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Old 10-04-21, 09:18 PM
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Potential, nostalgia, winter projects for an oldster.

Hi Folks,

I’m considering a couple of projects as a “tribute” to my early 10 speed bikes. My first 10 speed was a Schwinn Continental that I got in college. My first “good” bike was one of the Purple/Lilac Raleigh Competitions from the early 70s.

One of my grail bikes is a Schwinn Paramount. It’s not the all chrome one that I lusted after in my twenties, but a pearl white 50th Anniversary Edition. As many know, these are a very stiff ride. With this and wanting to stay in the Schwinn family, I’m thinking about maybe one of the PDG models of mid 80s/early 90s or other models manufactured be it from Japan, Taiwan or Greenville. Also, possibly, a Tempo, Prelude or even a Voyageur. These old joints and muscles need a smooth ride. For this build, I have an almost complete Shimano 105 10 speed group with Campagnolo 1A stem & bars.

For the Raleigh, I’m considering one of the late 70s early 80s 531 frames with a couple of no-nos. Don’t want to deal with claw derailleur hangers or weird Raleigh threading. For this one, I have a Stronglight cranks set, Cyclone derailleur set, Raleigh labeled stem with rando bars and a nifty, but not vintage, set of Mavic wheels with sealed bearing hubs.

My preference would be to acquire a frame set in good condition & build it up to my specs. However, if an exceptional, complete or nearly complete bike came along, I’d definitely be interested.

In regards to sizing, I’d prefer a 54 or 55cm square frame, but can use a 53cm seat tube with a longer top tube. Most of my current bikes are 56cm square, but I’ve shrunk a bit since acquiring them.

Any comments, suggestions, guidance and/or offers would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers,

Van

PS: Some pix of my regular riders.

Don Farrell Touring (UK)

1976 Eisentraut Limited

1976 Eddie Soens Club Racer (UK)

Paramount 50th Anniversary Edition Sorry about the crappy picture, it was all I could find. Will up date when I get a chance.
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Voyageur 11.8. Very noodley in larger sizes. Super flexy. Likely better on a smaller frame.
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Staying in the Schwinn family, I'd add a Cimarron to your list. Easy gearing, good brakes, higher handlebars, great for this senior rider. Of course, I am a big fan of drop bar conversions of these bikes.

Size down, probably something in the 18 to 19 inch frame size range.

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On the Raleigh, I’d keep an eye out for an 80s Gran Course, which was also sold in the European market under other model names. Full Reynolds 531, Worksop-built, fairly aggressive geometry but with clearance for 30mm tires. Mine is an excellent rider.

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Early/mid 70s Fuji Finest. You'll get an excellent frame (full chrome moly and chromed underneath the paint job), easy as heck to work on and get parts for, and ample clearance for fat tires. I like early 70s bikes. IMO, this is one of the better ones.

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For the potential Continental nostalgia option, maybe have a look at one of the fillet brazed models like the Superior, Sports Tourer, or Super Sport. Not exactly light weight, but lighter than the EF bikes, and fantastic riders.
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I am 69 years old and my favorite ride is a 92 Paramount PDG 5. Full 105. Tubular tires, though it is a comfortable ride with any modern cushy tire. I had Open Pavés on it before. Cheap tires give it a decidedly harsh ride.
21 pounds ready to ride, with a Brooks saddle.
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For your Schwinn , you may want to consider finding a late eighties Circuit. They are Columbus tubing and very nimble to ride . My friend bought one new in 1987 and loved that bike until he rammed into the side of a car with it and taco-ed the front wheel. A year after that, the head tube split open and an end of bike. They are a bit hard to find but probably one of the better Schwinn's made.
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2 View Post
I am 69 years old and my favorite ride is a 92 Paramount PDG 5. Full 105. Tubular tires, though it is a comfortable ride with any modern cushy tire. I had Open Pavés on it before. Cheap tires give it a decidedly harsh ride.
21 pounds ready to ride, with a Brooks saddle.
Hi,
Glad to hear that the PDG bikes are comfortable. I’ve got a few years on you & am dealing with shoulder tendinitis plus pinched nerves. I’m currently working on a 91 PDG series one that’s too big. It rides nice, but the stand over is a problem.
Thanks again,
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For your Schwinn , you may want to consider finding a late eighties Circuit. They are Columbus tubing and very nimble to ride . My friend bought one new in 1987 and loved that bike until he rammed into the side of a car with it and taco-ed the front wheel. A year after that, the head tube split open and an end of bike. They are a bit hard to find but probably one of the better Schwinn's made.
Hi,
Thanks for the feedback on the Circuit. I had initially considered them, but was concerned about them being a “race” model with a stiff ride & minimal tire clearance. Although somewhat rare, they seem to be reasonably priced.
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^^^^^ Yes, the Circuit is a tight geometry so not a touring bike. It was comfy for him in his early sixties and I am in my late sixties and still like a tight geometry even on long rides. Our needs may be different so a test ride would be prudent if you find one. Joe
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