myself to installing either of these pieces of junk on the bike, since I plan to actually ride the 32 pound wonder as a commuter and dirt road bike.  Schwinn promoted the ST as having the widest gear ratio of any 10 speed in its day, but I decided to forgo trying to find one of those 34 tooth inch-pitch freewheels that came with it and threw on a 14-30 Atom freewheel that I found in the archives instead.

The only thing I have left is to build a different set of wheels since it is currently shod with donors from another of my bikes.  I have a set of Campy Tipo large flange hubs that would go well with it and save me the trouble of locating a suitable but rare set of Normandy Luxe Competitions.  I already have a pair of the original style Weinmann alloy rims. The tires will be the nice fat ones that it is wearing in the photos.

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Last edited February 25, 2004