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Archived: Vintage Lightweights







VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Campy dropout screws posted by: Walter on 8/5/2001 at 5:40:12 AM
I just picked up some new dropout screws (the screws that set the rear wheel location in the dropouts). I've never installed new ones. Either they weren't an option, had vertical dropouts or just used the ones that were there.

Ok, the dropout is "empty" and the new screw is in my hand....I'm sure this is pretty straightforward but I'd appreciate some shared knowledge/experience.

Thanks


   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Campy dropout screws posted by Brian L. on 8/5/2001 at 5:23:52 PM
The knurled knob/nut will be exposed at the rear of the dropout and the wheel will rest against the screw head.






FOR SALE:   Vintage Wheels posted by: Tom on 8/4/2001 at 10:16:33 PM
I have some nice French Road and Race Bike Wheels for sale.
Lot#1: 2 Samir Saminox 27x1 1/4, design where the brakes touch the rims. 4 Wing nuts Soua or 5oua on them also 95 on them.$25US
Lot#2: Normandy large flange alloy hubs, Simplex straight QR levers rubber covers, chrome Araya 27x1 1/4 2 new tires, mint.$35US
Lot#3: Normandy large flange alloy hubs, 1 MM Atom QR, 1 Simplex Juy QR, Rigida Super Chromix 27x1 1/4 with design where brake touches rim, 1 spare rim, 1 is bent.$25US
Lot#4: Normandy large flange alloy hubs, Simplex straight lever QR, Atom freewheel, 14,16,18,20,22, Sewup rims, 1 Ruban Bleu Licence Pivo, 1 Wobler tire, 1 Record Dispose Made in France. Very nice set straight and true. $100US
Lot#5: 2 Mavic Sew Up rims NOS Championnat Du Monde Professionel. 36 hole Has both transfers but are a little wrinkled. These are very nice and rare to find in NOS $75US
Email me if you are interested,buyer pays shipping.








AGE / VALUE:   Wondering about a bike posted by: John on 8/4/2001 at 5:33:46 PM
I have a sanwa bike, 3 speed, all the original stuff even the tires. Does anyone know what it is worth??????


   three strikes posted by John E on 8/5/2001 at 12:34:51 PM
1) 3-speeds (other than rod-brake roadsters in all-original condition) do not tend to be collectible.
2) Japanese bikes (other than 3Rensho, etc.) do not tend to be collectible.
3) Third-tier brands (Sanwa also briefly marketed cheap consumer electronics in the U.S.) do not tend to be collectible.

My best guess: $5-10. Sorry about that ...






AGE / VALUE:   Early Rambler Gear Driven Bike / Wooden Wheels posted by: Ray Austin on 8/4/2001 at 1:58:39 PM
Does anyone have any information on an early RAMBLER GEAR DRIVEN WOODEN WHEEL BICYCLE??? Age, Value or Where to find parts. Thank you, Ray


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Early Rambler Gear Driven Bike / Wooden Wheels posted by JOEL on 8/6/2001 at 1:15:34 PM
Not much info to go on. Columbia (Westfield,...)made a Rambler model for many years. Wooden rims were used from 1800s - 1930s (and on newer racing bikes).

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Early Rambler Gear Driven Bike / Wooden Wheels posted by Ray on 8/6/2001 at 6:16:03 PM
This bike is a model 064 if that helps.






AGE / VALUE:   Early Rambler Gear Driven Bike / Wooden Wheels posted by: Ray Austin on 8/4/2001 at 1:58:39 PM
Does anyone have any information on an early RAMBLER GEAR DRIVEN WOODEN WHEEL BICYCLE??? Age, Value or Where to find parts. Thank you, Ray







AGE / VALUE:    posted by: me on 8/2/2001 at 9:27:49 PM
I sold a 1970's Free sprit to a friend today for $25 and I was afraid I ripped him off. What do you think?
(I tried to give it to him, but he wouldn't take it)


   RE:AGE / VALUE:    posted by Ed on 8/3/2001 at 6:19:54 AM
Your friend will probably get his moneys worth out of it. I pulled one out of the trash a few years ago,tuned it up,sanded the frame and sprayed it with a can of red Rustoleum and gave it to a young college student who was on a low budget. He's still riding it,thinks its great.

   free spirit posted by John E on 8/3/2001 at 10:26:18 AM
If it's one of the older Austrian ones, and if it's in good condition, then the price is right. Even if it's one of the more recent Huffy/Murray boat anchors, it is still probably better than a $90 *-Mart offering.

   RE:free spirit posted by me on 8/5/2001 at 9:59:36 PM
Thanks guys, I feel better. Yeah it was an Austrian and I got it out of the trash too. It was for his daughter and the next day he got another Free spirit (Murray)for his other daughter at a yard sale for $5! He's very happy and so are his kids!






AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Sprint posted by: George Stage on 8/2/2001 at 12:04:01 PM
I have been trying to find out for some time now what the value of this bike is. I know its a 1974 and thats the only year of Sprint I have been able to find. Also I have only found all blue ones. It is in very good condition, only wear being the rear subframe where the chain has chipped off some paint. Otherwise its all origional and no rim bends. The werid feature to this bike is that the frame tube where the seat post fits into is bent(from schwinn not me) that is like a 90degree bend into another than down to the bottom bracket. If anyone has any information at all on this bike please email me. Thanks


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Sprint posted by Oscar on 8/2/2001 at 2:36:23 PM
As far as I know, there is little difference between the Sprint and a Continental except for the curve in the seat tube. A Conti might sell for $30 on a good day.

However, a Sprint is unusual and not seen often. It sounds like you have worked on this, and if you theorize that they were 1974 only, I would go along with it. I have only seen blue ones, as well. Opaque blue...my favorite Schwinn color.

I'd jump on the opprotunity to buy one for a Conti price. I think you have reason to ask $100 for it. My brother in law in California has one in his garage. I'm going to make a move on it next summer. "Hey Larry. Ride much lately? No....

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Sprint posted by george on 8/3/2001 at 9:44:27 AM
Thanks for the help. And by the way I am selling it and I guess it would be for under $100. If anyone wants to offer, feel free, im in Ohio.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Sprint posted by Bob Hufford on 8/7/2001 at 8:04:52 PM
From Eric Amlie's notes:

1974: 10 speed. First year for this model. Stem shifters. 38 to 100 gear range. Chain wheel guard. Oval head badge. Center pull brakes with suicide levers. Painted tubular fork. 27 x 1¼ tires. Special short wheelbase frame with bent seat tube. Looks like it falls between the Varsity and the Continental. Colors were Opaque Blue, Opaque Red, and Kool Lemon. Frame sizes men’s 22", 24". $129.95. Optional thorn-resistant tubes, $5.30.

1975: 10 speed. Stem shifters. 38 to 100 gear range. GT-260 rear derailleur. Chain wheel guard. Oval head badge. Center pull brakes with suicide levers. Painted tubular fork. 27 x 1¼ tires. Special short wheelbase frame with bent seat tube. Looks like it falls between the Varsity and the Continental. Colors were Sky Blue, Flamboyant Red, and Chestnut. Frame sizes men’s 22", 24". $149.95. Optional thorn-resistant tubes, $6.00.

I just gave one away in a fit of garage cleaning ...

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Sprint posted by George on 8/9/2001 at 5:02:10 AM
Thanks for the help.






FOR SALE:   Dawes posted by: Ray on 8/2/2001 at 12:07:37 PM
Is it just me or has the hobby really gone flat. I have a bike on sale right now on ebay that is getting no traction. It is one fantastic Brit bike, a Dawes 15 speed from the late 70s or early 80s. Note the tripple ring TA cranks that are almost flawless. Has the economy hit ebay or just this hobby?
http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1173209095


   RE:FOR SALE:   Dawes posted by Brian L. on 8/2/2001 at 12:54:05 PM
Unfortunately, Dawes don't get much respect. Nice ride. What's your reserve?

   RE:FOR SALE:   Dawes posted by Bob on 8/2/2001 at 1:38:21 PM
Your Dawes is certainly nice, but it is at an awkward age. If you hit a Dawes collector who needs to fill a gap in his collection then you might get a "good" price, but when I look at a bike like this I see it as a bike to ride not to collect. Bikes to ride, with mixed components, are not in high demand.

   RE:FOR SALE:   Dawes posted by desmo on 8/2/2001 at 6:53:14 PM
I agree, although a great rider this bike has near zero collector appeal. Very few bikes of this vintage seem to draw much in the way of bids and as was pointed out Dawes has never had much cachet as a brand. The TA crank is nice, but the rest of the components are too mundane to excite the bidders. Even in full Nuovo Record, it would likely only fetch 400 dollars at best.

Collectors seem to have very narrow tastes. If it's not one of the very few brands they worship like Herse or early Cinellis they just don't want to know about it. Even pedigreed thouroughbreds like Atalas, Legnanos and the like seem to elicit more yawns than interest from the nameplate snobs. The upside of this is there are tons of beautiful exciting vintage lightweights that can be acquired for what I think are ridiculously low prices.

   c. 1980 bicycles posted by John E on 8/3/2001 at 10:37:32 AM
I have two bikes of your approximate vintage: a very nice mostly-NR Bianchi and a decent Peugeot PKN-10. Each has a mixed-tube frameset (double-butted Columbus SL or Reynolds 531 main triangle). From what I can tell from eBay, they worth about $250 and $100, respectively. I agree with the other posts -- that era produced some great, practical road bikes. If the snobs have not yet discovered them, so be it. Mine are daily drivers, not museum pieces.

   RE:Too good to miss posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 8/4/2001 at 1:04:28 PM
Pulling it all out of the dumpster, piecing together the whole story, not just one example. Field tripping to satisfy my own curiousity,my intersts lay in more then the one piece of equipment, but in all of it. The history, people,shops,the times they had and lived in. I want to see what became of it, talking to the people, getting dead ends and "I don't know's" finding neat things in cool places, never losing my faith. Getting to know this wonderful country and it's history. Bicycle, car,motorcycle, branching off into whatever interesting things I am luckly enough to experience.Riding and having fun. Living and enjoying every moment because you never know what will happen tomorrow. The city is a huge wonderful extravaganza and the night is young. I want to taste it, feel it, smell it, ride it and enjoy it all. Im digging in the old places because you don't see it out in the streets today all that often and it was too good to miss.






AGE / VALUE:   Condor fixed gear w/rod brakes posted by: Scott on 8/1/2001 at 4:44:29 PM
Came across a black Condor with matching leather saddle, double top tube and rod brakes. It's a fixed gear with turned down handlebars. Any idea as to vintage and value? It's in really great condition. Thanks.







AGE / VALUE:   Condor fixed gear w/rod brakes posted by: Scott on 8/1/2001 at 4:44:29 PM
Came across a black Condor with matching leather saddle, double top tube and rod brakes. It's a fixed gear with turned down handlebars. Any idea as to vintage and value? It's in really great condition. Thanks.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Condor fixed gear w/rod brakes posted by Warren on 8/1/2001 at 8:45:11 PM
It's likely that your Condor was not fixed in it's original configuration. Double top tubes with rod brakes screams 3 speed or 1 speed roadster, althought they did share rear facing dropouts. What size wheels are on it and what make are the hubs?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Condor fixed gear w/rod brakes posted by Warren on 8/1/2001 at 8:45:35 PM
It's likely that your Condor was not fixed in it's original configuration. Double top tubes with rod brakes screams 3 speed or 1 speed roadster, althought they did share rear facing dropouts. What size wheels are on it and what make are the hubs?






MISC:   A puzzle posted by: Bob on 8/1/2001 at 12:17:40 PM
I rode my Sutter to work this morning. When I appied the front brake it felt as though I had a loose head set. I got off the bike, checked the headset -- it seems tight with no wobble. I checked the connection of the brake to the frame -- it seems tight. I checked the wheel axle and it is tight.
Everything seems tight. But when I apply the brake to stop it feels like the front brake is "catching" at one point on the wheel and that headset is loose and shifting around.
The wheel is in pretty good shape -- probably +/- several hundreths of an inch side to side wobble. Rim is fairly new with no obvious problems. Replacing the wheel does not seem to fix the problem (unless both wheels have the same problem?).
Any suggestions?


   RE:MISC:   A puzzle posted by Warren on 8/1/2001 at 8:47:54 PM
If I were a betting man I would say it's the brake.






MISC:   Current Events… posted by: VVVintage Vintage Bicycles at OldRoads.com on 8/1/2001 at 7:34:13 AM
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1) The shop will be closed the week of August 4 – 10, 2001. No orders will ship during this week.

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AGE / VALUE:   Free Spirit/Physiofit posted by: Mary on 7/31/2001 at 7:35:47 PM
Ok, it's not a schwinn, but it looks like one! I've acquired a matching set of Free Spirit "Physiofit" bikes. No gears,older looking with thin whitewalled tires(now yellow). Thin red frames with wide chrome handle bars, black sponge grips;chrome fenders - beautiful condition!The peddles though look more recent,wide and flat. Help.







VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   BSA on ebay posted by: Oscar on 7/31/2001 at 12:06:17 PM
http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1171618601

First thing I would do pull down the handlebar. Otherwise, it's a pretty cool ride. (Yes, I'd ride it once in a while.)

nmna (not mine no association)


   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   BSA on ebay posted by Walter on 8/2/2001 at 11:32:53 AM
I'd ride it too, though long ago I swore to never deal with a cottered crank again. Looks like the frame/sheels will clean up nice. If the derailleur can be brought back to life it'd be a neat rider.






VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   eclipse bicycle? posted by: paul patzkowsky on 7/31/2001 at 11:19:40 AM
I am seeking info on a bike I have just acquired. Decals on the seat, head and down tubes say "Eclipse" with a yellow sunburst in the background. Front and rear dropouts are campagnolo. Nothing to indicate country of origin or type of steel in tubes. Brakes and levers are Modolo and all other components are NR campy except the derailleurs which are SR Campy. Two sets of wheels: one with Maillard hubs and the other with Campy Record hubs and Wolber 27x1 rims. Can anyone tell me anything about this bike?


   eclipse bicycle? posted by John E on 8/2/2001 at 11:06:27 AM
That's a new one on me, but it sounds comparable to my Bianchi. Are the BB cups marked 36mm x 24TPI, i.e., Italian? (If not, try this quick test: unscrew just the lockring, and see how it fits over a known English (35mm x 24TPI) adjustable cup.)

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   eclipse bicycle? posted by paul patzkowsky on 8/2/2001 at 7:53:19 PM
An additional note on the Eclipse bicycle. It may have been repainted. The decals, however, are definitely intended for some kind of bicycle. They fit the tubing too well to be anything else.