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AGE / VALUE:Schwinn? posted by: Ayla on 4/23/2010 at 6:05:43 PM
A few years ago, my dad found this bike being thrown away, saved it, cleaned it up, and gave it to me. It was my beloved bikey until somebody stole it out of my backyard (just a few days before I got a bike basket for my birthday).

Since then I've really missed it, and I'm hoping some of you can identify what kind of bike it is. I think it's a vintage Schwinn bike, but aside from that I have no idea. Thanks.


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RE:AGE / VALUE:Schwinn? posted by jj on 4/24/2010 at 4:26:46 AM
Looks like a Sears Free Spirit 10 speed.
They make excellent commuters.

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RE:AGE / VALUE:Schwinn? posted by Aya on 4/24/2010 at 7:46:02 AM
It does! I never bothered to check while I had the bike, and now that it's gone all I had to go by was that picture. Awesome! Thank you!
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AGE / VALUE:Viscount posted by: Gralyn on 4/20/2010 at 4:32:53 PM
I have a couple of Viscount bicycles - and I'm getting a 3rd one. One of them came equipped with what looked to be "Viscount" branded Diacompe center pull brakes, no-name alloy bars, a regular bottom bracket (standard threads, square tapered, etc.) a steel crank set, matching 1/2 chrome steel fork, ....and I don't remember what shifters and ders it had. I assume this was original equipment.....looked to be mid-70's.....But it has the fillet brazed hand built "aerospace" frame - which is very lightweight and very nice. I took this bike and re-built it and equipped it with a very old Shimano 600 group. I think the finished bike weighs around 21-22 lbs.

I have another Viscount: it was the frame-only, with death fork (original aluminum fork), and the uniquely Viscount bottom bracket system (pressed in bearings, etc.) The frame is also the hand crafted, fillet brazed lightweight frame.

The 3rd one I'm getting is much like the first: Viscount-branded diacompe center pull brakes, alloy wheels, the crank looks to be something like a Sugino maxy, and I believe a death fork.

So, were only the early Viscounts equipped with all the unique "Viscount" equipment? And the later (mid-70's and later) equipped with various Japanese made components? Are the frames basically the same quality?
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RE:AGE / VALUE:Viscount posted by Russ on 5/1/2010 at 8:20:24 AM
I just scored 2 Mens Viscount bicycles with the aerospace frame,alloy crank and the orginal death fork.
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RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:Viscount posted by Gralyn on 5/4/2010 at 2:47:22 PM
OK, after a long wait - I finally got my latest Viscount today. I must say: that was the worst bicycle packaging job I have ever encountered. Nothing inside the box was protected...that is, the wheels, skewers, bars, pedals, saddle, seat post....all were in the box loose - and scratched it up pretty badly. The box looked as though it had been to hell and back (except that it didn't have any charring on the box...ha ha). It turned out that it does have the pressed-in bottom bracket bearings. They were shot and will have to be replaced.
Oh, it thought it might have the death fork - but it turned out to be a full chrome fork instead.
I took a crude measurement of the bearings: They appear to be 1 3/8 inch outside diameter and 11/16 inside diameter. Yes, half the stuff on the bike is English sizing and the rest metric.
The bearings look like common bearings.....I hope there is no difficulty finding them. If anyone has an idea where to get them and whether I have stated the correct size.....just let me know.
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RE:AGE / VALUE:Viscount posted by David on 5/6/2010 at 4:13:45 AM
Depending on the details of the BB bearings, you may need [to improvise?] some special tools. There's been discussion of this in the last week or two on Classic Rendezvous. Check the email archive there.
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RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:Viscount posted by Gralyn on 6/13/2010 at 11:18:14 AM
I kept searching the internet.....for discussions about the Viscount bottom bracket bearings and such. Finally, I found a post from a discussion forum where someone had found the bearings....and there was a link to the company website....and I went there and purchased the bearings. It was actually the closest metric equivalent to what was probably originally an English size. They worked just fine....I got them pressed in, got the spindle in....and got the clips on, etc. It looks like it should work just fine.
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RE:AGE / VALUE:Viscount posted by david on 11/21/2010 at 1:59:15 AM
I found this site seeking info on my Viscount "Grand Sports" model I bought new in '76 in college, all originl except the seat, never knew about the death fork but it is original too, I always thought it was a great bike. Is there any demand for these? david (Indianapolis)
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RE:AGE / VALUE:Viscount posted by jj on 11/21/2010 at 6:45:21 AM
Yes, there is a good demand for that cycle. And it being a "one owner" cycle adds to it's value.
Do you have any original documentation from when you bought it or serviced it?

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AGE / VALUE:Mossberg 10 Speed posted by: Jeff Jones on 4/18/2010 at 12:44:41 PM

I recently purchased an unusual bicycle from a local garage sale. It is a 1973-1974 Mossberg Racer Lite in it's original packaging. It has never been assembled, in fact, I think I was the first to open the box. It is the first carbon fiber bike manufactured for Mossberg Guns in Little Falls, NY. The box is labeled "Sample" which was given to bicycle racing clubs for testing and marketing in the 70s. The factory burned down in 1975 and production ceased. All of the parts are there and the instructions as well. The seller was the nephew of a former bike factory employee. I'm not certain if this is a treasure or if I should just put it together and ride it around myself. Would love your opinions. I am not a bicycle history expert and I know most of you are. Email for photos.

Thank you for your time and consideration,
Jeff Jones
Fort Plain, NY
jckid777@adelphia.net

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RE:AGE / VALUE:Mossberg 10 Speed posted by David on 4/18/2010 at 5:09:46 PM
Post some photos of the bike. Try to get good shots of the joints of the frame, the fork, where the wheels attach, and some of the components. I am very skeptical that this is a carbon-fiber frame from the early 70s, but who knows what this might actually be.
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RE:AGE / VALUE:Mossberg 10 Speed posted by madelyn on 6/29/2011 at 6:01:32 PM
i own one brown 10 speed how much is it worth? who would buy it? mossberg made rifles too.
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RE:AGE / VALUE:Mossberg 10 Speed posted by madelyn on 7/2/2011 at 3:07:30 AM
have one 1973 mens 10 speed dk brown mossberg bike for sale. how much is it worth?
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RE:AGE / VALUE:Mossberg 10 Speed posted by jj on 7/2/2011 at 4:22:31 AM
Check the THREE PRICE GUIDES at the top of any page here on OldRoads.com

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RE:AGE / VALUE:Mossberg 10 Speed posted by Dave Gilbert on 8/24/2011 at 8:12:19 PM
Do you still have the bike? Did you find a value for it? and is it a VM-1 or VM-II? I have a VM-1 I bought from a factory salesman when I worked at a bike shop in 1975. I cant seem to find anyone who knows what it is, or its value.
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AGE / VALUE:SPORT2000 GX2000 Men's Bike posted by: Jeff on 4/14/2010 at 7:49:11 AM
Not sure what I have here. I am assuming that it is a late 60's, early 70's vintage department/discount store brand. Brand is SPORT2000. Model is GX2000. Made in Germany. Twist-grip 3-speed. Chrome 26x1 3/8 wheels. Blue frame with white painted fenders. Found it in a thrift store this winter exactly as you see it. Aired up the tires and it rides like a new bike! Thanks in advance to anyone who may know anything about this brand.


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RE:AGE / VALUE:SPORT2000 GX2000 Men's Bike posted by David on 4/14/2010 at 8:27:31 AM
Try posting in the English roadsters area. I'm sure it's a custom-branded bike for some American store. Does it have a Sturmey-Archer hub? The shift cable casing is absurdly long requiring the fulcrum to be halfway along the top tube where it will interfere with pedaling. I'd fix that.
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RE:AGE / VALUE:SPORT2000 GX2000 Men's Bike posted by Jeff on 4/14/2010 at 8:46:45 AM
Thanks for the quick response! I will post this in in that area as well.
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RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:SPORT2000 GX2000 Men's Bike posted by ken on 4/26/2010 at 12:39:11 PM
that's a Shimano hub..
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AGE / VALUE:   194? Automoto Road Bike posted by: Randy Fox on 4/13/2010 at 3:56:17 AM
I recently purchased a forties something Automoto. Though I have not seen the bike in person just yet, I do have some pics my friend sent.

Is this a good bicycle for restoration? Does anyone have access to information pertaining to the bike?

Thanks very much.
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RE:AGE / VALUE:   194? Automoto Road Bike posted by David on 4/13/2010 at 11:34:19 AM
Post the pictures. It might be great and it might be junk.
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RE:AGE / VALUE:   194? Automoto Road Bike posted by Warren on 4/13/2010 at 7:51:11 PM
Exciting, I'd say.
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AGE / VALUE:huffy "express" serial #? posted by: Josh on 4/12/2010 at 2:51:43 PM
I just recently found a green beach cruiser style huffy bike. I have searched everywhere on it for numbers and could only find 3C018188, on the rear frame of the bike. I have vigorously searched for some answers on this and am looking for the model and maybe a year. Over the cover on the chain it says express. It is relatively light in weight and stands about 42" tall and the wheels are 26 1/4 x 25 3/4. If anyone one has any info on this bike I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks and have a great day!!!!
Josh
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RE:AGE / VALUE:huffy posted by David on 4/13/2010 at 11:33:28 AM
Try the middleweight and ballooners message board. No one's gonna know much about your bike on the lightweight board.
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AGE / VALUE:frame identification posted by: Dan on 4/7/2010 at 6:58:19 AM
Hi I recently picked up an older road bike and I am trying to identify the frame. All the stickers have been striped and it was repainted. The serial number is 87f5 6, which seems like an odd serial number. The lugs have a cutout that looks like a spade with out the stem. Any help would be great! thanks
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RE:AGE / VALUE:frame identification posted by David on 4/7/2010 at 7:04:57 PM
Serial number is unlikely to mean much unless there's some other clue. Is it a high-quality frame? Is it light? Does it have forged dropouts and fork ends? Any brand names stamped on any parts such as dropouts and bottom bracket shell? Is it a complete bike? What kind of components does it have? Width of BB shell? Most of all, post some pictures of its frame details.
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AGE / VALUE:Huffy Sportsman Bicycle posted by: Joe on 4/5/2010 at 9:59:39 AM
My father has a, Huffy Sportsman Bicycle, 3 speed, "MADE IN ENGLAND" stickers in several locations, a "guarenteed english lightweight" label on the downtube, full chrome fenders, rear luggage rack, completely original... serial# 1468534. Can anyone help to shed some light on this for me? It is a beautiful bkie in literaly amazing condition...
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RE:AGE / VALUE:Huffy Sportsman Bicycle posted by Warren on 4/5/2010 at 6:16:42 PM
It's not a lightweight, ignore the decals. It's a 3 speed Sports/roadster, likely made by Raleigh. Well made bikes that should last for many decades to come. Post some pics if you can.

Everything you'd like to know is here...

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/english-3.html


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RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:Huffy Sportsman Bicycle posted by jj on 4/6/2010 at 3:55:00 AM
And you can ask questions and get answers from experts under the English Roadster topic here at OldRoads.com
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RE:AGE / VALUE:Huffy Sportsman Bicycle posted by richard lee whaley on face book on 5/13/2010 at 3:08:16 PM
huffy sportsman made in england serial 1778991 the bike looks like a scale of one to ten a 8 with origanel tires
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RE:AGE / VALUE:Huffy Sportsman Bicycle posted by arturo linqui on 6/23/2010 at 12:19:49 PM
I have a huffy and will like. To know theb value
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RE:AGE / VALUE:Huffy Sportsman Bicycle posted by jj on 6/24/2010 at 4:26:15 AM
Use the price guides at the top of any page here at OldRoads.com
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RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:Huffy Sportsman Bicycle posted by Kathy S. on 7/24/2010 at 5:19:46 PM
hi
I found a womans huffy sportsman 3 speed, seems to be complete, some rust has license 1964 claremont
name Neibling pitzer holden could be original owner
$50.00, s/n 68603nca
Kathy
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AGE / VALUE:Rollmaster posted by: lee on 4/5/2010 at 7:14:21 AM
Yard sale. I found this Rollfast. I have searched the web and can not find one like this. I think it was originaly red and has been reoainted blue. Some of the red is showing through. It is not a total rust pit. Probably some light ptting but basically solid. I will have to relace the wheels. Hubs and headset still feel smooth.
Any info would be great.

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RE:AGE / VALUE:Rollmaster posted by lee on 4/5/2010 at 7:29:01 AM
here are a few pics.
Lee


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RE:AGE / VALUE:Rollmaster posted by lee on 4/5/2010 at 7:29:02 AM
here are a few pics.
Lee


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AGE / VALUE:Cloumbia 12 speed posted by: jc on 4/4/2010 at 6:33:06 AM
I just picked up a Columbia, Grand Sport Classic 12. It has a luged frame and if i had to guess i would say it from 80s. i know noting about it and am having a heck of a time trying to find out anything. If you have know any thing about it or just point me in the right direction i would appricate it.
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RE:AGE / VALUE:Cloumbia 12 speed posted by Gralyn on 4/5/2010 at 5:29:01 PM
I believe there is a Columbia web site - just try to google it. I would send you the link - but my computer is messed up. Also, there should be serial number charts on this web site.
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AGE / VALUE:b.upton posted by: Rob on 4/4/2010 at 5:21:21 AM
Looking for any info available for a circa 1970's b.upton road bike - made in england.
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WANTED:looking for a fork for a 60 cm Motobecane Nomade posted by: Nick D on 4/3/2010 at 10:43:33 PM
Hey does anyone know what size fork came on the Motobecane Nomades, or better yet, have one that I can buy from them that they know is the same size?
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RE:WANTED:looking for a fork for a 60 cm Motobecane Nomade posted by David on 4/7/2010 at 7:07:05 PM
Take it to a competent shop and they should be able to tell you how long the steerer should be for the head tube on the frame you have. Good luck.
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AGE / VALUE:The Value of a vintage Roadmaster Courier posted by: casey on 4/3/2010 at 5:27:12 PM
I found an old RoadMaster Courier and I would like to know if it would be worth fixing.

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AGE / VALUE:Roadmaster Courier 3 posted by: rich on 4/3/2010 at 11:01:54 AM
I need to fing the the year that a my Roadmaster Courier 3 was made. If you give me an email addres I will forward pictures.
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AGE / VALUE:Velo Solex Etoile posted by: Aaron on 3/31/2010 at 8:48:58 PM
Hi all,

I just purchased a Velosolex bicycle, model etoile. It seems like it's a complete Reynolds 531 build with very detail oriented lugs and fantastic chrome work where paint is showing through. Huret dropouts. It has a frankenstein parts build, mostly Suntour Superbe with some campagnolo thrown in and a Shimano Crane rear derailleur.

I only have some very poor quality photos available thus far (which can be located here http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?633020-French-Find...Reynolds-531-Velosolex). I can't seem to find anything on this model, and very little on this company at all. Can anyone tell me anything?
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