Classic Bike History

1973 Schwinn Paramount Tandem Build

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1973 Schwinn Paramount Tandem

We recently completed this 1973 Schwinn Paramount Tandem in our Bayonne, NJ shop and tested it in Liberty State Park. Made in very small numbers, this handmade bike was crafted from lightweight chromoly steel, from the factory this model was designated as the T22-9 (double men’s frame), the men’s/women’s model was the T19-9.

This Schwinn racing/touring tandem was picked up at Via bike shop in Philadelphia. We started by overhauling both bottom brackets. As a personal bike for the shop we used an assortment of parts. We added new drop bars, a 1983 Campagnolo Super Record rear derailleur, a NOS 5 speed Campagnolo Freewheel. The brake handles are 1992 Shimano 105 matched to the bikes original Mfac brakes and the barend shifters are Suntour (known to perform better than campy at the time). The wheels are original Campagnolo Nuovo Record hubs mated to Super Champion Rims and wrapped in Panasonic Pasela Tour Guard Tires. We picked up an early 2000’s Campagnolo Triple crank for $35! At a show in Pennsylvania. For the front derailleur an used an early 2000’s Shimano Deore LX model. The front crank is an early 1990’s Shimano Tourney XT triple crank cut down to act as a single.

This was a fun classic build that we will enjoy getting plenty of miles out of. Enjoy the gallery below.

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