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AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Varsity posted by: Ben on 6/20/2010 at 6:42:52 PM
I recently found an old Schwinn Varsity in a barn that I was cleaning out for a friend. When I saw it hanging on the wall, it brought back some childhood memories...good times. I was wondering if anyone could help me out with the age of this bike. The Serial # on the head tube is JK636049, the bike was made in Chicago, has the stickers on it, it also has a Union headlight and a tail lamp and a German made wheel driven Generator. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Varsity posted by Ben on 6/20/2010 at 8:29:38 PM
Nevermind.....I found the dating chart.... September of 1974...... Learn something new everyday.....
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Varsity posted by Gralyn on 6/21/2010 at 9:08:40 AM
So, are you thinking of fixing it up?
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AGE / VALUE:   Kardinal Bicycle posted by: Dan on 6/20/2010 at 2:24:45 PM
Hi Everyone,
I'm really curious about a bike I found in the garage loft at a house my wife and I just purchased. The name on the frone tag says KARDINAL and under that GES GESCH. It's covered in dust but I looked around and can't find any other info. Would just like to know about the bike and if it's worth anything.
Thanks alot
Dan

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AGE / VALUE:   D-114 Made in Japan Bike? posted by: Ron on 6/18/2010 at 10:16:27 PM
I am trying to find more information about a bicycle i recently came across. It is around early 1970 i believe. The only markings it has is "D-114" Made in Japan. Does anyone know any information about this bike? I cannot find a serial number or any other markings.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   D-114 Made in Japan Bike? posted by T-Mar on 6/22/2010 at 4:23:23 AM
That alpha-numeric format was used by the manufacturer of the early Centurion models.
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AGE / VALUE:   Old Jeunet rear spacing issue posted by: Gralyn on 6/18/2010 at 7:16:14 AM
I have an old Jeunet......looks much like the ones you can see at Classicrendezvous.com. I bought it on ebay years ago - it was only the frame and fork. I had also found an old Jeunet mixte style - complete bike - at a thrift store. So, I eventually took all the components off the mixte frame and put on my mens frame. However, the wheels, cranks, bars, etc. were all steel - not lightweight aluminum alloy stuff. Well, later, I wanted to build it up with lightweight components and ride it. But, I ran into a problem with the rear spacing. It seems nothing I have will work. I think maybe the original rear hub may have been more narrow than any hub I have. On the non-drive side - I'm as far over as I can go with the lock nuts.....but on the drive side - when the chain is on the smallest cog - it is wedged against the seat stay. At first, I had a 6-speed on it - and had this problem. So, I thought I would change out to a 5-speed. But, I had the same problem. I even found a 5-speed cluster where the smallest 2 cogs both screwed on - so I removed the smallest cog.....and yet, the next cog did the same thing - it wedged against the chain stay.
I finally just gave up.....removed the deraillers and shifters, and put a single speed freewheel on it - and I'm just going to make it a single speed for now.
I even found a couple of french 5-speed clusters - and they wouldn't work either. I checked out the frame - and everything is straight. I don't want to cold-bend it or anything - I want to leave it as is. Is there a particular width of hub I should be looking for? Maybe a particular brand of hub? A particular type gear cluster? It's just that nothing I have seems to work with this frame.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Old Jeunet rear spacing issue posted by Keith Body on 6/18/2010 at 12:33:22 PM
Hi Gralyn, As you know, my experience is from the 1950's / 1960's. In the mid 50's I could run a full width 6 speed with a rear fork end width of 120mm (4.75 inches). I don't understand why this frame would not, has the rear end been damaged in transit? I am sure you have measured the width.
I always ran the top gear as near as possible to the fork end, almost touching, and widened the rear end a little, to lessen the dish on the back wheel, improving the strength. Hollow rims for tubular tyres were always much stronger than the rims we had for wired-on tyres.

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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Old Jeunet rear spacing issue posted by Gralyn on 6/18/2010 at 3:40:56 PM
I'll do some more checking - comparing some other old bikes I have. I checked the frame - it's straight - no damage - and the spacing measures 120. (I had also some difficulty with an old Viscount frame - I was trying to put a 6-speed on it - and I couldn't get it to work. I put a 5-speed on it - and it was just fine.
It could possibly be that the smallest cogs are just too big, too high tooth count....and then they wedge the chain against the seat stay. Maybe a smaller count cog would work? Maybe I can find a more narrow lock nut for the non-drive side of the hub. That would give me just a little more space on the drive side. I'll also check around and see if I have any wheels, or just hubs, that are more narrow.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Old Jeunet rear spacing issue posted by T-Mar on 6/22/2010 at 4:17:09 AM
What's important is the hub dimension from the outside of the drive side locknut to the small flange/lip that the frewheel seats up against. Depending on the hub, this dimension can vary widely, with 29mm - 38mm being typical for vintage freewheel hubs.

A lower end French bicycle with non-relieved, drive-side stays typically requires this dimension to be about 34mm to to provide necessary clearance for a five speed freewheel. Getting the necessary clearance is often as simple as adding a washer under the drive side locknut, though be sure that there is still suffient axle protrusion for engaging the dropout with quick release hubs. Also, placing the wheel as far back as possible in the dropout helps.
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AGE / VALUE:   Rim Strip / Tape posted by: Gralyn on 6/14/2010 at 6:25:49 PM
Does anyone know of a good source for rim tape? It seems everything I've seen in on-line stores, and in bike shops - is just way over priced - considering what it is.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Rim Strip / Tape posted by David on 6/15/2010 at 6:08:16 AM
Jeez, what's NOT way overpriced at modern bike shops?
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Rim Strip / Tape posted by Gralyn on 6/15/2010 at 7:07:17 PM
Well, not only at the bike shops.....but through on-line stores, ebay, everything!
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Rim Strip / Tape posted by Law on 6/16/2010 at 5:52:18 PM
Gralyn,

Just curious, how much is too much? Around here( NC ) it goes for 2-3 bucks for textile type tape. The old rubberband stuff is sometimes a give away at some bike stores. And for what it is..... it's pretty darn important protection for the tubes!

Law
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Rim Strip / Tape posted by T-Mar on 6/22/2010 at 4:14:28 PM
If you're talking box/double wall rims with recessed nipples, then go down to your local X-Mart and pick up a roll of 3/4" wide, fiberglass reinforced packing tape. It's only about $3.00 for 60 yards. That's enough to put a double wrap around about 7 pairs of rims. Of course, you'll have to cut your own valve holes. Unfortunately, I don't find it pliable enough to sit well over the exposed nipples of single wall rims.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Rim Strip / Tape posted by jason on 6/26/2010 at 8:16:56 PM
I found a pretty good use for older tubes that don't have a lot of patches, but failed at the stem or suchlike.

I cut the tube into a long strip, wide enough that with a bit of stretch it covers everything well, and fits into the rim evenly. Then I scuff the two ends, one top and one bottom, and glue them together, just so that it wraps the rim snugly. fold the strip lengthwise, and cut an eliptical hole on the fold, not to big, so that when it is streched the hole will become round. snap into place and install tire.
discovered this on a long distance bike tour, repairing some broken spokes and tearing up the rim tape at a primitive campground in the middle of nowhere. It works pretty well, and is as cheap as ten minutes of your time.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Rim Strip / Tape posted by jason on 6/26/2010 at 8:17:20 PM
I found a pretty good use for older tubes that don't have a lot of patches, but failed at the stem or suchlike.

I cut the tube into a long strip, wide enough that with a bit of stretch it covers everything well, and fits into the rim evenly. Then I scuff the two ends, one top and one bottom, and glue them together, just so that it wraps the rim snugly. fold the strip lengthwise, and cut an eliptical hole on the fold, not to big, so that when it is streched the hole will become round. snap into place and install tire.
discovered this on a long distance bike tour, repairing some broken spokes and tearing up the rim tape at a primitive campground in the middle of nowhere. It works pretty well, and is as cheap as ten minutes of your time.
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AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Super Sport posted by: Bart on 6/14/2010 at 6:48:30 AM
I recently bought an older Schwinn Super Sport and was wondering if anyone could tell me when it was made and how much it's worth. I have read about the serial numbers, but mine has a number for the first character. Its serial number is 3H00620. Any help will be appreciated!
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Super Sport posted by David on 6/14/2010 at 6:56:03 AM
Can't help w/serial number. I guess it's 72-75 or so (since most are that age). One in very good shape might bring $200 on ebay. Look at completed auctions.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Super Sport posted by Gralyn on 6/14/2010 at 8:25:14 AM
There's an abundance of serial number information on the web for old Schwinn bikes. Your serial number is most likely located on the head tube.....and with the number first, the letter second......I believe would indicate Japanese-built, rather than Chicago built. (I believe the Chicago models had letter-letter, followed by numbers - the letters indicating the month and year). The Japanese models used either letter-number, or number, letter, followed by numbers. So, I think yours would be like August, 1973.

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AGE / VALUE:   vintage whistle tricycle?? posted by: kurt on 6/13/2010 at 7:26:02 PM
i recently found a whistle tricycle under my cottage. i would expect it to be from the 40's-50's. i can not find any info on this. it has a wooden seat, and full metal wheels. any info would be great. thanks
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WANTED:   '85 Trek 610 posted by: chris on 6/8/2010 at 10:59:34 AM
WTB 1984 Trek 600 or 1985 Trek 610 (Race blue)
Size: 22.5"
Condition: No Dents or dings or significant rust.

Minor scratches and paint chips are okay.

Complete bike or frameset
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           RE:WANTED:   '85 Trek 610 posted by steve on 6/12/2010 at 12:49:56 PM
23.5 is too big?
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AGE / VALUE:   Value of Motobecane Tour de France posted by: Lee on 6/5/2010 at 12:47:13 PM
Hi,
Just bought a Motobecane Tour de France and can't find out any info on it. Some clues suggest that it is pre 1969 due to rear derail. name in metal not on sticker. Huret long lever shifters, frt. & rear derail. Weinmann brakes, Rigida rims w/ Normandy alloy hubs, Moto lea saddle, Pivo stem. Made in France. Tour de France painted on top tube in style similar to a Mirage I have. Black paint w/white details. Large sticker on seat tube. I'm thinking that it's pretty much a middle of the line bike? Any idea of value? Worth doing a full restore on it? Any info/comments will be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Lee


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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Value of Motobecane Tour de France posted by David on 6/6/2010 at 5:49:32 AM
Middle and higher grade bikes will have a sticker denoting the tubing used in the frame; e.g. "Vitus," "Reynolds 531." Better ones will also have forged dropouts and fork ends; on a French bike with French components I'd expect Huret brand.
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AGE / VALUE:   Peugeot Etoile posted by: Umbrellafella on 6/2/2010 at 8:25:44 AM
Hi there

Just recently picked up a vinateg racer - Peugeot Etoile - it has the red / white / blue rainbow decals and states made in France - looking to find out the specification and age - Peugeot Show kindly suggested 88/89 and it could have been made for UK market - does this mean all parts should be UK ISO ?
cheers in advance for any info - pic to follow
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Peugeot Etoile posted by David on 6/3/2010 at 5:53:58 AM
By late 80s, many French bikes were being made to English/Japanese/ISO standards, but whether YOUR bike was is a different question. I doubt that any mfr would have changed their normal components, threading, processes, for a specific market. If its components are Japanese (check esp crank, bottom bracket, hubs, headset) it probably does not "suffer from" French standards.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Peugeot Etoile posted by umbrellfella on 6/3/2010 at 2:06:46 PM
cheers David

here's the pic - gonna get to it this weekend and check parts

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=4111197&id=621859957


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WANTED:   womens Nashiki posted by: ken on 5/31/2010 at 4:08:16 AM
need a bike for school---would like a vintage lightweight ...will put big saddle for my butt...straight handlebars and baskets...so if bike needs some work..thats fine as I intend to make some changes..as you can see...and of course shipping will be involved....so--price relevant...thanks
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FOR SALE:   RRA posted by: Gnome on 5/28/2010 at 12:44:35 PM
Jeff Bikeguy posted this on the ER DB

I'm not into lightweight bikes but this thing is neat!!!!

http://cgi.ebay.com/1934-Raleigh-Record-Ace-RRA-20-Rare-Vintage-Bicycle_W0QQitemZ270567066419QQcategoryZ0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp4012.m506QQ_trkparmsZalgo%3DNGRI%26its%3DI%26itu%3DUA%26otn%3D20%26pmod%3D330432682106%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D8230715333122697109

Too bad it's on the other side of the pond. It's the kind of thing I would love to see in person.
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MISC:   Help with crank posted by: Matt on 5/28/2010 at 8:35:48 AM
Im trying to take the crank of an old Coventry eagle racer, does anyone know how to do this? ive attached a picture


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           RE:MISC:   Help with crank posted by Keith Body on 5/28/2010 at 2:17:53 PM
You appear to have standard uk cotter pins, which are a mild steel sort of wedge, kept in place by a nut and washer. You will need 2 new ones, were 3/8 inch, but now the nearest is probably 9.5 mm. They come with a slope one side which is filed to fit.
Apart from special tools, it is better to support the crank with a piece of tubing to allow the cotter pin to fall out, or support the bottom bracket with suitable piece of wood. My favourite method was to undo the nut and take 2 fairly small hammers, around 4 to 8 ounces. With the bottom bracket supported place one hammer on the top of the thread, and hit sharply with the other. This means your hands are well out of the way, you have an easier target, and you are likely to make a firmer hit. If they don't come out then you may have to resort to drilling them out. Plenty of other advice on here.
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AGE / VALUE: Huffy Good Vibrations posted by: Swine the Mad on 5/25/2010 at 4:21:47 PM
I'm curious about the age of my Huffy Good Vibrations cruiser. The serial number is HC9144804. Some information I've found suggests it could be a 1980s model, but it was purchased from a toy store in 1996.


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MISC:   Skandia/ Reynolds 531 w/ Campi Record and DA posted by: Carl on 5/21/2010 at 11:40:27 AM
Hey all, I came across a really nice old road bike. It is a Reynolds 531 tubing with Skandia painted on the downtube. It says made in Sweden. It has Campi record and Dura Ace components. Just looking for any info on the Skandia frame/ year value etc. Or a headbadge. Thanks for the help
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