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1940 Schwinn Paramount Track Bike

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Emil Wastyn built Schwinn Paramount / 23 inches / 1940

Nitto B123 chromoly pista handlebars / Livery Design Gruppe adjustable quill stem

Wastyn built 1" threaded fork / Schwinn Paramount headset

vintage Schwinn Paramount pista hub / 36h Ghisallo Corsa rim / Vittoria Pista CS 622/22 tubular tire

vintage Schwinn Paramount pista hub / 36h Ghisallo Corsa rim / Vittoria Pista CS 622/22 tubular tire

vintage Campagnolo Record pista crankset 175 arms and 50T chainring / vintage Campagnolo pista BB

Brooks B17 / Vintage Campagnolo Nuovo Record 27.0 seatpost

Pista rat trap with toe clips / 1/8" KMC Z410 chain



50T chainring and 17T rear cog


This bike was built around a rattlecan sprayed frameset purchased on eBay, and sent to Waterford Precision Cycles for a period correct repaint. Most of the components were purchased on eBay. Weight as shown is 20.6 pounds.

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I commend you on the restoration

Waterford was a good choice. At least you know what you need to make it totally period correct. The amount of funds necessary for a full restoration are indeed ridiculously large. Be kind to that frame.


looks great love the paramounts!



That is a beauty! I hope it

That is a beauty! I hope it is going to get ridden again and won't be solely a mantle piece.

It will be ridden!

I'll be riding it regularly at Hellyer Park velodrome in San Jose as soon as it's finished.
- Stan


I dont think the crankset is correct. Looks good but wouldnt it have been cottered in 1940. A Chater Lea would look superb or even a cottered Campagnolo would look super.

Lovely machine by the way.

Kindest regards




The original early Schwinn Paramount cranksets were indeed cottered, but they are extremely rare and the prices are in the stratosphere. Since I bought the bike as a frameset, rather than spend years looking for the correct components I decided to build it up with sixties/seventies vintage Campy bits so I could enjoy riding it now instead of waiting until I could collect the correct components. A side benefit is that the Campy aluminum alloy crankset is significantly lighter than the original chromoly crankset.

The original crankset catalog page is at (copy and paste URL into your browser).

- Stan


frame is great looking, but take some links out so you're not hanging at the end of the track ends.

Chain length

Thanks. Yep, there's still lots of work to do. Basically, I assembled everything for photos, but there's still lots of tweaking to do (including shortening the chain).

- Stan

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