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Old 03-07-14, 01:52 PM   #2726
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Joyous day ! The NOS vintage Campy Pista Track pedals I won in an eBay auction two weeks ago finally arrived from the UK. The price was high, but in the end anything else would have been unacceptable to use on my vintage all Campy Paramount P14. It also included a pair of Campy aluminum toe clips and mounting bolts. The leather straps are an inexpensive Italian brand I had in my parts bin. These are the exact same pedals that came with the bike when I bought it in 1976, but I sold the original ones when I switched over to clipless pedals for racing. I am now trying to restore the bike to its original configuration, and the only main part remaining is the seatpost. The original seatpost now resides on my Ron Cooper vintage Campy Nuovo Record road bike.

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I just bought my girlfriend a new 43cm bike and here it is,




Btw, the picture on Bikesdirect was misleading. The fork was shown pink and the crankset is a Truvativ but I received a black fork and a crankset i never heard of.

The handlebar and stem is way to big for a 43cm. I think the drop handlebar is a 42cm and the stem is a long 120mm. I have to invest in those two components.

*sigh.

Other than that, it is a beautiful, strong and light bike.
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The handlebar and stem is way to big for a 43cm. I think the drop handlebar is a 42cm and the stem is a long 120mm. I have to invest in those two components.
The same exact thing happened to me with that exact same model and size bike from bd. They told me the bar and stem were supposed to be much smaller to match the frame, but instead they were the sizes probably meant for the largest frame. The problem with bd is they get the bikes boxed in China, and never open them when they arrive at their Texas warehouse to check for problems. No doubt the Chinese factory just throws whatever they have on hand in all the boxes, regardless of the frame size. That is one of the perils of dealing with discount online sellers like bd.
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I recently updated my pedalroom page, figured I'd update here too. Let's see if I can remember/figure out how to do this in a sane manner.

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I just bought my girlfriend a new 43cm bike and here it is,




Btw, the picture on Bikesdirect was misleading. The fork was shown pink and the crankset is a Truvativ but I received a black fork and a crankset i never heard of.

The handlebar and stem is way to big for a 43cm. I think the drop handlebar is a 42cm and the stem is a long 120mm. I have to invest in those two components.

*sigh.

Other than that, it is a beautiful, strong and light bike.
In fairness to Bikes Direct, this appears in BOLD in no less than SIX places on the model page:

Please Note: Bikes may come with black fork, different cranks (NoChoice)

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Joyous day ! The NOS vintage Campy Pista Track pedals I won in an eBay auction two weeks ago finally arrived from the UK. The price was high, but in the end anything else would have been unacceptable to use on my vintage all Campy Paramount P14. It also included a pair of Campy aluminum toe clips and mounting bolts. The leather straps are an inexpensive Italian brand I had in my parts bin. These are the exact same pedals that came with the bike when I bought it in 1976, but I sold the original ones when I switched over to clipless pedals for racing. I am now trying to restore the bike to its original configuration, and the only main part remaining is the seatpost. The original seatpost now resides on my Ron Cooper vintage Campy Nuovo Record road bike.

TT, this is beautiful!
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Oh my fault. I guess I will receive a black or a different fork. Darn, bikesdirect didn't give me the pink fork I wanted and the better crankset. OH WELLS, I'll stick with something I didn't want. Great
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TT, this is beautiful!
Thanks. I love these old handmade steel lugged frames.
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TT, that is still one of my all time favorites bikes on this site.
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What's the Geo like on that bike? It's a really nice looking bike how's it handle and what year is it?
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What's the Geo like on that bike? It's a really nice looking bike how's it handle and what year is it?
It's a 1976 Paramount P14 that was special ordered as a custom size, which Schwinn used to do with their Paramount line of bikes. The frames were made in their Illinois factory and all the brazing was done by women, because they were more careful and patient than men. The geometry is very tight and these bikes were intended to be used in sprint events, so they were made from rather heavy tubing for strength and stiffness. The head angle is 74 degrees, but I don't know the fork rake. As you can see from my photos, there is barely enough clearance in the fork for a 21mm tubular and there is tremendous toe overlap, so making tight turns can be tricky. Handling is super fast and twitchy, but extremely stable at speed. I raced it for 30 years before changing over to my 2006 Bianchi Pista Concept. It has survived multiple crashes without any serious damage, whereas a single crash would have destroyed the Bianchi. I repainted it once to the white color as shown in the photo, which is why it lacks all the decals.
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Oh my fault. I guess I will receive a black or a different fork. Darn, bikesdirect didn't give me the pink fork I wanted and the better crankset. OH WELLS, I'll stick with something I didn't want. Great
I thought you bought the bike for your girlfriend? If your girl complains that much about a free bike you bought her as a gift, she should buy her own bike.
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shes not complaining. I just thought a famous site like bike direct would send the bike as pictured. But it's ok, the bike is great
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shes not complaining. I just thought a famous site like bike direct would send the bike as pictured. But it's ok, the bike is great
Just messing with you, I can relate to your frustration. Sometimes the fine print doesn't take president over pictures, unfortunately it does state it. Glad she/you enjoy the bike however.
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Joyous day ! The NOS vintage Campy Pista Track pedals I won in an eBay auction two weeks ago finally arrived from the UK. The price was high, but in the end anything else would have been unacceptable to use on my vintage all Campy Paramount P14. It also included a pair of Campy aluminum toe clips and mounting bolts. The leather straps are an inexpensive Italian brand I had in my parts bin. These are the exact same pedals that came with the bike when I bought it in 1976, but I sold the original ones when I switched over to clipless pedals for racing. I am now trying to restore the bike to its original configuration, and the only main part remaining is the seatpost. The original seatpost now resides on my Ron Cooper vintage Campy Nuovo Record road bike.

Nice! I personally would never be able to come to terms with using NOS campy.
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shes not complaining. I just thought a famous site like bike direct would send the bike as pictured. But it's ok, the bike is great
Bikes Direct is "famous" for a lot of reasons. I think you might have discovered some of those.
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I recently updated my pedalroom page, figured I'd update here too. Let's see if I can remember/figure out how to do this in a sane manner.

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ugh. I can never quite remember how to upload something in this forum.


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Some more photos of the Paramount. I re-installed the original Campy Record Pista 50T chainring, which has a reinforcing shoulder on the inside of the chainring. The chainring I removed was a less expensive Sugino Mighty Track chainring that lacks the shoulder. I used a whole set of the Sugino chainrings ranging from 46 to 51 teeth to save money in the day, since using the expensive Campy parts would have been cost prohibitive at a time when I didn't have a lot of money.

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TT, you have done a fantastic job on that Scwinn. I wouldn't have skimped on the pedals either.
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Webster, thanks for posting my photo. I think my problem is that I don't post photos often enough to remember how. Did you have to resize it down?
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