Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Tahlequah, Oklahoma
Bikes: 1991 Schwinn Paramount Series 5 2013 Specialized Hardrock Disc 29'r
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My road bike is a '91 Series 5 PDG. As others noted, it has the freehub arrangement with a 7-speed Hyperglide cassette. Mine is original to the bike and geared 22.214.171.124.17.29.21 with the original 172.5mm 105 crankset spinning 53/39 rings. Mine lives in the house (I make my Hardrock sleep in the garage, but not this thing) so I popped the rear wheel off an by my crude measure, it looks like 126mm rear dropout spacing to me, too.
I bought mine a couple of years ago in response to a Craigslist ad, paying $300.00. But I would have happily paid $450.00 if that's what it would have taken to take it home with me. Aside from the original Vetta saddle coming unglued, the decades-old tires showing signs of rot, and the formerly clear plastic chainstay protector yellowing a bit with age, the bike looked like it just rolled out of the Schwinn shop doors as a new mount.
I wanted one when they were new. I recall them being hard to actually find. I know I had to go to a bunch of different Schwinn shops in Southern California before I found one. And I recall that they weren't exactly cheap at somewhere around $800.00 when new. I finally found one at a shop that also sold Bianchi bikes and the shop owner made me a killer deal on a new-old-stock Bianchi, selling me that for about half of what he was asking for the Series 5 PDG. But I did try the Series 5 PDG out and I was very impressed with the frame set. I still am. To me, it kind of epitomizes steel bike frame technology and I think the build quality is pretty high.
When I got mine, I had no idea how much the bike market had changed in the six or seven years that had passed since I last rode. I had no idea that things like quill stems or 126mm hubs weren't standard anymore and didn't have any idea about what "brifters" were. Ignorance is bliss, I guess....
Once I figured out that the bike market has marched on to things like sloping top tubes and threadless headsets on road bikes and so on, I gave some passing thought to "upgrading" my mount but I've since decided that the old-school 90's vibe of the thing is part of the charm for me and hope to keep as as stock as possible for as long as I can. Hey, it's cheaper than a classic car, and has health benefits in driving it around that classic cars don't provide.... Besides, being a few months away from fifty and getting back in to riding after a long time out of the saddle, a carbon frame and a ten speed cassette and brifters aren't going to keep me from getting passed by twentysoemthing guys and gals and I'm likely to be slow no matter what I am riding.
But I do enjoy riding my "mount" and if I had to do it all over again and pay another 150 bucks more than I did to do it, I would. I like mine that much.
Last edited by Japanamount; 08-09-14 at 02:30 AM.