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Old 02-11-16, 06:24 PM
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Can Someone Identify the Bike I just Acquired?

Hey People,


My friends dad recently gave me a bike before they moved. Can anybody tell me what it is? All I know is that it's a Schwinn Paramount.



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Originally Posted by _spoon_ View Post
Hey People,


My friends dad recently gave me a bike before they moved. Can anybody tell me what it is? All I know is that it's a Schwinn Paramount.





Thanks!
The Schwinn Paramount was a custom made bicycle for your friend's dad. It was made to his size and measurements. Brand new, your friend's dad paid a pretty penny for it. That bike is to be contrasted with the Schwinn bikes that were manufactured in subsequent years. They may have had the Schwinn name, but they were not custom made bikes and not even of the same caliber. With the exception of the handlebars, you have a very nice and expensive bike, there. You don't include much other than the picture, and you already know the name. That is about all you get, since it is custom made. Now, the following site might be able to shed some light on what bike you have as to what year it was made as well.

Schwinn Paramount Registry Database
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Yeah, it's mine. Your friend stole it. Give it back.

After looking more closely at the photo ... No, you keep it.
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You're kidding, right?
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Schwann Paramounts were off the shelf bikes, especially this later model one. Good frames but they were approaching mediocrity by this generation and someone screwed heavily with this one.
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Well, I know close to nothing about bikes. I have been riding this bike because it's very fun but the other day somebody told me to "make my bike look less jackass." What is specifically wrong with the bike? Are all the colors on it kind of lame? How should I go about making the bike look nice or "classic?"
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr View Post
Schwann Paramounts were off the shelf bikes, especially this later model one. Good frames but they were approaching mediocrity by this generation and someone screwed heavily with this one.
The original Schwinn Paramount was not an off the shelf bike. It's impossible to tell with this tiny picture, though.
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Originally Posted by Bicyleman View Post
The original Schwinn Paramount was not an off the shelf bike. It's impossible to tell with this tiny picture, though.
This is a 1980s frame when the company was about to go defunct. They hadn't been custom for a long, long time. This one is not a prime example of Paramounts, I assure you.
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Originally Posted by _spoon_ View Post
Hey People,


My friends dad recently gave me a bike before they moved. Can anybody tell me what it is? All I know is that it's a Schwinn Paramount.



Thanks!
No offense, but you seriously couldnt Google 'Schwinn Paramount'?
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All I know is that it's a Schwinn Paramount.
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr View Post
This is a 1980s frame when the company was about to go defunct. They hadn't been custom for a long, long time. This one is not a prime example of Paramounts, I assure you.
Not sure how you can tell anything with that tiny picture. Check this site out. It too comes from the 80's.

Goodbye Paramount, It?s Been Steel | Brian McNitt's Blog
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Originally Posted by _spoon_ View Post
Well, I know close to nothing about bikes. I have been riding this bike because it's very fun but the other day somebody told me to "make my bike look less jackass." What is specifically wrong with the bike? Are all the colors on it kind of lame? How should I go about making the bike look nice or "classic?"
Someone took a classic style road bike and turned it into a hipster "fixie". The conversion to a fixie is the jackass part.
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Originally Posted by Bicyleman View Post
Not sure how you can tell anything with that tiny picture. Check this site out. It too comes from the 80's.

Goodbye Paramount, It?s Been Steel | Brian McNitt's Blog
If you click on the pic, you get a big pic. First off, these are graphics from the 80s. Also, this frame is non-lugged or appears to be. This is not one of the revered Paramounts from the 70s and earlier which generally were Campy and did not have a screaming Shimano decal. I remember when these were sold at my local Schwinn shop shortly before Schwinn was sold.

The OP should post this bike in the Vintage and Classic forum and he will get a detailed history from those guys. Beware, though, they will tear him up for the way somebody butchered it into a fixed nightmare.

Even the "custom" one in your linked article wasn't revered as much as earlier Paramounts. In my neck of the woods, they were pretty passť by 1989.

Enter the Waterfords which revived a lot of the old quality and mystique.
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Well I think its cool and if you don't want it I'll take it.
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