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I JUST SCORED ME A PARAMOUNT!(8 posts)

I JUST SCORED ME A PARAMOUNT!Humma Hah
Jun 8, 2002 5:10 PM
Sorry about shouting, but you all know how long I've been talking about finding exactly the right old Paramount frame. I paid too much, I'm sure, but I wanted this one so badly I could taste it. My max bid staved off a last minute sniper, and I've already paid for it. I worked some heavy overtime lately ... my wife grumbled at first but my birthday is coming up and I've EARNED this bike.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1833657094

This bike is drop-dead gorgeous, silver with chromed Nervux lugs, half-chromed forks and stays, reportedly the chrome is virtually like new. The only straight tube on my silver cruiser is the seat tube -- on the 'Mount, the only curved tube is the seat tube, a fairly rare feature. Its a '74, about the vintage I wanted, and its my size!

I'll be asking for advice on parts to build this up. It'll be fixed/singlespeed with as much vintage Campy running gear as I can get my hooks into.
congrats nmgtx
Jun 8, 2002 7:29 PM
You are absolutely wrong.unchained
Jun 8, 2002 8:45 PM
$450 seems like a bargain for that classic exotic. Can you imagine what it would cost to build something similar today, even without that great seat-tube?

Looks like you picked-up a winner. Your wife will probably learn to love it unless jealousy sets in.
agree..... :-)Spirito
Jun 8, 2002 8:57 PM
great score. looks like a lifer - build it slowly and wait around for the right parts - keep it for a looooong time as its a beauty.

i can still see you jumping around and releived as well.

go you good thing
Thanks for the vote of confidence, guys ...Humma Hah
Jun 9, 2002 7:22 AM
A couple of years ago I got spoiled when I met a guy at the San Diego Velodrome on a lovely red '72 Paramount trackie with the chromed lugs, etc. He'd paid $250 for it, and I've hoped for a bargain like that since.

I bid on a similar bike a couple of weeks back, also red and chrome, but some *&%$ bought it out from under us bidders by forking over $425. I kicked myself, until this one came up.

This bike is even more perfect, the unusual curved seat tube and silver color makes the perfect complement/match for the cruiser. Both are Chicago Schwinns, built within 3 years of each other. My stable is now balanced. How could I let a mere $450 plus $50 shipping ruin the deal?

The sniper got within $5 of meeting my max bid. I spent the last several minutes of the auction poised over the keyboard, worried that I'd need to counterbid. If only he knew how close he got!
As I'm sure you are aware...Lone Gunman
Jun 9, 2002 3:24 PM
Better plan on working lots of O.T. in the future. I have been watching those Campy parts in that era and they are just sooo expensive. That is as nicer than the pic of the '72 Green machine on the CR pics.
I was just checking prices ...Humma Hah
Jun 10, 2002 9:04 AM
... I did a sampling of prices for vintage Campy stuff at CyclArt. They have a good stock, but I consider them pricy. The items I checked didn't look too bad, but there are a lot of parts involved. I have no idea what fits a '74 Paramount, but I was seeing prices like $80 for a crankset.

The bike will need a fairly standard front wheel, the rear may have to be built up for me to get it flip/flop. I don't know what's in the BB, probably needs the works, crank, one chainring, BB bearing set, spindle, and a pair of toe-clip pedals. I don't believe it has a stem, will need bars, seatpost, and a seat. Those last items can be junkbin parts at first, improved as better become available, and as comfort dictates.
So, should I have it clearcoated?Humma Hah
Jun 10, 2002 8:58 AM
Mind you, I haven't seen it yet. Sounds like it has the original paint and decals in pretty good shape. As a collectable, I'd like to keep it original. Would clearcoat diminish that?

The cruiser's year-old CyclArt powercoat/decal job is clearcoated, an that's turning out to be bulletproof.