AGE / VALUE:   Any Help Appreciated Identifying an Old Bridgestone posted by: Richard on 2/24/2008 at 5:29:25 PM
I recently bought an old Bridgestone road bike--judging from my less-than-encyclopedic background on the subject I'm seeking help or advice from any quarter. I'll start with a general description and proceed to components and finish up with any odds and ends.

It's a lugged frame with 1" top tube and 1 1/8 seat and down tubes, the fork tips, and the ends of the seat and chainstays are chromed with what appear to be pretty cheap-looking stamped dropouts. The paint is a faintly-metallic lemon yellow and a black, eight-pointed badge riveted to the headtube that has a left-facing lion with the letters BS immediately below and BRIDGESTONE and TOKYO, JAPAN respectively encircled above and below the lion; GUARANTEED WORLDS FINEST BICYCLE PRECISION MECHANISM--lord, I can barely contain my guffaw of delight every time I see it--printed large on both sides of the down tube. It's the components that tell the tale for me though:

ARAYA 27x1 1/4 Chrome Steel NO HP bolt-on wheels--the front drop-outs will not take a QR wheel, but an old french wheel with the butterfly spin-offs slides in with a sigh.

Shimano Lark SS Rear Derailleur
SunTour Spirt (their misprint, not mine lol) Front Derailleur
SunTour Perfect 5-speed freewheel
Simplex Bolt-on downtube shifters--super cool outline design
JUN bolt-head stem/anonymous road bars
DiaCompe centerpull brakes and levers
Unknown cottered cranks/chainwheel/bb combo--too dirty to tell what might lurk beneath the crud but the large chainwheel has the pattern of a 5-pointed star

The remaining parts--seat, seatpost, pedals are beneath mention except as generic examples of cheap components. I will try to get some pictures soon but am pretty busy so it could be a couple of days.

Finally the serial number on the bottom bracket shell is X271917; could it be Model X, the 917th to roll off the line in February, 1971? Or something else?



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MISC:   freespirit Bike posted by: Don on 2/23/2008 at 5:45:44 PM
As below I am concerend about the crimped area where the rear tire bolts to the bike, the bike is new and never has been road, This area is not lose or the cause of any problums at this point, but I have reviewed topics about this in other bikes and just wanted to know if welding or rivting this area would be a course of action to prevent any future problums, or just ride it till a problum appears.
My bike is not a canidale type bike, but there has been frame problums with the high end bikes as well. the freesirit bike I have is a nice bike and rides and go's real good and I intended to just ride around on it and possibly to work on nice days. It's a bike I can park and not worry a lot about it, not like a canidale $400 bike. I know there are freespirit bikes still being soid in england shops for 2007 and 08. this bike is just like the bike I have, other then the finders, again they are low end bikes selling for $200 or so. On the reflectors is a 02 date at the start of the id numbers, I talked to sears and they said that they started selling this bike in the 1990.
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I have a free spirit bike thats called lifestyle, it has a microalloy frame, it was sold thou sears in the 90's. it has the rear frame crimped to the mounting for the rear wheel, the bike has never been riden, still has the nebs on the tires. it is a Six speed bike, thats riden upright.
My Question is should the crimped area be welded down the crimped area, or just ride the bike, if ok live alone, if the area shows loseness then weld or rivit?
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AGE / VALUE:   All Chrome Road Bike Vintage w/ S posted by: Matt on 2/23/2008 at 3:23:25 PM
I have had for many years a road bike that I ca'nt tell what it is. It is ALL chrome frame and was definatley on the higher end quality wise for its time. It has under the seatpost on the frame a what looks like an S. The components say either shimano 600 or shimano 105. UKAI rims. Pleasehelp me identify it. It is really buitifull and I have not seen another like it. Not even close. Matt
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   RE:AGE / VALUE: All Chrome Road Bike Vintage w/ S posted by WArren on 2/24/2008 at 7:20:19 AM
You'll have to post several detailed pics and all relevant info ...serial numbers, components with date numbers, dropout, etc. Otherwise it's impossible to identify the maker and even with this info the chances may be slim at best.
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   All Chrome Road Bike Vintage w/ S posted by Matt on 2/27/2008 at 2:08:17 PM
Serial # 's are located on the bottom of the frame and read M5C15017. Also on the rear of the frame where the wheel goes on it says Shimano EF. Please anyone tell me if they ever seen this bike and know anything about it. Thanks, Matt
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   All Chrome Road Bike Vintage w/ S posted by David on 3/1/2008 at 3:53:46 PM
The long serial number suggests it was made by a sizable operation but beyond that...? No decals or labeling left on it?
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MISC:   Free Spirit Bike posted by: Don on 2/22/2008 at 6:13:36 PM
I have a free spirit bike thats called lifestyle, it has a microalloy frame, it was sold thou sears in the 90's. it has the rear frame crimped to the mounting for the rear wheel, the bike has never been riden, still has the nebs on the tires. it is a Six speed bike, thats riden upright.
My Question is should the crimped area be welded down the crimped area, or just ride the bike, if ok live alone, if the area shows loseness then weld or rivit?
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   RE:MISC:   Free Spirit Bike posted by David on 2/23/2008 at 11:32:57 AM
Sears Free Spirit bikes are usually pretty low quality. If you have doubts about the safety of the frame, take it to a bike shop or someone else familiar with bikes. Your description is not clear.
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   RE:RE:MISC:   Free Spirit Bike posted by ken on 2/25/2008 at 11:43:56 AM
lots of mass-produced bikes have stamped dropouts that have the stays crimped to them. It's probably got spot-welds to hold it together. The above advice is good- are you worried about it? If so, have it looked at.
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AGE / VALUE:   What did I find? posted by: Jenni on 2/21/2008 at 2:28:06 PM
Hello everyone,

My husband just brought me home an old bike that looks like a vintage beach crusier and has the words BAUER in silver on the front. Can ANYONE tell me something about it...I can't find anything:)


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   RE:AGE / VALUE: What did I find? posted by Warren on 2/21/2008 at 4:55:04 PM
It's probably a Steve Bauer...he was a great canadian road cyclist who had a line of bikes made in his name during the 1990's. I've never seen a cuiser but it wouldn't surprise me.
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   What did I find? posted by David on 2/22/2008 at 1:34:35 PM
More likely a German bike. See

http://www.bauerbike.de/pages/bezug.html
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