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Check the bike is the right size for you If the bike is still on sale commercially, check what the new price is. You can find out about many brands/models from bikepedia.com Find out what components (gears and brakes) it has and what they'd cost new (by Googling) Check for any hairline cracks in the frame, especially around the head tube, bottom bracket ...
The Schwinn Paramount was a special machine, as Sheldon Brown describes. I cannot tell you what components it had, because it seems that they were custom built to order only. Maybe the people at the Schwinn Paramount Registry can help more. Looks like it's valuable. Look after it.
A quick note on pannier racks: I switched from a rucksack to panniers in my second undergrad year, and I must admit that it wasn't incredibly useful at first. Carrying a few books and lecture notes, a rucksack is only inconvenient on the bike if you're cycling more than a few miles. But then when you arrive and get off, you're probably spending a few hours ...
Cornering a road bike at speed (revised after feedback from joelmdev) Firstly your tires must be hard - near the maximum pressure written on the side wall. Riding soft tires is a recipe for death under oncoming traffic, because they don't have as much grip and just slide out from under you. For wet or loose surfaces, slow down. In these conditions, all ...
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