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The Paramount's done!(7 posts)

The Paramount's done!Humma Hah
Apr 13, 2003 10:45 AM
... as done as any project bike can be claimed to be, anyway. Still some fiddling to do. I've got a more specific post on the Retro/Classic board, with the pix. This is a 1974, technically a "Chicago Schwinn", although it is possible that the frame was built at a second plant (Waterford?).

Its set up with a Campy Pista crank with a 48T chainring. The rear is a Suntour flip-flop high-flange track hub, 700c, with a 17T fixed cog and an 18T freewheel on it at the moment. I'm riding the freewheel at the moment until I'm sure I'm comfortable with it. I'm running 1/8" cogs and chain. The chainline turns out to be very short due to the short-coupled configuration, and I could have gotten away with a BMX chain.

That's a cheap 32 mm tire on the rear until my riding habits get de-cruisered. The front wheel has a 27" rim that can only handle 27 x 1 1/8, about 28 mm. I'll probably rebuild that wheel with a 700c rim and fresh spokes, but keeping that nice high-flange Campy hub.

Yeah, I've got SPD pedals on it for now, but I also have a nice set of chromed toe-clip pedals for it for show.
sounds goodDougSloan
Apr 14, 2003 6:43 AM
How's it climb compared to the Cruiser?

I can feel the difference ...Humma Hah
Apr 14, 2003 7:50 AM
... but it is not dramatic. The 'Mount is geared 2 teeth higher on the chainring. I can feel the reduction in weight, but it doesn't seem all that dramatic, and will be less so when I switch to the fixed cog which drops a tooth in the rear.

The dramatic change comes when I get into the drops. With no apparent change in effort, I pick up about 1 mph going from upright to the hoods, and again going from the hoods to the drops. The bike also accelerates dramatically downhill, hitting impressive max speeds on very short hills. The efficiency is evident.
2 things.MB1
Apr 14, 2003 5:15 PM
#1-When you get the cost of the thing down below "A buck a mile" post a bike/frame review. Include things you like and things you don't like and things you would like to change.

#2-I'm doing a double century on my Street Dog on the tow path this Saturday on the C&O Tow Path.

Want to come along (that should get your cost down to a buck a mile in a hurry)?
Dang, I'll be in WVa ...Humma Hah
Apr 15, 2003 5:50 AM
My wife and I are going to the cabin. We'll be coming within 20 miles of the towpath, but not with bikes.

The cabin would be a good place to overnight for an early start from Cumberland, which is about 40 miles away. We're about 20 miles from Keyser, WV.

I'm not quite ready to ride the 'Mount on the towpath. It won't quite carry a fat tire (33 mm ... 1 1/4") on the front wheel, but would if I change it to a 700c. I'm saving that route for the cruiser. The new Brooks saddle on the cruiser needs some breaking in yet -- its like riding on a bark-covered log resting on three springs at the moment.
LOL bark-covered log. true, dat! nmJS Haiku Shop
Apr 15, 2003 5:56 AM
It's getting better fast ...Humma Hah
Apr 19, 2003 8:17 AM
... I rode it this week, and it was getting a little better each day. I put Proofide on it last night, and this morning it actually would qualify as comfortable.