This is my first post to the forum. I have spent several hours searching the forum and am impressed with the knowledge being shared.
I purchased a Schwinn Paramount High Sierra bicycle at an estate sale. The receipt of the original purchase was in a Cannondale tool bag on the bike. The receipt is dated September 6, 1983, at Turner’s Bicycle Company, Mission, Kansas. They are still in business at a new location as Turner’s Cycling and Fitness.
I bought this to clean up for a daily commute but before I do anything I would like your opinions as to what I have and what it is worth.
Here is what I see on the bike:
The frame is black with white lettering: “High Sierra” in white solid letters on the top tube, “SCHWINN” in white outline letters on the down tube.
The Schwinn Paramount head badge is riveted to the head tube. It has ‘138’ stamped on the surface. If there is a fourth number it must be under the left rivet.
There is a round label on the seat tube with “Quality” and “Chicago” in an outer ring with “Schwinn” in the center.
There is a second label on the seat tube with “made in Taiwan for Schwinn”.
“4130 Chrome-Moly Main Tubes and Stays” is on a label near the bottom of the seat tube.
The handlebar and stem are a single unit: Handlebar, two bars forming an inverted triangle with the handlebar, joined to a stem all welded and chromed with some rust spots.
“15 speed” is on the chain stay.
There are three front sprockets and six rear sprockets.
Dia-Compe center-pull brake set (brakes, brake levers, brake pads).
Suntour XR 150 rear derailleur
Suntour Mountech front derailleur
Suntour Power Thumb Shifters
Jim Blackburn carrier
Shimano pedals with (originally) two yellow reflectors on each. One reflector is missing.
ARAYA 26x1.75 JAPAN rims
INVERT 26x2.0 40-80 PSI tires
SA LAPRADE seat post
Specialized water bottle holder