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Old 03-17-07, 08:15 PM   #26
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23 posts before a Paramount shows up! About time!
Scooper must have been busy?
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Old 03-17-07, 08:59 PM   #27
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One of the Kirk Precision bikes with an undamaged frame. I would remove all the parts and mount the frame in the place of honor over the fire place. Those frames were the most erotic piece of hardware this engineer has ever seen.
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He was poster #2, but it wasn't a Paramount
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Old 03-17-07, 09:27 PM   #29
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One of the Kirk Precision bikes with an undamaged frame. I would remove all the parts and mount the frame in the place of honor over the fire place. Those frames were the most erotic piece of hardware this engineer has ever seen.
I know where there's one that "was" for sale. PM me if you're interested.
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Last weekend I toured the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in D.C., and in the Wright Brothers exhibit room there was an 1898 Wright St. Clair on loan from the Henry Ford Museum. It was in a plexiglass case, so there was a reflection of my flash in the upper left corner. Don't get me wrong; I love my Paramounts, but if I could have only one vintage bike, "the grandaddy", the mother of all vintage bikes, the holy grail, it would have to be one built by the Wright Brothers.



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Cool bike, but what's with the cantilevered seat? I've seen several older bikes like that, and that just looks "wrong".
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Last weekend I toured the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in D.C., and in the Wright Brothers exhibit room there was an 1898 Wright St. Clair on loan from the Henry Ford Museum. It was in a plexiglass case, so there was a reflection of my flash in the upper left corner. Don't get me wrong; I love my Paramounts, but if I could have only one vintage bike, "the grandaddy", the mother of all vintage bikes, the holy grail, it would have to be one built by the Wright Brothers.



That would be a really special bicycle to own, but would you give up your Paramounts for something you would never ride?
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Old 03-18-07, 06:34 AM   #33
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Cool bike, but what's with the cantilevered seat? I've seen several older bikes like that, and that just looks "wrong".
My guess is some museum employee not realizing the correct position of a seat clamp. I have seen many products assembled wrong in sciene & industry museums.
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That would be a really special bicycle to own, but would you give up your Paramounts for something you would never ride?
Well, no.

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My guess is some museum employee not realizing the correct position of a seat clamp. I have seen many products assembled wrong in sciene & industry museums.
I dunno.. Looking at period advertisements it sure looks like cantilevered seat posts were very popular for some reason. I agree it looks "wrong".

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Old 03-18-07, 11:39 AM   #35
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This is like asking, "If you could have only one shoe..."
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Old 03-18-07, 12:55 PM   #36
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this one . anyone ever seen one exept in magazines?
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One bike...well I have the ones I have been after mostly, except that Hellenic stayed Hetchins in my size in yellow I saw at C. Hardings Westwood Cyclery in the very early 70's.

Now my problem is deciding on what ones to sell, 25 is too many to keep prestine concurrently.
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Old 03-18-07, 01:56 PM   #38
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I happened to have seen, earlier this day, an 1888 Columbia Hiwheeler, being ridden in the St Patricks day parade.

But that's not the bike I would want.

For me, the one vintage bicycle I would want for my collection would be a

Bowden Spacelander.

I will add that in the early 1990's , I built a fiberglass bicycle for my Daughter, Mellisa, but I could not find financing to put it into production. The Bowden company had the same problem, they could not get financing to build a ladies version of the World's only fiberglass bicycle.
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Old 03-18-07, 02:03 PM   #39
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Old 03-18-07, 03:48 PM   #40
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Tough choice. Perhaps an HR Bates BAR (I have one, ready to build), or a 50's Ernie Clements, or perhaps a Rotrax Shirley Model, built 10 mins from my house. I can't find pics of either a Clements or a Rotrax, but here's a BAR.

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Yup - a mid '70s Schwinn Paramount would be at the top of my list, closely followed by a Raleigh Professional.
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Old 03-18-07, 08:04 PM   #42
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It would be the Cherry Red BRC Mustang bike with Shimano 3 speed stick shift my father bought me back in 1967... *sigh*
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A Spacelander. Which I'd then ebay and use the cash towards an early Pogliaghi, a Jack Taylor, a Ritchey mtb or Yeti ARC, and a repaint and full French revamp of my Mariposa.
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I see the Wrights were into "fixies" and oversized tubing way ahead of everyone else.
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Tough choice. Perhaps an HR Bates BAR (I have one, ready to build), or a 50's Ernie Clements, or perhaps a Rotrax Shirley Model, built 10 mins from my house. I can't find pics of either a Clements or a Rotrax, but here's a BAR.

That is a nice one for sure.
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I'm on the mid-70s paramount boat. If only...
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That is a nice one for sure.

Here is my, uh.....unrestored example.

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Old 03-19-07, 07:49 AM   #48
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This one, because a) it's a chick magnet, and b) it can carry an entire case of beer.
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one bike?
ok, it has to be a rider (for me) so
I'm going to say a 1968 Pogliaghi Italcours road frame.

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This one was up on craigslist here in Rochester March 7th ..probably still there.

80's Kirk Precision Magnesium Road Bike
Collectors Item
Not original group
Mechanic Owned
Columbus Fork
7spd 105
Campy Front
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Dimension Stem
RX 100 Levers
Generic Cranks
New Sun rear wheel
New Cassette
New Sram Chain
All new cables and housing
Frame in VGC
$400 OBO
Cash or Personal check with clearing only

Prefer Local but can box and ship for $40.00

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