Schwinn Paramount (Waterford made w/ Rainbow Decals) ~ 1983
Standard Paramount ~ A Misnomer
As it was sold to me in February 2008
In 2008 I was in search of a bike to purchase and leave in Atlanta. I used to ride there on visits with my niece and nephew (they have since moved to Chattanooga). But they never had a bike in my size. I searched Craigs List for several weeks and eventually contacted a seller about a Schwinn aluminum road bike.
As it turned out, he was a fellow Bike Forums member and he asked, "Did you see the Paramount I have for sale?" Well he also had a 1983 Standard, the first Paramount framesets, made in Waterford, WI, which were of a standard size (as opposed to custom ordered frames and complete bikes). The BF member, mrmw, had recently bought the bike from the original owner, who had built it with a mix of vintage Suntour and Campagnolo parts. Fortunately for me the Paramount was too small for mrmw, but just the right size for me. We struck a deal and my nephew picked up the bike. Calling it a "Standard" is an understatement! There's nothing standard about this special bike!
I wanted to try SIS shifters, but I ended up with a mismatch of modern and vintage parts. Shimano Sora shifted a Campy Centaur RD and a Sora FD. The cranks were Veloce, brakes Centaur, the seatpost and headset were Nuovo Record. The freewheel was a Suntour Winner.
A 2012 Makeover
Sometime during the winter of 2011-2012, I reached the conclusion I was not satisfied with the hodgepodge nature of the build. I wanted to rebuild the frameset using one group. I decided on late 1980s and early '90s Shimano 105 gear (mostly 1050 & 105SC), and set about the task of collecting the various bits. In the end, the build was not quite as consistent as I had hoped for, but was better than my original mismatch of components.