| an old 50's style "pink lady" bike.says pink lady on the chain guard and the headbadge. . says "Behrens" on the seat post tube. the seat cleaned up amazingly, the tires are original and in good condition, they say"Dunlops Extra Prima" and "made in germany" the frame says "made in west germany. west germany isnt even a country anymore.|
open to any offers. will trade for muscle bikes, parts, frames or projects. if theres n o takers its going to be scrapped. email me direct at email@example.com for more pics
| I have an old (1975 or so) 28" Holland bike that was always in relatively protected storage, but one of the tires is flat now (tube leaks air)and both tires seem dried out. The aluminum rims on the wheels show 40% rust spots. It's only a 3 speed. (Don't know if this still works). I'm trying to decide whether I should try selling it on a yard sale or whether I can get somebody to restore it so I can ride it again if I can find tires and tubes.|
Does anybody have an idea if I can get tires and tubes for this kind of bike? And are the rims restorable or would I have to buy new ones. Sorry, I don't know much about bikes, just that I loved to ride it many years ago. And I have not found a place that sells any Holland bikes in the US.
Thank you for any input.
| 28" roadsters are a bit unusual here in the U.S., but not notably uncommon. |
Tubes are still available on the 28 1-1/2" size, although you might have to check a few shops before you find one that have them. Make sure you specify the 28 1-1/2" size, and not the hybrid 700C 28s" - a different size altogether.
If the rims are aluminum, there shouldn't be rust spots. Did you mean to say chrome? Kinda puzzled here. If they are, in fact, aluminum, get some Flitz metal polish from the hardware store - should come off. If the rust is really caked on, chances are the rims are chrome, and you'll need to go over the rims with bronze wool first until you've burnished the rust off, then top off with Flitz.
If the rust doesn't respond to the bronze wool, you can try a bronze bristle-brush - they look like a slightly oversize wood toothbrush.
Getting 28" rims here in the states is a tough one though, unless you happen to live in the Northeast, "land of the spare roadster parts," as us collectors say.
Chances are, unless the rims are badly rotted on the inside where the structural strength of the rim may be affected, you'll be better off with the originals.
3 speed hubs can be easily adjusted, and you are better off doing it yourself, as most shops either don't know how or don't care to adjust them - see Sheldon Brown's manual here:
Scroll down to the section on Sturmey-Archer AW hubs.
If the paint is faded, try a can of Kiwi Neutral shoe polish (yes, shoe polish!) and some Turtle Wax on it - rub the shoe polish in, wipe it off, go over with Turtle Wax - works most of the time, depends on what the state of the paint is.
In some tougher paint polishing situations, compounding is in order - but that's a bit more tricky and involved then the shoe polish/wax system, and I won't go into it unless you ultimately find it necessary to do so on your bike.
thanks for your respose. You encouraged me to just clean it up if I can find the tires. The rims are probaly chrome then because they show rust spots, but just on top, they are not deep. The handle bar looks similar. Paint and everything else is still in great shape.
Thanks again for the info,
| Looking for anyone with older bike parts or bikes for sale in the Miami, Florida or Ft. Ladurdale areas.|
You can drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
| Mind you, the Miami, Florida or Ft. Ladurdale areas only. |
NOTE! NOTE! NOTE!: I do not want to buy any bikes outside of this area, and would appriciate it if those OUTSIDE this area, and those outside the state cease contacting me. No, I have no time to help you sell your bike, and I will not date it for you.
| I recently closed my bicycle shop. I have several new parts for sale. An email can be sent to S58wish@Yahoo.com for details. One price buys all. I will not seperate parts. |
| New, as in "current" parts? Or vintage N.O.S.?|
Possibly a general description of the parts you are selling would help us here as well?
| hey Kurt didn't you say you didn't want parts form outside miami|
| I have what I think is a 1963 Schwinn American ladies bike in need of restoration. I have no idea as to possible value or what I should do with it. Any suggestions or info would be greatly appreciated.|