| I'm trying to research some info. on a "older" but not vintage steel bike---A Basso maybe late 80's #909146-can anyone help??? Thanks|
What are the signs (other than the type of steel) to look for in a well made steel vintage bike frame?
Any help would be greatly appreciated
| A top-quality frame will have very neat brazed joints; no gaps, smooth. The lugs will be filed so they're thinner at the edges. Often there will be thoughtful details. Look at the bikes at classicrendezvous.com and you'll see some beauts.|
I just bought an 83 raleigh grand prix in excellent shape. I know this was one of those years that Huffy licensed the Raleigh name then had this and many other models made in Taiwann & Japan.
Mine is actually made in Taiwann. It looks fairly well made with adjustable forged dropouts & 502 cromoly steel.
Many people on this forum & across the internet have asked what Raleigh 502 steel really is and no one has given a concrete clear answer here or anywhere for that matter on the internet. I am really, really curious now and want to know. (As a shot in the dark)I even called Raleigh headquarters and they thought it was a renamed Reynolds. I have heard theories from it being tange to Reynolds to Hi Ten (which it isn't).
Someone out there knows I would bet? What is Raleigh 502 steel really. The label says cromoly but what kind?? Please help me find out. A solid answer would solve a big internet mystery!
| Here's an 83 Raleigh cataogue that doesn't list aGrand Prix.|
| I have just purchased a bicycle, it is a German "Standard" bicycle. It has a 3speed hub (DREIGANG MOD 55)with pedal breaks. The front break pished downward onto the tyre itself, not the rim. 28inch rims with pin stripes. All parts are stamped with "Made in Germany" or "Made in W.Germany". I can find info on the hub, but NOTHING on the brand "Standard" can anybody shed some light on this bicycle for me???? Eagerly antisipating any relpy.. Cheers.|
| The brake is a type I've seen most often on the bikes the Swiss army used to use. I think it will be hard to find anything on the maker (who almost certainly did NOT make the 3-speed hub). Good luck.|
| I bought a used Klein in 1980. I was told it was made in 1975. They described it as a "B road" model. The serial number is HO108B. The Klein web site says that in 1975 they displayed prototypes at a bike show. no mention of production. I would love to believe that this frame is Gary Klein's 108th creation! Bill Ingraham Scituate Ma|