An italian BB on a Paramount? Very strange indeed. I'd suspect a replaced BB, but that would be hard to do on a chrome bike without showing marks. Or, perhaps the threads were severly damaged, and someone ground out the damaged threads and then retapped to Italian. I've vaugely heard of this being possible for a reapair, but never have seen it done.
Or, third option, an Italian frame relabled as a Paramount. But probably not as the serial # is consistent with a Schwinn machine. But then Shwinn had only a lmited period for using the Nervex BB's, and I thought they were using the Prugnat in '66. Anyone know for sure?
The game is afoot, Watson.
Tom Adams, Shrewsbury NJ
Tom Hayes <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: If anyone on the list is interested, I have 23 inch center to top, 22.5 center to center on the toptube, 1966 (serial number on drop-out and fork are F641) chrome Schwinn Paramount. The only braze-ons are the to-the-side toptube rear brake housing guides and a rear derailleur cable housing stop. The chrome overall is in very good condition, except for six inches on the both sides of the front fork (at least it matches.) It appears as if someone had something on the front fork and when taken off, the chrome came with it, or, I suppose, another possibility is that someone had the bike rechromed, and it had protective tape on it, or something to that effect. This is the model with the eyelets on the fork ends. It comes with a Campagnolo headset also. It requires an Italian bottom bracket (I thought all Paramounts were English threaded.) This particular frame has Nervex bottom bracket in addition to the other lugs being Nervex. No decals, but it has the headbadge.
$475.00 plus shipping, approximately $15-40 via Fed-Ex Ground depending upon how far you are away from 44023.
I have jpegs if you want them.
Tom Hayes Chagrin Falls, Ohio
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