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Old 11-17-13, 05:03 PM
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92 PDG 7, built by Panasonic, bought as a frameset. Rattle canned by me. Late 80s/early 90s 105 group, except the hubs, which are tricolor, laced to Araya CTL370 rims. Sorry about the non-drive side photo. My grail bike.
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1984 Waterford-built Paramount with the "Rainbow Decals". No longer mine, sold it.



















thanks now I have to buy a new keyboard... drooling too much over this bike caused my keyboard to short out. Very nice.
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All of the Paramount road bikes are beautiful. There are a lot fewer of us with Paramountain/KOM-10/Paramount mountain bikes.

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https://mombat.org/MOMBAT/Bikes/1988_Schwinn_KOM.html

Only 1000 KOM-10s were made (1988-1989), and I do not know how many have survived, since their durability was not up to traditional high end Schwinn standards. (I bought mine used from a San Diego firefighter, who had already replaced the frame once.)
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Old 11-21-13, 11:17 AM
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my 50th waterford. Road rider/racer (yes Racer!) DA 9 speed. runs like a dream
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Am I the only one that has trouble thinking of Paramounts with oversize tubes and low spoke count wheels as vintage?
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Originally Posted by Grand Bois
Am I the only one that has trouble thinking of Paramounts with oversize tubes and low spoke count wheels as vintage?
No, you're not alone.
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Lots of nice Paramounts here. I purchased the '77 from a 96 year old gentleman in California and have kept Mr Alexi's name tag on it because I still think of it as his bike.

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Originally Posted by Grand Bois
Am I the only one that has trouble thinking of Paramounts with oversize tubes and low spoke count wheels as vintage?
When I think of Paramount I envision 531 tubing and Brooks saddle.
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I was going to say that I don't think of them as Paramounts, but I thought I'd better not.

I'm already feeling bad about a BF member getting butt-hurt over my posts.

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1967. It's what would in a few years would be called a P-15, but it wasn't called that in '67. Decidedly not period correct. Shimano 9-speed. Repainted by Ed Litton. The color was not in the Schwinn pallatte (but it should have been ).

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Originally Posted by bikingshearer
1967. It's what would in a few years would be called a P-15, but it wasn't called that in '67. Decidedly not period correct. Shimano 9-speed. Repainted by Ed Litton. The color was not in the Schwinn pallatte (but it should have been ).
I really like the factory decals on a custom color. Very Cool.
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On the subject of 'what is considered vintage' or 'what is considered a Paramount'. I started this thread and first, I'm not upset so please don't take it that way as you read this. I was afraid I might ruffle some feathers by posting pics of my Paramount for a few reasons, the first being its not all original and does have some modern flair (the low count spokes and the carbon fork) and some may not consider it vintage, too modernized or something along those lines. The second being the age in addition to it not being a hand built USA made (some people tend to not recognize the Japanese built bikes 'real Paramounts' and I'm not arguing one way or another as everyone is entitled to an opinion.) I started this thread thinking it would be nice for people to show off their Paramounts and was hoping to not start any arguments or anything. as far as mine goes, I do have the original rims and fork and do swap out the rims occasionally (I have them set up differently than what is on there now and just happen to have the low spoke count rims on when I took the pic.) I'd love to have a hand built Waterford but there aren't many around my area and the ones that pop up are usually more than my wife will allow me to spend. Perhaps I should have called the post 'show us your Paramounts'. Enough of this and lets see more of the bikes, shall we?
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Originally Posted by Grand Bois
I was going to say that I don't think of them as Paramounts, but I thought I'd better not.
Except that you just did... *doh*

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I only had the frame and did not exactly do a traditional build. VO crankset and wheels, Shimano drivetrain with Ultegra indexed bar end shifters, Nitto rando handlebars, and Tektro aero levers. One change from the photo is that I took off the 23mm trainers and replaced them with 28mm Pasela Tourguards.


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So many nice rides in here to choose from but this one is really nice. The VO crank looks good for the era too. Some of the Paramounts that I used to see is what inspired me to build my first Trek 970 just to have something different than what a couple of the hot dogs rode around my town. But the Paramounts were the class of the town to be sure. I remember a guy on a Paramount not finishing a century down in Waco once and thought: "I'd die before quitting on that bike. I would lay it low in the back of that sag"...........didn't say it to the guy though.
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What a nice collection and variety of Paramounts! It's great that our C&Vers can display such a wide assortment of the various generations of Paramounts. Even when the framesets are not maintained to original spec, these Paramounts prove how enduring and endearing they can be to certain collectors.

Even the ones outsourced to Japan are worthy of inclusion. After all, most if not all of the first generation Paramounts were outsourced by Schwinn to a local Chicago frame builder by the name of Emil Wastyn.
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My Titanium Paramount- it needs a good cleaning and a fresh rebuild, but it's one sweet riding bike.
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Here's my 71. Not too much original left but it's a great riding bike and still gets a lot of miles.
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Here is my '73 P-15, came to me as a frame and fork with the campy triple. I put the rest together mostly from parts on hand, it has been my main ride the past few years.
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1986 Emerald Green 58 slx tubing
It is built with durace brifters 11-28 10 spd ultegra hub
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My 85 in Neon Orchid with Dura Ace 7402
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My 85 in Neon Orchid with Dura Ace 7402
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1982 Schwinn Paramount Elite...the 10th Paramount built in February 1982. 1982 was the first full production season for the Paramount at Waterford...as record keeping was spotty back then at Waterford, Richard Schwinn guestimates that between 200 to 400 bikes were produced in 1982. Simply a gorgeous bike. I (sadly) do not own it anymore.







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Thanks to another forum member (rccardr) I now have replaced the Claris shifters with more correct Dura Ace shifters.

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