If you are trying to determine the genealogy of your bicycle by it's features, go to our Vintage Bicycle Price Guide
which details bicycle features, wheel sizes, brake types, etc., as well as showing a price estimate for your old bicycle.
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which details bicycle features, wheel sizes, etc., as well as showing a price estimate for your vintage bicycle.
Archived: Customs, Lowriders, HPV, Recumbent, etc.
AGE / VALUE: BR&K
posted by: AviationMetalSmith
on 1/1/2007 at 4:04:32 PM
Is Jim Wilson around? When does the next Bike Rod N Kustom appear?
MISC: sachs commander 2-speed bike hub
posted by: bjorn
on 12/15/2006 at 8:17:17 PM
| Dear Friends,|
Does anyone have an assembly instruction or even an exploded diagram of the sachs commander huret bike hub.
Mine is a two speed planetary gear setup with drum brake and six sprockets all in one assembly. It is part of my old (1980-ies?) Roulandt 2-wheel recumbant. I can not get the thing back together properly! I love the bike and would love to know more about it's history and how I can improve the ageing gearing system.
AGE / VALUE: My Velomobile
posted by: AviationMetalSmith
on 11/24/2006 at 3:36:13 PM
| Click on the thumbnail for a photo of my Kevlar creation:|
RE:AGE / VALUE: My Velomobile
posted by AviationMetalSmith on 12/10/2006 at 2:34:30 PM
| Here is a better picture, which I found while digging through a box of photos, and then scanned to a CD/R, and then uploaded to Yahoo:|
AGE / VALUE: ROYAL ENFIELD TRICYCLE
posted by: FURTRADER
on 11/24/2006 at 6:42:31 AM
| CAN ANY ONE HELP ME ON INFORMATION.JUST BOUGHT A ROYAL ENFIELD TRIKE AT A POLICE ACTION FOR $15.00.SERIAL NO.NE4-394 THIS BIKE IS LIKE NEW,I DONT WANT TO SELL IT JUST ANY HISTORY.LIKE WHAT WAS THE LAST YEAR CO.WAS IN BUSINESS,|
RE:AGE / VALUE: ROYAL ENFIELD TRICYCLE
posted by AviationMetalSmith on 11/25/2006 at 1:27:45 PM
| Do a Google search for:|
It seems like they are still in business, but all I see is motorcycles.
RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: ROYAL ENFIELD TRICYCLE
posted by nate on 11/27/2006 at 6:54:40 AM
| I think they made 3-speeds. Ask under the English Roadster topic.|
AGE / VALUE: A fine bicycle website
posted by: AviationMetalSmith
on 11/18/2006 at 12:50:22 PM
| I came across a website while surfing, thought I'd share it with you all.|
Really OLD bicycles, click on the thumbnail:
AGE / VALUE: Ladies Bicycles
posted by: AviationMetalSmith
on 11/5/2006 at 2:12:51 PM
| When I set out to start a bicycle company in 1972 it was clear to me that every major manufacturer of bicycles builds ladies bicycles in addition to the mens bicycles.|
There are a number of custom builders who only build mens bicycles. Let me divide the so called custom-builders into two groups. Mens bicycles are used exclussively in racing . "Road Bikes" have drop handlebars and very narrow seats, and they can cause all kinds of pain to the rider. Builders who build racing road bikes build mens bicycles because of "frame flex". Women who race bicycles ride mens bicycles in the races, because the traditions of bicycle racing are very strict, and besides , the womens liberation movement teaches that women can do anything that men can do.
I percieved a lack of innovation and investment in Engineering to elliminate the frame-flex problem. I did research (in 1985, before I had the internet) and discovered recumbent bicycles. Recumbent bicycles are low their entire length, whereas a traditional ladies bicycle is only lower in the middle. Bicycle styling has evolved dramatically in the past few years. We can see a lot of mountain bikes which have low top tubes, but they are not as low as a traditional ladies bicycle because the shock-absorber takes up space. Oversize tubing , often as big as 2"x4" oval cross-section makes possible the Y-frame.
The other group of "custom builders" ( perhaps it's Kustom with a "K") build bicycles not to win races, but to pop the eyeballs out of everyone's heads when the bike goes by. Motorcycle styling is what these bike-builders are purveying. These bikes have hot paint and lots of chrome, not the anodized aluminum and bare carbon of the race bikes.
Enter Mellisa Manning, my 6th cousin whom I Iater adopted as my Daughter.
I wanted to run a family business, a "mom & pop shop" and had no luck previously because of the paucity of female engineering students. Mellisa already knew how to drive an 18-wheeler, because her Uncle had taught her.
And guess what? The pre-requisite for trucking school is...(drum roll) , RIDING A BICYCLE!
The common sense approach works best. Mellisa had read the Popular Science magazine feature on the Dexter-Hysol Chetah, the bicycle that first went seventy five miles per hour, but she did not want to build a fully enclosed bicycle vehicle.
Instead she pointed out that mopeds are step-thru framed motorcycles, very much like existing ladies bicycles, and built that way for the same reason.
The first fiberglass ladies bicycle was styled to look like a moped. The fairing is optional, but since Mellisa was designing the bike , she said "Make it a quarter-scale Kenworth spoiler, just big enough to conceal a twelve pack of your favorite beverage."
(Copy and paste that if you don't know what a fairing is. )
I've told this story before, and Mellsa's bike story reached the number one position in the Google.com results pages for the two words: "Ladies Bicycle" between April and August of 2006
I told Mellisa that we could not name the bike Mini-Kenworth, because Kenworth would sue us for using their name. Now, I'm kicking myself because I did not trademark the word "Spoiler" .
WANTED: wham-o wheelie bar
posted by: bill
on 10/23/2006 at 3:09:49 AM
| Looking for a wham-o wheelie bar for my 71 stingray.|
WANTED: 7 speed stick shift
posted by: Mark
on 10/8/2006 at 12:55:56 PM
| Looking for a 7 speed stick shift, either newer or vintage but in very good condition. Have searched for new but nobody seems to make them anymore (seems with the big demand for custom choppers/cruisers etc. that Schwinn or Shimano would start making them again). Anyone know of any independent/small bike builders that make stick shifters?|
Any ideas welcome...thanks Mark
RE:WANTED: 7 speed stick shift
posted by JimW. on 10/13/2006 at 7:38:32 AM
| Hi Mark,|
Firebikes makes a billet stick shifter which works with the Nexus7 hub. It's kind of pricey, but it's a very nice piece of work. I think Sam gets about $300 for them.
A lot of people who want to DIY it work with the Shimano twist-grip shifter to do the job. This solution involves welding or clamping a tubing stub the same diameter as handlebar stock to the frame. This gives a mount for the shifter to clamp onto, in the usual way. Then they mount the machined "stick" lever to the rotating grip ring element of the shifter assembly. It works, and I've seen some nice examples.
MISC: NEED WELDING?????
posted by: MARK
on 9/22/2006 at 4:56:40 PM
| HAVE SM. 110 VOLT WELDER THAT CAN HANDLE UP TO 1/4". ALSO CAN DO OTHER ODD JOBS W / BIKES. EMAILS ARE CHECKED DAILY, WHAT DO YOU NEED?|
AGE / VALUE: Hamilton Steel
posted by: peggy91505
on 7/31/2006 at 11:10:50 PM
| I cant seem to find information on this old hamilton steel tricycle. Please help. Thank you in advance for your time. I have photos for anyone interested.|
RE:AGE / VALUE: Hamilton Steel
posted by AviationMetalSmith on 8/9/2006 at 1:09:12 PM
| It's possible that the trike was built by Hamilton Standard.|
The main business the Hamilton Standard company does is aircraft propellers.
The Wright brothers had a bicyclke company too, so I would place the trike in the same genre as a Wright Cycle.
RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Hamilton Steel
posted by nate on 8/28/2006 at 2:10:57 PM
| Can you post some pictures here?|
I recenty saw one of the Wright Brother's bikes at the Air and Space Museum in Washington. Pretty cool.
AGE / VALUE: brakes
posted by: chad
on 7/19/2006 at 1:48:15 AM
| I have a new beach cruzer that I converted into a motorized bike. This thing is sweet, I love it. The only thing is that it only has coster brakes, and at 35 mph that's not cutting it. I need a u brake for the front but with a springer fork and duck tail fenders I'am having a hard time finding one that fits. Dose anyone have a lead?|
RE:AGE / VALUE: brakes
posted by nate on 7/19/2006 at 12:23:32 PM
| It seems like you might be able to expand the hole on the fork that holds the top fender bracket. |
Then find a large brake caliper for a balloon-size tire (Weinmann made one for Schwinns with 2.125 width tires)
Mount the brake caliper through the expanded hole, rig up a cable and you're in business. (I think!)
RE:AGE / VALUE: brakes
posted by AviationMetalSmith on 7/31/2006 at 11:03:40 PM
| The best way to do what you want to do is to rebuild the wheels with MOPED hubs, the kind that have drum brakes. Do it for safety. I don't want you to get hurt.|
WANTED: Two speed hub on industrial bike?
posted by: Mike Lovett
on 7/9/2006 at 10:57:16 AM
| I, like most of us have gotten nostalgic. I had a two speed Typhoon back in the 60's and would like to have the old kickback hub again, I hate cables. I see they sell the hub's ocasionally on Ebay for about $100 for the hub itself but I have never laced the spokes on a rim. If I decide to do this will this hub work with an industrial schwinn (spelling?) cruiser bike? Also if anyone has the two speed hub for sale let me know.|
RE:WANTED: Two speed hub on industrial bike?
posted by JimW. on 7/11/2006 at 4:29:07 AM
| No reason it wouldn't work on that sort of bike. If you didn't want to lace it yourself, most bike shop mechanics can do it for you. |
AGE / VALUE: compact 3wheeler concept
posted by: Ryan
on 6/28/2006 at 6:01:48 AM
| Hi all, I am just looking for some advice, i am working on a prototype for a very compact 3 wheel alternative pedal powered vehicle for city/metropolitan use, which will hopefully be small enoughto be taken into the office once it is completed. unfortunately i am a student and have very little in the way of funds to take this from a larger prototype made of spare parts to the super compact custom prototype which i hope it will become. Because of this i was wondering if anyone could recommend someone, preferably in Australia who may be able to help me out with the final prototype in the interests of putting such a vehicle into production. if anyone has any recommendations i would greatly appreciate it.|
RE:AGE / VALUE: compact 3wheeler concept
posted by Ed on 10/24/2006 at 4:33:51 PM
| Try www.worksmancycles.com this may give you some ideas. Ed|
WANTED: larz Anderson Bicycle Show-August 13th
posted by: Peter Naiman
on 6/22/2006 at 10:01:11 PM
| The Larz Anderson Bicycle Show is less than two months away, on Sunday August 13th with set up time for the Bicycle Concours at 9:00, with show times of 10:00AM-2:00PM. We'll be doing a vintage ride through the Emerald Necklace of Brookline and Boston starting at 8:30AM at the grounds entrance. |
Flyers to all past participants of the Larz Anderson Bicycles Show will be going out within the next week or so. We encourage everyone who is bringing a bike or more to the Concours, that you mail in a your registration forms for the Concours ahead of time to make registration go smoothly for everyone. If you want to pre-register, please email me offlist and I will forward a registration form for the Concours to you.
If you are not sure if you are on our mailing list and would like to be included, please email offlist with your contact information and the list will be updated.
As said before, we'll be putting on our usual Vintage Ride before the show starting at 8:30AM which will go through the Emerald Necklace of Boston and Brookline. If you plan on attending the ride, please pre-register all bikes being entered in the Concourse.
AGE / VALUE: Louisiana Bike Festival Sat June 17
posted by: joel
on 6/12/2006 at 7:58:44 PM
See website for info and lots of pix from previous years.