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56cm Paramount. The Mad Honk Special

Old 03-05-22, 01:39 PM
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56cm Paramount. The Mad Honk Special

Yes I snagged it for the frame. Someone else got the remainder. Needs a good cleaning, but the blue is gorgeous. The photos do not capture the colors as seen in person. Blue is deeper. A 26.4 expanding bolt seat post was included. That post will become a pay it forward. I cringed when I saw that as it should be 27.2. Some gentle persuasion and a 27.2 slid in. Dave had warned me that the PO was in love with moly grease on the headset. It's in the seat tube, also. It will be mostly DA with TriColor 600 brakes.

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That's a big frame...
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Originally Posted by repechage View Post
That's a big frame...
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yes, by eye it appears to be two to three cm or so larger than his usual size -----
I got fitted last summer. I have long been experiencing hand pain after about 45 min. of riding. I could deal with it, but it was not fun. I made changes on my own, but never really got much relief. At least the pain did not persist once off the bike and altering hand positions helped.

I took the Lemond TSX for the fitting, thinking (correctly) it would be the easiest to alter. Shorter stem, seat raised 2cm and moved forward. Big improvement. So yes, some of my frames are now on the small side. Oddly enough, my two "flagship" Lejeunes are more rideable for me. By the same token, the John Howard did not make the cut. I have transferred the new measurements to several of my bikes with good results. I went an hour on the 753 Lejeune and did not realize my hands were not bothering me until i finished. I do not plan to alter all of the stable at this time. Just the ones that get the most use. I plan to get one more "fine tuning" shortly to see if we can totally eliminate the hand issue. And it helps to lose 35 lbs.

Truth be told this was an impulse buy having divested the John Howard. Right place, right price. And I have all I need to build it.
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Can anyone tell me if the red/white/blue scheme on this frame is factory? I have been looking on line and have yet to find a similar scheme. The red and the blue have a very fine metalflake in them. The paint on the BB looks heavy to me.
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thanks for this information Lynn!

have had a problem with hand numbness, especailly on long descents and on heavily weathered asphalt surfaces where the tar is gone and the pebbles transmit a steady vibration through the wheels...

have been wondering anent your ~1964 Lejeune -

did you ever get it completed and adjusted the way you wanted? - recall you ran into some small snags...

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Well, first off that's a lovely Paramount by my standards!

I can't say I've seen one painted like that but starting in 1984 they did offer up custom Paramounts. That looks a lot like a 1986 with that chrome on the chainstay and they did offer those colors in 1986.

I wonder if Schwinn could give you any info based on the serial number?
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Originally Posted by CV-6 View Post
Yes I snagged it for the frame. Someone else got the remainder. Needs a good cleaning, but the blue is gorgeous. The photos do not capture the colors as seen in person. Blue is deeper. A 26.4 expanding bolt seat post was included. That post will become a pay it forward. I cringed when I saw that as it should be 27.2. Some gentle persuasion and a 27.2 slid in. Dave had warned me that the PO was in love with moly grease on the headset. It's in the seat tube, also. It will be mostly DA with TriColor 600 brakes.

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Originally Posted by jamesdak View Post
Well, first off that's a lovely Paramount by my standards!

I can't say I've seen one painted like that but starting in 1984 they did offer up custom Paramounts. That looks a lot like a 1986 with that chrome on the chainstay and they did offer those colors in 1986.

I wonder if Schwinn could give you any info based on the serial number?
It is an 86. And contacting Schwinn is a good idea. D'uh on me. I am not used to owning bikes that have company records.
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A Paramount is on my bucket list of bikes to own. The color scheme on yours looks excellent!
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It is an 86. And contacting Schwinn is a good idea. D'uh on me. I am not used to owning bikes that have company records.
I’ve seen a couple of Paramount MTB with that paint scheme but I think they were likely a little later generation, like 90’s.
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I’ve seen a couple of Paramount MTB with that paint scheme but I think they were likely a little later generation, like 90’s.
Mine is 1988.
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I have a 91 Paramount with a paint scheme almost identical to yours although my blue is not metallic. Mine was custom painted by Waterford, however.
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I have been remiss in not sharing the finished bike. I have put about 35 miles on it and like the ride. But then I rarely do not like the ride. Favorite bike? The last one I rode.

EDIT: I said in a previous post that the blue did not show well. For some reason, this pic does show well.

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That is gorgeous. I have an 84 Paramount Touring and every time I see one of these 80's era Paramount road bikes, I start thinking I need one of them, too.
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