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Old 03-17-15, 03:32 PM
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Back on the bike, really felt good.

Been off the bike for about six months and haven't much at all the last few years, so I'd forgotten how good even a short 6 1/2 mile ride could feel. At 76 its far too easy to make up bogus excuses for not riding. It's too cold today, it's too hot, I'm too busy, or one of my favorites - I'll ride tomorrow for sure. I completed building my 1970 Paramount a few years ago and haven't put more than 100 miles on it since. Well, I retired last month and have flat run out of excuses.

The bike is a really nice yellow Paramount, NR equipped and with a Brooks Team Pro saddle. The hubs are low flange X3 in the rear and X2 in front. I prefer X4 but couldn't locate long enough spokes. The tires are Gatorskin sew-ups mounted on Ambrosia rims. The stem is a plain vanilla Cinelli supporting TTT bars that have a comfortable curve to them. I must have bought them in the mid-eighties. I believe the model was "Greg Lemond", can't say for sure since the decal fell off long ago. They aren't as sexy as any of my Cinellis, but so comfortable that I don't care.

I bought the frame a few years ago and have done my best to put "period correct" hardware on it, but that can be a bit challenging. Just finding a five speed Regina freewheel in good condition was an accomplishment.

I'd post some photos but don't know how to get them from my cell to this forum.
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Originally Posted by OldSchoolGuy View Post

I'd post some photos but don't know how to get them from my cell to this forum.
The easiest way I've found is to set up a PhotoBucket account and email them from the phone to the account. Takes a little fiddling to set up. I'm not the smartest tech guy and I still managed. If your phone isn't a smartphone...

The second easiest way would be to load the photos onto your computer, then click and drag them into your PhotoBucket (or Flickr, or Picassa, etc)
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I just scored a 5 speed Regina freewheel, fastened to a Sunshine high flange hub. I pick it up on Saturday. NowI need to find a bike for it. I'm only 62, and still manage to come up with too many excuses. Thanks for the nudge. I''m going for a ride.
Looking forward to pics.
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Congrats on the ride and built
d up of the Paramount. Love to see pics when you can.
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Funny you should post this as today I find myself thinking there's no time to do anything I want, including riding, until I retire! 11 years and counting, unless I win the lottery.

Glad you got out and had some fun! Post a pic of that bike!
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Good job. 6mos? I do that every year up here on the 45th parallel.
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Keep riding, and thanks for some motivation!
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Thanks to all for the kind words. I'll shoot some photos with my Android phone tomorrow and try to load them to the forum. A few years ago had a Photobucket account but never quite figured what to do with it.
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Originally Posted by horatio View Post
Funny you should post this as today I find myself thinking there's no time to do anything I want, including riding, until I retire! 11 years and counting, unless I win the lottery.

Glad you got out and had some fun! Post a pic of that bike!
I'm changing careers so that I have summers off to do the things I want to do NOW instead of the un-certainty of retirement. Lot's of riding and hiking in the future with the kids
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Ahhh yes. The old feeling of coming back to your bike. Feeling the wind and seeing the landscape. It's a beautiful experience. Glad you picked up your bike again!
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Originally Posted by horatio View Post
Funny you should post this as today I find myself thinking there's no time to do anything I want, including riding, until I retire! 11 years and counting, unless I win the lottery.

Glad you got out and had some fun! Post a pic of that bike!
Okay, took some pics, got them on my phone, PC, and in PhotoBucket. how do I post theme here?
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Click the "insert image" button (3rd from right) in quick reply box, select the "From URL" tab, and paste a link from your PhotoBucket page. PB offers several choices, and I can't remember which one works best. It's been awhile since I linked an image. Or, copy the "Direct" link and paste in your quick reply copy. That's what I did to show the image below. If the file is too large you might need to resize.

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Nice pics, and a sweet Schwinn!
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Very nice Schwinn, it appears to be the special roadracing model of Paramount.

I hope the ride is as nice as it looks.
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Thanks, its a 1970 but b/c it has been repainted the pinstriping is gone. I didn't want to risk mucking up the paint so I chose not to have it striped. And yes, it's a P13. Doesn't have the beautiful Nervex lugs nor the eyelets for panniers. The ride is amazing, much more comfortable than my Ciocc. Would've been better with front wheel X4 but b/c I couldn't find longer DB spokes in that light gauge, I had to go with front X2 and rear X3. The tires are 25mm Conti Gator sew-ups and ride well though not like my old Clement sedas.

Correction: It's not a P13

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I'm changing careers so that I have summers off to do the things I want to do NOW instead of the un-certainty of retirement. Lot's of riding and hiking in the future with the kids
Good for you! I've considered a career change, but I'm in a specialty field and near the top range for income. I'd basically be starting over at a much lower salary, so it's not financially feasible. However, I may cut back to part-time after the kids finish college.
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That looks very nice indeed. Yellow is a great color for that frame.
Thanks for showing the photos.
One comment, the rear quick release could snag on something in its current position,
not likely but could happen. I always like to line 'em up with the seat stay.
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What a beauty!
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One comment, the rear quick release could snag on something in its current position,
not likely but could happen. I always like to line 'em up with the seat stay.

Good catch!
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Originally Posted by Peugeotlover View Post
That looks very nice indeed. Yellow is a great color for that frame.

In 1972 I had a Schwinn Continental that was the same color. I wish had the guts to have the Paramount pinstriped. I also have to loose that bottle cage that looks like it came from K-mart or Target. Somewhere I have an old Blackburn I can toss on it. Notice the gentle curve to the handle bars, really comfortable.

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That is a beauty!

I think the last ride I had was back in the beginning of December. Last Thursday was my first commute. Today was my 5th day and I am sore! 97 miles in a week. It is interesting to experience the ebbs and flows over time during and between rides. All good!
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize View Post
I just scored a 5 speed Regina freewheel, fastened to a Sunshine high flange hub. I pick it up on Saturday. NowI need to find a bike for it. I'm only 62, and still manage to come up with too many excuses. Thanks for the nudge. I''m going for a ride.
Looking forward to pics.
I'm also 62, and yes, excuses come pretty easy....but I NEED to get back onto one of my trusty steeds ASAP!!
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Great choice of color for your Paramount. I'm glad you broke through the "but I don't feel like it" feeling. I did that this morning. I didn't feel like riding to work, but it's my best way of getting exercise. I was immediately gratified after getting on the bike. I'm 54, and you are an inspiration to many of us.
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For the pinstriping, check with the parts dept. or body shop of a local M-Benz dealership.
They will often be able to supply the number for a specialist.
The handlebar is a nice shape.
The bottlecage would be less noticeable with a bottle in it, does match the bar tape.
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