This 80s-era Schwinn Paramount “Pista” (Italian for track) has recently been added to Vic’s collection at the shop. Arnold, Schwinn & Co., founded in Chicago in 1895, created their first top-of-the-line Paramount in 1938, it was produced until 1994. While Schwinn had a reputation for building mass-produced balloon-tire bicycles for kids the Paramount line had a reputation as a finely crafted, relatively light-weight racing bike. This frame was made by Paramount Design Group at Waterford Precision Cycles in the USA … Read More
Classic Italian racing in Bianchi Celeste Green. The Nuovo Alloro was a mid-level club racer. Columbus tubes for the frame, Campagnolo Nuovo Record shifters and derailleurs, Ofmega cranks and hubs, Modolo America brakes, TTT stem and seatpost, Mavic rims, stainless steel spokes. Now undergoing restoration and available for sale soon. Bianchi in as-is condition when it arrived at the shop. Bike after it had been stripped and new bottom bracket installed.
One of Vic’s favorite restoration projects this year was this Maserati MT-10, a straight gauge high tensile steel recreational machine. While the Maserati name is most commonly associated with a glorious automobile brand introduced in 1926, the company permitted the use of their name on motorcycles, and later on bicycles in the 1970s, and though volumes of information pertaining to the Maserati automobile exists, little is known about the Maserati bicycle. The Maserati MT-10 was an entry level bicycle and … Read More
Sears Roebuck and Co. was responsible for some of the most outrageous and sought after bike designs from the 1930s to the 60s. The Bluebird, Robin, Blackhawk, Flightliner and Spaceliner were all Sears exclusives. Sears used the Westfield Mfg. Co. and Murray of Ohio to manufacture their bikes. Sears bicycles sold before World War II were branded as Elgin and after World War II they were J.C. Higgins. In the late 1950s, when tailfins and extra chrome were all the … Read More
Jonathon Porter was hit by a car while riding his bike home from an election night watch party around 2 am, Nov. 9, 2016. The driver left the scene. The last thing Johnathon remembers is being almost home on W. Oak Street before crossing Dixie Hwy. His unconscious body was found around 5 am outside Hill Street Missionary Baptist Church, a mile and a half down Dixie Hwy., with a fractured skull and fractured ribs. The story got around on … Read More
Tab’s View is a great new online ‘zine headquartered in a restored historic storefront office in Germantown. Founder and publisher Tracy Beale has created a resource for locals who are passionate about life. Writer/photographer Nerissa Sparkman is an “artist, yogi, rebel, and activist with a gypsy heart”. In the first-in-a-series of stories on fitness and yoga, Nerissa drills down into the psyche of Victor Miller, to bring out his untold story. From a dysfunctional family as a child, then feeling … Read More