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Beautiful day to ride a bike!

  1. Hijak Apr 14, 2015

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    Had been working my arse off the last few days so took advantage of this incredible day and rode out on the old Paramount and headed south along the lake...

    Adler Planetarium
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    Sky line from back of Shedd Aquarium
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    Navy Pier
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    65 degrees, sunny with a little wind...Fantastic!:cool:
     
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  2. alam Apr 14, 2015

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    trails along the Lake Shore drive are great!
     
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  3. Alpha Kilt Owner, Beagle Parent, Omega Collector Apr 14, 2015

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  4. Darlinboy Pratts! Will I B******S!!! Apr 14, 2015

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    Nothing like a brutal winter to make spring all the more welcome!;)
     
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  5. CanberraOmega Rabbitohs and Whisky Supporter Apr 14, 2015

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    What city is this?
     
  6. alam Apr 14, 2015

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    Chicago
     
  7. Lou P YaY! Apr 14, 2015

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    Sure beats this! (Lake Shore Dr. Feb 1, 2011)

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  8. alam Apr 14, 2015

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    The bike trail is three feet from the tree line opposite from the car pile...
     
  9. italy1861 Apr 14, 2015

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    Love Chicago.. Lived there the first 22 years of my life.. Still consider it home.. Go Hawks!
     
  10. adam78 Adam @ ΩF Staff Member Apr 14, 2015

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    I remember that day! I was safely ensconced at home (on south Lake Shore Dr.), on vacation. I remember I watched "Soylent Green" that evening...I even remember what I ate for dinner! I can't remember what I ate 2 nights ago.
     
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  11. RawArcher Measures thread drift on the Richter Scale Apr 14, 2015

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    Man I love Chicago. Spent 13 years in Printers Row and on South Michigan Ave (14th).........Gino's Pizza, Lou Malnati's, Rosebud on Taylor, Charlie Trotter's (before if closed), Al's Beef........on and on and on. Man I miss Chicago! Thanks Hijak for the flashback!
     
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  12. Pvt-Public Apr 15, 2015

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    I was there for the blizzard of 1967, moved to the east coast 1975. Haven't been back since.:( Would like to see the old neighborhood though.
     
  13. Spike Apr 15, 2015

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    Just love Chicago, thanks for showing the photo's........

    We stopped over for a few days after visiting family in Toronto in the summer of 2013 and absolutely loved the city. In fact we never thought we could like anywhere more than NYC but Chicago was amazing!

    I have heard though it can get quite chilly in winter;)
     
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  14. Hijak Apr 15, 2015

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    I really hadn't noticed.;)

    The weather is starting to turn nice and Chicago comes alive this time of year...great time to visit!:thumbsup:
     
  15. Hijak Apr 15, 2015

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    Amazing photograph!:cool:
     
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  17. pitpro Likes the game. May 14, 2015

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    We love our Hawks
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  18. Mad Dog Dunkin’ology May 14, 2015

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    Good on ya, Hijak...ride that Paramount!

    Did you say Paramount? As in Schwinn Paramount?

    Cool beans, man. Big Paramount fan here...I have 3 Paramounts...an '11 Paramount Series 9 carbon (primary road race bike), an '11 Paramount Series 8 carbon (primary training/rain bike) and an '89 Waterford Paramount (pictured below) which I purchased new when I was in the military. The recent pic below shows the restoration (repaint/redecal) completed by Waterford Precision Cycles. It still has the original Dura-Ace 7400 components...works great lasts long time!
     
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  19. Hijak May 19, 2015

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    @Mad Dog , I'm such a bike geek I know the logo on your seat...it's a Selle San Marco, Rolls model. I had one of those on an old Schwinn Curcuit I had back in the early 80s. Also thought I'd share some snaps of my Paramount with you. Mine is an 89 as well, its even the same color! Purchased this as a frame new in 89 and built it up myself. Although my drive train is made up of Suntour Superbe Pro components everything else is Dura Ace. Suntour went out of business, I think in 96, and I picked up several replacement chainrings, cassetes and chains to tide me over, so far so good! I've also rebuilt the wheels a few times, tons of miles on this bike and still solid as a rock.
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    Notice the Campy housing...all campy housings and cables!
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    Built this set of wheels about six years ago (three cross on the rear and radially laced in the front) using DT double butted spokes and Mavic Open Pro rims (welded seams and machined side walls), they have held up well even on the crappy Chicago streets.
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    Have a few other bikes as well (last one on the right is my daughters)...
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    Use my Paramount for training mostly but on fast group rides I take out my Carbon Trek with Campagnolo Record componants...
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    What a huge coincidence that we both have the same year and color Paramount!:thumbsup: Yours looks excellent and its nice to see that Richard Schwinn still looks after the Paramounts that he had built in Waterford. At the handbuilt bike show in Indianapolis back in 08 I had a chance to meet him and talked about his restoration program for the Paramount. He mentioned that they had all of the old decal designs and paint colors, after seeing yours I'm considering this for mine!

    Cheers
     
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  20. Hijak May 19, 2015

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    Mad Dog, one of the framebuilders I also met at the Handbuilt Bike Show that year was a guy named David Wages who's frame company is Ellis Cycles. He was a Builder at Waterford Cycles for several years before going out on his own. The next frame I buy will be one of his!::love::
    His frames are incredible, this is worth checking out...

    http://www.elliscycles.com/
     
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