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Old 02-08-09, 02:51 PM   #1
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50+ photos - Volksblast VLW show: minty Paramounts, chrome Bob Jackson pista, etc.

One fellow brought five Paramounts (not shown in this lineup is his white PDG). He has 9 Paramounts in total.


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I fell in love with his '61 - pretty much a dead ringer for mine, with exception to the chrome lug option:


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His Coppi and Rigi:


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Bob Jackson and Paramount (both for sale):


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Sports Tourer:


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This took me for a loop. Chrome '73 Paramount w/Dura-Ace AX. Pre-'70 ladies all-chrome sits next to it. These two are owned by Mack Cyclery:


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'76 Paramount Track, #H7644. Also one of the Mack Cyclery machines (in addition to these, they have a Kool Yellow Paramount tandem, chrome '71/2, and an NOS, black '73-76 sprint-tube road Paramount on display at the shop).


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Drilled high-flange Campagnolo NR pista hubs

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Old 02-08-09, 03:00 PM   #2
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Did he let you take a ride on the Sports Tourer? You need to take a spin on a fillet brazed Schwinn. A very different ride from a '60s-'70s Paramount.
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More '76 Paramount Track


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First-gen Schwinn Continental w/rod-operated FD:

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More D/A EX Paramount:


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Someone obviously got ticked off at the original AX RD, and replaced it with a Superbe Pro:

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Saggy Brooks:

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I brought the chrome '70 Paramount and the '71 Continental:

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Very tasteful Nishiki International fixie:

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Unknown French machine, repainted, with unusual Rene Herse-knockoff fork ends:

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Aforementioned Herse-knockoff end treatment. Cheap, but interesting. Hardly any brass in them:


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VLW's for sale, from the same fellow who owns the above machine.


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Bianchi Record 745 - low end, but pretty:

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Super Course fixie:

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Le Tour III for sale:

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Mack Cycles' Continental, Bicentennial Varsity and Super Sport once again:

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Simplex lever-operated FD:

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DA AX closeup:

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Iver Johnsons:

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1984 Raleigh USA Grand Prix, Colnago w/gold fork, stays, and gold Galli, UO-8

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'76 Paramount track, again

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My '70 Paramount on the left hob-nobs with its Chicago brothers to the right and center:

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Nervex love...and speaking of which, bring some Semichrome for this thing.

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Paramount saddle jumble

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Cranksets

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Brake levers

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Badges - note the drilled bars on the ladies' machine to accept the Campagnolo barcon cables:

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How many different brake calipers can you fit on a Paramount?

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My catches from the show:
Royal Gran Compe calipers - $5
Simplex Super L.J. RD, unknown model FD, Motobecane badged - $10
Nuovo Record Pat. 73 RD and FD - $25
Lyotard pedals - $5

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That's all. Hope you enjoy the photos.

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Did he let you take a ride on the Sports Tourer? You need to take a spin on a fillet brazed Schwinn. A very different ride from a '60s-'70s Paramount.
I didn't get to try it out. I was tempted to ask, however - been curious about that myself.

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Nice photos Kurt! The 60's Continental is pretty cool, and of course the chrome is always great.

I was tempted to head down there, but I found out about it at the last minute after I'd already made other plans.
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Man, I'd kill to find a set of RGC calipers for $5...nice pics, thanks.
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Thanks, nicely done!
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No doubt, great photoreport. Thanks for your effort.
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Wish I could have been there.....

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Man, I'd kill to find a set of RGC calipers for $5...nice pics, thanks.
Need I mention the Dura-Ace calipers that a friend jumped on for $15 before I could?

He also had a set of D/A calipers + levers + shifters for $40. No hoods. Passed on it.


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Wish I could have been there.....
Let's see - you have four Paramounts...that would have made 13 Paramounts at the show.

There were 9 as it was, and the total attendance was comprised of no more then 46 bikes spread out amongst 4 individuals and the shop. Pretty darn good turnout of Paramounts in a city that has a reasonably limited bicycle fan base.

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P.S.: Cleaned up the SLJ. Unquestionably the best thing that happened during the entire show


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Damn! Now I have to clean all the drool off my keyboard.

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Any story behind the drilled out campy track hubs? I have a set and have always wondered if the factory drilled them or it was a do-it-yourself job. I've seen another set on a parmount track at cycles d'oro also...
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I've seen Campagnolo NR HF's drilled like this before, but I don't know if it was exclusively a Schwinn oddity or not.

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I've seen Campagnolo NR HF's drilled like this before, but I don't know if it was exclusively a Schwinn oddity or not.

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I got a set with a Paramount not too long ago. I am going to tear the set down, then clean/polish and relace with some better hook bead rims. They came with the bent old style QR's, too.
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Road hubs, I gather?

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