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Archived: Vintage Lightweights







AGE / VALUE:   LeJeune Racer posted by: Martin Lopez on 7/8/2002 at 3:32:14 PM
I found and old LeJeune 12 speed Racer. It is Blue with Red and chrome drops, It has Stronglight Cranks, simplex derailuers, Mopac brakes. I am interested on the year it might have been made and how rare this bike is, also if it is worth restoring?
Any help is appreciated.
Thanks
ML


      LeJeune Racer posted by John E on 7/9/2002 at 2:01:28 AM
The 6-speed freewheel, if original, suggests 1980s. LeJeune made a line of bikes. During the early 1970s, Bikecology [Supergo] sold some with TA Professional cranks, Simplex gear, and Mafac centerpull brakes, for just over $200. Can you find any traces of Reynolds 531 decals? Sheldonbrown.com has lots of good advice for owners of French bikes.

   RE:   LeJeune Racer posted by Oscar on 7/9/2002 at 4:33:53 AM
Hey, John! Where ya been? I had to disassemble a freewheel without you.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   LeJeune Racer posted by Martin on 7/9/2002 at 1:28:20 PM
Yeah I screwed up in my discription, It is a 5 speed competition cycles freewheel, it does have a reynolds sticker going down the seat tube...It is mostly red with the head tube being blue. It does have Mafac Racer centerpull brakes...I was thinking that it looked like a 70's bike... What would the bike be worth these days? Even though I only paid $10.00 at a second hand store.
Thanks for the info...
Martin

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   LeJeune Racer posted by smg on 7/9/2002 at 5:02:22 PM
$10 for the bike means that you have plenty to spare for what's likely needed to get it back on the road: New chain & freewheel, and new tires. Result would be a very nice ride. "Worth". . .hard to say; depends on which buyer you might connect with. Up side is a 531 frame and the French mystique; down side is the probable French threads.
I haven't noticed many Jeunets offered on eBay, though there are usually some Peugeots, Gitanes, and Motobecanes. I would suggest going to the "classicrendezvous" site and and see how your Jeunet compares to the various models of those makes. Then observe what they go for as an indication of the market. And you can still ride it!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   LeJeune Racer posted by Martin on 7/9/2002 at 6:18:36 PM
Well actually I ride it when i don't ride my Cannondale. I just thought it was a cool bike, and really the only thing I need to change are the bars, it has some really small flimsy looking bars on it now. The rest is in very good condition..The only things i have done to it so far is put some new tires/tubes and cleaned it... But your right it probably could use a new chain and brake cables. ThanksML






AGE / VALUE:   Lotus Challenger posted by: Bryant on 7/8/2002 at 11:17:10 AM
Another yard sale, another bike. I was looking at a bike with a broken spoke, the rear derailleur hanging by its cable, and about 10 years of dust and crud on it. I saw it was a Lotus, and had Tange 1000 CroMo tubing and 503 Forks. I talked the guy down to $15 and bought the bike. Don't know much about Lotus or Tange, but I figure CroMo is CroMo. Any information on Tange tubing as well as any information on where the Lotus Challenger fits in would be appreciated.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Lotus Challenger posted by Gralyn on 7/8/2002 at 1:57:19 PM
I have a Lotus Grand Prix - which I bought new. I would guess your model is above mine...as mine was near the lower end. I have the Chro-Mo frame....but no special fork. Araya 27 X 1 1/8" rims....mine has the original center-pull dia-compe brakes....sun tour...5-speed cassette (with a very wide range). What componentry is on your bike?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Lotus Challenger posted by Bryant on 7/8/2002 at 2:59:41 PM
Mine is a 12 speed with Shimano Light Action Derailleurs and stem shifters, DiaCompe side pull brakes front and rear with suicide levers, Araya 27X1 1/4in rims. The front tire was replaced with a Rigida steel rim. The crank and rings were Alloy cotterless but I don't remeber the make.
I plan on replacing the derailleurs with Shimano 600 from that timeframe, downtube shifters, replace the front wheel with a spare Araya alloy wheel I have, drop the suicide levers and take it out for a test drive. Any idea what year model this one would be??

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Lotus Challenger posted by Gralyn on 7/8/2002 at 5:57:50 PM
Does it have 5-speed or 6-speed rear cassette? Does it have a hex bolt on the stem - or a recessed allen bolt? Does it have bar tape...or the foam rubber grips? Does it have quick release wheels?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Lotus Challenger posted by Bryant on 7/8/2002 at 7:57:53 PM
It has the 6 speed rear cassette, the recessed allen bolt, those nasty foam rubber grips (already torn off) and Quick release hubs.(at least the rear was quick release, the front was a replacement wheel and was a bolt on).

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Lotus Challenger posted by Gralyn on 7/9/2002 at 5:03:22 PM
Sounds like mid-80's

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Lotus Challenger posted by Keith on 7/9/2002 at 8:23:51 PM
Sheldon Brown sez: The Lotus brand was introduced in 1980. They were made by made by Tsunoda, distributed by Alpha Cycle, Syosset NY.
Odyssey, 1981
A sporty 18-speed, with a racing-type frame

At the risk of repeating myself one time too many, I have an '83 Lotus Competition that's pretty nice -- all Campy NR, Columbus tubing, chromed headlugs with cutouts, chromed pantographed fork crown, lugs appear to have been thinned. Overall, a nice Japanese bike trying to be an Italian bike.






AGE / VALUE:   Ted Williams Model Sears 10speed posted by: Neil Edelman on 7/8/2002 at 1:50:40 AM
I'm trying to find some information on a Ted Williams Sport Racer Sears model bike. It was my dad's and i belive it is from the mid to late 60's but i'm not sure. Any info would be appreciated


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Ted Williams Model Sears 10speed posted by dafydd on 7/8/2002 at 1:08:54 PM
We had one at the shop I work at not too long ago. It was made by Free Spirit (?), and had 531 main tubes! I don't recall much aside from that, sorry.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Ted Williams Model Sears 10speed posted by Chris on 7/8/2002 at 6:12:57 PM
Ted passed away like two days ago. I have seen tires with his signature on them.






AGE / VALUE:   FREE 1974 Schwinn Sprint frame only posted by: Kevin K on 7/7/2002 at 5:01:55 PM
Hi. Please see for sale section for details. Thanks, Kevin







VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   DRYSDAL SPECIAL posted by: MIKE on 7/6/2002 at 10:06:14 PM
Oh yeah i forgot to mention that i used to live in Acton. where are you guys located? I and the bike live in boston,so I'm not far. write back.-mike


   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   DRYSDAL SPECIAL posted by Walter on 7/6/2002 at 10:33:04 PM
Well I'm in Fla so I'm afraid I won't get to see your bike in the flesh" anytime soon but if you could post some pictures I'd appreciate it. I really like racers of that vintage and hope one day to find one.

I've never heard of the builder but if I run across something I'll post it here for you.

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   DRYSDAL SPECIAL posted by Schwinnderella on 7/7/2002 at 1:56:01 AM
I have seen a couple of these,they are handsome bikes. I have seen a few references here and there.Classic Rendevous has a small mention.
http://www.classicrendezvous.com/USA/drysdale_home.htm

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   DRYSDAL SPECIAL posted by Warren on 7/7/2002 at 2:12:23 AM
I've seen them discussed on other lists...really fine bikes made by a North East builder...I thought he was long Island based. Truly a special bike...congrats






VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   1940's DRYSDALE SPECIAL posted by: mike on 7/6/2002 at 9:31:33 PM
I recently inherited a 1940's DRYSDALE SPECIAL track bike from my late grandfather. It was built by Alvin Drysdale, one of the first American framebuilders, sometime in the early forties in New York City. This bike is in mint condition. All I had to do was replace some spokes, and some small hardware. Its black with white and red artistic pinstripes. it's built with Reynolds 531 tubing, with beutiful multi pointed lugs, and a litlle oil port on the bottom bracket shell. It has German hubs made by Durkoop with high driled out flanges, built to Dunlop special lightweight steel rims with the spokes soldered where they cross,Chater Lea cranks with CL machined in the chainwheel, and sports a "itch pitch" chain, Brooks B17, chater lea collored headset, gorgeous handlebars. It's the most most beutiful bicycle I've ever seenbut sorry folks I dont have a scanner,I'm working on that.
If anyone knows where i can find info on DRYSDALE CYCLES, Arthur Drysdale,etc. please write back
Thanks-Mike







AGE / VALUE:   Phillips Made in England not the USA posted by: Aileen on 7/6/2002 at 7:15:32 PM
My Phillips was made in Nottingham England not the Unites States. Its a five or ten speed not sure as gear control is missing, but believe it to be a 5 speed. The seat is a Brooks and was also made in England. It has no other markings on it except "Genuine Lightweight". I enjoy riding her and have been told its old (1950's maybe??) but no other info than that. All help appreciated, Thank you, Aileen


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Phillips Made in England not the USA posted by Keith on 7/9/2002 at 2:31:14 PM
Phillips is yet asnother brand name that Raleigh gobbled in about 1960. Your bike sounds like a Raleigh Sprite, if it's a 5-speed, branded as a Phillips. Raleigh did this so it could offer different dealers distinct brands, so one shop would have Raleigh, the one down the block Phillips, and the shop two streets over Dunelt, Hercules, etc. What is the brand of the derailleur? Are the handlebars upright, like a 3-speed, or drop bars, like a racing bike?






VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Fuji posted by: Drew on 7/6/2002 at 6:20:16 PM
I'm looking for opinions & info on a Fuji Grand tourer, circa mid 70s


   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Fuji posted by Bryant on 7/8/2002 at 11:06:51 AM
I fixed up a Fuji Special Tourer for my daughter in Philly. She rides it to the boathouses for Crew Practice. While I was fixing it up, I was impressed with the attention to detail on the Fuji. Loose bearings in the headset and bottom bracket, releases for the brakes, and a chain hanger on the seat stay. It was all Suntour components and rides like a dream. She likes the bike and gets complimented on it often.






AGE / VALUE:   Ross Racing Bike posted by: Nate on 7/5/2002 at 10:17:27 PM
Hi, i have a vintage Ross (I believe it was a racing bike). It is from the Dewitt Cyclery in New York. I think it is late 50's. I would like to know the year and the value of the bike, and maybe the model of it also. I can just make out the serial number. Thanks for your help.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Ross Racing Bike posted by rickey@knowles bicycle shop on 7/6/2002 at 3:03:47 PM
i have a story to tell about an old ross that i sold not to long ago to a lady she said she couldnot keep up with us but she led the way this tells me she got a good bike keep your ross enjoy your ride






AGE / VALUE:   Fuji Del Ray posted by: Gralyn on 7/4/2002 at 4:45:40 AM
I picked up a Fuji Del Ray. I'm guessing maybe it's late 80's probably 90's. It had "Valite" tubing. Dia-compe brakes (the side-pull brakes are black and the levers are black) It had the hooded levers and the cables are routed under the bar tape. The bar tape must be original - it's a gray color to go with the light charcoal gray frame. The front and rear wheels do not match. The front is alum. alloy and the inside profile of the rim (where the spokes attach) is flat - the rim is Ukai. The hub is "Sovos" on the front and Sun Tour LePree on the rear- rear rim is Weinmann. It has Sugino RT cranks. Sun Tour LePree Deur. Sugino seat post. Any knowledge or experience with these?


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Fuji Del Ray posted by Walter on 7/4/2002 at 11:40:17 AM
Sounds like the front is a replacement. Ukai rim is OK, Sovos is Russian and uncommon but nothing special. I woudn't consider it an upgrade over the presumably OEM SunTour/Weinman it replaced. Lots of reasons to have to replace a front wheel. Unfortunately, one of them is crashing----check the forks.

IMHO and FWIW the Moto Mirage you mentioned below is the superior bike and more desirable even if the Fuji probably weighs a little less.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Fuji Del Ray posted by darryl on 7/4/2002 at 4:04:48 PM
I rode a 1983 Fuji Del Rey for about 7 years. This was my first lightweight bike. Was an excellant riding bike. The Fuji catalog no. 16(1987) lists the Del Rey as follows:
Valite tubing 1769 Quad
Valite fork
Handlebar: NITTO B115 Black
Brakes: DIA COMPE 500 GN w/AGC250 Black lever
Crank: SUGINO RT 42X52
Derailleur: SUNTOUR Lepree (front & rear)
Cluster: SUNTOUR Mighty 6
Pedals: SUNTOUR Lepree
Rims: UKAI 27x1 1/8 alloy black
Hubs: SUNTOUR Lepree QR
Tires: SCCR 2000
Seat post: SUGINO SP-KC
Color: Star Silver
Weight: 24.5 lbs.
If you need any additional info let me know.I am currently reconditioning a 1985 Fuji Espree I picked up for $35.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Fuji Del Ray posted by Gralyn on 7/7/2002 at 3:27:44 AM
It sounds like you are describing my bike. I'm not sure what to call the color...but it's a gray-looking...maybe a charcoal gray...with a slightly darker finish on the lugs. The levers, bar, and stem are black. The saddle is like a light gray velour - only one I've ever seen like that.






AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane Mirage posted by: Gralyn on 7/4/2002 at 2:10:58 AM
I can't remember...and it was probably discussed on this forum...but I couldn't get the archives to work for me...but does anyone know about the Motobecane Mirage. I believe that's it...I spotted one today...and I may go back and get it first thing in the morning...it's only like $6.89 or something like that. But I was wondering if that model was the bottom of the line...middle...etc.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane Mirage posted by Walter on 7/4/2002 at 3:23:38 AM
Nomade was at the bottom Mirage was next up but it was a pretty big step up. Mirage came with alloy wheelsets and probably SunTour drivetrain the dawback being a very plain frame. Motos had real high quality fit and finish so if this one's clean it'll be a looker.

Is it worth it? C'mon now it cost me more than $6.89 to take my daughter to Burger King. If for no other purpose a clean Mirage will fetch $75-100 on eBay. Unless it's thrashed, snatch it up.






AGE / VALUE:   Peugeot Road Bikes posted by: Scott Perkins on 7/3/2002 at 8:50:43 PM
I just bought a showroom new quality Peugeot "Avoriaz"
road bike that was made I think in about 1987 Because
it has six rear sprockets in the cluster.
I noticed that in the database there is no mention of
Peugeot bikes. Anyone know anything much about Peugeots ?
This has Stronglight cast/fluted seatpost and CTA handlebars
and stem with the prettiest Lions etched into the metal
along with Nervar Cranks and Maillard hubs and skewers
and Shimano deraileurs.
Thanks for any info and referrals if anyone knows where
to look for more info. This bike is pristine if anyone
wants me to send photo to the database here etc.
Scott in Atlanta 2scott@bellsouth.net







AGE / VALUE:   Peugeot Road Bikes posted by: Scott Perkins on 7/3/2002 at 8:50:43 PM
I just bought a showroom new quality Peugeot "Avoriaz"
road bike that was made I think in about 1987 Because
it has six rear sprockets in the cluster.
I noticed that in the database there is no mention of
Peugeot bikes. Anyone know anything much about Peugeots ?
This has Stronglight cast/fluted seatpost and CTA handlebars
and stem with the prettiest Lions etched into the metal
along with Nervar Cranks and Maillard hubs and skewers
and Shimano deraileurs.
Thanks for any info and referrals if anyone knows where
to look for more info. This bike is pristine if anyone
wants me to send photo to the database here etc.
Scott in Atlanta 2scott@bellsouth.net







MISC:   Holdsworth posted by: Tom on 7/3/2002 at 9:03:34 PM
Holdsworth Pro 653
Holdsworth Tourer

Any comments ?







VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Paramount Qs posted by: David on 7/3/2002 at 12:26:49 PM
My ebay Paramount just arrived - replacing the one that was stolen in 1978! It was advertised as 1976, but I'm sure it's not; non-Nervex lugs (Bocama?), SN G926, non-Cinelli stem, Atom pedals, Huret shifters w/Campy ders. What year would this be (1969)? Any advice on how "original" I should keep it? The frame is free from dents, but the paint is pretty scraped up (and I don't like the coppery brown color!). I can't seem to recall or find any links to comprehensive info on these bikes (inc Sheldon). Help! Thanks.


   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Paramount Qs posted by Eric Amlie on 7/3/2002 at 12:41:28 PM
Looks like your bike was the 92nd Pmount made in July of 1966. Nice find!

http://www.waterfordbikes.com/velorotica/fframe.htm

   Bocama posted by Oscar on 7/3/2002 at 3:47:36 PM
I have a bike with Bocama lubs. BCM is stamped on the lower head lug.

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Paramount Qs posted by David on 7/4/2002 at 7:08:31 PM
Any opinion on painting? I feel that if the original paint is a wreck and you want to ride it, you might as well paint it any way you like - and there's little point in trying to pretend it's "just like the original."

   Maybe I read it wrong posted by Guido on 7/8/2002 at 7:51:30 PM
But by that chart it looks to me like the 26`th bike made in July 1969.

   RE:No, I read it wrong posted by Eric Amlie on 7/9/2002 at 12:53:21 PM
You're right Guido. Now that I've passed 50 I guess I'm getting senile. Thanks for the correction.