Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Classic & Vintage
Reload this Page >

So, THE Best Schwinn Road Bike; BAR NONE?

Notices
Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

So, THE Best Schwinn Road Bike; BAR NONE?

Old 10-30-19, 03:36 PM
  #1  
UKFan4Sure
Useless Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 750
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 380 Post(s)
Liked 176 Times in 113 Posts
So, THE Best Schwinn Road Bike; BAR NONE?

So, what was the best Schwinn road bike to ever grace the road? We all hear about the Paramount, but was it really the best?

Just thought I'd start a conversation about it...
UKFan4Sure is offline  
Old 10-30-19, 03:39 PM
  #2  
Kent T
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: East Tennessee
Posts: 251

Bikes: 2002 Trek 800 Singletrack, 1982 Bridgestone Spica

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 57 Post(s)
Liked 40 Times in 31 Posts
Paramount of the Schwinns built in the USA, was the no holds barred top of the line.
Kent T is offline  
Old 10-30-19, 03:42 PM
  #3  
tyrion
Senior Member
 
tyrion's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: San Diego, California
Posts: 3,749

Bikes: Breezer Radar

Mentioned: 27 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2010 Post(s)
Liked 1,540 Times in 745 Posts
Either the Paramount or the Stingray.
tyrion is offline  
Likes For tyrion:
Old 10-30-19, 03:48 PM
  #4  
UKFan4Sure
Useless Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 750
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 380 Post(s)
Liked 176 Times in 113 Posts
Originally Posted by Kent T View Post
Paramount of the Schwinns built in the USA, was the no holds barred top of the line.
Any particular years?
UKFan4Sure is offline  
Old 10-30-19, 03:53 PM
  #5  
Darth Lefty 
Disco Infiltrator
 
Darth Lefty's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Folsom CA
Posts: 12,911

Bikes: Stormchaser, Paramount, Timberjack, Expert TG, Samba tandem

Mentioned: 68 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2752 Post(s)
Liked 1,576 Times in 1,029 Posts
oooh can we do "is this really a Paramount" next
__________________
Genesis 49:16-17
Darth Lefty is offline  
Old 10-30-19, 04:13 PM
  #6  
noobinsf 
Senior Member
 
noobinsf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Oakland, CA
Posts: 3,017

Bikes: '82 Univega Competizione, '72 Motobecane Grand Record, '83 Mercian KOM Touring, '85 Univega Alpina Uno, '76 Eisentraut Limited

Mentioned: 54 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 982 Post(s)
Liked 956 Times in 577 Posts
The real question is, could a '68 Paramount have beaten the '68 Yankees?
noobinsf is offline  
Old 10-30-19, 04:31 PM
  #7  
miamijim
Senior Member
 
miamijim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Tampa, Florida
Posts: 14,072
Mentioned: 39 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 396 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 67 Times in 54 Posts
Prologue with Tange Prestige
miamijim is offline  
Likes For miamijim:
Old 10-30-19, 04:54 PM
  #8  
jetboy 
Senior Member
 
jetboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Oakland, CA
Posts: 3,290

Bikes: centurion ironman, look hinault 753, Zunow z-1, 83 stumpy sport, look kg96, various others

Mentioned: 63 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 754 Post(s)
Liked 173 Times in 103 Posts
Originally Posted by miamijim View Post
Prologue with Tange Prestige
I have not had many schwinn road bikes- except a Prelude, which was a great little bike.. emphasis on little (for me).. so i gave it to a student. But the same era Prologue in black/grey fade is top of my wish list.

I do think they should have named them a bit more clearly... Paramount, Prologue, Prelude... makes the Tempo stand out I guess!
jetboy is offline  
Old 10-30-19, 05:08 PM
  #9  
cb400bill
Forum Moderator
 
cb400bill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Kalamazoo MI
Posts: 20,435

Bikes: Fuji SL2.1 Carbon Di2 Cannondale Synapse Alloy 4 Trek Checkpoint ALR gravel Viscount Aerospace Pro Schwinn Paramount PDG 5 Colnago Classic Rabobank

Mentioned: 53 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2764 Post(s)
Liked 4,501 Times in 2,678 Posts
Best for what?
cb400bill is offline  
Old 10-30-19, 05:13 PM
  #10  
jamesdak 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Utah
Posts: 7,626

Bikes: Paletti,Pinarello Monviso,Duell Vienna,Giordana XL Super(2)Lemond Maillot Juane (2) & custom,PDG Paramount,Serotta CSI,Fuji Opus III,Davidson Impulse,Pashley Guv'nor,Evans,Fishlips,Prologue TT,Y-Foil,Softride, Tetra Pro, CAAD8 Optimo,Klein Quantum II

Mentioned: 136 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1937 Post(s)
Liked 2,259 Times in 1,004 Posts
Originally Posted by miamijim View Post
Prologue with Tange Prestige
Originally Posted by Kent T View Post
Paramount of the Schwinns built in the USA, was the no holds barred top of the line.
How about we combine these two response for the right answer.

It is a Paramount, and it is made from Tange Prestige.



I sold my Prologue, I sold my Waterford Paramount, I kept the above. Nuff said.
__________________
Steel is real...and comfy.
jamesdak is offline  
Old 10-30-19, 05:21 PM
  #11  
jetboy 
Senior Member
 
jetboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Oakland, CA
Posts: 3,290

Bikes: centurion ironman, look hinault 753, Zunow z-1, 83 stumpy sport, look kg96, various others

Mentioned: 63 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 754 Post(s)
Liked 173 Times in 103 Posts
Originally Posted by jamesdak View Post
How about we combine these two response for the right answer.

It is a Paramount, and it is made from Tange Prestige.



I sold my Prologue, I sold my Waterford Paramount, I kept the above. Nuff said.
first page and we have the answer!
jetboy is offline  
Old 10-30-19, 05:26 PM
  #12  
miamijim
Senior Member
 
miamijim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Tampa, Florida
Posts: 14,072
Mentioned: 39 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 396 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 67 Times in 54 Posts
Originally Posted by jamesdak View Post
How about we combine these two response for the right answer.

It is a Paramount, and it is made from Tange Prestige:
Cant argue with that.
miamijim is offline  
Old 10-30-19, 05:28 PM
  #13  
UKFan4Sure
Useless Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 750
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 380 Post(s)
Liked 176 Times in 113 Posts
Originally Posted by jamesdak View Post
How about we combine these two response for the right answer.

It is a Paramount, and it is made from Tange Prestige.



I sold my Prologue, I sold my Waterford Paramount, I kept the above. Nuff said.
What a gorgeous bike! Thanks for sharing!
UKFan4Sure is offline  
Old 10-30-19, 05:34 PM
  #14  
TiHabanero
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 3,824
Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1429 Post(s)
Liked 873 Times in 462 Posts
For fancy lugs, the Chicago Paramounts are it, otherwise it is the Waterford Paramounts.
TiHabanero is offline  
Old 10-30-19, 05:36 PM
  #15  
UKFan4Sure
Useless Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 750
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 380 Post(s)
Liked 176 Times in 113 Posts
Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
oooh can we do "is this really a Paramount" next
I hope not, because I have a 2013 Paramount Series 8.... It is a really, really sweet bike, but I don't want to argue about it's providence to the originals....


Last edited by UKFan4Sure; 10-30-19 at 09:26 PM.
UKFan4Sure is offline  
Old 10-30-19, 05:39 PM
  #16  
UKFan4Sure
Useless Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 750
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 380 Post(s)
Liked 176 Times in 113 Posts
Originally Posted by TiHabanero View Post
For fancy lugs, the Chicago Paramounts are it, otherwise it is the Waterford Paramounts.
I think the one I had at one time was a 1989 dressed in Dura-Ace 7400. I should have kept that bike as it was pretty much mint.
UKFan4Sure is offline  
Old 10-30-19, 05:43 PM
  #17  
rando_couche
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 1,330
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 207 Post(s)
Liked 130 Times in 86 Posts
Originally Posted by UKFan4Sure View Post
We all hear about the Paramount, but was it really the best?.
Yes
rando_couche is offline  
Old 10-30-19, 05:51 PM
  #18  
thumpism 
Bikes are okay, I guess.
 
thumpism's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Posts: 8,246

Bikes: Waterford Paramount Touring, Giant CFM-2, Raleigh Sports 3-speeds in M23 & L23, Schwinn Cimarron oddball build, Marin Palisades Trail dropbar conversion, Nishiki Cresta GT

Mentioned: 59 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2374 Post(s)
Liked 1,519 Times in 1,059 Posts
Pixie was best.
thumpism is offline  
Likes For thumpism:
Old 10-30-19, 05:55 PM
  #19  
jetboy 
Senior Member
 
jetboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Oakland, CA
Posts: 3,290

Bikes: centurion ironman, look hinault 753, Zunow z-1, 83 stumpy sport, look kg96, various others

Mentioned: 63 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 754 Post(s)
Liked 173 Times in 103 Posts
Originally Posted by UKFan4Sure View Post
What a gorgeous bike! Thanks for sharing!
I have come to realize that @jamesdak has all the best bikes. also hes a really good photographer and contributor to this site. props to you james!
jetboy is offline  
Likes For jetboy:
Old 10-30-19, 06:43 PM
  #20  
seedsbelize 
smelling the roses
 
seedsbelize's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Tixkokob, Yucatán, México
Posts: 15,428

Bikes: 79 Trek 930, 80 Trek 414, 84 Schwinn Letour Luxe (coupled), 92 Schwinn Paramount PDG 5

Mentioned: 104 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7079 Post(s)
Liked 894 Times in 609 Posts
Originally Posted by jamesdak View Post
How about we combine these two response for the right answer.

It is a Paramount, and it is made from Tange Prestige.



I sold my Prologue, I sold my Waterford Paramount, I kept the above. Nuff said.
Mine is a '92, repainted a very dark chocolate brown. Many think it is black. What year is yours?
__________________
Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
Auto-pause is a honey-tongued devil whispering sweet lies in your ear.


seedsbelize is offline  
Old 10-30-19, 07:02 PM
  #21  
nlerner
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 15,747
Mentioned: 404 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2996 Post(s)
Liked 3,843 Times in 1,692 Posts
Continental, of course.
nlerner is offline  
Likes For nlerner:
Old 10-30-19, 07:04 PM
  #22  
jamesdak 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Utah
Posts: 7,626

Bikes: Paletti,Pinarello Monviso,Duell Vienna,Giordana XL Super(2)Lemond Maillot Juane (2) & custom,PDG Paramount,Serotta CSI,Fuji Opus III,Davidson Impulse,Pashley Guv'nor,Evans,Fishlips,Prologue TT,Y-Foil,Softride, Tetra Pro, CAAD8 Optimo,Klein Quantum II

Mentioned: 136 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1937 Post(s)
Liked 2,259 Times in 1,004 Posts
Originally Posted by seedsbelize View Post
Mine is a '92, repainted a very dark chocolate brown. Many think it is black. What year is yours?
Well, supposedly these red, white, and blue ones were a prototype run by Panasonic to prove to Schwinn they could make bikes worthy of the Paramount name. So since the first PDG numbered bikes started in 1991 I guess these were done around 1990.

They also did a run of all white ones that were welded, not lugged.
__________________
Steel is real...and comfy.
jamesdak is offline  
Old 10-30-19, 07:15 PM
  #23  
jamesdak 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Utah
Posts: 7,626

Bikes: Paletti,Pinarello Monviso,Duell Vienna,Giordana XL Super(2)Lemond Maillot Juane (2) & custom,PDG Paramount,Serotta CSI,Fuji Opus III,Davidson Impulse,Pashley Guv'nor,Evans,Fishlips,Prologue TT,Y-Foil,Softride, Tetra Pro, CAAD8 Optimo,Klein Quantum II

Mentioned: 136 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1937 Post(s)
Liked 2,259 Times in 1,004 Posts
Originally Posted by jetboy View Post
I have come to realize that @jamesdak has all the best bikes. also hes a really good photographer and contributor to this site. props to you james!
Thanks!

Ironic thing is that riding all these wonderful bikes does take away from my real photography passion, wildlife and landscapes.










Here too I prefer old to new. I use sorta modern Canon DSLRs but mainly shoot old manual focus Leica R and Contax Zeiss prime lenses that I adapted to work on the EOS mount.

__________________
Steel is real...and comfy.
jamesdak is offline  
Old 10-30-19, 07:20 PM
  #24  
Kars
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2018
Posts: 164
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 56 Post(s)
Liked 19 Times in 12 Posts
Originally Posted by jamesdak View Post
Thanks!

Ironic thing is that riding all these wonderful bikes does take away from my real photography passion, wildlife and landscapes.










Here too I prefer old to new. I use sorta modern Canon DSLRs but mainly shoot old manual focus Leica R and Contax Zeiss prime lenses that I adapted to work on the EOS mount.

Very nice pics. I am a leica man too.
Kars is offline  
Likes For Kars:
Old 10-30-19, 07:32 PM
  #25  
Kent T
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: East Tennessee
Posts: 251

Bikes: 2002 Trek 800 Singletrack, 1982 Bridgestone Spica

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 57 Post(s)
Liked 40 Times in 31 Posts
Originally Posted by UKFan4Sure View Post
Any particular years?
All Chicago era until production was shut down. The last Superior was close in quality.
Kent T is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.