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1990 Schwinn Paramount

Old 10-06-12, 04:15 PM
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1990 Schwinn Paramount

My new to me 1990 Schwinn Paramount.
- Waterford Frame (determined by serial number and original owner)
- Shimano Ultegra 600 (RD6400) Gruppo
- Mavic Open 4CD (Front) Araya CTL-370 (Rear)
Only odd part is that the original owner (who I bought it from) drilled holes in the handlebars for internal cable routing. Seems smart and looks very clean. Will it cause any issues?
Other than new tires/tubes and handlebar tape it looks great. Needs a tune up, which I'd like to learn how to do myself when I get the time and tools, but for now I'll take it to a LBS for that. Should I be concerned if I take it for a ride or two before tuning up?
Super excited to add this baby to my fleet of vintages rides. Shout out to BF for all of the great info and vintage bike purchasing education.



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Old 10-06-12, 04:38 PM
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These are good bikes. I have a 1989 Waterford-built Paramount and the ride is pretty terrific, quite honestly. Maybe it's a funny sort of thing to notice, but mine handles cross winds like nobody's business. I think at least a couple of others on BF have 1990 models also - I don't think anyone regrets having one of these in the stable. I like the look of your bike, btw.


I replaced the 3ttt stem with a longer one a few months ago.
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Nice bike.

Can't see how internal hndlebar routing makes any difference.
Doesn't make much difference, appearance-wise, either.
Inside the bar, along the bar... same-same.

Not a lot of OEM bikes used CTL-370's as OEM, very light rim.
Not sure if the Mavic would be the OEM rim, either, Schwinn experts will chime in.

Smooth, light.
Right.
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I have always been partial to Schwinn Paramounts -- generally great-looking bikes with nice road manners.
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Yeah I'm stoked! Just picked her up this afternoon. Took her for a test ride to check out the shifting and brakes, but definitely need new tires before a ride longer than down my street. Previous owner babied it so the condition is pristine.

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Is that the Paramount that Kurt from Plymouth had listed? I was tempted, but I've got a 1986 that I have as a garage queen already! Enjoy your new ride, you'll love it!

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Originally Posted by oddjob2 View Post
Is that the Paramount that Kurt from Plymouth had listed? I was tempted, but I've got a 1986 that I have as a garage queen already! Enjoy your new ride, you'll love it!
Yes. Kurt seemed like a nice guy. I let him know it was definitely goin to a loving home.
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This is my 1990 OS. It took a little work to get it in good shape again, but I really like it.

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@ ColonelJLloyd nice ride! What handlebars are you using?

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My wife's Pink Paramount. Currently hanging as a bare frame waiting to be set up with Campy 10. The only thing stopping me is that she has never loved the Pink.



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My wife's Pink Paramount. Currently hanging as a bare frame waiting to be set up with Campy 10. The only thing stopping me is that she has never loved the Pink.



Really loving that pink! Lucky wife.
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Nice Paramount.
With regard to the drilled bars, I had the same thing on a Centurion Ironman I picked up. When I shared the info here on BF, C&V section, the overwhelming response was don't use those bars due to concern about the aluminum possibly cracking and breaking. I'd take pics and post here, play it safe.
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Really loving that pink! Lucky wife.
+1 I'd ride it as is and if pressed I'd say it was my breast cancer awareness bike..
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+1 I'd ride it as is and if pressed I'd say it was my breast cancer awareness bike..
smart plan. I think pink is a great bike color...my wife's getting a frame pc'd pink as we speak.
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There was a time when bars were available drilled from the factory, I wouldn't worry about it.
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@ ColonelJLloyd nice ride! What handlebars are you using?
Thanks. They're Velo Orange 46cm Randonneur bars.
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Hi Colonel, is that a 25" frame? Beautiful!!
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It is, yeah. I think there's a "62" in the serial number somewhere indicating a 62cm frame.
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I love my 91 Paramount, the color in the picture shows incorrect, what appears yellow is actually a bright fluorescent green.

Mine has since been converted to Shimano 600 brifters.

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I love my 91 Paramount, the color in the picture shows incorrect, what appears yellow is actually a bright fluorescent green.

Mine has since been converted to Shimano 600 brifters.

@Rabid Koala Nice paint! I really like the all floresent Paramounts that I've seen. They glow!

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