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Old 05-20-23, 08:47 AM
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79 Paramount pre purchase questions

I’m looking at , what appears to be, a very original 1979 Schwinn Paramount. Looks to be all original with the exception of the tires.

I know nothing about Campagnolo components, so I have a few questions.

First, it has a Campagnolo triple crank. My question is, are these going to use a “typical” taper bottom bracket ?
Or will it have the Campy taper spindle?

Also, do Campy cranks use a typical crank puller?

And lastly, will the rear Campy hub have freewheel threads compatible with a modern freewheel?

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You should be fine on all accounts. It will have English threading on the bb and freewheel, thin bb cups. The crank removal tools are standard of the time. I don't think you get any curveballs coming your way on this.
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Some modern 5-speed freewheels have been known to run a little wider than vintage ones. I have plenty of 5-speed Suntour freewheels if you need one.

Paramounts of that era are spaced 120mm and have very stiff stays. It can be challenging to spread to 126mm. Some have been successful doing so, but I wouldn't attempt it on my '71 P13.
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The only trick you’ll encounter, you’ll need a thin 15 mm socket to pull the bolts from the crank arms where they’re attached to the bottom bracket spindle. You can always grind a socket to fit if yours is too thick.
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You will not regret buying the original vintage tools to go with your vintage bike.

Here is the famous "Peanut Butter Wrench". It is so famous, it has its own Wikipedia page.

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