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Should I Restore This Paramount?

Old 07-28-20, 03:00 AM
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Originally Posted by wle View Post
I would ride it for a week or so as is.

Look for obvious problems.
Adjust if necessary.

IF that passes, then get a period front brake from ebay.
Fix any other wear related problems.
Possibly redo bearings.

And just ride it.

I would love that bike!

But I would not 'restore' it, it is too far gone, would take too much work (for me).
If you have all the time and money in the world, then sure.

A comment - it does not look like a race bike, possibly it was a tourer.
That may limit resale value, again indicating ' do not spend infinite time or money on it. '

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No such thing as too far gone when it comes to Paramount's, just gets more expensive as you noted and this one is far more solid than many.

They hold their own no matter what, whether a racing model or not and is very hard to tell often what the intent was as many were custom ordered and dealer outfitted along the way.

Schwinn would do almost anything the customer asked for so making a blanket statement is folly with these.

A proper restore without breaking the bank will net a wonderful bicycle that represents the best there was to had at the time.
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Old 07-28-20, 06:42 AM
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From the factory this one had centerpull brakes. Note the cable stop orientation.
also had 27 wheels
seatpost and rear mech are replacements.
make sure there is enough seatpost in the frame to be safe.
looks marginal to me.
repaint. Schwinn did have a color like that but a decade earlier.
schwinn flamboyant colors were a tint over silver.
chrome on fork looks marginal - redoing that is cost containable. Not cheap, but possible.
im in the repaint camp.
in Black, with a set of replica graphics.

rear mech could have been a Campagnolo gran turismo!
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Old 07-28-20, 11:56 AM
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Originally Posted by repechage View Post
From the factory this one had centerpull brakes. Note the cable stop orientation.
also had 27 wheels
seatpost and rear mech are replacements.
make sure there is enough seatpost in the frame to be safe.
looks marginal to me.
repaint. Schwinn did have a color like that but a decade earlier.
schwinn flamboyant colors were a tint over silver.
chrome on fork looks marginal - redoing that is cost containable. Not cheap, but possible.
im in the repaint camp.
in Black, with a set of replica graphics.

rear mech could have been a Campagnolo gran turismo!
Order forms from that period show tubular tires being an option, so it could've come with 700c wheels as original equipment.
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Old 07-28-20, 01:07 PM
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Originally Posted by repechage View Post
From the factory this one had centerpull brakes. Note the cable stop orientation.
also had 27 wheels
seatpost and rear mech are replacements.
make sure there is enough seatpost in the frame to be safe.
looks marginal to me.
repaint. Schwinn did have a color like that but a decade earlier.
schwinn flamboyant colors were a tint over silver.
chrome on fork looks marginal - redoing that is cost containable. Not cheap, but possible.
im in the repaint camp.
in Black, with a set of replica graphics.

rear mech could have been a Campagnolo gran turismo!
Campus Green was listed in the brochure until 74 so like I said this repaint could have been to emulate it.

TT cable camps also are shown in the brochure's 72,73 and 74 with center pulls on the "Professional Road Racing" Paramount's so again, nothing absolute in much of this

.Waterford has good scans.
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Old 08-01-20, 05:07 PM
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Originally Posted by nesteel View Post
Order forms from that period show tubular tires being an option, so it could've come with 700c wheels as original equipment.
I doubt it, normal reach caliper with drop bolt with 700c... I do not see that as a mistake.
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Originally Posted by repechage View Post
I doubt it, normal reach caliper with drop bolt with 700c... I do not see that as a mistake.
A drop bolt would have been a dealer/customer workaround. Maybe a factory slipup that didn't get built for 700c.

27in were standard so if you ordered one with 700c it should have been built that way.

Schwinn took great pride in giving the customer what they wanted, from start to finish they went out of their way to accommodate and yes including dealer refit per customer want or factory mistake after the fact if the customer was amenable.

If not they would do what they needed to make it right, which I'm sure was a lot often.
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Hailstorm,
It has been about a week and no postings, so I am thinking you have made some decisions about the bike. Should you choose to go to 27"rims and tires I have a few options for you that would fit into your build specifications and still be close to correct for the ride and "feel" of the bike as original. PM me, MH
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Originally Posted by Mad Honk View Post
Hailstorm,
It has been about a week and no postings, so I am thinking you have made some decisions about the bike. Should you choose to go to 27"rims and tires I have a few options for you that would fit into your build specifications and still be close to correct for the ride and "feel" of the bike as original. PM me, MH
He's probably tired of our wild speculation without offering much actual advice.
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Yeah Merziac, I kinda figured it was something like that. Lots of opinions and few options for real help. JMHO, MH
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Originally Posted by Mad Honk View Post
Yeah Merziac, I kinda figured it was something like that. Lots of opinions and few options for real help. JMHO, MH
No worries, its what we do, simple or not price of admission.

Hopefully they take you up on your actually helpful offer.

I always hope that at the end of the day, we inspire some do really dig in and embrace the minutiae before they run away screaming.
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Originally Posted by merziac View Post
No worries, its what we do, simple or not price of admission.

Hopefully they take you up on your actually helpful offer.

I always hope that at the end of the day, we inspire some do really dig in and embrace the minutiae before they run away screaming.
The alternative is pays your money (sic) to get a report from Waterford. We're cheaper.
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