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Old 07-31-12, 08:38 PM   #1
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1973 Schwinn Paramount Big and Tall Edition

Okay so if this is the wrong forum or inappropriate please feel free to move this post.

I watch ebay, CL, FreeCycle pretty regularily for that deal on a bike in my size that you just can't pass up.

The Paramount If i understand things correctly is the creme de la creme of their Road Bike Line

And this one is beautiful. I am in no way associated with the ad nor would i be posting this here if i had the money to secure this thing and bring it home to my stable. But i just wanted to make sure that this group of people saw it and hope it finds an appreciative home.

Here's the Link to the Auction for anyone interested.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/140808766805...84.m1423.l2649

Now for this IMO Beautiful Steed

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Old 08-01-12, 04:44 AM   #2
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I've never seen a Paramount with "safety" levers or the old Schwinn stem shifters before. I'm guessing someone made some mods to this a long time ago.
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Yep, looks to have been modified but the mods were well done. These old Schwinns are great bikes for us Clydes. They are heavy, hold up well to lots of weight and remain very stable at higher speeds. I have a 40+ year old Varsity that I love to ride.
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Just because you haven't seen it before doesn't mean it wasn't offered as a factory option.

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...on-a-Paramount
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the paramount I used to ride back in high school had the stem shifters and the same brake levers. I really miss that bike.
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I've never seen a Paramount with "safety" levers or the old Schwinn stem shifters before. I'm guessing someone made some mods to this a long time ago.
I think I remember that Paramounts did have the safety levers, but I'm almost a million years old and the memories are fading lol . . .
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Right that second that bike is over 600. Its in unknown condition and had admitted fork damage....i dont know a darn thing about older bikes, but that seems like way too much money to spend on this bike vs whatni can buy new.
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Right that second that bike is over 600. Its in unknown condition and had admitted fork damage....i dont know a darn thing about older bikes, but that seems like way too much money to spend on this bike vs whatni can buy new.
Paramounts are really nice bikes. Much nicer than the average person would think when you told them it is a Schwinn. They are popular with both the Schwinn collectors, and C&V'ers that like old racers. I would love to have a 66cm Paramount from the late 70's/early 80's. You typically see them go for over a grand on EBay.

Though, with the fork damage (and I wouldn't be surprised if there's a buckle in the top tube), I can't imagine that particular example would be a good purchase for the price it's at now.
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Paramount was definitely a nice bike, but I agree that current bikes available are its match as far as quality and usefulness. I'm wondering if some of the bidders that are driving this auction up are older folks that are falling victim to their memories? They look at it and it brings up such good memories from when they were young and active - just a thought.
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