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Old 11-10-15, 04:41 PM
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Originally Posted by ktk17028
Here's a photo of my 1960 chrome-plated Paramount P12 with scarce original red painted head tube. In great original condition, however the Brooks Competition saddle top was dried out thus had to be replaced. NOS saddle top was purchased from Tony Colegrave in the UK.

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WOW! Your Paramount is just spectacular! This is the first I've seen with the painted head tube on an otherwise all chrome frame. It is so droll worthy! Would love to see it in person!
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@punkinevil you should be proud! Very sharp looking Paramount! You have one with the old style fork and the very pronounced sweep prior to the change later that year. Interesting that it is running Schrader valves. Any idea where the original tubular wheels ended up?
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What a beauty! I'vealways been partial to Schwinns!

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Originally Posted by pastorbobnlnh
@punkinevil you should be proud! Very sharp looking Paramount! You have one with the old style fork and the very pronounced sweep prior to the change later that year. Interesting that it is running Schrader valves. Any idea where the original tubular wheels ended up?
Thank you! I am not sure what happened to the original wheel set. I think it was swapped out entirely, even though the front hub seems to be correct. The real wheel seems to have the freewheel from a P15 (maybe). She was like this when I bought her. I did put a longer cage on the derailleur to accommodate it, and if I find the right freewheel, I will switch that back. Her Serial is B7036, so she was built early in 1970, and I have found her mentioned on some registries where her previous owners have talked about her idiosyncracies. I just love her for the quirky girl she is, faults and all.
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Here is the Paramount I sold in May. It's an '84 built out with 8 speed Dura Ace SIS. I fretted quite a bit about selling this one but it came down to selling the Paramount or my Serotta. I liked the ride of the Serotta with it's Columbus SLX tubing more than I liked the ride of the Paramount with Columbus SL.






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Does this offend anyone?

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Originally Posted by oouellette
Does this offend anyone?

Should it? A track frame with straight bars? It's not like you took a road frame and sawed off the derailleur hanger for a fixie conversion and then used straight bars on that. You'll have to try harder, like putting a Hello Kitty reflector set on it, or something.
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Originally Posted by thumpism
Should it? A track frame with straight bars? It's not like you took a road frame and sawed off the derailleur hanger for a fixie conversion and then used straight bars on that. You'll have to try harder, like putting a Hello Kitty reflector set on it, or something.
I'll look for those reflectors.
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Originally Posted by oouellette
Does this offend anyone?
Offend? Not at all. Appeal? Not really. But the question I always ask: Do you enjoy riding it? If the answer is: Yes! What does it matter what other people think. Beautiful bike anyway because it is only the bars that bother me and I can look right past them.

Originally Posted by eastbay71
Here is the Paramount I sold in May. It's an '84 built out with 8 speed Dura Ace SIS. I fretted quite a bit about selling this one but it came down to selling the Paramount or my Serotta. I liked the ride of the Serotta with it's Columbus SLX tubing more than I liked the ride of the Paramount with Columbus SL.

I'm guessing you know that with those decals it was a purely custom build, or one of the very rare "Elite" (as opposed to "Standard") Waterford made Paramounts. By any chance do you recall the serial number and where it was located?

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Thank you! I am not sure what happened to the original wheel set. I think it was swapped out entirely, even though the front hub seems to be correct. The real wheel seems to have the freewheel from a P15 (maybe). She was like this when I bought her. I did put a longer cage on the derailleur to accommodate it, and if I find the right freewheel, I will switch that back. Her Serial is B7036, so she was built early in 1970, and I have found her mentioned on some registries where her previous owners have talked about her idiosyncracies. I just love her for the quirky girl she is, faults and all.
I can help you out with a Regina freewheel that is more in keeping with how the P13s were originally equipped. If you want we could trade. PM me if this interests you.

You mention the idiosyncrasies: I just noticed the brazed on top tube cable guides. The 1960s P13s had this feature. I didn't see any eyelets on the rear dropouts or front fork (in your photos), but looked up the serial number on the Paramount Registry and can now see that it does. I've included the photo from the registry below. Back in the archives of Classic and Vintage there is a thread started by @cudak888 (keeper of the registry) about this transition period.

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Originally Posted by pastorbobnlnh
Offend? Not at all. Appeal? Not really. But the question I always ask: Do you enjoy riding it? If the answer is: Yes! What does it matter what other people think. Beautiful bike anyway because it is only the bars that bother me and I can look right past them.
Really just don't enjoy riding drops without hoods - I do have a stem with track drops in case I take it to the track. Risers add a lot of enjoyment to riding this bike!
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Originally Posted by punkinevil
Dave at my LBS took these great pictures of Miriam, my beloved 1970 P13-9, and they look really good so here they are. I ride her whenever I can. I am too proud of her to NOT show her off at every opportunity.

Quite a stunner. Chrome Paramount added to my "When I win the lottery" list.


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Originally Posted by oouellette
I'll look for those reflectors.
I've found a gag gift for a "Serious Cyclist" friend.

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...it's yellow. A beautiful sunshine yellow.

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@sloar, beautiful!
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After looking at the 'for sale' photos, not in my wildest dreams think it could end up looking that​ good.
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Thanks, I finally got around to rebuilding the freewheel. Bike now rides very smooth and quiet. Tracks like its on rails.

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Originally Posted by punkinevil
Dave at my LBS took these great pictures of Miriam, my beloved 1970 P13-9, and they look really good so here they are. I ride her whenever I can. I am too proud of her to NOT show her off at every opportunity.





She would look even better with her rear brake cable routed behind the bars.
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Don't think I ever dropped this in here. '88, Waterford-built:



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Heres a shot of my 1970
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here's mine...it has a bit of Paramount history attached to it.

the Ti frame/carbon fork was the prototype setup submitted to Schwinn by Serotta Competition Bicycles for evaluation prior to a production run. it has a Serotta s/n, not a Schwinn series. frame was painted by House of Kolor.

it was originally built with DA 9-speed components, but it currently configured with a DA 7800 group and C24s. it rides nicely and I get quite a few compliments on it.
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Here is a 1973 Paramount that I built for a friend. He bought it on eBay for 500.00. Still had all the Campy stuff, all but the original Brooks Saddle. Rode it around a little before handing it over and I must say a real special bike!! Joe
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