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LIGHTWEIGHT BIKES / Re: 1976-77 Paramount Tandem
« Last post by JenniferC on April 23, 2017, 10:23:16 PM »
I do not know why but for some reason Paramount tandems do not bring the big bucks that regular Paramounts bring.  My friend had a similar bike and I think after a long itme he finally got $500 for his.  Roger

I think one reason is because tandems are just too hard to store. You need a dedicated space to have a tandem. Another reason is couples aren't the same as they used to be. They are taught now to "do your own thing".

I should have moved this to the Sellers thread but after recent events where two threads got accidentally deleted when moving a thread I'll just leave it right here for now.  :-[
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LIGHTWEIGHT BIKES / Re: Need help identifying
« Last post by SPORTY9 on April 23, 2017, 10:10:28 PM »
Well everyone, I don't think I'll ever figure out what my bike model was from the factory as it appears various parts have been replaced throughout the years. It will however get a makeover with new lightweight parts. Stay tuned for a complete rebuild coming soon. Thank you all for your help and interest.
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LIGHTWEIGHT BIKES / Re: 1976-77 Paramount Tandem
« Last post by rhenning on April 23, 2017, 06:45:02 PM »
I do not know why but for some reason Paramount tandems do not bring the big bucks that regular Paramounts bring.  My friend had a similar bike and I think after a long itme he finally got $500 for his.  Roger
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INTROS / Re: A Schwinn fan starting to tinker with an old Schwinn
« Last post by Bikes42 on April 23, 2017, 04:36:09 PM »
Welcome to the forum! And welcome back to collecting.

Any bike shop stories are always appreciated!  ;D

Tad
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LIGHTWEIGHT BIKES / 1976-77 Paramount Tandem
« Last post by WheresMyBike on April 23, 2017, 04:26:03 PM »
How much do you guys think this is worth (see pics)?

Rust on the top bars. Overall condition is not good and it will need a lot of work.
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Can any one send me a picture of the correct factory pedals that would have come on a 1965 Schwinn Springer Front Fork American bicycle.  Or if you have a set let me know. E-mail pictures to  popmachines@hotmail.com
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FRESH FINDS / Re: Late 1950's? 24" Deluxe Spitfire
« Last post by jsmaloney on April 23, 2017, 12:57:47 PM »
Thank you!  It looks like the chrome rims are legitimate but I now need to find a pair of 24" painted fenders.  I'm guessing this is going to be no small feat!
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FRESH FINDS / Re: Late 1950's? 24" Deluxe Spitfire
« Last post by JenniferC on April 23, 2017, 12:41:39 PM »
According to the catalog price list there was a 24" Deluxe Spitfire with whitewall tires, light, front carrier, chrome rims in 1958 but there is no picture from the '58 catalog pages.

http://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1951_1960/1958.html


 Here's one from 1957 of a 20" standard version.

http://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1951_1960/1957_11.html

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INTROS / Re: A Schwinn fan starting to tinker with an old Schwinn
« Last post by JenniferC on April 23, 2017, 12:19:55 PM »
Welcome to the forum. You'll find the information your looking for on this forum from some very knowledgeable people. Post good pictures and that will help a lot in your quest. Have fun.  ;)
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FRESH FINDS / Late 1950's? 24" Deluxe Spitfire
« Last post by jsmaloney on April 23, 2017, 10:13:43 AM »
Hi everyone,

I recently found a 24" Deluxe Spitfire at an antique mall.  I have done some digging and found old catalog pictures (thanks Memory Lane Classics links).  Even before I found the pictures, I suspected the bike should not have chrome fenders.  The fenders appear to be after-market because they have screws holding on the fender stays instead of the factory rivets.  The other thing is that I'm pretty sure the rear fender is actually a 26" fender because it looks like it has too much space between the fender and the wheel.  I also suspect the bike should have painted rims rather than chrome?  The other thing I'm not sure about is that it looks like it might not be the original handlebar stem, but maybe they put a cheaper stem on the less expensive models like the Spitfire.  I have not been able to find a close-up picture so I could confirm whether it should have the fancier forged stem that I remember from Schwinns I have seen from the 60's.  The tires are dry rotted, so I already ordered a pair of NOS tires that I want to put on the bike so I can ride it. 

Aside from these issues, I can't seem to find any reference to a Deluxe Spitfire in any literature.  I can tell from the chain guard that this appears to be a later 50's vintage because it does not have the same appearance that the chain guards on the Spitfires had in the early 50's.  I saw reference to a Deluxe version of other models like the American, Hornet, Panther, etc. but not the Spitfire unless it was from the early 50's.

Does anyone have information on what equipment a late 50's Deluxe Spitfire would have so I can try to track it down to get this bike back to 100% original equipment?  If it turns out this happens to be a rare model that people with large collections would like to add to fill in a gap, I would be interested in doing a trade.  I am actually interested in a decent all original 26" middle weight bike that would be a better fit for me to ride because I am 6'3".  When I bought this bike, I actually bought it while it was hanging from a ceiling and did not notice until after I paid for it, and it was on the ground, that it is a 24" bike.  I didn't feel right backing out on the transaction, so I'm going to make the best of it and over time, I'll get to a 26" model.

I will thank everyone in advance for any help that you can provide!

Thanks
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