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(See Campagnolo History.) The head tube lugs are chromed, which was apparently an extra option.Racers did not use chromed lugs since they added weight, but they give the bike an eloquent touch.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.Campagnolo will celebrate their 75th anniversary in 2008.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.Eventually, the Stingray evolved into the BMX bike with somewhat shorter handlebars, a single saddle, and beefy rims.BMX bikes are used for dirt racing, jumps and tricks.
The name played off muscle cars at the time and the bikes had a look of a chopper motorcycle.
The seat tube height is 22 inches and seems to fit me well. I had to replace the front tire and tube and adjust the handle bars and seat.
I gave it a good cleaning and sprayed Tri-Flow lubricant on the chain and other external moving parts.
The rest have been acquired used, primarily at garage sales.
Bike technology, of course, changes, but nowhere near as fast as computer technology.
"English Racer" - an older category of bikes usually designed for adults with three internal gears and an upright riding position.