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Sorry for outbidding you guys on that silver Paramount ...(18 posts)

Sorry for outbidding you guys on that silver Paramount ...Humma Hah
Jun 8, 2002 5:14 PM
I know Catch of the Day had a bid on it, and I think a couple of others here may have gone after it, too, but I wanted this one so badly I could TASTE it! You've heard me saying for a couple of years now that I was waiting for a very special vintage Paramount, and this is it!

It's MINE!
re: Sorry for outbidding you guys on that silver Paramount ...Carbon fiber fanatik
Jun 8, 2002 5:37 PM
congrats on the purchase. Can you show us a pic after you get it on the road? I haven't seen one of those in about a billion years...!
No way I'd not post a pic of it ...Humma Hah
Jun 8, 2002 5:43 PM
It will go on my website, right beside the Schwinn cruiser.

The three teensy little pix on the e-bay site are stunning, but I can't wait to see this bike when it arrives. Silver paint (it matches the cruiser, my Diamondback MTB, my pickup truck, and my helmet), chromed Nervux lugs, half-chromed forks and stays, and that unique curved seat tube.

With any luck, I'll have it together as a fixie by the time MB1 holds his next NSA-OCE century!
You had better get it together by next weekend!MB1
Jun 9, 2002 3:45 AM
You will be styling for the DC ride.
I'll have to miss that ... and I really wanted to come.Humma Hah
Jun 9, 2002 7:27 AM
I doubt the bike will be here by then, and I've not been on a proper roadbike for about two years, so I'll need a while to get used to it. Scrounging vintage Campy parts could take a while.

You got a spare flip-flop rear wheel handy? I'm in the market.
MMmmmmm pretty lugs...GreenFan
Jun 8, 2002 5:59 PM
Almost the same year as my first 10 speed...a yellow Scwhinn Continental...boy am I glad they came up with lighter metals and indexed shifting...very nice find none the less...congrats =)
Friction shifters are no problem on a fixie ...Humma Hah
Jun 9, 2002 1:17 PM
... This bike is gonna be rigged as Emil Wastyn intended, fixed-gear, except it'll have a flip-flop hub so's I can ride singlespeed in the hills.

Lighter? Compared to the cruiser, presently weighing in at about 43 pounds with lights and fenders for commuting, this thing's gonna feel like a feather. Won't even have all that heavy derailleur stuff.
Hummah gets his Paramount!!! congrats buddy nmDjudd
Jun 8, 2002 6:42 PM
It must have been of paramount importance...Me Dot Org
Jun 8, 2002 9:04 PM
...sorry, just had to say that.

A gorgeous bike, well done! Does this mean the end of the Schwinn cruiser?
Hardly ...Humma Hah
Jun 9, 2002 7:32 AM
The cruiser, the REAL Humma Hah, and I are bonded for life. True love. The bike begs for me to do my best, gives me a feeling of power and smoothness I've never felt on any other bike. Its also a very rugged and reliable commuter, and that's 90% of my riding lately.

But it IS a bit slow. I wanted a bike that would hang with the pack, let me ride with MB1 and Miss M without holding them back or watching them pull away 2 mph faster than I could go. I also want to break the double-century mark, something the cruiser may simply not be up to.

I'll still probably do most of my solo riding on the cruiser, use the Paramount for the ultra-distance and group ride stuff.
Jun 9, 2002 9:43 AM
The close coupled Paramount was made for only a very short time.
We happen to have a close coupled Paramount Tandem. I can tell you it rides like a dream!

Good luck,
Actually I'm glad to hear you say thatMe Dot Org
Jun 9, 2002 9:33 PM
...both that you are holding on to the Schwinn and that you are getting the...uh...Schwinn.

I just remember hearing some of your descriptions of Century plus rides on the cruiser, and I always thought your knees would thank you for a racing bike.

I will, however, be selling my stock in Johnson & Johnson - the makers of Motrin :-)
Jun 9, 2002 1:58 AM
Let us know how the restoration goes.
Schwinn STILL makes great bikes....................DWridesGT
Jun 9, 2002 6:19 AM
Up to their last day, Schwinn made FINE bikes. The Schwinn Fastback road series is a great example. These bikes compare to anything on the road. Just pick up a copy of last years "2001 Annual Bicycling Review" and read about the Fastback Limited. Or, this years Schwinn Fastback Comp. They get a bad rap (namewise) but the quality is outstanding. Any thoughts......??
Very nice...DINOSAUR
Jun 9, 2002 7:43 AM
Yes, I remember you talking about a Paramount way-back-when. Nice choice, enjoy!
great bikeDougSloan
Jun 9, 2002 1:59 PM
Looks great. Will the cruiser be jealous?

Can't wait to see it built up.

I'm hoping the cruiser accepts the new one ...Humma Hah
Jun 9, 2002 3:53 PM
... all these years of sharing the garage with a JC Whitney, or the apartment with a Diamondback, I'm hoping the old Chicago Schwinn accepts the almost as old Chicago Wastyn Schwinn as a sibling. I'm basing this on your experience with your "children" ... no jealously there, I hope?

The cruiser remains my first love. It didn't mind when I got the Diamondback (it seriously needed a rest for much needed repairs). I'll probably gush over the "new" one, buy toys for it, but the bike I'll ride most days will continue to me my old love.
Wow, a perfect fit.Alex-in-Evanston
Jun 10, 2002 6:29 AM
That bike is luscious. I can't imagine a better owner for it.