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Paramount tandem excellent 1973 or so

Old 10-23-16, 09:26 PM
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Paramount tandem excellent 1973 or so

in excellent condition what is the value - how do i sell it
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We need to see pictures in order to assess the value. Make sure they are of the drive side of the bike and include close-ups of all of the components. Also post close-up pics of the serial number and of the headbadge. Normally you would sell it on Craigslist, however other options like eBay and Letgo are possible as well.
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Tandems may well be the hardest type of bicycle to sell. They are the definition of niche market and are hard (and very expensive) to ship. Most samples sit on sale sites for a very long time. Being a Paramount should help but there's so little sales history out there on which to base an assessment, that I wouldn't even consider it to be an educated guess.
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I bought one, I will end up donating it to a bike co-op to realize a bigger tax deduction than cash in hand upon disposal.
Some models came with Campagnolo cranks, those are in peril as full bikes as the crank set up (unless both sets are 175's) will get more than the whole bike !
Size and type effects value, many were for a couple, the stroker having a much smaller frame size.
They fit big, I ride a 55-57 cm frame, on a Schwinn Tandem, a 53 works best.
Not all couples like them. I have found mine a bit limber in the frame, does not bother me but scares the other.
As a practical bike, they really need more brake than what was originally provided by the tech of the time.
If I had a more enthusiastic copilot I would braze in mounts for a rear disc, and maybe even a front, the fork is Beefy.

They seem to move when priced at $350, languish above $550. To a bike co-op with tax deductible status, maybe a declared value of $750-850. More if you have one of the rare ones built for 700c tubulars. Most were built for 27", retrofitting for 700c is not reasonable.

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Tandems go cheap on my local CL or they just die on the vine.
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That thread should help.

To sum up - tandem prices are all over the place and highly variable. They can also be tough to sell almost regardless of price. A part out will maximize return assuming it has the nice campy parts most of these came with. I would probably take a lot of photos and put it on the CR list. I'd also try taking it to a local swap. These can sell for $500 or $ depends on who is interested at the time. I would bet the $500.

A Paramount tandem is, primarily, a collector piece. As riders...almost all of the older tandems are terrible, with short stoker positions and a lot of flex. A person serious about riding a tandem probably won't be interested. That's in stark contract to a Paramount road bike, which is still a relevant bike.
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