MISC:   Dunelt Fleur-de-Lys cogs/tubing posted by: Geoff Rogers on 4/14/2008 at 7:16:15 AM
Last week at the Copake swap meet I acquired a nice old Dunelt lighweight, and I am trying to find out more about it. It has a Reynolds '531' sticker, partly scraped off, but you can tell that '531' was diagonal, and on the bottom right corner are the letters "...TED," "...KS," and "...YS." Does this mean it's a double-butted frame, including forks and stays? I heard from another Fleur-de-Lys owner who claims his was straight-gauge 531, main tubes only. Mine was built in Birmingham, so I am guessing it was made before the Raleigh-TI merger in 1960, or did they keep building lighweights for a while in Birmingham after the merger? The bike has Benelux levers but a Campy Gran Sport rear derailleur, which was retrofitted, I suspect. There is no front derailleur. Brakes are "Grand Prix". Anybody ever heard of them? They look period aluminum, like a GB sidepull. The gears are very close. Can I get a wider set of rear cogs? I assume it's s Cycle freewheel; do they interchange with something a little easiser to find? I have a front Gran Sport derailleur, which I will probably install, if I install anything at all up there. Can I get a smaller lower fromt chainwheel for the Williams setup? I think it's 49/52, which is pretty useless unless you are a much better cyclist than I and riding on flat stuff. We have hills here. ANyhow, I am very pleased with the machine. It's pretty decent, not many scratches, and with a little maintenance and some ratio-swap[ing, I think it will be a nice ride. So now my Mercier with butted 531 frame, Campy hubs, Super Champ 27" rims, Mafac CP brakes, etc. is for sale. It's charteuse, very loud! Rides great. Any ideas about value would be helpful.
I am a 3-speed guy, but I am enjoying learning about lightweights.
Geoff Rogers
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   RE:MISC:   Dunelt Fleur-de-Lys cogs/tubing posted by David on 4/14/2008 at 7:38:27 AM
The diagonal 531 label suggests that the stays and fork are butted also, but they're not. I don't believe that Raleigh ever produced anything but Raleighs in 531, so I'd be surprised if yours were anything but a Birmingham Dunelt. I expect that the freewheel threading is standard and that any English-threaded freewheel would work. Check ebay to see what kind of price your Mercier might fetch.
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   RE:MISC:   Dunelt Fleur-de-Lys cogs/tubing posted by Phil Boardman on 4/30/2008 at 4:18:20 AM
Hi, back in the early 60s I had a Fleur De Lys lugless Cycle that was definately Rynolds 531, the sticker being very clear. If I remember it had Track Ends and it was painted silver with the French Flag colours on the downtube, very nice too.
At the time I always thought that the bike was french but now I guess not ?
My mate had a Mal Rees Chiltern made in Hayes where we lived at the time......
I wish I had the Fleur De Lys now !

Regards, Phil
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AGE / VALUE:   Miyata Vintage 15 spd- College Student posted by: Ryan on 4/13/2008 at 8:43:51 PM
Hello,
I'm a college student at the UW. I am looking for a commuter bike to get around campus/ the general area, I want a road bike vs mt bike. I found a Miyata Vintage 15 spd road on craigslist.
W/ the following description:
"Miyata 15 speed “Six Ten” Road Bike has a 21” Frame with 27 x 1 ¼ in. alloy quick release wheels. Includes handlebar bag, Zefal frame pump, L.E.D. tail light and water bottle cage. In great running condition. "
(http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/bik/641048371.html)

My other thought was to buy a new cheap Shimano off ebay for a chicabike someone who to some form of distributer.

Does anyone have any advice? I know what I get when I buy new but my friends have told me to look at something used. I'm looking to spend up to $250 but preferably less. I need to be able to lock it up between classes, so I would be scared to buy anything to nice.

Thanks,
Ryan

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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Miyata Vintage 15 spd- College Student posted by Gralyn on 4/14/2008 at 5:34:04 AM
For up to $250 (including shipping), you could probably find a good variety of used road bikes on ebay - and have them shipped to your door. I didn't see the craigs list posting you are referring to - but it sounds like it is a decent bike.
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   RE:AGE / VALUE: Miyata Vintage 15 spd- College Student posted by Ryan on 4/14/2008 at 10:37:04 AM
Thanks. I'll have to continue shopping ebay. I think the bike must have already sold. I'm planning to go look at one today... I'd hate to pay $60+ for shipping but if it is a good deal I could go for it.
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   RE:AGE / VALUE: Miyata Vintage 15 spd- College Student posted by Ryan on 4/14/2008 at 8:51:58 PM
Thanks for all your help. I decided to buy a '92 cannondale st600 off craigslist. It is in decent condition but I'll bribe my friends to help fix it up a little. It is a little weird w/ grip shifters but I'll figure it out eventually.
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AGE / VALUE:   astra women's 10 speed tour de france posted by: mo on 4/13/2008 at 5:39:09 PM
I found a women's 10 speed astra tour de france at thrift shop for 20$. Does anyone know anything about them? Going to see about having it restored, the tires are old. I am new to cycling and wanted to start with something cheap and easy. Thanks:)
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AGE / VALUE:   astra women's 10 speed tour de france posted by: maureen concannon on 4/13/2008 at 5:39:09 PM
I found a women's 10 speed astra tour de france at thrift shop for 20$. Does anyone know anything about them? Going to see about having it restored, the tires are old. I am new to cycling and wanted to start with something cheap and easy. Thanks:)
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MISC:   Ross Carrera posted by: Sonja on 4/13/2008 at 12:34:58 PM
Hi, Am purchasing a vintage Ross, very famaliar with the company history, and really can't find anyting about the Carrera line from Ross. I think it is very early 80's mostly steel/aluminum and Shimano gearing components. I am looking for a heavier/durable bike for a commuter and was wondering if anyone knows anything about the Carrera line from Ross? Thanks!
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   RE:MISC:   Ross Carrera posted by Sonja on 4/13/2008 at 12:47:33 PM
here is a pic, I think because of the single "R" decal on the head of the bike it is a "custom"? That is all I can find-the imports from Asia had "Ross Import", the PA ones had the Ross plaque embossed on the head and the custom bikes had the R decal...(at least that is what I have found)any assistance is appreciated, I like to know what I can :o)
Sonja


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