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New Bike Day! - 1991 Paramount Series 5 PDG

Old 10-27-21, 06:39 PM
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New Bike Day! - 1991 Paramount Series 5 PDG

I almost posted about this in the “Are You Looking for one of These?” thread. I decided to purchase it instead. I bet it had less than 500 miles on it.

It is mostly original with a different Vetta saddle and 600 hubs on Velocity rims and an American Classic seatpost. It has a different stem installed but I also got the OEM stem.

Enough chat, here are some pics in “As Received” condition.




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Beautiful bike !!!!
GREAT SCORE!!!!

Congrats!!!!!🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲
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Looks great, digging the close ups of the paint! Let us know what you think of the ride after you get some fast miles on 'er.
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That is one sweet looking ride. I like the geometry and how clean everything is. Sweeeet,,,,,
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Nice bike and a good score for you! Smiles, MH
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Very nice. Someday I'll find a good deal on a PDG.
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Great condition, I have a splatter paint '92. Rides on the stiff side for a steel frame which I like, they're really responsive. Minimal bottom bracket flex with the seat tube flared out.
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Great condition, I have a splatter paint '92. Rides on the stiff side for a steel frame which I like, they're really responsive. Minimal bottom bracket flex with the seat tube flared out.
Yep, mine is one of my heavier bikes but always one of the fastest. And surprisingly its one of my better climbers.
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Very nice! I recently built up a '92 PDG-7 that I purchased as a single speed. From what I gather from the Schwinn/Paramount catalogs, the steel PDGs were all built from similar tubesets and the only difference in the 3, 5, and 7s was the components hung on the frames, though I could very well be wrong about that. And I have to agree with Lazyass and jamesdak, these frames are rather stiff. Stiffer than my Gunnar Roadie I'd have to say, definitely built for fast and hard miles.
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Beautiful bike, looks showroom fresh!
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Awesome riders. Loved the ride of the Paramount 3 that I have.
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Great score on a much undervalued bicycle......
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My bike came with mismatched 700x23 tires on it. I'll ride those for now but over the winter want to switch them out for a pair of gumwalls. I was thinking 25's, but do you think that a set of 28's will fit?
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My bike came with mismatched 700x23 tires on it. I'll ride those for now but over the winter want to switch them out for a pair of gumwalls. I was thinking 25's, but do you think that a set of 28's will fit?
I have to run 23's upfront on mine. 25's rub on the bottom of the fork steerer/crown not the brakes. Happened running Continental GP 4000s II on Campagnolo Sirocco's and now the Mavics on it and Open Corsa CX's. No way I can run larger on the front with either setup. Rear is fine with 25's.

Don't know it there are variances with the forks that may allow a larger time if you get lucky.

Plenty of room clearing the front brake so it's deceiving.
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Nice find! I have one of these in queue to build up also! Looking forward to riding it!

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Originally Posted by jamesdak View Post
I have to run 23's upfront on mine. 25's rub on the bottom of the fork steerer/crown not the brakes. Happened running Continental GP 4000s II on Campagnolo Sirocco's and now the Mavics on it and Open Corsa CX's. No way I can run larger on the front with either setup. Rear is fine with 25's.

Don't know it there are variances with the forks that may allow a larger time if you get lucky.

Plenty of room clearing the front brake so it's deceiving.
Good to know. I'll have to test fit some spare tires before I make a purchase.
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Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
Good to know. I'll have to test fit some spare tires before I make a purchase.
Rather than trust my memory I pulled up the thread on my PDG.

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-v...eries-pdg.html

Definitely rubbed with the Conti GP4000s II 700 x 25 but only partly. I thought I had tried the truer to life Veloflex's in 700 x 25 but don't see a mention. A set of them may very well clear as we know the Conti's run large.
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Originally Posted by jamesdak View Post
I have to run 23's upfront on mine. 25's rub on the bottom of the fork steerer/crown not the brakes. Happened running Continental GP 4000s II on Campagnolo Sirocco's and now the Mavics on it and Open Corsa CX's. No way I can run larger on the front with either setup. Rear is fine with 25's.

Don't know it there are variances with the forks that may allow a larger time if you get lucky.

Plenty of room clearing the front brake so it's deceiving.
I think there is some variation with the unicrown forks if you can only fit a 23 mm tire, I can fit a 28 mm Rubino Pro (measures 29 mm wide @ 75 psi) in my PDG-7's fork and there's enough clearance for it to rotate freely, but it's not enough for me to trust riding on the road. 25s measuring a 26 mm wide fit well:
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Originally Posted by jamesdak View Post
Yep, mine is one of my heavier bikes but always one of the fastest. And surprisingly its one of my better climbers.
I also have a 92. Cuts through a headwind likje no other.
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Originally Posted by jamesdak View Post
I have to run 23's upfront on mine. 25's rub on the bottom of the fork steerer/crown not the brakes. Happened running Continental GP 4000s II on Campagnolo Sirocco's and now the Mavics on it and Open Corsa CX's. No way I can run larger on the front with either setup. Rear is fine with 25's.

Don't know it there are variances with the forks that may allow a larger time if you get lucky.

Plenty of room clearing the front brake so it's deceiving.
Hmmm. As far as I know, I've run 27mm Open Paves on mine. I can't check as it's in the painting queue at the moment, and completely stripped down. I did notice evidence of rubbing on the chainstays as i hung it up.
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Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
My bike came with mismatched 700x23 tires on it. I'll ride those for now but over the winter want to switch them out for a pair of gumwalls. I was thinking 25's, but do you think that a set of 28's will fit?
Going to depend on the specific tire you choose. With the variations between how and where each manufacturer measures, your idea to try a few before buying is a wise move.

Very nice looking PDG ‘Mount, Bill👍 You found a good one there!

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This is a 27mm Vittoria Open Pavé mounted on a 92 PDG 7 fork. I know I've ridden it with those tires.
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I've done some updating on my PDG 5. I swapped the mismatch black wall tires for a new set of Vittoria 700x23 gum walls and swapped the tired Vetta saddle for a Turbo.

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A little more updating. Bought set of new original wheels, and changed the bar tape and cages. I also added a set of Tange fork stickers.



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