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Came across this 1972 Chrome Schwinn Paramount on Craigslist

Old 03-26-12, 12:27 PM
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Came across this 1972 Chrome Schwinn Paramount on Craigslist

Gorgeous looking bike but will anyone pay $1,500? (Not my bike, I promise)

http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/hn...892259665.html

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I think he's in the ballpark.
There's a pretty good market in the C&V crowd for Paramounts. Interesting though that his own appraiser puts it at $1000 to $1500.
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Not a big fan of old bikes, especially with monster quills, but that's a good lookin' bike.
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Originally Posted by RTDub View Post
Not a big fan of old bikes, especially with monster quills, but that's a good lookin' bike.
you'd want to replace the stem, perhaps with a Cinelli. And move the shifters to the down tube.

Put on Campy sidepulls, and some nice skinwall tires (Vittoria Open Corsa's) and would look great.
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Is that a stem shifter on a paramount?
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Originally Posted by himespau View Post
Is that a stem shifter on a paramount?
My guess is the same guy that put the overly tall stem put the stem shifter on.

The NR downtube shifters that likely came with it, are probably long gone.


The 1972 Schwinn Catalog, show the P13-9 with down tube Campy shifters.

It also shows it with Weinmann centerpulls, so my suggestion to add NR brakes, might not be completely authentic for that bike.

However in 1972, according to the catalog the Paramount was widely customizeable. I doubt many people put suicide levers on them though.
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Looks even nicer when color balanced.

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Nice color balance Joe. I would love to own that bike and it is my size. That stem is heresy of course for vintage bike lovers. When I was growing up, Paramounts where the it bike. Nostalgia. Beautiful and easy to make it right.
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Nice work Joe.

That's a drool-worthy bike.
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That stem has to go.
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Pcad...you love that stem.
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Paramounts could be bought brand new with stem shifters and safety levers. Centerpulls were pretty standard as well. Having owned Paramounts with both types of calipers, standard reach Campy sidepulls might not have enough reach for that frame's clearances. I would keep the centerpulls; they work much better.
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