[CR](now) Paramount tandem features


Example: Framebuilders:Jack Taylor

Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2007 09:48:35 -0500 (CDT)
From: <hmsachs@verizon.net>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR](now) Paramount tandem features

Perhaps the following information would be helpful: 1) I have never seen a Paramount tandem with lugs anywhere (unless you consider the fork crown as a lug). 2) If I recall correctly, all the Paramounts I've ever seen used an oversized headset. This may have changed toward the end, but I don't remember ever seeing such a beast. 3) The fork was a pretty beefy piece of work on the ones I remember, with an archaic (1930s - 50s) appearance, a flat top, and slightly rounded edges. I think (but am not sure) that all had round section blades. 4) In my recollection, all Paramount tandems had stoker compartments that were unacceptably short by modern standards. In our nimbler youth, Susan did ride on drops. Her face rested on my back when she got on the lower parts. Not comfortable for either of us. They really wanted a more roadster-like position for the rear rider, with flat bars. the stoker stem was very short, too, a cast aluminum piece.

Again, there may be exceptions. I never owned an actual Paramount tandem, but looked at lots of them at early Eastern Tandem Rallies, where they were very common (late 1970s, early to mid 80s). I did have several of the precursor Town & Country tandems, which were also 4130 chrome moly tubing, fully brazed/lugless. This included a triple.

Your mileage may vary
harvey sachs
Atlanta GA until Saturday AM.