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New to me 74 Paramount track/single speed/whatever

Old 05-24-23, 02:02 PM
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New to me 74 Paramount track/single speed/whatever

Finally got this going, normal funky wackado build you should have come to expect from me.

Grab-Ons and all.

Ground down one of the many Campy DS arms that I had to make a single ring version.

Also ground down a rear cog to use a 3/32 chain so I could use a Campy ring.

Fork was already drilled and was going to use a Campy brake but found a nice Universal Super 68 to go with the Weinmann lever that I beat on to match the curve of the bar which is a crappy, a bit rusty, very heavy steel set that looks the part.

Open nose Brooks Pro and cleaned up Campy SP from one of the other Paramounts.

Kind of matching non matching low aero nutted wheels that are ok.

MKS Stream pedals, All City double, double clips and some cheap dual straps.

Rides ok, so far out of my wheelhouse, kicking myself for not getting this done before they closed Alpenrose. : (








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Whatever?!?

It's freaking awesome! So how many Paramounts are now in the stable?
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Exceptionally cool!
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framebuilder Ed Litton has Dave Brink's yellow Paramount track

Dave was a California track star during the 1960's

it might be of mutual interest for you to communicate and compare

me guesstimate is that the Brink frameset might be from ~1968

IIRC Ed has photos of it posted somewhere, perhaps in connection with CR or on a social media site...


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Originally Posted by pastorbobnlnh
Whatever?!?

It's freaking awesome! So how many Paramounts are now in the stable?
Tx pastor, the whatever is just for not being a purer track build which it was never going to be.

It did end up being fixed to start with for the time being but will get a freewheel too so I can venture further with it having very little experience.
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Originally Posted by pastorbobnlnh
Whatever?!?

It's freaking awesome! So how many Paramounts are now in the stable?
I think we're up to 7 now.
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Beautiful bike, always loved that Schwinn yellow.
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Originally Posted by tkamd73
Beautiful bike, always loved that Schwinn yellow.
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May I correct? "Kool Lemon."
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That is quite nice, My graduation year.
I would like a nice track bike. I do have a Surly Straggler waiting for me when I get to the US in Aug, but it is not a sleek ride like this is.
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merziac what stem is that?

Build looks absolutely awesome 😎

How do you enjoy the ride?
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Originally Posted by merziac
I think we're up to 7 now.
Whenever I think I have a bike collecting problem, I just look at Merziac's list and I feel better
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Originally Posted by Senrab62
merziac what stem is that?

Build looks absolutely awesome 😎

How do you enjoy the ride?
VO Grand Cru, spendy but very cool.

Tx!
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Originally Posted by billytwosheds
Whenever I think I have a bike collecting problem, I just look at Merziac's list and I feel better
Gee, tx?
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Instead of grinding a crank I would've just used the inner ring slot for the chainring and set it up with a bashguard on the outer...

Bike looks fun as hell. One of these days I'm going to find a lightweight 26" mtb with horizontal dropouts and turn it into a 27.5 fixed for urban riding. Might be easiest to get a 90s mtb altered by a framebuilder...

The build is great, the high flange, deep drops, brooks, that stem(!), etc. Gorgeous!
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Originally Posted by Piff
Instead of grinding a crank I would've just used the inner ring slot for the chainring and set it up with a bashguard on the outer...

Bike looks fun as hell. One of these days I'm going to find a lightweight 26" mtb with horizontal dropouts and turn it into a 27.5 fixed for urban riding. Might be easiest a 90s mtb altered by a framebuilder...

The build is great, the high flange, deep drops, brooks, that stem(!), etc. Gorgeous!
Tx!

I am fortunate? to have an embarrassment of riches of the Campy cranks, maybe half a dozen too short 170's so it was a no brainer, no bash guard on a trackie for me.
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[QUOTE=pastorbobnlnh;22901697]May I correct? "Kool Lemon." [/QUOTE

Yes you may. Sorry, I knew there was a proper name for that awesome yellow, just slipped my mind, like a lot of other things, these days. Thanks!
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Originally Posted by Senrab62
merziac what stem is that?

Build looks absolutely awesome 😎

How do you enjoy the ride?
Tx, I struggled a bit with it not wanting to have to source anymore parts than necessary but it worked out ok in the end, only had to buy bars and a nutted front wheel.

Well the ride is a very track like so not really my jam, haven't ridden it very far but its kinda fun for a few minutes at a time and not very far so.....

My riders are far more luxury liner like so this is a huge departure from that.
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Originally Posted by billytwosheds
Whenever I think I have a bike collecting problem, I just look at Merziac's list and I feel better
You realize the list is very out of date and only a fraction of the real situation?
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Originally Posted by juvela
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framebuilder Ed Litton has Dave Brink's yellow Paramount track

Dave was a California track star during the 1960's

it might be of mutual interest for you to communicate and compare

me guesstimate is that the Brink frameset might be from ~1968

IIRC Ed has photos of it posted somewhere, perhaps in connection with CR or on a social media site...


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Tx, I'm not on CR, or in with Ed and couldn't find any of the pics anywhere after a pretty good scour.

I did find a fantastic article from SI about Brink at the Nationals at Alpenrose when it was built.

https://vault.si.com/vault/1967/08/2...ough-dairyland
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Originally Posted by merziac
Tx, I struggled a bit with it not wanting to have to source anymore parts than necessary but it worked out ok in the end, only had to buy bars and a nutted front wheel.

Well the ride is a very track like so not really my jam, haven't ridden it very far but its kinda fun for a few minutes at a time and not very far so.....

My riders are far more luxury liner like so this is a huge departure from that.
😂 I understand. 75-95% of my annual miles are usually fixed. This year will be the first in about a decade where I'll be 60/40 or something close to that. I love it, but it takes some getting used to.

Interesting about the VO stem! I actually love the look, and was considering one for my own P14 build and seeing it on yours has actually moved the needle some! It looks awesome.

Also curious as to what size tires your frame will accommodate? Mine will probably clear 35 in the fronts, but maybe 28-30 in the rear. I currently have 25s for shakedown, but will probably end up with 28s to smooth out the ride a bit.
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Originally Posted by merziac
Tx, I'm not on CR, or in with Ed and couldn't find any of the pics anywhere after a pretty good scour.

I did find a fantastic article from SI about Brink at the Nationals at Alpenrose when it was built.

https://vault.si.com/vault/1967/08/2...ough-dairyland

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thanks very much

sorry to read images of bike did not show up

recall seeing them online somewhere but it is now too long ago for me auld "braine" to recall specifically where

Ed has exhibited at the annual CR gatherings of pre-pandemic times
he shows not only pieces he has built but also vintage cycles he has saved

photo galleries from these events are posted by year somewhere via the CR web site

my recollection is that Ed acquired the cycle somewhere between 1970 and 1972


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Originally Posted by Senrab62
😂 I understand. 75-95% of my annual miles are usually fixed. This year will be the first in about a decade where I'll be 60/40 or something close to that. I love it, but it takes some getting used to.

Interesting about the VO stem! I actually love the look, and was considering one for my own P14 build and seeing it on yours has actually moved the needle some! It looks awesome.

Also curious as to what size tires your frame will accommodate? Mine will probably clear 35 in the fronts, but maybe 28-30 in the rear. I currently have 25s for shakedown, but will probably end up with 28s to smooth out the ride a bit.
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Tx, like I said, way out of my depth here, never been a fixie, track, single speed, etc guy, my kid was, this has his back wheel that matches the front ok.

We rode Alpenrose when I was in HS a few times and I made a couple laps after they closed on my road bike, watched some racing there as well.

That was another lucky stroke, had some new 28 Conti GP 4 Seasons in black for this, there's room for a bit more and I suspect this one was 27in. wheels when new as the brake barely works with the pads at the very top.

The VO stem is the best option for oldschool cool IMO but keep in mind they only come in 26mm so bars are limited unless you are willing to shim.

I found these bars for cheap and actually have 3 other different sets so will probably swap around a bit although these are the best being chrome steel.
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Originally Posted by pastorbobnlnh
Whatever?!?

It's freaking awesome! So how many Paramounts are now in the stable?

Oh, and still not enough, yet.
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Originally Posted by Senrab62
merziac what stem is that?

Build looks absolutely awesome 😎

How do you enjoy the ride?
Looks like they don't have that stem now, there were some quality issues on the last ones I got and this one has the chrome coming off in a spot.
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