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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 04-23-07, 07:42 PM   #1
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Took the Paramount for it's maiden voyage

Finally some decent weather. I bought this last fall on ebay and took it down to the frame and cleaned and regreased everything then the weather turned to crap. I finally latched on to some campy replacement hoods at a price I was willing to pay around Feb. I woke up early yesterday morning with the idea of taking the P13 on the local group ride and in a blaze of activity changed the stem to a more age appropriate and longer Cinelli and replaced the hoods and taped the bars in red tressostar. I took a quick shower and donned cycling kit and snarfed a couple of cold leftover hamburgers for fuel as I was running late. Rode her on a beautiful 40 mile ride with some rolling hills and climbs and she showed her rear cluster to some brifter equipped raffle. Observations: I have ridden alot of bikes in my life but this is the most responsive and comfortable frame I've run across. It climbs well in and out of the saddle. I'd also forgotten how neat tubular tires are. It's been about 25 years since I've ridden a bike with tubies. The Avocet seat surprised me being very comfortable on the old kiester. Carrying a water bottle in my jersey pocket was not near as bad as I thought it would be. I might abandon the search for a suitable bar mount cage. In one afternoon the Paramount earned itself a trip to Columbus Ohio for TOSRV in a few weeks (provided the weather looks nice).
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Old 04-23-07, 07:45 PM   #2
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whoops, can a moderator move this to classic and vintage where it belongs. sorry I misposted!
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Old 04-23-07, 08:07 PM   #3
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still sweet though!
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i'm so happy this thread wasn't about a vintage paramount road bike you converted...
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i'm so happy this thread wasn't about a vintage paramount road bike you converted...
same thing I thought... whew!
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Yeah, I saw the photo and started scrolling down thinking, "You mother****er".

Classy bike.
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i'm so happy this thread wasn't about a vintage paramount road bike you converted...
haha, that was my initial thought
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Old 04-24-07, 02:22 PM   #8
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Thank's everyone. Sorry to stir you all up thought I was posting to classic and vintage. I wouldn't convert a Paramount but I did convert a Raleigh Technium. Strangely, nobody has complained about that.
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