[CR] Now Non-Decal Questions on Restoring Paramounts

(Example: Framebuilders:Chris Pauley)

Date: Tue, 13 Oct 2009 13:58:48 -0700
From: Jerome & Elizabeth Moos <jerrymoos@sbcglobal.net>
To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
In-Reply-To: <905854.1986.qm@web82203.mail.mud.yahoo.com>
Subject: [CR] Now Non-Decal Questions on Restoring Paramounts

While considering the correct decal for my wife's 1970 Touring Paramount, I inspected the other three early 70's all-chrome Paramounts I own.

One is a 1971 racing model I bought from Sam Fitzsimmon's several years ago at Cirque. Although it would be rideable if supplied with new tires, I've never gotten around to sorting it out, as a couple of years after, I picked up two excellent all-chromed Paramounts on eBay for between $1000 and $1100 each. But having looked at the Fitzsimmons bike yesterday, I'm thinking I really should get it sorted out. Each DT decal is about half gone, interestingly such that "Paramount" is present but "Schwinn" missing. The 531 (not the Schwinn version) decal is mostly intact, but the Schwinn seat panel decal is gone.

The bike has an obviously incorrect rear hub with a Normandy Competition hub. The front hub is a small-flange Campy Record with a Mavic dark anodized GP4 tubular rim. Could a 1971 Paramount have had small-flange Campy hubs, perhaps by special order? Is the Mavic GP4 as old as 1971?

The bike has Campy barend shifters, but one of the rubber hoods is damaged. Were the covers for the barends the same as those for the DT shifters? Can any color other than the typical blue be correct for these covers?


Jerry Moos
Big Sring, Texas, USA