I put a post in the What's This Worth thread but didn't get much response so I thought I'd try posting in here and asking what to do with it rather than what it's worth.
The bike in question was donated to Cranks - the volunteer run bike shop in Brighton - http://www.cranks.org.uk
- a few weeks ago.
It's a beautiful bike with cast lugs and Tange Precision tubing. Paramount is like Raleigh's Dynatec or M-Trax, Schwinn's attempt to separate their high end bikes from the rest of the range. And Series 90 is the top of that range.
We've cleaned it up, though it could do with some more work I think. There's some rust on some of the bolts and the saddle looks like a cat has used it as a scratching post (grrr) but other than that it's in amazing original condition, even down to the grips, chain, tyres and toe clip straps.
The other ones I've seen online have different decals, with Paramount on the downtube whereas this has Schwinn. I assume this is because this one was sold in Germany (still has the bike shop sticker on the top tube) rather than in USA.
So. What to do with it? Someone has already asked for some parts if it's split but that seems crazy to me. There's one similar (the previous year) in similar condition on ebay.com for $3000
Should we just replace the saddle and rusty bolts and put it on ebay.com and prepare to ship it back to USA?
Would the fact that the decals are non standard increase or decrease the value? Is there any interest in the here? Should I remove the bike shop sticker?
Any feedback very welcome.
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