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I purchased my Paramount in the North Park area of San Diego on June 30, 2007 from an ad on Craig's List for with a Nishiki Olympic mixte frame 12 speed bike. The very nice woman selling it was good natured about the low price.
The bike had belonged to her uncle who no longer used it. (See Paramont Serial Numbers at Waterford Bikes - go to "Dating My Bike.") It appears to be a P10-9 Men's Paramount Deluxe Ten Speed Tourer according to the 1977 Schwinn Super-Lite Catalog. There is a larger photo in the 1977 Consumer Catalog.
While Schwinn often had a reputation for building heavy bikes for kids, the Paramount line had a reputation for finely crafted, relatively light road bikes.Univega was headquartered in the United States with bicycles made in Italy and then Japan.Finally, no matter where a company is headquartered, the majority of bikes today are made in China.The bike has Reynolds 531 tubing on all parts of the frame and fork.
The rims are Weinmann alloy 27" x 1.25" made in Belgium.Other components including the hubs, derailleurs, bar end shifters, crankset, dropouts, seat post, and brakes are all Italian Campagnolo, perhaps the most prestigious name in cycling components.