September 1st 2013
I bought this ’96 Paragon in Dee Why, from the original owner. He had once lived in San Francisco and bought the bike new from Start To Finish in San Rafael, Marin County. This bike has been up and down Mt Tamalpais.
Commuting tyres aside, the components are all original. Although the fork was seized solid, the paint was down to the metal in places, and ‘flowering’ (a posh term for patina) was all over some of the aluminium components.
The first thing to do was take it to pieces and see what could be salvaged and what couldn’t. A long hunt around Ebay eventually found a new handlebar, a new seatpost, new grips, new brake levers, new saddle, new fork lowers and, to my surprise, a pair of new old stock Tioga Psycho amberwall tyres.
Gil at Retrodecals made the new decals (thanks Gil). They’re lighter than the old originals but I prefer the new ‘light gold’ to the original ‘antique brass’ colour. I think it looks better against the blue. The frame was stripped, prepared and re-sprayed a stunning custom blue by the insanely talented Peter, at Star Enamellers in Bankstown. If you’re in the Sydney area and need a re-spray, I can recommend Peter. He’s a craftsman and I’ll definitely be using him again.
Here’s the finished frame after getting it home.
I’ll post more details and photos as the build continues.