| Anyone heard of 012 Tubing?|
I have an old Puch - the frame sticker says 012. I know what 022 is (I have a really nice bike or two with 022 tubing). But, this Puch is low-end....seems to be maybe late 70's or very early 80's....stamped dropouts....steel wheels (rear is bolt-on), steel seat post, steel bars, stem shifters, alloy cranks, alloy stem. I have never seen that tubing designation.
| I am looking for a 70s era Motobecane le Champion. I road/raced this bike as a youth and I would like one for nostalgic reasons. Frame or complete extra pointsd for a torquoise blue/white color scheme. Thanks for you help.|
| Did you find the Le Champion you're looking for. They come up on Ebay from time to time. I picked up a '74 off Craigslist a couple years ago.|
I was wondering if anyone out there could help me. I am trying to do my homework and learn more of a bike that I just picked up. It is a Silver or Gray Coppi 4 speed womens bike. It has a 4 speed freewheel, blue and bike seat, blue grips. It resembles a Raleigh Sports but I suspect its Italian. I did find some Coppi Road/Racing Bikes but no info on this cruiser/roadster style. Any info would be appreciated.
Thanks, Mike Russell
| does anyone know how to take the rear cluster off of the hub of a shimano front freewheel system? it seems to have a one way install plate thing, like those screws you see in bathroom stalls that hook onto the driver while turning to the right but will slip off if someone tries to remove it. thats not very clear, but best I can do. |
this is on the schwinn world tourist I got the other day.
also, any suggestions on removing a layer of badly applied primer paint from a really nice original maroon on this bike? it was not sanded or masked, can you say "stolen".
by the way, I got this great deal at a church run boys farm. they were donated a few years ago and no one had touched them, the weeds were chest high and I have arkansas chiggers right where I don't want them. I say a dollar, but I actually gave them thirty(all I had) for eight bikes, I just couldn't rip them off like that, but they were going to sell them for scrap. even the varsitys deserve better than that.
| hmm ... Are you sure it doesn't unscrew in the same manner as other freewheels? There should be either an internal spline or either two or four notches to accept a Shimano removal tool.|
| thanks john the inside of the freewheel is sleeved with the afore mentioned one way screw on thingy, and while there are some very shallow grooves way down inside, the sleeve prevents any of the removal tools I own from fitting inside. not a big issue, cause the bearing on the non drive side are pretty well lubed, and I guess that the other side is as well. I will figure it out.|
| Oho man I scored yesterday|
brought back a vanload of bikes and there are more to go get. I wasn't even looking for any that day, just relying on good bike karma.
first on the list is a schwinn 974, aluminum frame/steel fork, shimano 600 everything, even the bio pace crank. Well the seat post is suntour, one of those unreplacable wedge posts. index shift down tube shifters, and 700c wolber v rims, totaly true. cinneli bar. a little minor scuffs on the paint, no seat or pedals, but I just cleaned up the drivetrain real well and rode it(with a old seat and some platforms) for a mile or so, it moves fast but steers kind of strange, not like my french bikes or my fuji's.(my road racer from an earlyer post is done, british racing green and silver, single speed, it's fantastic, steers like a greasy whip on rails)the schwinn just does not feel as confident turning sharp at speed.
but for a dollar, you know, I can't complain.
also a fuji team bike, mostly high end suntour with a shimano rear derailer of some quality, a triple crank with 6 speed rear, nitto bar with nice tape, blue and yellow with twinky like matching bottle cages. no seat no pedals and the rims don't match, but the tires hold air and they are nice bontragers to boot. Its mabey twenty pounds. So for a dollar I guess it's ok.
there are a bunch more, a khs mixte, a centuriun mixte, some fuji's, two his her matching raliegh's they need some elbo grease and a rear wheel replaced, and a schwinn world tourer with a just stolen rattle can primer paint job, fenders and a freewheel in the crank. all a dollar each. I may be able to sell some of them for enough to get a couple of nice seats and pedals for the first two, which are happily just my size.
| update on one of my finds|
I think that the 974 is a 90 model. does that make it vintage? it is about twenty years newer than any of my other road bikes. googled it and read some peoples comments on the bike, desighned by the paramount group, handmade in the united states up to 93, they had a lifetime warranty(original owner).
I rode it today with a couple of folks I was actualy pulling them on the hills. I like this one better than the new bikes I have had to leave my wallet at the bike shop just to try out. the steering is actualy pretty good after a few miles of getting used to it.
I have never had a aluminum bike this old, it feels really great, stiff and accelerates like a rocket, but are there fatigue problems to look out for? there are no creaks or cracks. just wondering.
| That's great! It's about time someone scored. It's been a long time for me......but I keep my eyes open.|