AGE / VALUE:need more infomation posted by: michael on 7/2/2005 at 3:30:36 AM
I have recently purched a A.Schwinn(World Class Racer)For $3 less than what the firand signature st owner paid.It is covered with crome (Signature Hubs,Kick stand,seat poast)and has A.S. bolts. I ride it, it is my favorite bike.The serial #l420133.

PLEASE HELP ME APRESHEATE AND UNDER STAND WHAT I HAVE !!!
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   RE:AGE / VALUE: need more infomation posted by Warren on 7/2/2005 at 1:42:40 PM
It's a bike...ride it to appreciate it. Forget the "world class racer" hype. Learn to enjoy it...then get another one...and another, etc
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FOR SALE:schwinn collegiate posted by: david on 7/1/2005 at 8:16:20 PM
for sale: mens schwinn collegiate. new tubes and tires. 5 speed. light blue. i believe it to be early 70's. in very good condition for its age. i have been riding it for the past year, but am looking for a new bike. 100.00. i am in new orleans, but will ship. 504-452-7289
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VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by: Todd on 7/1/2005 at 6:47:22 PM
I purchased a Zebrakenko "Wind" in 1985 and it currently sits in a cocoon in my garage. It hasn't been riden since 1994. I was just thinking about replacing the tires and riding it again. Am I the only one that still has one of these bikes from Japan? It's all original and in great shape. I've been trying to find some history on these bikes but no luck so far.
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   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by T-Mar on 7/2/2005 at 11:47:01 AM
Zebrakenko was a Japanese brand that goes back to the turn of the century (20th) but only started US distribution in the mid 1970s. They offered a wide range of models, from entry level to high end. There was even a nice Dura Ace 10 equipped track bicycle. The early models were typical Japanese bicycles: clean workmanship, very sturdy, capable components, but having a "dead" ride quality relative to the resiliency of most European bicycles. Depending on the year and/or model you could find them equipped with either Shimano or SunTour based groups. The head badge was quite nice, with an oval with a roaring lion's head in the centre, a crown over the lion's head and 'GOLDENSPORTS GS ZEBRAKENKO'. The brand seems to have disappeared in the mid-1980s, about the same time that the Zebra brand appeared. I have always wondered if they just shortened the name, but the distributors were different, so it may just be a co-incidence.

The Wind was one of the original models distributed in the USA during the mid-1970s and was one of the most popular models. It was obviously long live too, if you bought one in 1985. I am quite familiar with the early version, which was a nicely appointed, mid-range bicycle. Unfortunately, I am not familiar with the mid-1980s model.
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   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by sid on 6/13/2006 at 5:12:55 PM
I had a Zebrakenko 15 speed touring bike "Country Road" in the early 80s, it was nice with typical Sun Tour components, if a bit heavy. Unfortunately, it was stolen after only a year or so.
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   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Sean Lassak on 10/11/2006 at 5:06:38 PM
I was just doing some background research about Zebrakenko--I have two of their frames both dating sometime before 1981--and stumbled across your page. One still has all orginal parts and the other I converted to a "cheater" fixed gear. Over the course of nine months the rear drop out on the converted bicycle has been slightly bent due to not putting a true fixed gear hub on it. Just thought I'd let you know that they are still out there--somewhere near the Edge.

Sincerely,
S. Lassak
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   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by sue stevens on 11/17/2006 at 8:06:22 PM
i have a maroon zebrakenko wind. its a nice enough ride. its got mostly sun tour crap on it, so i am trying to overhaul it on my own, switching out components, etc. i only wish there was more infomation on the company out there.
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   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by BZ on 11/26/2006 at 11:37:36 AM
I have a 1977 Zebrakenko Wind in good condition. I am willing to sell it to anyone intersted.
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   RE:RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Dion on 4/15/2007 at 9:01:08 AM
what is it worth ?
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   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by mileage on 5/9/2007 at 7:34:59 PM
I have an 81 Zebrakenko Storm, there was a Wind and a Storm model, one in chromoly, one in double butted steel.
My bottom bracket bearing races are shot. You wouldn't just have a bottom bracket available, would you? I biked across the US on it and I'm trying to keep it going as my back-up bike.
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   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by jchickos on 5/9/2007 at 11:34:18 PM
I have a Zebra Tempest from 84 or 85. Given the storm theme I think it might be more than coincidence about the Zebra/Zebrakenko relationship. The head badge on my bike is however very different.
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   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Val on 5/12/2007 at 4:15:40 PM
I just got my Zebrakenko Wind back today, which was their top of line bike in 1977 when I bought it new. If I remember right, it was fairly expensive -- I thought it was $500 but maybe it was less--if anyone can remember what they sold for back then, I'd love to know). I ended up selling it 15 years ago beause I had lost interest in road biking. The guy who bought it from me rarely rode it and kept it in his basement. My husband bought it back this week and replaced the brake pads, the tires and the tubes. He gave it to me as a Mothers Day gift. It is in beautiful shape and it still a great bike. It feels lighter than the Raleigh rode bike I bought two years ago (which I sold recently). The nice thing about these bikes is that the brand name isn't plastered across the frame and there was only one frame color--unlike most of the bikes on the market now. I am thrilled to have this bike back!!

P.S. Someone asked why the model name wasn't on the bike--it probably came off--the model name was a decal on the bottom back of the frame. My Wind decal is still on the bike.
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   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:���Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by jo on 5/16/2007 at 9:28:50 PM
congratulations, Val! i've been riding a blue zebrakenko wind which i bought used from a grad student in 2004. at the time i didn't think i could ride a road bike, being new to bike enlightenment..but i soon discovered the joy of riding..& if i go fast enough, my bike makes a whistling sound like the wind!
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   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Tim on 6/13/2007 at 6:56:57 PM
I just got laughed at by 2 bike shops when I brought my early 80's "Thunder". I am looking for a replacement Suntours front derailer (sp?). If you know of any source, please let me know. Thankyou, Tim
tube
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   RE:RE:RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by dave rickard on 8/18/2007 at 5:53:18 AM
when iwas a kid back in 70s my dad bot me a bike from coast to coast hardware it was the red baron with the cross on the chain gard. if eny one has a clue on wear to find one let me no. they came with a cheater slick and apehanger
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   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Mike on 8/24/2007 at 7:36:28 PM
I bought my Storm from a used bike shop in Southern Wisconsin in 2001 for 80.00. Due to a DUI I was forced to reintroduce myself to riding, now 6 years later I wonder why I ever gave it up in the first place. I ride year around and couldn't guess how many miles I have on my Zebrakenko. This is one tough bike and now that I know some of it's history I will treat it with more care.
Mike
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   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Ben on 9/2/2007 at 2:57:01 PM
I thought I'd share a few pics of my "Wind" that was left me by my brother.


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   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Ben on 9/2/2007 at 3:00:02 PM
And another of the whole bike.


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   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Leighton Walter on 9/4/2007 at 5:28:03 PM
Sorry to come to this thread so late. I'm replying because I was just given a Goldensports GS Zebrakeno. It had been in a neighbor's basement for many, many years, and its condition shows it. The frame is white now, but it's obviously a rattlecan job; head badge still shows, but nothing else. One point that is interesting: It's mostly Campagnolo-equipped, with the exception of the crank, which is a really nice forged Stronglight (the star-patterned one). Heavy surface rust on the frame, but may try stripping it and seeing what's underneath.
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   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Steve on 10/6/2007 at 3:01:07 PM
I was sad to hear they went out of business. I still have my "Olympic Ace" in the basement - attached to a trainer. I got it back in 87. Great bike!
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   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by WIsconsin Rider on 10/21/2007 at 1:49:41 PM
I've owned my Zebrakenko "Blue Sky" since new. I rode it many miles and never had any problems. I see there is still interest in these bikes.

Enjoy
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   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Ames on 11/30/2007 at 2:48:41 PM
I own 3 Zebrakankos and my brother has 2. I have 2 80's and an 81, all Winds. My brother has an 80 wind and just picked up what I believe is an 81 Thunder. We worked at a bike shop in 1980 when he bought his Wind new. It listed for about $600. There were also lighting and storm models as I recall. If there is interest I think I have the date code from the serial number figured out.
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   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Brian on 1/10/2008 at 8:43:29 AM
I am renovating a Zebrakenko Goldensporte that was in the garbage here in Brooklyn. Not sure which model, it has the original all black paint job but no decals, only the headbadge with the crowned lion. lugged steel frame, chromed front fork, sugino super maxi cranks, suntour shifters and derailleur and dia-compte brakes. Still in pretty good shape! Would like to know what year it is if anyone knows any way to figure that out.
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   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by andy on 3/11/2008 at 12:23:11 PM
i have a zebrakenko, touring bike...excellent condition, black. i bought it in 1977. anyone interested in purchasing it. let me known
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   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Mike Larsen on 3/13/2008 at 5:23:52 PM
I have a mid seventies wind or storm light blue in good original condition if any one wants to buy it or I will restore it to origanal condition which wouldn't take much it has early sun tour stuff the early good stuff which is more valuable than the whole bike.
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   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Mike Larsen on 3/13/2008 at 5:25:29 PM
I have a mid seventies wind or storm light blue in good original condition if any one wants to buy it or I will restore it to origanal condition which wouldn't take much it has early sun tour stuff the early good stuff which is more valuable than the whole bike.
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   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Mike Larsen on 3/13/2008 at 5:29:19 PM
I have a mid seventies wind or storm light blue in good original condition if any one wants to buy it or I will restore it to origanal condition which wouldn't take much it has early sun tour stuff the early good stuff which is more valuable than the whole bike.


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   RE: Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Leighton Walter on 3/13/2008 at 7:47:05 PM
I have a Zebrakenko that I found in a friend's basement. Think it had been there for many, many years. Not in great shape (bad respray, lots of wear), but the funny thing is that the bike actually has good components: Campagnolo derailleurs, seatpost, rims, hubs; beautiful Stronglight alloy crank. Any others out there like mine?
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   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by wally on 3/29/2008 at 1:47:42 AM
i have a zebrakenko I believe thunder are there Serial numbers or date code to tell when the bike was produced.. I picked it up for $5 or 10.00 a couple of years ago at a tag sale perfect condition. I'll post a picture if anyone wants to see it. I'm not looking to sell it just want to find out anything i can about the bike.Thanks Wally (Manchester, CT)
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   Zebrakenko OM-4 posted by Dan Janssen on 7/14/2008 at 6:16:44 AM
Looking to sell my 1984 Zebrakenko OM-4. Beautiful condition. Make me an offer.
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   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by Homer on 9/8/2008 at 6:02:26 PM
I paid $275 for a brand-new Zebrakenko Wind in 1977. I've still got it, under the stairs, still with the Wind decal on the right rear stay...I guess they went up a lot after that.
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   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:Any other Zebrakenko's? posted by paul on 9/27/2008 at 1:59:41 PM
i recently got into riding. my first decent road bike was my fathers "wind" zebrakenko. ive moved one but want to keep the bike alive so im gunna convert it to a fix. nice to see others with winds
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VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:Schwinn Super Sport posted by: Gralyn on 7/1/2005 at 12:02:22 PM
.....a first for me: a Schwinn Super Sport.

I stopped by my favorite thrift store....and...nothing. There was a Schwinn ...like a cross, or comfort bike...and it had a double crankset - but was set-up (already drilled) for a triple.....so I was thinking about buying it for the triple crank. Then I happened to notice some more bikes that had not been put out in bike area yet. I spotted one in the pile with alloy wheels, alloy crank, alloy pedals and clips....that's all I needed to see. I couldn't tell what brand it was - and I didn't care....so I asked about it - and whether they could give me a price on it. I helped dig it out.....pretty dirty and dusty....flat tires with the rim strip hanging out....bars turned to the side (the guy starts to straddle the front wheel and attempt to align the bars and stem....but it's taking a lot of force....and I'm thinking....don't warp that front wheel!.....so I tell him to not bother with it - it's OK) He comes up with a price.....really, really good price.....I would have paid a lot more.....So I get it.

It's a Schwinn Super Sport. About a 55 cm frame. Very light. I think it was Tange 2. Component were all alloy, single lever dia-compe brakes with gum hoods (gum hoods need replacing), Dia-compe "G" brakes. Nice-looking set of Araya wheels (rim has a large oval sticker - with "Araya" on it....presta valve. According to the date code stamped on the head tube badge - it looks to be a 1983 model. Also, 1983 by the components, too...they look like 80's components.

My question is: Where in the Schwinn line-up would the Super Sport have been - back about 1983?

Another question: Where can I find replacement Gum hoods? Can you find them for say - between $6 - $10? I see them for a lot more from time to time.....I have found slightly newer styles of hoods...and hoods for aero brakes before - for about $6 on average. But I haven't seen any gum hoods ....except for like $16 - $24....that's just too much!
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   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:Schwinn Super Sport posted by Eric Amlie on 7/1/2005 at 3:23:50 PM
It's overall placement is kind of hard to tell as Schwinn had different classifications of bikes in '83. The classifications were Competition, Touring, Recreational/Day Touring, and Recreational/Leisure. The Paramount isn't mentioned in the catalog, but I assume it was on top as usual. In the Competition classification were the Superior, Super Sport SP, and Super Sport(descending order). The touring bikes were the Voyageur SP, and the Voyageur. They were probably roughly comparable to the Super Sport models but set up for touring.
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VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:Fontan Mixte, made in France posted by: Gralyn on 7/1/2005 at 11:52:48 AM
I picked up a Fontan mixte the other day. At first, it seemed pretty typical.....but then, maybe not. It seemed to be just like a Jeunet mixte I had....and in line with the typical straight steel made in France models - with the foil decal....all those bikes seem to be the same - just different labels on them. However, closer inspection shows that the decals were not the typical foil. Not sure exactly what they are - but they are not the typical foil I always see. Also, the brakes - the calipers are typical Mafac Racers....but the levers are not what I usually see. They are mounted from each side of the stem - on the top of the bar. The lever extends outward - and then curves slightly with the curve of the bar. To me - they look like a type of lever that would work pretty well on a fixed gear bike. Anyway, someone had wrapped the brake levers with black electrical tape. I un-wrapped to find that they are like coated with hard white plastic (not like a rubber coating - I mean the bulk of their thickness is plastic. Also, it looked like the ends of them were broke off. Not sure what the end of those levers would have looked like. The remainder of the equipment is typical: Saminir Saminox...whatever those rims are.....and Simplex ders.....Simplex down-tube plastic shifters.
It looks like it would clean up pretty good.
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   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:Fontan Mixte, made in France posted by Derek Coghill on 7/2/2005 at 11:33:23 PM
I think I've seen those brake levers before - a sort of flattish blade that hangs out and down - but I can't remember where! Possibly in a bike shop in France....I'll post again if I remember.
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