Re: [CR] Help with 531 Decal on 1970 Schwinn Paramount

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Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2009 19:01:20 -0700
From: "Steve Whitting" <>
To: <>, Jerome & Elizabeth Moos <>
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Subject: Re: [CR] Help with 531 Decal on 1970 Schwinn Paramount

Corretomundo, Jerry.  The TI addy to the 531 decal was apparently a late-70s thing (not present on the 531 decal on my mid-70s Raleigh Pro Mk IV).  You can try trimming or search eBay for "authentic" pre-TI repos.  I'd go for trimming.

Steve Whitting
"The Ciocc Cat"
Prairieville, Louisiana USA
Website at

--- On Mon, 10/12/09, Jerome & Elizabeth Moos wrote:

From: Jerome & Elizabeth Moos <> Subject: [CR] Help with 531 Decal on 1970 Schwinn Paramount To: Date: Monday, October 12, 2009, 5:41 PM

Advice sought on the proper Reynolds decal for my wife's 1970 touring Paramount.  Evidently 1970 was the 75th anniversary of the Schwinn company, thus the 1970 touring Paramount is referred to in the catalogs as the Diamond Anniversary Paramount.  Oddly, it seems this reference was applied only to the touring model, not the racing Paramount.  And near as I can tell, there did not seem to be any decal announcing the Diamond Anniversary.

This particular bike is all-chrome.  The chrome is excellent and the Schwinn seattube decal is mostly intact, but the other decals are completely gone, except for a tiny sliver of what was apparently the 531 decal on the seattube.

I bought a decal set from Waterford, duly supplying the frame serial number as an indication of a legitimate Paramount. The set includes the 531 decal.

The 531 decal is the version used by Schwinn, and occasionally perhaps a couple of other builders, with the "531" horizonal and flanked by stars, and the wording revised to make it clearer that only the maintubes, not the forks and stays, are butted.  Rather obvious, but evidently needed to satisfy Schwinn's lawyers.  This version is included here on the CR site:

HOWEVER, the 531 decal supplied also has the panel on the bottom referring to TI Reynolds, which I thought did not appear until the mid/late 70's.  Am I correct about this?  Waterford is trying to cover several years of similar Paramount graphics here, and perhaps this decal would be correct for mid 70's Paramounts with otherwise similar decals, but I'm thinking the TI Reynolds panel should not be on a 1970.  It looks like the TI panel could be trimmed off leaving the remainder more or less the correct shape for the earlier Schwinn version of the 531 decal.  I'm inclined to do that unless advised otherwise.  Opinions?


Jerry Moos
Big Spring, Texas, USA