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Old 02-24-12, 10:38 AM   #1
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How about this for a nice set of Paramounts?

Living in Chicago I frequent Wastyn cycles on Fullerton Ave. As you know they been around for over 100 years and are credited with the creation of the Schwinn Paramount. Well, being around for so long the know a lot of old timers. They recently got a set of Paramounts from a 6-day racer that the gentleman got from his team. These bikes were never used and probably won't, the Wastyns have plans to create an exhibition on the history of Chicago cycling. Anyway, here is the eye candy for Paramount lovers to drool over...



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Old 02-24-12, 10:46 AM   #2
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Wowzuh. Nice.
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Someone better tie norskagent down.
They're all his size, and his Fuji Feather is wrecked.
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I did inquired if they would be interested in selling any of them but they gave me a friendly and firm NO.
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Great story! Those four framesets represent a small fortune.
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Wow, nice mix of older and newer it seems.
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What would the dates be on these? Looks like 2 different styles.
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What would the dates be on these? Looks like 2 different styles.
The two frames with the Olympic Rings seat tube decals and "Disneyland" down tube decals are from ~1958 - ~1963. They're made with Nervex Professional lugs and Reynolds 531 tubing.



The other two with the "Hat in the Ring" seat tube decal and single gold script "Schwinn Paramount" on top of the down tube appear to be post-war... late-forties to mid-fifties.

It's pretty rare to see Paramount track bikes with that much chrome, although there have been a number of them from the beginning and into the seventies with completely chromed frames and forks.

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That's treasure.
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Someone better tie norskagent down.
They're all his size, and his Fuji Feather is wrecked.
I've got something different in the works to replace it...but one of those would be amazing!
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Between 50s and 60s was my guess, whenever the transition took place, based on the rest of the non-typical details being similar...
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The two frames with the Olympic Rings seat tube decals

FWIW, the Olympic rings on the seat tube lasted through '72 it seems, with different downtube lettering.

Interesting, I don't see headbadges on the earlier ones. I have a 50s one, and it shows no sign of being drilled for a head badge.
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The two older ones have the original Schwinn Paramount cottered skip-tooth (1" pitch) cranks and chainring.
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The two older ones have the original Schwinn Paramount cottered skip-tooth (1" pitch) cranks and chainring.
Yes, it seems the switch to Campagnolo coincided with the switch to Nervex and Reynolds, at least as far as I've observed. Old and new. I doubt there was anything in between, unless someone ordered a new frame with the old Paramount parts for some reason. I wouldn't be surprized if those frames were only a season apart, but finished at the same time for a particular use.
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Never mind shorted-out keyboards, how about fixing the hole in my ceiling?

No chance the Wastyns would agree to the addition of these machines to the registry, by any chance?

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No chance the Wastyns would agree to the addition of these machines to the registry, by any chance?
Not only that, I'd love to know the story on the set... obviously special. Especially, WHEN?
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Okay, how good is the security system in the shop and where can I use a concrete saw to cut a hole in the wall?
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Never mind shorted-out keyboards, how about fixing the hole in my ceiling?

No chance the Wastyns would agree to the addition of these machines to the registry, by any chance?

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I can ask but Oscar is a very reserved kind of guy, he might not even like that I posted this.
however, If he's plan goes through, these bikes will be available for viewing in the future.
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Nice Paramounts, they're doing a fine job holding that piece of plywood from falling over.
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I give it a solid Hnnnngggg

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One built up and 4 framesets?

That's nothing. I've got 4 of those built up and.. umm... 14 framesets. I just have them setting aside for my wife... Morgan Fairchild...
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I also wonder why there is no headbadge seen on the older ones and this is not the first time that a early paramount frame is without a headbadge.
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doe it barspins??

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