Classic & Vintage - Schwinn Paramounts
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04-29-03, 06:17 PM
I have a 1961 and want to know what saddle came with this bike. Anyone have saddle info?
Probably a Brooks B17, maybe a B71??
04-29-03, 07:06 PM
Go to www.waterfordbikes.com and click on "Velorotica". Will give you the complete history of the Paramount from 1938 to its demise, along with Schwinn, in 1992. If you can't find it there then send an e-mail to Richard Schwinn, who owns Waterford and he will answer. His Waterford Precision Bicycles plant in Waterford, WI is the old Paramount plant. Enjoy!!
04-30-03, 05:40 PM
thanks for the info guys
Hey, Glen, thanks for the link to Waterford! I've been there many times before, but ya know, I've never snooped around on that part of the site before!! Had a blast, and learned that Liberty was the 35th bike built in January of 1976!! Now, if I could just figure out if she is a P-10, P-11, or P-13!
05-01-03, 07:45 PM
nebill - Send an e-mail to Richard Schwinn. He will respond, eventually, with the info. Just include your serial number. Paramounts FOREVER!!
I have to agree with you!! I LOVE my Paramounts! My old Liberty is my commuter, and I have added bar end shifters to it, which are really great! That and the old Brooks Professional saddle make for a really wonderful ride! But, for my really fun rides, it's ol' Blue, the '89 Paramount! Equipped with an old vintage Shimano 600 groupo, it ROCKS!! I've never ridden aluminum or carbon, but as happy as I am with what I have, I have no intrest in changing!
I just came across a Paramont at an LBS here with the Campy groupo. I looked at it and the price and lifted and eyebrow. I was looking for what they had as they usually have some choice old steel rides. I'll have to go back and look at it again, the tubular wheels makes me a little leery. I'll keep ya posted.
05-05-03, 04:32 AM
nasime - can always have the wheels rebuilt with clincher rims or just swap out completely. Old Campy gear is great. You can have repaired if it is worn (unlike Shimano, which generally has to be replaced). Great source on Campy parts is www.campyonly.com. In fact, you could probably sell or trade the tubular wheels for something you prefer on Campy Only. You might also want to check the chain for need of a replacement. I have found that used bikes often do not have a decent one. If you get, you will not regret. Jut pull out the seat post and do the Frame Saver treatment to the interior of all tubes. Seat stays have their own seperate small holes for this. Have fun! Is a great riding bike.
I keep thinking it would be amusing to get a red-white-and-blue Paramount road bike to go with my Schwinn Project KOM-10 mountain bike. Paramounts tend to be a bit heavier than comparable high-end bikes, but they are rugged, handle well, and reek with class.
05-29-03, 05:12 AM
Yes, but just a bit. My new 'high-zoot' Scapin weighed-in at less than 1/2 pound lighter than my '87 Paramount. A lot of the weight on Paramounts generally consists of the older style stems/bars and especially wheels/tires that people use on them. At least in my case I was running 36 spoke Open Pro wheels with heavier tires. Lost over a pound when I changed to Ksyrium wheels and Campy skewers. Same with a lighter stem/bar combo.
Originally posted by naisme
I'll have to go back and look at it again, the tubular wheels makes me a little leery. I'll keep ya posted.
Yeah I'd be leery of them too, ride em and you may never want
to ride clinchers again! sure they're are pain in the butt,
expensive but oh my what a ride.
I'd scarf up that paramount if I was you!
I'm kind of looking for one myself
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