Re: [CR] OK: It's not a Paramount with fast back seatstaysand internal cable routing. How What is it? A trueMystery bike?

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Date: Mon, 19 Oct 2009 19:54:29 -0700
From: donald gillies <gillies@ece.ubc.ca>
Subject: Re: [CR] OK: It's not a Paramount with fast back seatstaysand internal cable routing. How What is it? A trueMystery bike?


So I was going to say, "I think the fork is a real paramount fork, because the eyelets don't match the rear, and schwinn probably made as many nervex forks as all other makers combined".

I was going to point out that Raleigh made a ton of these fast-back type bikes in 1983 and 1984, HOWEVER, to the best of my knowledge, NONE of them came with nervex lugs, and they used Gipiemme Dropouts:

http://www.bulgier.net/pics/bike/Catalogs/Raleigh84/ral84_03.jpg http://www.bulgier.net/pics/bike/Catalogs/Raleigh83/ral83_03.jpg

Many of them came apart, too. The fastback seat-lug attachment was done by several custom builders in the 70's, but to my mind, is an 80's thing.

On the other hand, the nervex head lugs are a 70's thing. By the 1980's, almost nobody was willing to put up with those lugs in terms of all the finish-work that had to be applied to make them look nice - in the 80's IC lugs were the norm, not Nervex.

So it may or may not be a Schwinn, But it certainly is an anachronism.

- Don Gillies
San Diego, CA, USA