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MISC:   Raleigh Cruiser posted by: Bryant on 5/26/2002 at 2:43:43 PM
I just picked up a Raleigh 10 speed cruiser at a yard sale. It is a 10 speed, with the Nottingham England uner The Raleigh on the decal on the fender, and on the head tube plate. It has Huret stem shifters, front derailleur and Alvit rear derailler. Has a Brooks comfort saddle, cruiser handlebars and brake levers. The front and rear fenders are in good shape and overall there is very little rust on the bike except for the front rim. On closer inspection, the down tube seems to hav a hole in it by the lower cable stops, Looks like someone used a drill on it. a few questions, Where do I look for the serial number, and how can I tell what year it was built. Also I don't see a model name on it anywhere, any ideas about what it is??. Finally should I be worried about the hole in the downtube?? Thanks for any help you can give me.


   RE:MISC:   Raleigh Cruiser posted by David on 5/27/2002 at 12:48:37 PM
Sounds like a Record (more likely) or a Grand Prix. The GP usually has a black panel on the down tube w/Raleigh name, seat stays curve around at the top, and fancier lugs at the steering head. Basic bike-boomer.

   RE:MISC:   Raleigh Cruiser posted by Bryant on 5/27/2002 at 7:50:33 PM
I don't think it is a Record or GP unless they made them with cruiser handlebars and fenders. I had a Grand Prix, and it was a road bike, as was the Record.
Found something else out, I think I've got Sturmey Archer Hubs. Didn't know they made 10 speed hubs. These have a little slide thingy in the middle of the hub that covers a hole. Am I supposed to oil the hubs?? If I tear them down, can I use my regular bike grease or do I use 30 weight.?? And the freewheel looks like it takes a Shimano Bottom Bracket tool to take it off. Looks like I'll be visiting my local bike dealer in order to get the freewhell off.
Still haven't found a serial number. This is fun!!

   RE:RE:MISC:   Raleigh Cruiser posted by Walter on 5/27/2002 at 9:19:15 PM
Ypu can inject grease through that hole or you can tear them down in "normal" fashion. I'd probably tear them down.

   RE:MISC:   Raleigh Cruiser posted by Wayne on 5/28/2002 at 12:51:16 AM
Hi,
Most, but not all Raleighs had their serial numbers either
on the bottom of the bottom bracket OR on back of the seat
tube, about three inches below the top. Let us know what you
find there.
Wayne

   RE:MISC:   Raleigh Cruiser posted by Oscar on 5/28/2002 at 1:16:26 AM
Wouldn't a S-A freewheel hub with an oil port be a high-end thing?

   RE:RE:MISC:   Raleigh Cruiser posted by Warren on 5/28/2002 at 2:47:56 AM
Sturmey made a 5 speed freewheel for a generation of Sports models in the 70's. They were 5 speeds and they used up the last of the 26 x 1 1/4 (EA1) rims that Sturmey had started to make after Dunlop got out of bikes. I've never seen an oil port on one though. This sounds like an odd bike. More details (or pictures) may help.

   RE:MISC:   Raleigh Cruiser posted by David on 5/29/2002 at 9:55:48 PM
I'll have to vote for the Sprite 27 now. Does it have a guard on the chainwheel to keep from chewing up cuffs? Do both hubs have the oil hole or only the rear one?

   RE:MISC:   Raleigh Cruiser posted by Bryant on 5/28/2002 at 11:06:51 AM
Well I got her torn down and started to clean her up. There is the remains of a sticker saying ??-30 high carbon near the top of the seat tube. Probably just 1030 tubing. It did come with a cool two legged kick stand that holds the bike real steady, much better than the normal one legged kind. I'll try to get some pictures out.

   RE:MISC:   Raleigh Cruiser posted by Bryant on 5/28/2002 at 11:17:01 AM
I think I found the bike on eBay. It looks a lot like the Raleigh Sprite on http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1831549839. The color and size is right as are the fenders and bike rack. I couldn't see the brakes though, Mine are steel and say Made in England on the back, and My Brooks saddle has the two large springs in the back. The seller said he couldn't find a serial number either. Any other info on the Sprite??






AGE / VALUE:   Raleigh Cruiser posted by: Bryant on 5/26/2002 at 2:43:43 PM
I just picked up a Raleigh 10 speed cruiser at a yard sale. It is a 10 speed, with the Nottingham England uner The Raleigh on the decal on the fender, and on the head tube plate. It has Huret stem shifters, front derailleur and Alvit rear derailler. Has a Brooks comfort saddle, cruiser handlebars and brake levers. The front and rear fenders are in good shape and overall there is very little rust on the bike except for the front rim. On closer inspection, the down tube seems to hav a hole in it by the lower cable stops, Looks like someone used a drill on it. a few questions, Where do I look for the serial number, and how can I tell what year it was built. Also I don't see a model name on it anywhere, any ideas about what it is??. Finally should I be worried about the hole in the downtube?? Thanks for any help you can give me.







FOR SALE:   Vintage Racing bike F/S 3lb frame posted by: Stephen on 5/26/2002 at 2:18:11 AM
Hello,
I have a vintage racing bike that I found in an old bike shop some years ago
and made a trade for it because it had a neat look about it.(Have you ever bought
something because you just liked it?)
Well ,its time to clean my shed out so I can work on my model T.(No Joke)
The bike I was told was hand made in Northern Virginia in the 60's,and it is made of chromoly and
weighs only 3 lbs.
The rims are Nisi ,hubs are vintage 60's campy, (its missing the BB),the cranks are Maxy,
throwing in some lightweight NOS Lyotard pedals,old pedals are included.
Nice light bike for $135. plus actual shipping.
Please write for pictures.....at







AGE / VALUE:   Peugeot Women's 60's? posted by: Janice on 5/26/2002 at 1:59:41 AM
Just bought a women's Peugeot, seller estimated it was from '61 -'68 due to decals. It's in quite good shape, but I want to clean it up more, would like reference material. I have surfed the 'net quite a bit looking for ways to date it, but didn't have a lot of luck. Serial number is on left drop out, not bottom bracket. Any tips would be greatly appreciated, especially site with photos of decals.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Peugeot Women's 60's? posted by Warren on 5/26/2002 at 2:52:51 AM
Higher quality models are featured at http://www.classicrendezvous.com/PX-10.htm and you can get great french info at http://www.sheldonbrown.com/velos.html

The PX10 site gives great reference pics for decals which may or may not allow you to date your frame. I was able to date a '67 base model frame but a women's model may be harder.






AGE / VALUE:   Shogun Road Bike... posted by: Fred A on 5/25/2002 at 7:17:24 PM
Hi all...

Once again I passed a garage sale with a voice calling out saying "buy me". It's a 12 speed Shogun Samurai with full Shimano 105 groupo, Tange, chromoly frame,etc. The frame shape is what struck me most. It's almost identical to the GT road bikes with the rear forks attaching to the top tube ahead of the seat post. (It also came with a Vetta cyclometer attached and working). Frame size is a little small.........but for $23 I'm not complaining!

Does anyone have any idea what these were going for when new? I have a Shogun 400 that I love, but this bike runs rings around it!

Thanks in advance.........


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Shogun Road Bike... posted by Elvis on 5/29/2002 at 8:16:59 PM
I do know that 105 was one of Shimano's better lines. I have an old PUCH road bike, their "100 year" model, and it came with Dura-Ace, which is one of the better component lines. Someone added 105 aerodynamic brake levers to the bars at a later point, and the seem to work great. As I understand it, the quality of Shimano stuff was
Ultegra -top of the line
Dura-ace / 105 Pretty darn good. I'm no expert, but if the bike came stock with 105, chances are it's a higher end model.






AGE / VALUE:   QUALITY 27" TIRES posted by: Kevin K on 5/25/2002 at 1:59:27 PM
Hi all. I've read several posts about quality 27" tires getting harder to find. Just a heads up. If you go to Continentals site you'll find several sizes of 27" tires all the way down to 7/8" and I believe 120 psi. Several other brands are out there also. If all else fails ebay and swap meets. A couple years ago I saw a stack of 27" tires for sale. All NOS. Michelin, Panaracer and Schwinn tires. $1-$5 ea. I've also purchased garage sale bikes solely for the new tires that were put on it and never ridden. Has anyone ever contacted a manufacturer about bringing back additional 27" tires that were dropped from product line? Happy Memorial Day to all. Kevin K


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   QUALITY 27 posted by Warren on 5/25/2002 at 8:39:14 PM
I can find at least a few (local) shops that still have quality 27" tires...I think Harris Cyclery has several brands. Continentals are still produced and are really inexpensive...they don't last too long but seem to roll nicely. It may be a bit of a myth that these tires are in short supply.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   QUALITY 27 posted by Oscar on 5/25/2002 at 9:19:46 PM
My local Performance Bike Shop stocks 27 x 1 1/8 and 27 x 1" tires, though you have to shop early to get the 1"ers. I have a set of nos 7/8", but very few rims are narrow enough for them to mount on. Good news about the Conti's, Kevin. It stands to reason that since there are millions of 27" wheels still on the road, that there must be some kind of money to be make in stocking nice tires for them. Just when I was thinking we would be stuck with WalMart 27 x 1 1/4 tires.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   QUALITY 27 posted by Keith on 5/28/2002 at 2:34:57 PM
I've had very good experience with the IRC Road Winner, but I still favor Continental Sport tires -- I have a set fo the older German-made Sport 100s on the fixie I rode to work today. GREAT NEWS -- CONTI MAKES ITS NEW GATORSKIN IN 27 X 1 AND 1/4 -- I RODE THIS TIRE ON A TANDEM ON TOSERV (DOUBLE CENTURY) WITH MY SON, AND IT CORNERS BEAUTIFULLY COMPARED TO MOST 27s -- AND ITS BUI8LT TO LAST.






VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Removal of old license sticker posted by: Gralyn on 5/25/2002 at 1:30:17 PM
I got started on my latest project - an old Hercules (I posted on it a few days ago). It has a big license sticker on the seat tube, it has some type of reflector sticker tape on the forks, it has some type of tape that looks like chrome also on the seat tube. None of that looks original - and I doubt it is. What is the best way to remove them without damaging the paint? I was thinking about trying a hair dryer - the peeling them off. Will a hair dryer be hot enough? Will that work?


   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Removal of old license sticker posted by Kevin K on 5/25/2002 at 2:14:43 PM
Hi Gralyn. Start with the hair dryer/heat gun. That should remove the bulk of the sticker or tape. I then use wax to remove the left over glue residue. This works almost every time. If not use a wax / grease remover. Be careful as some of these WILL soften up the paint. Good luck, Kevin

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Removal of old license sticker posted by Eric Amlie on 5/25/2002 at 4:27:35 PM
I'll second what Kevin has to say. Usually the stickers won't come off all in one piece, even after heating. I just warm them up and work at them with my thumb nail (makes for a sore thumb nail as the sticker jambs up under it). Usually mineral spirits (paint thinner) will dissolve the left over adhesive and won't soften the paint.

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Removal of old license sticker posted by Hallyx on 5/25/2002 at 11:22:42 PM
As well as the prior suggestions, I've had marginal success with Goo-Gone or other citrus degreaser. I try to avoid heat.

In my past life as a custom motorcycle painter, I used to enjoy removing those tacky vinyl stick-on graphics with a "flapper wheel": a stack of a dozen or more 9"diameter x 2mm thick soft plastic (like a mylar eraser) discs chucked together on a mandrel, driven with a standard drill motor. The only way, besides tedious and dangerous hand scraping, to get that crap off plastic parts --- and it doesn't harm the paint. Available at your local automotive paint supply outlet.

Hallyx

   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Removal of old license sticker posted by Stacey on 5/26/2002 at 11:38:04 AM
Ronson lighter fluid had always worked well for me, it will even remove the ugly store price stickers (stickier than a fresh piece of bazooka bubble gum) from a book cover without damage to the underlying artwork or cover.






AGE / VALUE:   Old Olmo for sale posted by: Steven on 5/25/2002 at 4:09:06 AM
Check out this 1959 Olmo for sale on E-bay: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1831508802


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Old Olmo for sale posted by Walter on 5/25/2002 at 5:04:58 PM
I like it, like it alot actually. Enough to where I've put it on my watchlist. In all liklihood won't bid but.......

I can imagine the reaction that guy got riding that style bike on US roads during the "I Like Ike" era. Harder still to imagine the reaction from passing motorists if he wore wool jersey/shorts!

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Old Olmo for sale posted by Steven on 5/26/2002 at 12:59:00 AM
If you think wool shorts back then was something, I bought my first lycra skinsuit in 1978. I was the first one in town to dare that. Having survived through the jokes and the questions about my masculinity regarding the shaved legs, I thought the skinsuit would be easy. I was wrong! I still get kidded about it today. I would have bid on the Olmo myself if the frame size was larger.






AGE / VALUE:   Shimano Article in Bicycle Retailer News magazine posted by: chris on 5/24/2002 at 9:08:34 PM
I only heard about this, and the actual magazine is kept under wraps by the owner because of too much information. This magazine is intended for the people near the inner workings of the industry. Shop owners, mechanics, the informed and enlightened few.
Still, I was told to pick up anything internal gear hub related. Shifters, triggers, cables, whole hubs, replacement hub parts. I'll never see the article, nor will most of us. But I'd like to hear what is said.
"Keep the people in the dark, it's the American way" he said with a smile.

It's stupid of me to hope the shop is not busy at this time of year. No time to talk or build wheels







VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Campy Delta Brakes posted by: Greg on 5/24/2002 at 6:11:59 PM
I recently picked up a set of grey anodized Campy C Record Delta brakes and would like to learn a lttle more about them. Does anyone know how long Campy made the grey gruppo?
Is the grey gruppo rare? How long did Campy manufacture Delta brakes? Any info will be appreciated.


   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Campy Delta Brakes posted by Hallyx on 5/24/2002 at 7:34:24 PM
Recently, there was a nice write-up on the Delta brake and C-Record group on Campy Only http://www.campyonly.com/

Hallyx

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Campy Delta Brakes posted by Chuck Schmidt on 5/25/2002 at 12:53:21 AM
Well, here are my recollections of those lazy hazy by-gone-days of life
on the Delta...er, make that Campagnolo Deltas...

Intro'd circa 1985 with the quick release on the top of the caliper and
internals that rusted.

I bought a 1985 Bianchi Centennario (celebrating their 100th year
anniversary) that was equipped with the brand spankin' new Record C
(initially called Record 180). It wasn't Delta equipped as the brake
had already been recalled, so the Bianchi came with sidepulls based on
the 1983 Campy "50th anniversary" side pull. The calipers were dark
grey anodized and pantographed with a bold serial number where the brake
shoe bolted on.

The 1986 Campy catalog shows the Record C group with a sidepull brake
caliper (silver anodized, also based on the Campy "50th anniversary"
caliper, but with blue jewel called the Cobalto caliper). A later Campy
catalog the same year (1986) shows the new Delta brake with the QR in
the brake lever and an adjuster in the top of the caliper. I was told
by people at Campagnolo that besides the move to stainless steel, there
was a slight change in geometry to the scissor-action guts inside to
give a stronger braking action.

These 2nd generation Deltas were part of the Record C group until the
introduction of the dual-pivot sidepull brake caliper in 1994.

There was a Croce D' Aune version of the Record C Delta whose most
obvious difference was that it had exposed springs on the back of the
caliper body. Croce came out in 1987 and was intended to be the group
of choice among professional racers. This did not happen as
professionals continued to use the Record C group.

An additonal note here. Don't overlook the significance of the Colbalto
brake being part of the Record C group and not, as commonly thought,
part of the earlier Super Record group. The Colbalto came into
existence because of the initial recall of the 1st generation Delta
brake.

The grey "Century" finish was only for one year I remember.

Chuck Schmidt
South Pasadena, California
http://www.velo-retro.com (Campagnolo Timeline)






WANTED:   Firestone Vagabond Dix Vitesse posted by: John on 5/23/2002 at 11:34:59 PM
Saw a Firestone Vagabond Dix Vitesse 10 speed for sale today. Not familiar with this brand and its bicycles. Anyone familiar with this brand, Model name or desire to collect this type of bike, I would appreciate any info please. In fair shape, very little rust, covered with cobwebs from being kept in barn or attic. Has an original BMA certification sticker on the seat tube.







WANTED:   Firestone Vagabond Dix Vitesse posted by: John on 5/23/2002 at 11:34:59 PM
Saw a Firestone Vagabond Dix Vitesse 10 speed for sale today. Not familiar with this brand and its bicycles. Anyone familiar with this brand, Model name or desire to collect this type of bike, I would appreciate any info please. In fair shape, very little rest, covered with cobwebs from being kept in barn or attic. Has an original BMA certification sticker on the seat tube.







AGE / VALUE:   Peugeot componentry? posted by: Warren on 5/23/2002 at 11:16:14 PM
Just another UO-8 I thought...gaspipe but it had a Stronglight alloy crankset...the blocky looking one with one big flute and larger bolt hole diameter. Then I see it's got Cinelli 64 bars...Giro d'Italia model. And finally it had a 13-21 Regina GS Corse block on the standard Rigida/Normandy wheelset. So I bought it for the parts.

Are these aftermarket or standard OEM? John?


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Peugeot componentry? posted by Steven on 5/24/2002 at 1:46:05 PM
The Stronglight could have been original but the chances of either the cinelli or regina ever having been OE are almost nil

    Peugeot componentry? posted by John E on 5/24/2002 at 9:36:15 PM
Are you sure it was a UO-8? Peugeot used very similar decals and paint schemes across the entire product line. If the frame has an integral derailleur hanger, then it is probably a PR-10 / PKN-10, instead, and the original crankset would have been PX-10-style Stronglights. In the U.S., UO-8s came with French (e.g. Atom) 14-26 or 14-28 freewheels, whereas the PA-10, PR-10, and PX-10 used French 14-21 freewheels.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Peugeot componentry? posted by Jonathan on 5/25/2002 at 4:33:19 AM
I have a Peugeot that has Huret-Alvit front and rear derailers. The frame is NOT lugged...at least not externally. What model might this one be?
It rides very well with Carbolite 103 tubing. It has campy type dropouts. The cranks are French made.

   RE: Peugeot componentry? posted by Warren on 5/25/2002 at 8:46:40 PM
It was actually a UO-18...it's got those lighting wire clips on the downtube and seatstay...pressed steel dropouts etc. Thanks for the help.






AGE / VALUE:   New meets old in a small package posted by: Keith on 5/23/2002 at 6:04:48 PM
Speaking of smaler bikes, look at http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1830736878 You NEED this for your wife, partner, significant other, or yourself if it would fit. And even as a vintage fan I've got to admit the new Campy is wonderful.







AGE / VALUE:   Maserati MT-3 posted by: David Federici on 5/23/2002 at 11:01:31 AM
I have two Maserati bicycles. One is a MT-9 and the other is an MT-3.
The MT-3 is fitted with Campy Nuovo Record equipment, Cinelli bars and stem,
Columbus tubing, Fiamme rims, and Universal sidepull brakes. I believe
the bike is from the mid 1970's and I have owned it for more than 25 years.
Does anyone have any information on Maserati bicycles or have an idea of
what this would be worth. If so, please let me know at fedman@sprintmail.com.
I would appreciate any help that anyone would provide. Dave


     Maserati MT-3 posted by John E on 5/23/2002 at 1:59:52 PM
Check the usual spots, sheldonbrown.com and classicrendezvous.com. I recall seeing some Maserati data on one of them.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Maserati MT-3 posted by Warren on 5/25/2002 at 11:02:21 AM
I have a Maserati frame and fork that I have had since the late 70's. It had been repainted before I got it. It is waiting to be repainted now. I have been trying to get a photo of one for some time via this site, so that I can reproduce the decals as per original. Any assistance with artwork or a photo much appreciated.
As far as value goes I dont know, but it is an interesting Italian bike to have, specially if you are into cars as well as bikes. Mine has all Nuovo record and is a good solid bike that rides well.
Warren (Australia)