The Schwinn Paramount represents the cultural roots of Waterford. For decades America’s leading competition and custom bike, the Paramount represented the ultimate aspiration of every young American racer and bike builder.
From its introduction in 1938 to the final bikes of the 1990’s, the Paramount advanced both the art and science of bicycle design and craftsmanship, as Waterford has continued in its own history. For this reason it holds a special place in our hearts.
We’ve divided the Paramount history into three phases.
- First the early years from 1938 through 1958. Paramount burst on the scene in the late 30’s and enjoyed phenomenal sales, only to be nearly snuffed out by World War II. After the war, interest in racing and fine bicycles waned until the late 50’s.
- Second came the so-called Classic Era from 1958 to 1979. This is the period when Paramount dominated the US pro bike scene and inspired many a racer and builder.
- Finally came the Waterford Paramount Era, led by Marc Muller. This became the basis Waterford Precision Cycles.
In addition, we provide other resources to support the Paramount enthusiast:
- Serial number dating. We explain the nuances of determining the age of a Paramount by its serial number.
- Provenance Services. We report on our extensive collection of records from 1962 to 1979.
- Schwinn/Paramount Catalog Scans. Thanks to the dedicated work of T.R. Findley and friends, we present a collection of catalog scans from the late 1890’s to 2000.
- The Waterford Forum includes a section dedicated to Paramount enthusiasts.
- Pre-1959 Paramount Registry – This site collects serial number and information on Paramounts prior to 1959.