more submission for you here.
bought this 88 Paramount as a frameset back in 1995. It's a 50th
anniversary edition and the boys at Waterford pulled out all the
stops on this one. Having seen the frame stripped of paint I'd have
to say the attention to detail is amazing for a production frame.
It's up there with all but the most stellar custom work.
The original owner had ridden it indoors on a trainer and the paint
was blistered from being sweat on so much. I re-painted it myself
and built it up as a road bike initially. Over the years it's also
been a fixed gear, a priest barred basket bike and was my test mule
for the first 650b conversion I did a couple of years ago.
Ten years after the first paint job it was starting to look pretty
shabby so while I had it all apart to paint it I took the opportunity
to add a bunch of braze ons for fenders and some mini racks in order
to make it into a randonneuring type bicycle. For the front rack
I made an integrated decaleur and modified an Arkel handlebar bag
so that it can be removed simply by pulling a pin that I fashioned
for the purpose. I also experimented with the way the racks attach
to the frame, particularly the front one. I brazed on an Ibis type
cable stop for the rear centerpull brake.
outlined the lugs just for the heck of it. This was the first bike
I had tried this with and it was not easy although by the time I
got to the last lug I had improved a lot. The next bike I did lug
outlines on came out much better since I had figured out some better
submitting this to the current classics section since I think it
fits best there. If you think it belongs in a different category
then feel free to change it.