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Alan McCormack's 1988 Schwinn Paramount

Old 06-05-15, 07:06 PM
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Alan McCormack's 1988 Schwinn Paramount



"Steel is great. It's got a nice feel to it, especially on smooth American roads. I can definitely go faster on this bike than my carbon bike. This bike is six pounds heavier and it rides just as good. It's solid. I won a bunch of races on the thing!"

Retro tech: 1988 Schwinn Paramount | Cyclingnews.com

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Pro?s Closet vintage pro bike video: Alan McCormack?s 1988 Schwinn

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OMG! Fab, Bandera! Thanks for posting. I watched all the TPC vids, and what a trip down memory lane! I spied some other cool bikes in the background, like the day-glo Yo Eddy, and look forward to the story behind that. And if they could draw out the reclusive Tomes...wow!
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Nice read!
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I do not believe he is faster on it that a carbon wonder bike, that's just not possible I love my PDG bike but I also have my eye on this one for sale:

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The funniest part was his total slam of SRAM Red!
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The funniest part was his total slam of SRAM Red!
That was my favorite part too, lol
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I didn't know down tube shifters from 17 years ago are better than SRAM. Better jump on eBay now before prices skyrocket.
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I didn't know down tube shifters from 17 years ago are better than SRAM. Better jump on eBay now before prices skyrocket.
Settle down, Francis. The funny part was the way old guys talk about old stuff, especially with an Irish accent by a guy called "the Leprechaun ". It's probably even funnier to think that if you took a time machine back to when he was using those shifters, he probably thought they were Shiite back then, lol.
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Originally Posted by Silvercivic27 View Post
Settle down, Francis. The funny part was the way old guys talk about old stuff, especially with an Irish accent by a guy called "the Leprechaun ". It's probably even funnier to think that if you took a time machine back to when he was using those shifters, he probably thought they were Shiite back then, lol.
Exactly! Haha! He's a charming old geezer, and I'm sure he's not unaware of SRAM's Grand Tour victories and leading position aheading of Campagnolo on the pro tour. The jab was just his way of having fun...and it worked for me; I was smiling like a fool as he said it!
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SRAM sucks.
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Why are his bars so high? That's not the proper look, the stem should be slammed.

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Why are his bars so high? That's not the proper look, the stem should be slammed.

Back in the Stone Age people ride down in the drops fulltime, not like today where the hoods are the place to be for anybody lower than Cat3. Also, he touched on this in the video, but look how much shorter the head tube is on his Paramount than on your Craigslist one.
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This bike had some crazy custom geometry
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Originally Posted by Silvercivic27 View Post
Back in the Stone Age people ride down in the drops fulltime, not like today where the hoods are the place to be for anybody lower than Cat3. Also, he touched on this in the video, but look how much shorter the head tube is on his Paramount than on your Craigslist one.
The bike I'm looking at is 6cm larger so of course the HT is longer. In any case, the drops are above the fork crown. That is just unacceptable. A one foot bar drop minimum is proper.
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Great stuff; thanks for sharing.
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Truer words have never been spoken.
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Beautiful bicycle...
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Sweet bike...

No way is my 1983 Paramount faster than my CF bike. Also, I have FRICTION Simplex Super LG DT levers. The best DT friction levers ever made.
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Originally Posted by Silvercivic27 View Post
Back in the Stone Age people ride down in the drops fulltime, not like today where the hoods are the place to be for anybody lower than Cat 3.
Today's hoods are yesterday's drop heights. I'm old enough I raced both ways.
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22.9 lbs. Wow.

GREAT segment! He's a funny dude.

...and yes, the SRAM slam was funny.
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just another SRAM bashing thread, sigh
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