Re: [CR]Early Paramount Cranks

(Example: Humor:John Pergolizzi)

From: "Bob Hufford" <bhufford3@mchsi.com>
To: Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: Re: [CR]Early Paramount Cranks
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 19:08:55 +0000

Jonathan Greene <jonathanadamgree(AT)aol.com> wrote:
> As anyone who has repainted or even inspected a bike boom paramount will
> tell you, Wanda and lucile did not do even average work. I love the bikes,
> but the brazing could have been done by someone who has built just a few
> frames. One recent example I have seen had one of the curlies on the
> nervex crown brazed off one side. I really like Paramounts but the romance
> for me has long been over.

They produced 420 Paramounts in 1965 and 3300 in 1972 (granted, many of those farmed out to Mr. Mainland in Wisconsin). I can just imagine those overworked ladies in the Paramount cage in Chicago, cursing and spitting as they wielded their torches and rods. Especially since the failed experiment with the easier to work Prugnat lugs of '69/'70 and the return of the highly resented Nervex Pros. No wonder they were brazing off the tips. ;-)

Bob Hufford Still in love with the Paramount ladies and their bikes in Springfield, MO '75 Paramount P-10 (only 875 that year, so maybe it's a bit better?)