| To anyone who could possibly help me,|
I have recently purchased a vintage bicycle and was wondering the age and value. It is a mn's bike, black in color with black and white on the fenders. On the back fender, towards the bottom, is a protruding circular red reflector towards the bottom. Under the seat, vertically down the frame are the initials A M F. The bar under the handle bars has a label that says, Guarenteed genuine English Lightweight. On the handle bar is the 3speed gear shift. It reads "Sturmey Archer", England 3speed, G B Patent 498820649009. I purchased it for only $5.00 which I know is a steal. I just wanted to know how old it is, and what it is really worth, but most importantly, prove to my husband I didn't waste my time or money. Thanks to everyone in advance for your time, effort and information.
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| If one looks at the rear drum (where the Sturmey-Archer logo is stamped into the metal) there is likely to be a 2 digit number which is also stamped into the metal. This would be the date, e.g., "67" would be 1967. This assumes the rear wheel is the original one that was on the bike when it was new. A $5 bike! That is a deal for any intact bike. BTW, on the rear drum, there is likely a 2 letter code stamped into the metal. This would be the model of the hub. Most likely it is "AW", which is a very durable product.|
Just add some (a few drops) of 30# oil through the hatch on the drum. Lift the hatch and add the oil. They last a long time! Nice find.
| I'm looking to replace the rusted crankset on an old Dutch Gazelle "Tour De L'avenir" that I recently inherited. I found a crankset on ebay (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=330004386946&fromMakeTrack=true) but unfortunately my knowledge of components needs a little help. I have no idea what any of the sizes mean and what I should be looking for. Any help would be appreciated as I am trying to learn all of this at once.|
| I should also note that it is a 10 speed bike, I'm not sure what other information I need to include.|
| First note that there are three dominant types of cranksets: one-piece Ashtabula, common on low-end American bikes and occasionally seen on low-end Swedish and Dutch bikes; three-piece cottered steel, in which each crank slides over a round shaft and is affixed by a cotter; and three-piece cottereless, in which each (generally aluminum) crank slides over a square or splined shaft and is affixed by a bolt or occasionally a nut. SheldonBrown.com has a wealth of data.|
The "175" refers to the length of each crank; since 170 is average, 175s are generally best for taller riders. "144" refers to the bolt circle diameter, and is important only if you wish to swap out one or both chainrings. You probably cannot buy 144 rings over the counter at your local bike shop, but they are readily available on eBay and at Harris Cyclery, LooseScrews.com, CyclArt, and other shops which cater to the owners of vintage equipment. 52 and 42 are the tooth counts of the two chainrings, and this was an extremely popular combination on road bikes of the 1970s and 1980s. If you want lower gearing, pass on this crankset, because that 42T ring is the smallest it can accommodate. Look instead for a 130mm BCD, the near-universal (except Campagnolo at 135mm) modern road standard.
| I'm attempting to restore a mid 1970's Gazelle and I'd love to repaint it, but it would be a shame to get rid of the classic decals on the bike. The metal emblem on the front can easily be removed and replaced after painting, but I'd have to get new decals for the rest of the frame. Anyone have any luck finding these before?|
here are some of the decals:
| I would like to trade a pair of Suntour "bar-con" bar end shift levers for a usable, but not neccessarily perfect pair of Campy record, or G.S. shift levers. I need braze-on style, but I am told you can take the levers off a clamp-on style and they fit on the bosses. Either would be appreciated. I have other good stuff I could trade if the bar-cons are not anyone's cup of tea. I have some 3TTT stems, some Cinelli bars, a few vintage deraileur, and so on. I am tempted,now, to keep my Bianchi, at this time, so I would like to retro-fit it with it's original style shifters.|
Any assistence will be very much appreciated,
| I just found a new treasure and if any one has any info on the bike let me now. It's a Raleigh Twenty BSA. I think the serial # is 943598 but there is another # (E56E) near the back of the frame where the book rack attaches to the bike. I can take a pic if you need let me now if you know anything. All original, light generator, folds in half.|
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Or, as we say in California, "go east, young man."
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