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Another 531 Paramount, my third in the last 43 years

Old 09-07-18, 10:27 AM
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Another 531 Paramount, my third in the last 43 years

During the last several years I've been very fortunate to add a nice C&V bike once or twice a year. I don't gravitate towards any particular maker or model. I tend to like iconic bikes, more than super-collectible models. An iconic bike is a top model, from an well-recognized manufacturer, generally available at retail. These models are scarce enough to be valuable but common enough to be ridden without hesitation.

My infatuation with bikes began in 1974 when I purchased my first good bike, a new Schwinn Paramount in flamboyant red. I was working part time at George Garner Cyclery in Northbrook, Illinois while attending High School. It was a 23 inch, which eventually became too small for me. However, I kept it for 35 years.

Back in mid August Squirtdad posted this 24 inch chrome Paramount on Craigslist in San Jose;

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San Jose chrome paramount $1400

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/bik...672673019.html

Schwinn Paramount 10 speed road bike, full chrome frame no dents or dings (from 1970s)
This is a collectors/museum bike.
Bike has all the original components, including the original decals.
24in frame (top of seat tube to center of bottom bracket)
Brooks leather saddle; Campagnolo components

Includes extra front wheel and rear wheel
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Old 09-07-18, 10:28 AM
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I couldn't ignore it.

I contacted squirtdad, and we put together a plan to procure it and ship it to Wisconsin. Squirtdad really did it all: he contacted the seller, picked up the bike delivered to a LBS for packing and took to FedEx for shipping. Well, it arrived in Wisconsin without any issue. The chrome is nearly flawless. the decals are aged, but mostly intact. It needs a mechanical overhaul and the wheels rebuilt, but it's very presentable. This bike will be preserved without updates. It will join my painted 1972 Paramount that is a reliable and fun restored bike for riding anytime.






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Old 09-07-18, 10:34 AM
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Congrats on the bike.

There is only one problem with this bike.....having seen it and the condition it is in .....a chrome paramount is now on my wish list
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Old 09-07-18, 10:40 AM
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Haven't seen you posting much lately - or from WI.
Welcome back (unless I've just not read your posts), and congrats on new bike and new location.
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Old 09-07-18, 10:48 AM
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Nice, you now have a pair of 72's. And way to step up squirtdad. I've also never really cared for all chrome frames, but the more I see them...
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Originally Posted by Kactus View Post
Nice, you now have a pair of 72's. And way to step up squirtdad. I've also never really cared for all chrome frames, but the more I see them...
Always been a no brainer for me, drooled over them new, wanted ever since. Have an ok one that's a little small, going to be screwed when one shows up in my size.

In the meantime, this is on it's way.

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...the only problem with chrome Paramounts is that here in California, where we have a lot of bright sunshine days, you can inadvertently blind an oncoming rider with the glare, and they might run into you. I think you will like that bike, and it deserves to be with someone who appreciates it for what it is. I have a P-15 of about that vintage, and it floats along like a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow.
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Originally Posted by Kactus View Post
I've also never really cared for all chrome frames, but the more I see them...



...turn around. Don't keep walking toward the light.
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Old 09-07-18, 01:05 PM
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Compliments to Squirtdad, compliments on the bike.
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...turn around. Don't keep walking toward the light.
You guys are killing me. After buying the '62 Disney script Paramount, I think my buying days are over for a while.
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Way back in 1972 I had an acquaintance who owned an all chrome Paramount and I thought it was the most beautiful bike I had ever seen. At the school we went to we were forming a cycling club and had dealers come to show their items. My recollection is that a chrome Paramount at the time was about $600. I tried to order a Lambert for about $150 instead. Of course, it was never delivered and I got my deposit back. So, my luck has not always been bad.
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Old 09-07-18, 10:55 PM
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The white downtube decals on the chrome is sheer genius. Enjoy the ride!
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I still want one. A fellow C&Ver reached out to me recently with a reasonable offer for vintage chrome P-mount frameset in my size. If I hadn't just bought another grail bike at the time, I would have been sorely tempted. Well, I still am, but the money situation isn't any better right now.

Dang, why do all my kids wanna go to college, anyway?
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Dang, why do all my kids wanna go to college, anyway?
Just tell them the world needs plumbers and electricians. That will save you a fortune... plus you get all your projects around the house done for free!
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Sweet looking Paramount. Now that you are closer to the Chicago area, we will need to set up a group Paramount ride. I do have a 73 waiting for paint.
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I refurbish used bikes for an annual charity drive to assist needy local families. Two years ago someone donated a green 21" touring Paramount. I still wonder whether I should have bought it myself, and I just hope the ultimate recipient appreciated what he had. (It did look very good, even to someone not well-versed in bicycles.)
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Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
a new Schwinn Paramount in flamboyant red....It was a 23 inch, which eventually became too small for me. However, I kept it for 35 years.
Was that really a 23? That looked VERY 21"

Your red Paramount was one of *those* bikes for me.

By the way- Congratulations on the chrome Paramount! And Welcome to Wisconsin!
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Originally Posted by desconhecido View Post
Way back in 1972 I had an acquaintance who owned an all chrome Paramount and I thought it was the most beautiful bike I had ever seen. At the school we went to we were forming a cycling club and had dealers come to show their items. My recollection is that a chrome Paramount at the time was about $600..
In 1972 a Paramount (even in chrome) was only $350:

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In 1972 a Paramount (even in chrome) was only $350:
Heh. "Only." According to the handy-dandy inflation calculator, that $350 in '72 is equivalent to $2110 today.

...a lot better than the remembered $600 version, though.
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Originally Posted by Fahrenheit531 View Post
Heh. "Only." According to the handy-dandy inflation calculator, that $350 in '72 is equivalent to $2110 today.

...a lot better than the remembered $600 version, though.
Yeah, I obviously confused it with something else. I have no idea how that $600 got in my memory. Maybe from later in the 70s. Well, it's gone now.
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