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The Paramountain was a late 80s proto-mountain bike made by Schwinn in Waterford, Wisconsin. It was sold as a frameset, with Tange prestige tubing, and brazens allowing for a style of brakes known as rollercams or the more traditional U brakes. This restored beauty happened to be built up with rollercams. It had a really stubby cromoly straight bar and a really stubby stem. Our bike mechanic, or bike artist, if you will, swapped out the bars and stem for Rivendell bullmoose uprights to make it into a real trail cruiser. This frame is the largest size Schwinn made, but with this kind of bar setup it fits a 5’10-6′ person perfectly. Notice the nice accents–red grips and a red Brooks saddle. We’re still figuring out the price. It won’t be cheap given the quality upgrades, but it is a classic ride updated for 21st century urban or trail riding. If you’re looking for a “beater bike,” we’ll have plenty of those as well.
There was another work party last weekend. About 30 bikes were transferred by the trusty white pickup. One count put the number of total bikes we have at about 90! We are looking to have 50-60 ready to roll and be sold at the ReCycle event. Check out the Bikes! page to see newly finished bikes that will be available.
A bunch of dads got together yesterday for the first official bicycle work party. Out came the buckets and scrub brushes. Bikes were cleaned and the assessments began. Three bikes made it to the work stand and were readied for sale. Progress is happening. But we need more bike donations. If anyone knows someone with a pretty decent bike that is just hanging around please, let them know they can donate it to a great cause- Harding Elementary School. I took some photos of the bikes on hand that had been cleaned.There are lots more bikes and I will add photos as I can.
We’ve thought about this kind of thing and it is SO nice to see a community that actually rallied together and got it done at their local school. It does sound like their particular school has a whole lot more resources than Harding. Maybe there are some parents out there who are inspired to tackle this one.