AGE / VALUE:   Kids Motobecane 6-speed, circa 1975 posted by: David Hutchison on 3/16/2005 at 4:46:33 PM
I went to a bike show in either 1974 or 1975 and bought a new yellow Motobecane six speed bike for my 5 year-old son. It has the cheap crank set and caliper brakes, but it looks like a small ten-speed racing bike, with down-swept handlebars. I need tires, tubes, and a seat with post for it. The bike shop I was working for at the time later (1978 to 1979) looked for suppliers of the tires and tubes and couldn't find any. Can anyone direct me to the right area? I could later measure the wheels and post the findings since the bicycle is located at another home. Please help!

David Hutchison
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Kids Motobecane 6-speed, circa 1975 posted by Gralyn on 3/16/2005 at 5:05:34 PM
I have a Gitane. It has 20" wheels, and 3-speed rear....cogs, derailler, etc. drop racing bars, down tube single shifter, etc. I got it for my youngest son about 3 years ago. He has outgrown it now (he's 10 - and now has a small, 24" Lotus racing bike). My son wants to keep the small one and pass it down to his son. But...it does need tires. So I am also in need of a set of 20" gum wall tires.
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Kids Motobecane 6-speed, circa 1975 posted by David on 3/17/2005 at 12:14:16 AM
Check with Harris Cyclery www.harriscyclery.com Check the exact size marked on your present tires; "20 inch" and "24 inch" include a lot of different incompatible sizes! For example 1.5 does NOT equal 1 1/2 in the tire biz.
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AGE / VALUE:   Kids Motobecane 6-speed, circa 1975 posted by: David Hutchison on 3/16/2005 at 4:46:33 PM
I went to a bike show in either 1974 or 1975 and bought a new yellow Motobecane six speed bike for my 5 year-old son. It has the cheap crank set and caliper brakes, but it looks like a small ten-speed racing bike, with down-swept handlebars. I need tires, tubes, and a seat with post for it. The bike shop I was working for at the time later (1978 to 1979) looked for suppliers of the tires and tubes and couldn't find any. Can anyone direct me to the right area? I could later measure the wheels and post the findings since the bicycle is located at another home. Please help!

David Hutchison
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AGE / VALUE:   schwinn world traveller posted by: scott on 3/16/2005 at 4:24:52 AM
I found a schwinn world traveller at a thrift shop and bought it. I found one on ebay same color but different parts. the guy from ebay listed it as a 1973 and said that was the only year for the world traveller. the serial # on mine is 2B01788 can anyone help me figure this bike out? is it junk or decent stuff? I'm kinda a fat tire guy and know very little about 10 speeds/road bikes
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   schwinn world traveller posted by Eric Amlie on 3/16/2005 at 1:34:29 PM
This was one of Schwinn's first Asian import bikes. I think it was made by Panasonic(National/Matsushita) of Japan. It was priced between the Varsity and Continental. The frame was lugged, but it was just hi tensile steel(1020?), not anything special. It's sibling, the World Voyageur was the first Schwinn Asian import in 1972, and was a much better bike with a chrome-moly frame which had chromed head tube lugs and a three piece cotterless crankset.
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   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   schwinn world traveller posted by Dick in FL on 3/17/2005 at 7:25:25 PM
Although the Traveler and Voyageur names were later recycled, the models introduced in 1973 were one year machines. I wound up with a Voyageur and was delighted with it. It had/has Sun Tour bar-end shifters, fully-chromed frame painted over with an easy to match Kool Orange, first-year Dura-Ace cranks, alloy clincher wheels, leather seat, etc. As I recall, the 1973 Traveller had an Ashtabula crank (typical of Schwinn). I still have the Voyageur; all that I ever replaced was the leather seat, seat post (original micro-adjustable was too short), chain, and at least one tire with an OEM tire from Schwinn. It still has the original Schwinn-aproved Soubitez Generator and lights. These days it is fitted with Wald panniers and a custom PVC scabbard for my fruit harvester. Better-suited for scavenging the unwanted citrus around here... the "orange blossom special".
Dick in Fl
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AGE / VALUE:   Old Road Bikes posted by: Kevin K on 3/15/2005 at 2:30:30 PM
Hi all. Slowly getting back into biking after a moving. FYI. My son took me into several bike shops in Columbus,Ohio. One shop had at least 10 different 27" tires offered. Several were of good quality. A couple others very high. I ended up buying a set of Continental Dura-Skin 27x1 1/4's. Very nice but pricey.Also ended up in a hobby store. Several questions have been posted about touch up paints and decals. Go to Testors.com. Lots of goodies inc. decal products and paints for either touch up or repaints. I've one project in the works and the Model Masters line of paints provided an exact match in the color. You can also go to the Continental site or do a search and have a look see at what is offered. Enjoy, Kevin
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AGE / VALUE:   Lucky week posted by: Randy on 3/15/2005 at 3:11:37 AM
I got pretty lucky this week past. Six lightweight vintage road bicycles came my way for the price of breakfast. Two Gardins(Canadian made), one of which is full Campagnolo equipped, one Bainchi(very good condition), a late sixties Mercier, a mid sixties Legnano "Grand Premio"(trashed frame/fork set but great components), and an extremely good condition Carlton "Criteruim"(brown and tan, fenders, Brooks saddle, Reynolds frame tubes, Blummels pump, Atom 600 pedals)... I am going to keep the Campy Gardin, the rest are up for grabs. I need a good condition Campagnolo Super Record Crank set(170) to complete a Super Record grouppo or a NOS set of Campagnolo World Logo hoods. Any of the mentioned bicycles are available in trade, except the Carlton and the Campy Gardin. The Carlton is available for trade but it is certainly worth more than a crank or hood set, in my opinion. If there are no takers, I will post these bicycles on Ebay, in the near future, just to make room in my shed. Anyone interested?
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