I also have a Superior, 1938 (first year), fillet-brazed, single piece Dural hubs but do not say Dural only Schwinn (that came a year later I believe), etc. A full range of pics can be found in the "bike-gallery" section at http://www.thevintagebikelife.com They might help you, Peter, in making a proper identification.
Edward Albert Chappaqua, New York, U.S.A.
On Fri, Jul 16, 2010 at 7:00 AM, Harvey Sachs <email@example.com> wrote:
> Pete Rutledge and Larry Black both have Superiors. I don't know much about
> them, but think the Superior is less commmon than the Paramount today, and
> that it is interesting in its own right. I'm not sure that these
> recollections should be classified as "facts," but it's the best I can do
> w/o looking at the catalog.
> Paramount lugged, Superior fillet-brazed.
> Paramount 9/16", Superior 1/2" pedal threads
> Paramount used 1.37x24 cog (with Italian lock ring fitting); I am told that
> Superior used a different threading, somewhat smaller. But not sure.
> hope this helps.
> harvey sachs
> mcLean va
> Peter Naiman wrote:
> I checked out the Schwinn Paramount Tandem racer and decided against it but
> in sifting through the small collection of bikes the seller has hanging from
> his 15 foot ceiling was suspended a Schwinn Track Bike which he swears is a
> Paramount, but another label on the bike says?"Superior". The decals on the
> top tube are cut away only saying Paramount, but the down tube transfer
> looks original and typical of what came on the Paramount. The headbadge is a
> Schwinn badge but doesn't say Paramount.
> The Chainset?looks like a late 1930s Durax from Britain, but?was labeled
> Schwinn. The Hubs are highflange three piece, but I couldn't see the makers
> brand, but possibly Schwinn and unlabeled. The gearing is 1" skip tooth.
> Pedals are British and probably Lycett, but are?too rusty to find the makers
> name. The?saddle is a Wright Olympic track saddle.
> The full bike is unrestored?in original condition. Question is am I looking
> at a Patamount or a?Schwinn Superior track bike. I'd love to add this to my
> collection if it not a gas pipe track bike. Can anyone on the list help out.
> The seller will accept $500-600 if I want it. Any thoughts.