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AGE / VALUE:alu line posted by: bill on 8/9/2009 at 9:27:34 PM
my sister recently gave me a bike that she got as part of an estate sale .its an alu-line nova. as far as i can tell its95% aluminum ,rims hubs chainguard fenders and handlebars,and frame,very light,its in great cond 5spd shifts good.does anyone know anything about this bike and a value im.probably going to sell it thank you bill
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AGE / VALUE:I n need of some advice posted by: Julie on 8/9/2009 at 3:19:38 AM
I need to have someone who knows old bikes contact me. I am wanting to know where else on the bike can you find identification letters/ number etc???? Please PLease!!! Thank you
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RE:AGE / VALUE:I n need of some advice posted by Emily on 8/9/2009 at 9:09:02 AM
Im not really sure what kind of bike you have, but these videos will probably help.

http://video.google.com/videosearch?hl=en&q=bike+serial+number+location&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=MfR-StJXiIAy6LPsjAM&sa=X&oi=video_result_group&ct=title&resnum=4#
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AGE / VALUE:Invicta ladies bike, 3 speed posted by: Emily on 8/8/2009 at 12:15:01 PM
Hi, my father found an old Invicta bike and I can't find much information about it. It's in pretty good condition, some of the old vintage parts of been replaced with new modern parts. It needs to be repainted, and I've been trying to find the decals for it, or pictures of them so I can make it myself. The original decals are barely legible. It's a blue, ladies 3 speed bike. The serial number is k496403. I would appreciate any information, pictures, links, anything that could be helpful. Thank you.
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RE:AGE / VALUE:Invicta ladies bike, 3 speed posted by Cliff on 8/8/2009 at 1:42:39 PM
Not sure how old your bike is, or what it looks like exactly, but I did a search for Invicta bicycle on yahoo images and found a few things. Here's a link to a 1962 boys Invicta on Flicker.


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AGE / VALUE:King Jupiter's (Talking about a Bicycle brand I've not seen before) posted by: Rod on 8/7/2009 at 5:59:55 PM
Multi Angled Tubing, Hexagonal or some sort of multi-angled tubing, fenders (mudguards); headbadge shows made in Japan. Not a full view. Probably a Suntour looking V-gt type derailleur in the back or similar. Not mine but interesting make with little reference on the web.

http://s782.photobucket.com/albums/yy106/schwinnoholic/?action=view&current=DSC03882.jpg


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AGE / VALUE:ladies raleigh bike dated june 1977 posted by: C brown on 8/7/2009 at 5:55:21 AM
Hi, I'm trying to find out about a bike i just bought ,dated June 1977 ,it's a dark green town bike. I would like to know the name of bike ? Thanks
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RE:AGE / VALUE:ladies raleigh bike dated june 1977 posted by Rod on 8/7/2009 at 6:14:15 PM
Try the catalogs online, for example: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/retroraleighs/catalogs/1977/pages/11-77-sports.html , 1976 and 1977 are there. Off the top, sounds like a Raleigh Sport women's bike. Looks like the smaller picture from your description.

I'm sure there are other sources as well.


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RE:AGE / VALUE:ladies raleigh bike dated june 1977 posted by Chris on 8/10/2009 at 10:13:44 AM
Thanks for reply , I think you may be right. I checked out the pic and sites you mentioned. It looks like a big country style bike ,but it does look a lot like a sports bike of that year.
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MISC:Araya 10 speed posted by: Bill on 8/6/2009 at 4:10:53 PM
Just picked up an Araya 10 speed. Anyone know where to find any info on this bike? Internet searches don't bring up much? Thanks!
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RE:MISC:���Araya 10 speed posted by Warren on 8/6/2009 at 7:25:53 PM
If the net isn't turning up info then there's a good chance no one knows much about them. Unless the bike has some merit with either an OK frame or decent components you wouldn't find much. Just one of thousands of names applied to a bike. Describe it in some detail or better yet take some good pics and you can narrow it down. Pretty sure it's Japanese, for instance...
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RE:MISC:Araya 10 speed posted by Rod on 8/6/2009 at 8:17:56 PM
Definitely have heard of Araya as a make of bicycle versus the very famous Araya the maker of wheel rims, popular for a long time, alloy and aluminum, I believe steel too before that. Some wheels even today look like what Araya pioneered.

Now, Warren or anyone can correct me if I am wrong, the wheel maker is from Japan. The bike maker would likely be from there, maybe there is a chance they are related as some bike makers are parts of larger companies. We aren't quite Japanese but could be.

I think that sounds like a good find.

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RE:MISC:Araya 10 speed posted by Rod on 8/6/2009 at 8:32:02 PM
Anyone who has worked or rode with vintage bicycles even a little from the '70s/'80s I'm sure has used Araya, they are so popular. Similar to the way, most of us know Dia Compe brakes, though that name sounds a bit Italian, that was a Japanese company.

One more thing, is that surely, Araya wheel rims and the bikes were made at the same time.

Take Peugeot, the famous bicycle maker. I belive they are actually a part of a big big company as you have Peugeot Cars and the like.

I wonder if this applies to the famous Japanese maker of bicycles Fuji? We use film and cameras called that all the time. However, in that instant, Mount Fuji of course, is a landmark of Japan.

Yes, I've heard of Araya Bicycles. Without knowing the bike you got, it sounds like a good deal. I treasured my Star bike, made in Japan.

If one is ever really curious, go to a library with an archive of bicycle magazine. I even copied a few of the advertisements for Japanese bicycles on a project I worked with. It is fascinating.
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RE:MISC:Araya 10 speed posted by Issler on 8/28/2009 at 9:41:41 PM
I have a 10 speed Araya bicycle. I have it for about 13 years - bought it used from a bike shop. At this juncture I feel it is a vintage bicycle.
It is black, very tall, the wheels are maked Araya too (27in wheels) and looks great.
I will forward a picture if anyone is interested.
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RE:MISC:Araya 10 speed posted by gus on 9/9/2009 at 6:37:09 PM
Hi. I'd love to see a picture of the araya..there are different levels of bikes..some commuters some road/race bikes. thanks.
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RE:MISC:Araya 10 speed posted by aaron on 9/29/2009 at 7:40:41 PM
I would like to see pix of the black Araya. When I was a kid in the mid to late 70's, my folks bought one of these for me. I rode it for years. It was black with gold lettering. I think the model of mine was "Competition"
thanks,
aaron
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RE:RE:MISC:Araya 10 speed posted by PhilB on 10/16/2009 at 9:30:47 PM
Araya: Da bomb....I was a mechanic in 1976 and bought a new Araya "10 Speed" because I couldn't afford the $500 wholesale for a new Italian racer (ABC: Atala, Bianchi, Cinelli...). This was when an upstart company named Shimano was knocking off, er, emulating the Campagnolo stuff. The Araya had chrome drops and lugs (ahem..."Nervex" style), the first "Dura Ace" components, including the side-pull brakes you couldn't beg from Campy, l.f. hubs with oiler clips just like Campy, SR seatpost/stem/bars that bore a suspicious resemblance to Cinelli, and...Araya rims, of course. I figured the "knock off" was a good buy at $350 (1976 dollars). After riding it for a couple years, it dawned on me that Araya had put together a great set of components as a marketing ploy to spread some rims around. After a couple decades, a tour of Hawaii, a Seattle-to-Portland and many thousand other miles, it dawned on me that the three spare stainless spokes I bought when the bike was new were still in the toolbox. This bike is 33 years old now, others have come and gone (including Italian A,B,C...) and the Brooks Professional (small rivets) is just getting comfy. Oh, and the "Araya" alloy rims look satiny-smooth as day one. I read a few years ago that Lance-buddy Robin Williams collected old bikes--an Araya was on the list. If you see a top-of-the line '70s vintage with the original alloy (WEINMANN Knockoff!) rims, buy it. (Cable clips! Bolt-on derailleur cable guide. Retro bottle carrier in front of handlebars!) Lemme know if you want a photo.
Phil (This was the bike I was riding in the days I invented the Baby Jogger...)


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RE:MISC:Araya 10 speed posted by Moe on 6/2/2010 at 5:28:00 PM
I own one. It is about 40 years old, looks like new, and I just rode it yesterday.
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RE:MISC:���Araya 10 speed posted by Monica on 7/1/2010 at 3:32:54 PM
Got my Araya in the late 70s and its been with me to Australia New Zealand and Ireland, where it rusted by the sea and lay dormant ten years. A friend just completed restoration and its GORGEOUS!!!! Good as new and better :> Id love to see the photos os other Arayas, and can put a few up of mine b4 and after da job it you like....
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RE:MISC:Araya 10 speed posted by joe on 7/24/2010 at 11:46:31 PM
i have this yellow araya 10 speed i want to know how much is worth if i sale it the bike is in exelent conditions and it looks like it could race today against any new bike
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RE:MISC:Araya 10 speed posted by don on 8/5/2010 at 10:54:39 AM
I bought a silver Araya 10 speed in 1976 and am still riding it at 70. I do not think it has much value unless someone really wants it.
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RE:MISC:Araya 10 speed posted by Moe on 8/11/2010 at 5:10:56 PM
I have an Araya 10 speed that I have own for 40 years and bought it new. Serial Number E505858. The same Araya that makes the rims also made the bike back then. I still ride it to this very day. It is a great bike. Anyone that e-mails me will get a picture of the bike if they ask.
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RE:MISC:Araya 10 speed posted by Gary Jewell on 8/21/2010 at 12:07:03 PM
I have some pics of my 70's vintage Araya in almost mint condition on my Facebook page check it out!
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RE:MISC:Araya 10 speed posted by Mark on 10/2/2010 at 7:29:27 PM
My father bought me a Rex 10 speed made by Araya. It is a "Deluxe Bicycle" model and was purchased in 1970 in Syosset, NY. The bike was a war horse that got me through HS and my sole transportation for a year and a half in College. It was fully equipped with Shimano mechanicals with the exception of the wheels (naturally) and brakes which were Dia-Compe. I seem to remember the dealer saying that Rex was a Dutch company that designed the bicycle and had it manufactured in Japan by Araya, although that is an old memory.

I'm working on restoring it now and hope to be riding it again in the Spring.
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RE:MISC:Araya 10 speed posted by Gary on 10/19/2010 at 1:03:53 PM
I rode my Araya yesterday and today. I purchased it in about 1976 from Outdoor Wheels in Wichita Kansas new. Its silver and in mint condition. I don't remember receiving much paperwork with this bike. I remember them telling me it was a 27 inch bike. The high tech bikes at the time were made of titanium but cost three times as much.
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RE:MISC:Araya 10 speed posted by Matt on 1/4/2011 at 8:44:38 PM
Bought a Vista Silver Shadow in 77. Araya was stamped on the frame. It had Shimano 600 everything, and of course Araya wheels. I rode it for 20 years, then gave it away because everything was totally worn out. I should have kept it and rebuilt it. I've had much more expensive & hi tech bikes, but the Vista was by far the best ride. Pure Cadillac.
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RE:MISC:Araya 10 speed posted by Dan on 1/10/2011 at 9:10:51 AM
I still have my Araya bike I bought in 1975. It has Araya alumium wheels. A bit heavy for AL but very tuff. 23 inch frame, 27 x 1 1/4 tires. It was an unbeatable bike for the money. Great workmanship a finish. Suntour componients. I think it was made by a bicycle company that made lots of brands for other companies.
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RE:MISC:Araya 10 speed posted by alex on 4/21/2011 at 6:56:38 AM
i have an araya, and i have all dura ace components on it, i have no idea what year it is or anything i think it's a real nice bike
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RE:MISC:Araya 10 speed posted by Steve on 5/15/2011 at 11:14:31 AM
I just bought a red 10 speed Araya Serial # A607370 with a suntour seven derailer, suntour center pulls and weinmann fenders and would like to know how old it is and perhaps what its value is? Thanks.
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RE:MISC:Araya 10 speed posted by ken on 5/17/2011 at 11:18:17 AM
The components make me think early 70s. Could be earlier- I can't find a date for the Seven. The SunTour stuff should have date codes if it's after 1971 or so; see
http://www.vintage-trek.com/component_dates.htm
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RE:MISC:Araya 10 speed posted by Dan Jr on 5/29/2011 at 3:16:16 PM
I bought a new Araya bike in 1975 for $189. Silver ten speed all alumium components. Lugged frame. Chromed tips. Suntour derailers. Araya rims. 27 inch wheels. Great bike. Best buy in 1975. It had finger tip shifters whick I really liked. Still have it, but don't use it much. So much better than the Montgomery Wards bike it replaced. Email me if you have questions.
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RE:MISC:Araya 10 speed posted by Aero Araya "prototype?" on 8/29/2011 at 6:08:06 AM
I own a Araya. I have never seen one like it and can't find anyone who knows much about it. Silver. When I was racing in 1982 I wrecked my bike and an old racer in NY ,Vito Perruchi, ran the Nassau Wheelmen. He gave me this bike to race on. He said it was an Olympic proto type , not many made then. Aero Tange tubing, aero water bottle and cage, aero levers, Kashimax seat, aero seat post, the works. At the time I had not seen anything like it. It was a year or two later before Aero became really trendy. The bike was something special then and I still have it , intact today. Anyone know anything about it?

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RE:MISC:Araya 10 speed posted by David on 8/29/2011 at 1:32:26 PM
It sounds like your "aero" Araya is quite a different machine from the low-end bike boomers mentioned above. Post photos!
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RE:MISC:Araya 10 speed posted by clint on 9/1/2011 at 3:49:19 PM
hi i have an araya ten speed
i havnt seen any others around will post photo
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RE:MISC:Araya 10 speed posted by Jim on 10/5/2011 at 6:05:31 PM
I have a Araya Road Champion that I bought new in 1973. It was my primary mode of transportation during my college years. This included back and fort to work three times a week (21 miles one way). For reasons I won't go into here, the bike has hung from the ceiling of my basement since leaving school in 76. It's a little bit of elbo grease away from looking new. I would like feedback about this bike as far as collector value.
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RE:MISC:Araya 10 speed posted by David on 10/6/2011 at 7:23:32 AM
Araya isn't a well-known bike brand (only rims) and won't be highly valuable even if it's a high-end bike. (A low-end one, even in beautiful condition, won't be worth more than a couple hundred) Is yours top-of-the-line or bottom? Clues include: cr-mo butted tubing frame, forged dropouts and fork ends, spoke protector, "safety" brake levers, [lack of] steel components, overall weight 20 lb or less, and so on.
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RE:MISC:Araya 10 speed posted by Jim on 10/12/2011 at 7:51:44 PM
The Araya in question has all Shimano components, handlebar end, fingertip controls and an Ideale seat. Don't know for sure what the overall weight is. As I had said earlier, I bought it while going to school in "73". I went to school at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant Michigan. I bought it at a shop that had just opened. The owner was a young bike builer namer Assenmacher.
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AGE / VALUE:Need Bottom Bracket Lock Rings posted by: Gralyn on 8/5/2009 at 9:11:07 PM
I'm in need of several bottom bracket lock rings. They are pretty-much standard size - which came on most bike boom bikes throughout the 1970's and 1980's....Schwinns had them, most all the Japanese brands had them, etc.

I converted several bikes to a fixed gear - and I used the bottom bracket lock rings to help hold the rear cog in place. Now, I have several bikes left - but with no bottom bracket lock ring. I don't want to pay like $10 each for them.....and I don't want to pay like $8 plus $5 shipping, etc. I know these things are lying around somewhere in abundance - I just don't know where. If anyone knows where I could get hold of several of these - please let me know.
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RE:AGE / VALUE:Need Bottom Bracket Lock Rings posted by ken on 8/6/2009 at 10:13:34 AM
email me an address, I'll drop a couple in the mail for you.
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RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:���Need Bottom Bracket Lock Rings posted by Warren on 8/6/2009 at 5:25:18 PM
Me too...
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AGE / VALUE:Vintage Huffy Sportsman posted by: Amy on 8/3/2009 at 4:55:34 PM
Wondering if this vintage bike is worth anything. It's in good shape--no rust. Just needs new tires. Photos:
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=311176&id=1650402116

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=311176&id=1650402116#/photo.php?pid=311177&id=1650402116

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RE:AGE / VALUE:Vintage Huffy Sportsman posted by Chris on 8/5/2009 at 6:43:59 PM
these bikes have a following, it is asked about and folks like these.
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RE:AGE / VALUE:Vintage Huffy Sportsman posted by David on 8/6/2009 at 9:02:40 AM
Aren't they Huffy-branded Raleighs?
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RE:AGE / VALUE:Vintage Huffy Sportsman posted by Ian on 8/11/2009 at 11:03:42 PM
anybody know the value of an old huffy sea breeze 10spd(women's)
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AGE / VALUE:Bicycle swap meet LARZ ANDERSON BROOKLINE, posted by: Joe Rapoza on 8/2/2009 at 5:17:50 PM
Greetings everyone,

Joe Rapoza here from the Larz Anderson Musuem bicycle show and swap meet.


Up for bids is one swap meet space at the Larz Anderson Bicycle Swap meet and Show.

This will be a spectular show something for the whole family.

You are bidding on choice of any vending space in the field that is designated bicycle vending space. Preimum spaces are located directly on the side of the MC podem and to the entrance of the show concoure

We will be having a show and swap meet on August 9, 2009 8:00 am to 3:00 pm vendors spaces are 25.00. for a 10 x 10 space.

We will be haveing a dedication ceremony for the great Jack Kowal "Mr. Columbia". and Sheldon Brown

This year we will be having a separate section dedicated to frame builders, all frame builders will be admitted to the show free of charge.

We expect that at least 1000 people will attend this years

Sponsorship spaces are available.

Please RSVP email me to let me know if you are planning to attend.

Please provide email address and phone number.

I thank you very much and look forward to hearing from you.

Joe Rapoza

508-558-5129


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AGE / VALUE:Old, Rusty bike- Is it a lost cause? posted by: Anoush on 8/1/2009 at 9:06:42 AM
I found [as the title suggests] an old, rusty bike in my garage and would really like to restore it (to ride it). I'm definitely planning on getting new tires and brakes, and possibly a new chain if the rust is too severe to repair. I'm planning on sanding it and painting it myself as well. I have little to no knowledge on the wonderful world of bikes so any input is greatly appreciated! Thank you!

:)

Also, anyone hear of a Roddy bike? I'm having some trouble finding any info on it...

Here is a link to the pictures...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/41044413@N06/
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RE:AGE / VALUE:Old, Rusty bike- Is it a lost cause? posted by Warren on 8/1/2009 at 10:14:52 AM
It's an inexpensive (Pacific Rim?) imitation of an English 3 speed. I think you could find a British example in better condition for $25 and then it might be worth the effort. This one is a labour of love...

to learn more, start here...http://sheldonbrown.com/oldbikes/index.html
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RE:AGE / VALUE:Old, Rusty bike- Is it a lost cause? posted by David on 8/1/2009 at 1:35:46 PM
I love the name, but that's about all there is to love about that bike. Find an English 3-speed and you will love it.
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RE:AGE / VALUE:Old, Rusty bike- Is it a lost cause? posted by Rod on 8/1/2009 at 9:42:29 PM
Warren's sharp here, it's a Shimano hub, that's why he is saying that, it's probably a Pacific Rim bike, maybe Japanese.

You know, the Japanese I believe actually made some Roadster type bikes prior to World War II, but I see this bicycle has cables, reflectors on the pedal along with the hub so could possibly be some '60s/'70s bike.

It reminds me much of an abandoned bike I found once, actually it was when people put out their pick up for spring cleaning, it is a Royal Scot. Reading up on the Royal Scot, well, one of the 3 speed factories made it, the frame seems to be much the same as what your big makers had, what upgraded the 3 speeds to top models often was the addition of headlights, dynohub generators, etc. This bike I found has a nice basket on the front, it's almost like what is in England, a butcher bike/work bike the basket is so nice.

I think that's a nice find you have. Mine was a bit of a "rust bucket" but I've been able to get it looking okay with a lot of the anti-rust products they put out.

Thumbs up to the grips, cottered crank pedals I believe... I guess, the 3 speed control is in the grips. I did once have a make with the control in the grips. I'm not positive what brand that was.


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RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:Old, Rusty bike- Is it a lost cause? posted by Rod on 8/1/2009 at 9:54:40 PM
May be an argument here, everyone is partial to SA, Sturmey Archer, but I think the Shimano Hubs as a whole are very good too.
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RE:AGE / VALUE:Old, Rusty bike- Is it a lost cause? posted by Anoush on 8/1/2009 at 10:41:30 PM
WOW! Thank you all for your responses, as I really didn't anticipate anyone responding! I'm pretty new to the wonderful world of bicycles so all your responses were very helpful! All in all, is the bike worth trying to restore or am I better off buying a new bike? I'm not looking for anything too extravagant--maybe just a decent (and decently priced) cruiser to ride around in..

Thanks again!
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RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:Old, Rusty bike- Is it a lost cause? posted by Warren on 8/2/2009 at 5:09:04 AM
Rod is correct saying that this list is traditional in that it favours English Sports bikes and Roadsters. I just feel that this frame is too much work for an old guy like me.

It's an unknown maker so we can't be as sure of the build quality, unlike an earlier British 3 speed. Make sure the frame rides true before putting a lot of work into it.

I've seen some wonderful post-WWII Japanese roadster components, drum brake hubs, lighting kits etc. I just don't know enough about them. Japanese lightweights are a different matter...

Anoush, feel free to restore it. You may enjoy the result so much that when you get your hands on an old Raleigh, you'll do it again.
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RE:AGE / VALUE:Old, Rusty bike- Is it a lost cause? posted by Rod on 8/2/2009 at 7:03:38 AM
Not to belabor the point, but if you compare the head badge to a Schwinn: http://www.hyper-formance.com/Flicks/Hold/badgesbth.jpg , I'd say it's a bit similar despite what appears to be the Castle/Rook top of the Roddy badge in the photos.

As I said, before I knew really how to collect or fix bikes, I came across a small green three speed, control in the grips. For all we know, it could be close to the same bike. Such kinds of bikes could be headbadged under almost any name and calls to mind too, the day when Department Stores were more active in selling bicycles.

Look, I did find a reference to Roddy here on Old Roads and there is more to this conversation. There may be other references here too. Just hunt around.

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"In the mid-70s I saw a bike that almost made me die laughing. It was a really cheap ten speed, painted to match a '72 Raleigh International (chartreuse with red lettering). It was labelled, no fooling, a "Roddy International"."

http://www.oldroads.com/arch/ENG2001_9_58_10_41_AM.html

Raleigh? Roddy?? Curiously, it sounds the same and when one sees that castle top, like my Royal Scot and other knock offs I've seen, they do seem to cater to a UK/English type of heritage.


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RE:AGE / VALUE:Old, Rusty bike- Is it a lost cause? posted by jgodsey on 8/2/2009 at 8:58:13 AM
there are other answers to rust besides sanding..
a bath in an oxalic acid solution should fix it up nicely.
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RE:AGE / VALUE:Old, Rusty bike- Is it a lost cause? posted by David on 8/2/2009 at 9:11:11 AM
The dropouts are spot-welded to the stays - a sure sign of low frame quality. Find a better bike.
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RE:AGE / VALUE:Old, Rusty bike- Is it a lost cause? posted by Adrian Gracian on 5/16/2010 at 11:12:02 PM
i too have a Roddy road bike. dont know much about it have been looking for some kind of info on it. its green with shimano gears with grips. its in pretty great shape besides the rims being rusted?
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RE:AGE / VALUE:Old, Rusty bike- Is it a lost cause? posted by jimi on 2/7/2011 at 10:48:47 PM
i bought a roddy racer bicycle at a junkyard for $10 today. never heard of brand and can not find any info about. i sanded paint to the aluminum frame no corrosion, converted to a single speed with new chain-had to cause of rusted parts, new seat, new grips, air in tires, a few hours of maintnenace and it rides great. even though its cold outside and late had to ride it, its a fun and fast bike. but i'm no expert and have never ridden an expensive road bike for comparison, just know worth the $40. i spent for the bike, new seat, chain and grips.
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RE:AGE / VALUE:Old, Rusty bike- Is it a lost cause? posted by jj on 2/8/2011 at 4:40:33 AM
As a commuter bike, I think you did ok for a total of $40 spent on it.
I think they were made in Korea. Steel frame, steel cranks, steel wheels.
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WANTED:Pinarello Montello Expertise posted by: Joe on 8/1/2009 at 6:32:23 AM
I am looking for an expert on vintage Montellos. Reason is, I want to buy and restore one and want to be able to tell the difference between a Treviso and Montello. Thanks.
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RE:WANTED:Pinarello Montello Expertise posted by David on 8/1/2009 at 1:45:45 PM
I'm not your expert, but there are catalogs for several years of Pinarellos at

http://www.bulgier.net/pics/bike/Catalogs/

Good luck
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WANTED:Pinarelo Montello Expertise posted by: Joe on 8/1/2009 at 6:32:23 AM
I am looking for an expert on vintage Montellos. Reason is, I want to buy and restore one and want to be able to tell the difference between a Treviso and Montello. Thanks.
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MISC:Triple Chain Ring - Stronglight, etc. posted by: Rod on 7/31/2009 at 9:16:26 PM
So, if one ever wanted to put a real granny gear on an old Touring Raleigh or Peugeot bike and thought they might want to put a Triple chain ring on and take off for instance a stronglight, is that possible?? Or how else might be the situation remedied? Without doing a tooth count on my cogs, I did get a satisfactory very low gear for going up a hill carrying a fair load. Thank you for your responses.

Picture shows a Stronglight Chain ring


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RE:MISC:Triple Chain Ring - Stronglight, etc. posted by Keith Body on 8/1/2009 at 1:44:36 AM
Hi Rod, your picture looks like a TA 5 pin adaptor and TA rings on 49D cranks. These were better than the stronglight because the teeth were milled, not pressed. I expect you could get TA 5 pin rings with a wider ratio, the smallest on the adaptor was 42?. These were standard road racing kit until campagnolo produced their chainset, which was the first I ever had that did not need the chainrings trued up before use. We used the 49D without the end caps on the cranks to ease the essential checking of the bolts.
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RE:MISC:Triple Chain Ring - Stronglight, etc. posted by David on 8/1/2009 at 4:42:37 AM
You should be able to put a smaller inner ring on the pictured bike easily. Adding a third ring to a double setup will require a longer bottom bracket spindle though, which might require a whole new bottom bracket. For a 26tpi Nottingham BB, that would probably mean an expensive Phil Wood or a threadless BB.
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RE:RE:MISC:Triple Chain Ring - Stronglight, etc. posted by Rod on 8/1/2009 at 6:13:46 PM
Thanks: you all have answered my question, the thing is is I got the photo off of a google search actually, I do have a stronglight crank on at least one bike but not the one I might do some touring with. Anyway, yes, that all kinds of helps me out, especially if I should go with the Stronglight one.
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RE:RE:RE:MISC:Triple Chain Ring - Stronglight, etc. posted by Rod on 8/1/2009 at 7:20:22 PM
In fact, the Crank I've been testing lately, is a Solida, so that goes back some time and I may have to fool with those French spindles or BB if it is that important to me. It is from an early Motobecane Nomade which from what I understand were on mainly the earliest makes.

There is just one hill here, I've been told it's a 30% grade or how ever they judge these hills in one part, really steep. I've rode a 3 speed up it, Ive rode a Mountainbike and I've rode other bikes up it, most bikes seem really tested for that one little stretch of road and 2 bikes of mine have really creaked on it as if pushed pretty hard.

Again, any advice is welcomed. I got it in a real low gear that doesn't seem to be much trouble but I really don't stand and pump on that one hill.

I've really wanted to bike tour some of the more serious mountains in the USA without getting some new bicycle. Again, thanks.
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RE:RE:RE:RE:MISC:Triple Chain Ring - Stronglight, etc. posted by Warren on 8/4/2009 at 5:23:07 PM
30% is almost a ridiculous incline but I won't doubt you. The steepest long climbs in the tour average around 8% but maybe short bits achieve that.
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RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:MISC:Triple Chain Ring - Stronglight, etc. posted by Rod on 8/4/2009 at 6:21:26 PM
Warren:

I would have doubts and I still will about someone just posting this in a blog does not make it correct. Still, I was going by this fellow's words:

"Near Fort Snelling there is a very steep hill (bad picture above) that connects a bike trail to the Mendota Bridge. The hill has a good 30+ degree slant and is long. For us flatlanders in the Midwest, its a pretty nasty hill for bike riders, the steepest I know of along the river."

At this blog: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/carls064/freealonzo/family_life/

So, yes, one tries to go up it and I think everyone has come across a hill, it is a paved bike path in this case, where you actually might hear your back tire trying to spin to make it up the hill.

That thing is steep but it's not really that long of a distance that little stretch. Maybe one should not challenge the bicycle to try to climb such a hill if it is rare but it is a total body workout. After you do it, well you know. A close by hill, I use to climb a bunch of times, for exercise, up and roll down a few times.
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FOR SALE:Stealin' posted by: Rod on 7/31/2009 at 8:39:19 PM
I can't help but place a few experiences I've had over the past few weeks that have made me want to say something.

First though, a disclaimer, hopefully, this does not apply to those of us with the old clunkers, anyway, I don't want to be an alarmist.

I can not remember who but I got into a conversation with some guy about bicycles and he said, "well a lot of these bikes on sell on the internet are stolen" and I was not too convinced.

Then, I looked at a nice bike, I'd say one of the two most prestigious Italian brand bikes on sale on the net and somehow, the bike was painted, painted red... say what??? Originally, it was either a white or a celeste blue bike, I'm not quite saying, but it sure struck me as suspicious. But the red job did look well still.

Now, on Craig's list, there is some real complaining about bike theft, my gosh, pretty bad, almost accusations flying around....

Just a week ago, I ran into this story about someone stealing bikes and related goods down in Austin http://austinontwowheels.org/2009/02/04/apd-arrests-alleged-bike-thief/ , you know, the guy would look like your average Joe out on the street.
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RE:FOR SALE:Stealin' posted by David on 8/1/2009 at 4:39:40 AM
I'm sure that many Craig's List bikes are stolen. I've seen examples of matching "for sale" and "stolen" postings. Too many of the listings are by people who don't seem to have a clue what they have; misspelled brand name, ludicrous misunderstandings about parts, and so on. You have to assume they only saw the bike for the first time 10 minutes ago. On the other hand, there are listings from people (like me) who find good deals and flip the bikes with better ads and a few repairs.
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MISC:What have I got here? posted by: Ted on 7/31/2009 at 7:49:19 PM
Would this bike be considered a vintage bike? Is it a lighweight, roadster or whatever all the names are? I took off all the parts to clean and lube them, but the rear wheel has 5 sets of gears and "Huret" Allvit derailleur. The cranks are Nervar. I have to do a lot of research I think to know if it will suit my needs if I fix it up or if I can afford to upgrade if it warrants upgrading. Thanks for any information. The serial number stamped under the bottom is 4501666...does anyone know the serial number production dates for this company?

Again, thanks for any help. I'm not a bicycle enthusiast or collector so if my best bet is to sell it and put the... proceeds towards a solid 80's or 90's bike, please let me know before I invest too much time and perhaps money on a boondoggle.


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RE:MISC:What have I got here? posted by Rod on 7/31/2009 at 9:03:07 PM
Vintage, Yes, surely, nice too.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y265/eafiii/Bike_001.jpg <----- in case anyone has a problem getting the picture, this cut and paste should...

I'd almost think we are being baited into discussion here.... because it is nice, it's a bit like this http://www.sheldonbrown.com/retroraleighs/catalogs/1951-england/pages/04-lenton-sports.html so surely the same model...at some year...Then, lets see, go here with the serial number: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/retroraleighs/dating.html keeping in mind, the Huret Alvit, of course, this is a vintage bicycle... but I don't know where it would be on that table...

If you can take that bike apart, surely, you can google search "Lenton bicycle", a whole lot in there, maybe you can find it, flickr and other places..
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RE:MISC:What have I got here? posted by Rod on 7/31/2009 at 9:13:49 PM
By the way, Ted, I don't mean to "bump" your or anyone else's discussion down the page. So, let's hope everyone interested in any of these topics participates.
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RE:MISC:What have I got here? posted by Warren on 8/1/2009 at 5:29:37 AM
Ted...sometime in the early 60's the Lenton Sports became your basic 3 speed Sports with standard steel frame and geometry. In the late 60's Raleigh started to equip a number of Sports frames (for export?) with that same Huret 5 speed drivetrain so I think that yours could be original. Often these bikes had 26 x 1 1/4 wheelsets.
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