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AGE / VALUE:   Skandia Reynolds frame Campi/ Dura Ace posted by: Carl on 5/21/2010 at 11:35:20 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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AGE / VALUE:   Sekai posted by: Steve on 5/21/2010 at 8:50:29 AM
I bought this Sekai in 1976 and just got it back from a relative who has had it the last 15 years. This is what I have. serial #76B91533 Wheels look like aluminum very light Araya madein Japan. Handlebars look like aluminum Sakae Road Champion, made in Japan, Brakes Dia-Compe. SKV sticker on front fork Front gears 52/40 Sugino cranks say forged 171 Japan. It has Suntour Cyclone Derailleurs. A brown saddle says what looks like Fujita made in Japan and some numbers on bottom. I just would like to find out what model this may be. I paid something over $200 in 76 for it. Other than the front tube sticker saying SEKAI and the fork stickers SKV there is a made in Japan sticker down by the frontgears on the seat down tube.I really don't know anything about bicycles. Anyone have any Ideas
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Sekai posted by Steve on 5/21/2010 at 9:26:36 AM
I forgot to say it is tall, about 24.75 inches (about 62.8CM)from center of crank to top of seat tube it has Suntour shifters out the ends of the handlebars.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Sekai posted by Steve on 5/23/2010 at 12:56:33 PM
I think it is a 2500 Grand Tour but just not sure.in 77 the 2500 came with Shimano Hubs, mine are Sakae. The saddles are not the same either.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Sekai posted by Steve on 5/25/2010 at 7:16:57 PM
Just found out my bicycle is a 1976 Sekai Competition. Not quite the quality I thought it might be. Still happy to know. Anyone know who may have decals other than YellowJersey? Thanks
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AGE / VALUE:   UNIROYAL TOURING 26X1.375 NOS posted by: Jason on 5/21/2010 at 8:09:59 AM
I bought out an old bike shop. The owner had bought a shop out in 1974 from A.E. Gass who had ran the shop for 50 +/- years. I inhereted some old stock that seems to have been left in boxes from 74.

I've had experts in to help me identify and put parts 2gether 4 completes.

THESE TIRES HAVE STUMPED THE EXPERTS who call their own experts on the phone. Who have also been stumped? HELP!!

I believe they are pre - WW2 ? Is their a way to date them? They do have some # codes on em.

TIRES are black complete - no sidewall / gumwall color change - all black.

UNIROYAL TOURING in largest lettering on tire. [FONT="Book Antiqua"]Nylon[/FONT] is also on tire.
26 X 1.375 is on tire as size

Also on tire : Fits American Hooked Edged Rims 26 X 1.25 and 26 X 1.375
Also on tire: Made in U.S.A. with a US symbol between.

There are also number codes: Not sure how to correctly put but. C 10 2. Also 290. Also 1C4

Finally, what would be the best use of these tires. I have no current projects i
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   UNIROYAL TOURING 26X1.375 NOS posted by David on 5/22/2010 at 6:13:23 PM
Were nylon cord bicycle tires available pre-war? I doubt it, but you never know. I guess these probably fit mountain bike 26" rims, ISO 559. You might look at old Boys Life magazines to see if these tires are advertised.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   UNIROYAL TOURING 26X1.375 NOS posted by T-Mar on 5/27/2010 at 6:08:39 AM
These are true "clincher" tires. What we currently call clinchers were originally called "wired-on" tires. They are also sometimes called "hooked-edge" or "beaded-edge" tires and rims. The edges of the rims have pronounced hooks which engages the flaps on the tires.

The bead seat diameter on these tires should be 599mm and they will work only with hooked-edge rims from their era. This style was still in use as late as the mid-1960s, on some utilitarian bicycles, carts, sulkies and tricycles, particularly in foreign markets.

It would not be unreasonable for Uniroyal to still be manufacturing this style as a replacement tire in the early 1970s, much the way that you can still buy 27" replacement tires, even though 27" have not appeared as OEM equipment on domestic bicycles for almost 25 years.
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   UNIROYAL TOURING 26X1.375 NOS posted by ken on 5/29/2010 at 7:19:53 PM
It's good to have T-Mar active again. I have a couple of those tires too, and some rims that the late Morgan Groves gave me. I believe they're 599's. He said they were for a Schwinn New World ca. 1940; he was restoring a Superior that used many of the same parts.
http://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1893_1940/1939_nw01.html
The prewar Schwinn catalog specifies a fractional size, although the Sheldon Brown list has 599 with "Very old U.S. lightweights" under the decimal sizes.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   UNIROYAL TOURING 26X1.375 NOS posted by Ray on 9/3/2010 at 4:28:18 PM
If you still have the 26x1.375 tires I would like to buy a pair.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE: UNIROYAL TOURING 26X1.375 NOS posted by jim on 11/21/2010 at 6:08:17 PM
I was looking on internet for tires for an old columbia bicycle that I think is pre 1930's. Do you have any more 26'' x1.25 hooked edge rims for sale? If so how much are they ?
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:UNIROYAL TOURING 26X1.375 NOS posted by David on 11/22/2010 at 12:37:07 PM
Schwinn and clinchers? I thought that Schwinn had pioneered the use of the modern system of wired-on tires in the '20s in response to Columbia/Pope's patents.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   UNIROYAL TOURING 26X1.375 NOS posted by zenon on 2/18/2011 at 11:53:14 AM
I am looking for a pair of 26 x 1.375 tires. I would be interested in finding out if the person who started this thread ever sold these or decided on a price, Thanks
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   UNIROYAL TOURING 26X1.375 NOS posted by Chris on 2/24/2011 at 6:39:09 PM
Schwinn, Ignatz pushed the tire makers and suppliers to do the unthinkable he had to kick ass to get them to do stuff tires were glorified garden hoses with a valve and they got a piece of glass and you were stuck with a flat
UNTIL..........
Ignatz Schwinn went to Germany and came back with tires and rims and he went to the tire barrons and threw the tires on the tables of exectutives and Roared: " MAKE THE DAMN TIRES OR I'LL IMPORT THEM!!!!!!!!!!! ""

Then the rim mills were re- tooled to make Ignatz's rims our 26 x 2.125 rims.

Now these tires come from that early period when all this was new and Ignatz was reaming out suppliers and tire companies and "blazing the trail"

so photograph these tires because these are rare so rare nobody see's it!!

it's a glorious, rare, "bastard size" and collectable and historic size you have here somebody (s) has rims and bikes that need these tires for expensive restoration. don't want you to drive up your price too high but do be careful this is historic thing you have here!!


don't remember what Schwinn book I remember the tire and rim history from.
PLEASE PHOTOGRAPH THESE TIRES AND POST A PICTURE HERE!! REGARDS!!
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   UNIROYAL TOURING 26X1.375 NOS posted by Chris on 2/24/2011 at 6:43:18 PM
new forks were made the bike's frame was changed and tweeked and the "balloon tire bicycle" was born

"Ignatz Schwinn the father of all balloon tire bicycles" it was not born painlessly it hurt and was bloody and was a hair tearing out experience. He conjoured a new thing into being.

I am a big fan of vintage bicycle tires
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   UNIROYAL TOURING 26X1.375 NOS posted by Chris on 2/24/2011 at 6:50:04 PM
I want to see the Western Wheel works and go thru Col. Albert Popes bicycle empire the stuff before Schwinn my next time machine journey because the books covering this stuff is few and far between. the Early American History when we had 700 U.S. factory fims making bicycles and things related

They talk about Braverman hardware in Hamilton Canada and how they sold second grade Eclipse bicycles made by a firm in something falls near the new York/ Canadian border andf how the Eclipse out sold English Raleigh who was getting killed by the American competition that unfortunitly for Raleigh was not done with

What saved America's early bicycle industry was McKinley's trade tarriff protecting the bicycle companies in the States it fended off British competition

American bikes ruled Canada for a while
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   UNIROYAL TOURING 26X1.375 NOS posted by Chris on 2/24/2011 at 6:52:43 PM
It's a tragic, horribly sorry, loss the amount of history that never gort written down and is lost in the sands of time we pick up a piece here and there
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AGE / VALUE:   La Francaise Diamant posted by: Ken on 5/19/2010 at 4:07:33 AM
A friend recently gave me a La Francaise Diamant Tour de France bicycle. It appears to be in good condition. I can't find information that may tell me what year or the approximate year of the bike. Wondering if anyone might know or be able to point me in the right direction? Thanks,
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   La Francaise Diamant posted by David on 5/19/2010 at 8:21:38 AM
I think you'll need to provide photos to get any useful info on this baby.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Pictures of La Francaise Diamant posted by Ken on 5/20/2010 at 2:08:58 PM
I think this link will show the photos

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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   La Francaise Diamant posted by charles on 5/20/2010 at 3:48:37 PM
hi there ken i have a La Francaise Diamant, turns out this was an extremely sucessful bike in the tour de france from 1909 through the 1960's. these bikes are now VERY rare and can be found at auction anywhere from 1-5 thousand in reasonable condition. after reviewing your photos you have a GEM.

good luck
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   La Francaise Diamant posted by Ken on 5/20/2010 at 6:32:25 PM
Wow, thanks Charles. The irony is I wanted a bike I could use as a commuter bike that I wouldn't have to worry about. I don't know much about vintage bikes. Been riding this bike to work 10 miles each way for a couple of days. Its a sweet ride. Now I'm afraid to ride it. The crankset is perfect, but I'm afraid that normal wear and tear would cause damage that could not be repaired. Thanks again
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   La Francaise Diamant posted by T-Mar on 5/21/2010 at 6:49:13 AM
In my opinion, this is a typical, mid to late 1970s, entry level French bicycle, with a replacement rear derailleur. I see nothing to support Charles valuation.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   La Francaise Diamant posted by stewie on 5/21/2010 at 11:31:46 AM
Ken, after reviewing your pictures, this bike is a RARE find and I am very excited! If these pics are true and not pulled of of some internet site, I would be willing to pay $900 site unseen. If you are serious, I would be willing to fly out from Salt Lake City to test ride and even offer more.please respond via email as soon as possible.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   La Francaise Diamant posted by charles on 5/21/2010 at 3:59:15 PM
hi ken, if you are considering selling the bike i would like to take a look at it as well. i will pay what it's worth. i believe it's well over a thousand.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   La Francaise Diamant posted by Ken on 5/23/2010 at 4:54:36 AM
I am considering selling this bike. The bike is great, but I want a bike for casual riding that is not of such high value
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   La Francaise Diamant posted by ken on 5/29/2010 at 7:24:05 PM
Boys, that bike has stamped dropouts. It's a garage sale item.
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   La Francaise Diamant posted by joey on 5/30/2011 at 1:06:40 PM
I have a bike like this needs a front axle if thats the right term. What are stamped dropouts?
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   La Francaise Diamant posted by David on 5/31/2011 at 8:53:25 AM
Ken: Charles and Stewie are pulling your leg. This is a very low-end French bike-boom bike. If you can get it overhauled on the cheap and it fits you, you'll probably have a good commuter. But there's nothing collectible about it.
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AGE / VALUE:   Sekai 1000 Sport- disposition posted by: Fred on 5/18/2010 at 5:48:49 PM
I purchased a Sekai 1000 Sport 10-speed from a retiring gentleman recently and found it to be a completely original parts, super clean and well-maintained bike.

It's is so pristine it might be better seen in a bike museum or at least with a collector or vintage bikes.

So, any suggs regarding it's merit or value? Ultimately, I will sell it but would prefer the right home for it given it's original condition.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Sekai 1000 Sport- disposition posted by T-Mar on 5/21/2010 at 6:42:59 AM
I've never heard of a Sekai 1000 Sport. The 1000 was called the Sprint in the 1970s and the Monterey SL in the early 1980s. The Sport title was generally associated with the Sekai 500. Regardless, both the 500 Sport and 1000 were entry level, general purpose, sport/recreational bicycles. They were well built and good value for their price range, but nothing special.

To estabish a value we'll need more info to pimpoint the level, such as list of the brands and models of major components, tubing type or better yet, photos, Also,prices are highly dependent on the local market conditions, as knowing where you live would be a big help.
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MISC:   Peugeot UO 18 posted by: Peter on 5/16/2010 at 4:24:32 PM
Hello All:

I have a mid-70s Peugeot UO18 mixte. It is missing a pedal; the cranks may be damaged. So, I would like to upgrade to a cotterless set up.

What should I get specifically to do the job?
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           RE:MISC:   Peugeot UO 18 posted by ken on 5/17/2010 at 12:08:10 PM
You need cranks, a spindle and possibly the bearings and cups to go with it (or a cartridge BB that fits), and the tools. There are clear instructions and a drawing at
http://parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=93
If it was me, or any amateur with a barnful of bikes, we'd choose a crankset, pull out the can of old bottom bracket spindles and find one that worked. The spindle has to match the shell width and be long enough to accommodate the cranks, and the closer you can get to centering the chainline the better. If you can use the existing cups it stands a fair chance of being a straightforward swap job. If not, God knows, because it's French.
Here's what Sheldon had to say about your job:
http://sheldonbrown.com/velos.html
He indicates that you'll want a 5 series spindle, made for a 70mm shell, to make up a difference in cup thickness. Who knew?
There's a couple more good articles on BBs on Sheldon Brown:
http://sheldonbrown.com/bbtaper.html
http://sheldonbrown.com/bbsize.html
He says an English adjustable cup will fit loosely in a French threaded shell, but the fixed cup would be threaded the opposite way, so you better leave that where it is.
He also says newer French bikes use Italian or ISO threads.
I bet Mr. Keith Body knows all about these. Mr. Body: Will this Peugeot have a right-threaded fixed cup? What else is likely to go wrong?
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           RE:MISC:   Peugeot UO 18 posted by Keith Body on 5/17/2010 at 2:43:22 PM
Hi Peter and Ken
From memory only, I would expect RH thread both sides. 35mm x 24 TPI I think. Another mixup of threads, due to machine tools originating in Birmingham area about 1900.
If the bracket cups are OK re-use them with any spindle which fits the width and cranks. 1/4 inch ball bearings.
Peugeot would have crimped chainstays for a bit more clearance. We used to cut (hack saw) 3mm off each side of the 74mm bracket shells that Cinelli inflicted on us in the 1960s. Italian bottom brackets were 36mm RH thread.
It's probably 40 years since I had one apart.
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           RE:MISC:   Peugeot UO 18 posted by Peter on 5/17/2010 at 7:50:28 PM
Thanks. I was hoping that someone could look at the Harris Cyclery site (or some other source) and let me know exactly what to get, eg, which BB assembly and recommend which cranks would work on the specified spindle. I did read before all the stuff on Sheldon's site. Thanks again so far.
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           RE:RE:MISC:   Peugeot UO 18 posted by ken on 5/18/2010 at 11:13:58 AM
If you just want to call Harris and order parts, you'll want to have the existing dimensions -shell width, spindle length, chainline- ready. No doubt they can help with parts they've used for similar conversions.
You can begin by measuring the chainline of your existing cranks. You also have to decide what cranks and spindle interface you want to invest in. Some used Sugino square tapers would be a cheap, reliable option. Per Mr. Body, expect to need your existing fixed cup. My interpretation of the Sheldon Brown info about thickness of French cups leaves some doubt as to whether you need a 5 series spindle. Two points I consider good news: 1) Sheldon Brown says more than once that the mix-and-match approach worked for him. 2) With a derailleur chain, the small measurements involved leave room for spindle length error as long as the error is on the long side.

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           RE:MISC:   Peugeot UO 18 posted by Peter on 5/19/2010 at 6:22:40 AM
Thanks. I guess I was assuming that this model of Peugeot had a known set of dimensions that a knowledgeable person could just tell me the specific BB assembly to order from Harris. I would get all those measurements but the bike is a couple of thousand miles away. Further ideas?
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AGE / VALUE:   Peugeot UO 18 posted by: Peter on 5/16/2010 at 4:24:32 PM
Hello All:

I have a mid-70s Peugeot UO18 mixte. It is missing a pedal; the cranks may be damaged. So, I would like to upgrade to a cotterless set up.

What should I get specifically to do the job?
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Peugeot UO 18 posted by David on 5/17/2010 at 5:16:22 AM
A lot will depend on your bottom bracket's threading. It's likely that it's French threaded; finding a full BB will be tricky. You might be able to use a Japanese spindle in the existing French cups (unless they're damaged). If it's English/BSA, you have lots of choice with aftermarket sealed bearing units.
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AGE / VALUE:   Headset bearing race wear posted by: Gralyn on 5/13/2010 at 4:05:42 PM
I've encountered this issue before - on headsets where the bearings are loose (no retaining ring).....the old school stuff.....but when you tighten the headset to where the fork doesn't have play in it - the headset is too tight - and it binds up and won't turn. If you loosen it to where it turns - the fork has too much play. I had to swap out the original bearings for a slightly larger size in order for it to work.
Looking at the bearings and the head set races - they don't appear to have any significant wear - so why don't they work? It's like as if the bearings are too small or something.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Headset bearing race wear posted by ken on 5/14/2010 at 11:34:51 AM
possible mismatch between race and cup?
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Headset bearing race wear posted by David on 5/15/2010 at 7:17:06 AM
Or maybe low-quality to begin with; impossible to adjust properly.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Headset bearing race wear posted by T-Mar on 5/16/2010 at 11:33:03 AM
You answered your own question. If the bearings are too small, they will ride lower on the lower race and higher on the upper race, which is some cases is sufficient to cause the the cup and cone to come into contact and cause binding.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Headset bearing race wear posted by T-Mar on 5/16/2010 at 2:37:39 PM
Further to my previous post, I should also mention that the use of smaller bearings changes the angle of contact with the races. The load becomes more axial and less radial. Conseqently, the fork can be moved forwards and backwards under much lighter loads, giving the impression of insufficient preload. As a result, the mechanic increases the pre-load, causing an excessive axial load and increased resistance to rotation of the heaqdset. If the preload is too high, this may cause binding, even without the cup and cone coming into contact.
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Headset bearing race wear posted by Gralyn on 5/16/2010 at 6:47:56 PM
After reading some of the possible causes.....I think I might know what the problem could be: It's on an old Viscount - which most likely came with the aluminum "death fork"....the original fork was replaced with a full chrome fork....and maybe bearings, races, etc. got swapped out - and now it doesn't all fit well. I may have to swap out the ball bearings for some that are slightly larger....or may just replace the head set entirely.
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AGE / VALUE:   Bianchi Ltd. posted by: CJ on 5/12/2010 at 4:36:19 PM
Trying to figure out what year my bike is. Been looking all over the web and have not found it. The bike is a Bianch Limited ( Italian ) but is made in Japan. The serial number on the frame is "cs12976 and all the components are Sun Tours. Trying to find out what I have. Thank you.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Bianchi Ltd. posted by cj on 5/12/2010 at 6:43:50 PM
I finally found the info I was looking for. The bike is a Bianch Road Champion, Sakae Japan. 1985. Still trying to value the thing to sell it though. I like the bike a lot but it's too small for me.
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Bianchi Ltd. posted by T-Mar on 5/16/2010 at 11:15:13 AM
Contrary to your source, you have a 1981 Bianchi Limited, a mid-range model manufactured in Japan.
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AGE / VALUE:   Help with Identifying bike? posted by: Matt on 5/9/2010 at 7:25:37 AM
Hi, i just brought this Bike, its a Coventry Eagle and i was told its from 1952? i was hoping someone on here could help me with some info on it
there are lots of pictures on this site
Cheers then Matt
http://www.flickr.com/photos/26521438@N02/


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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Help with Identifying bike? posted by john barron on 5/9/2010 at 2:34:25 PM
hi i got a razesa road racing bicycle i dont know what model it is it has miche crank set camp record hubs mavic gp4 rims shimano 105 brakes and front derailler and suntour rear derailler would like information on frame colours as i want to get it back to original colours
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Help with Identifying bike? posted by Chris Herbolsheimer on 5/11/2010 at 4:32:48 PM
I have recently acquired a Columbia Mustang bicycle. It has a three speed internally geared rear hub and is grey with blue lettering, seat, and drop handle bar wrap. They are not a modern drop bar, but definitely seems older. I can not find any images of this exact bike on the web. Any body have an idea of what I might be dealing with?
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Help with Identifying bike? posted by jj on 5/12/2010 at 4:04:39 AM
For the Mustang, try the "Musclebike" topic here.
I've seen CCM Mustangs but have never heard of a Columbia Mustang.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Help with Identifying bike? posted by Shirley on 5/12/2010 at 9:15:36 AM
SCHWINN LIL CHIK PINK BIKE!
I am in need of assistance indentifying the year of a bike I recently acquired. It's a 20" Schwinn Lil Chik bike. Here's where it gets tricky. The Model # (MO730187) is printed on the left rear dropout (by left rear axel mount) which I was told was only stamped in this location from 1952-1969.
On the front of the neck is the Schwinn logo (red star exactly like on Schwinn.com today) riveted on with the number 2270. I was told the ending "0" means it was manufactured in either 1970 or 1980. It is light pink, almost like a pearl metallic. The rear hub is a coaster brake and stamped on hub is SACHS Jet 28.
I have searched endlessly and I can not find a single bike with the model number, nor can I locate anything on the hub. The only hub mentioned by SACHS was the Torpedo. Any help would be appreciated. I have several pictures, but wasn't sure how to upload here from my computer. Please email me with picture request and thank you for any help you may be able to offer.
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Help with Identifying bike? posted by jj on 5/13/2010 at 3:44:26 AM
Schwinn didn't use the letter "O" in the 2nd position of their serial numbers. If it is a "D" it will be 1968.
Is the frame kind of curvy?
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MISC:   Another Bike posted by: Law on 5/6/2010 at 4:56:17 PM
Aye,

I don't know why I post this because it will surely draw ridicule but I will anyway. I have picked up another bike for a few bucks but that's not reason, it's what it is.

At a local vintage show I came across a mechanically sound,sharp, complete,original, shiny black with white pinstrip, 40 yr old........ Sears 3 speed.

I have been using it to commute to work while I finish the rebuild of my 68 Raleigh sport. I get the waves and thumbs up from people when they see an older bike going down the road. Much different reaction then when they see a lyca racer going by. It takes 25 minutes of slow pedaling to reach work and it is great. So far, it has not given me one moment of trouble. I use a different seat for comforts sake, I know to watch out for the Shimano 333 hub but it shifts like a dream.

Anyway, to those that would put down these bikes, to each his own. I'm glad I got this one. It does not mean I will look for others, I love my Raleighs too much but it is a good example of the lower end bikes that populated the streets here in America.

Law


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           RE:MISC:   Another Bike posted by Steve on 5/7/2010 at 4:38:11 AM
It is very possible that it was made by Puch & a very decent ride.
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AGE / VALUE:   Columbia serial #P posted by: nic on 5/5/2010 at 6:19:52 AM
My vintage Columbia Westfield seems to be serial #P-186218 but the database here seems to stop at N and resume at R. What happened to O and P and what is the next step in trying to figure out what year this bike was made?
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WANTED:   lightweight bike posted by: Kim on 5/2/2010 at 4:02:06 PM
I am interested in getting a bike that is very lightweight but has more steadiness that a 10speed as I am not a very skilled rider. I see that there are dunelt bikes from the seventies that are supposedly lightweight. Is that true? If not can anyone point me in the right direction??
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           RE:WANTED:   lightweight bike posted by David on 5/6/2010 at 4:20:41 AM
I guess you may actually want a "roadster" rather than a "lightweight." Look for a Raleigh (or Dunelt, Robin Hood, Hercules, Phillips, Rudge, Humber,...) Sports. If you're a tall man, try to find a 23" frame. (They were generally made in 23", 21", 19 1/2" mens' and womens' frame sizes) If you're really short there are kids' versions that are even smaller. Good luck.
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AGE / VALUE:   Rossin Record posted by: Michele on 4/29/2010 at 6:35:22 PM
I have a Rossin Record circa 1982 (blue with one unpainted silver chain stay and fork). I believe it has most of the original groupo - cranksets, derailler, brakes, headset, rear hub. But I changed out to a different Cinelli stem, newer saddle, and the front wheel & hub are newer (Shimano hub). It's in great mechanical condition, but decals are peeling and there are some minor chips in the paint and scratches on components. Based on my web search this bike is really rare so info is scarce (at least in the US). I'm considering restoring the frame or selling it. Any ideas if the decals could be replaced? How to verify the year? What it might be worth in current and/or restored condition?
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Rossin Record posted by David on 4/30/2010 at 11:04:52 AM
Look at ebay and see what similar bikes have sold for. It won't fetch Cinelli, Colnago, Masi type price most likely. Super Record gruppo? Paint in good condition? Good chrome?
Try Lloyd's for decals (do-it-yourself) or get it painted/touched up by Cyclart or a similar big outfit and they'll get decals for you.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Rossin Record posted by Cam on 5/6/2010 at 10:41:13 AM
I have a Rossin Record, too. Red with chrome fork; paint and chrome are a little rough but I love it! It's a great rider, Columbus SL tubing, mostly Campy NR which I think is original. No serial # on the BB shell, I think it may be stamped on rear dropout. Was thinking of selling, but had it overhauled and put a new set of wheels on it and I can't bring myself to do it. I think you could probably get around $500 complete, or more parted out, at least in my market (Vancouver).
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AGE / VALUE:   Zebrakenko posted by: Eric P. on 4/24/2010 at 8:57:16 PM
I just picked up a Zebrakenko, it has nutted Dia Compe brakes with QR, Suntour clamp on downtube shifters, and QR Sunshine hubs laced to 700c rims. Suntour ARX derailleurs. Based on the brakes and shifters, it looks like a late 1970s or early 1980s model. I can't find a model name on it, but there is a sticker from a Madison, WI bike shop. Did these bikes originally come with 700c or 27" wheels? It looks like the wheels are original. It's a weird golden brown color. Even weirder is that it's a 60cm frame size yet has 165mm cranks. The headbadge looks exactly like a picture I stole from elsewhere on this forum, maybe it's the Wind model?


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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Zebrakenko posted by David Saville on 4/28/2010 at 7:41:50 PM
I have a ZebraKenko I bought in 1976 that I can still ride. It was the Lightning model that was painted a pearl blue. SunTour equipped with Shimano sidepulls and SR post and stem. I bought in the 25 in frame size. I paid 276 when I bought it. Any idea of what it might be worth now?
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Zebrakenko posted by Eric_P on 5/2/2010 at 7:58:55 AM
I discovered behind the crank it has the model name of Sun. It's a brownish/bronzish color.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Zebrakenko posted by T-Mar on 5/16/2010 at 11:22:05 AM
Assummming the ARx derailleurs are original, it would be 1981-1984. This, plus the clamp-on shifters, indicate an entry level model, most likely an OM1 given the era. OEM wheels would have 27".
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