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AGE / VALUE:Lenton Sports posted by: Ted on 7/31/2009 at 10:49:59 AM
I found a bike at a garage sale that says Lenton Sports and Robin Hood on the frame. It has a Wright racing saddle, Huret Allvit 2nd generation RD. The handlebars are Are Sears touring style replacements, so I'm guessing someone switched out racing handlebars.

Based on the components or the frame, can I estimate the age? Underneath the bottom bracket the serial number starts with 55 and has consecutive 666 in the middle or the end (bike is at the shop now)

Thanks for any information at all about this model.
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MISC:Bike Boom Literature posted by: Rat Rod on 7/30/2009 at 9:01:28 PM
Put together a list of "Bike Boom" titles, includes

Glenn's Bike Manual
John Marino's bicycle book
Riding in the Midwest
Tom Doughty's book on long distance cycling, sort of a training manual.

I included a few other titles. Are there any that one might suggest? Thanks.
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RE:MISC:Bike Boom Literature posted by Gralyn on 7/31/2009 at 8:13:04 AM
The Complete Book of Bicycling by Eugene Sloan (but it is copyright 1970......which may be a little early for bike boom)
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RE:RE:MISC:Bike Boom Literature posted by Rod on 7/31/2009 at 9:05:03 PM
Thank you, yes, I've seen that book and of course, it kind of fits in... and I actually was making a list for someone.
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RE:RE:MISC:Bike Boom Literature posted by Chris on 8/5/2009 at 6:45:24 PM
Sincere's bike book there are lots
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MISC:This is one of the bad Viscounts? Isn't it? posted by: RatRod on 7/30/2009 at 8:55:52 PM
Ebay # 250473064574

I'm can't be a collector of an oddity, I've got to use it if I buy it.

Isn't this a model with a bad fork?? http://www.sheldonbrown.com/lambert.html

I think so.
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RE:MISC:This is one of the bad Viscounts? Isn't it? posted by David on 7/31/2009 at 6:41:57 AM
B-A-D picture, but the fork looks like the sloping crown aluminum "death fork" that the top-of-the-line "Pro" had. Can't make out the nice TA-knockoff crank. I wonder about the suicide levers. I don't recall them on the Pro and they don't appear in my brochure. There's a smaller frame one on Boston Craig's List today for $100.
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RE:RE:MISC:This is one of the bad Viscounts? Isn't it? posted by Gralyn on 7/31/2009 at 8:21:50 AM
It certainly looks like the death fork to me. The picture is not good - so I can't tell much. Local pick up....unless you live near there - it wouldn't be a good situation. But I don't believe there is a bad Viscount - just that death fork issue. If you ever get one with the aluminum death fork still on it - just replace it and ride. I have one - but if it had a death fork - it had already been replaced before I got it.
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AGE / VALUE:Starting on a '50's Lenton Sport posted by: Ted on 7/30/2009 at 11:16:23 AM
Hi. I found an old bike at a garage sale that looked interesting. I know nothing about good bikes other than I can't afford one. This bike was $10.00 and just looked like it used to be a serious bike from the 1950's or so.
made in Nottingham England it says "Lenton Sport" on the frame. The frame is painted a very unique bronze-ish Gold. The crankset says "Nervar". The front and rear derailleurs Say "Huret". The rear one says" "Allvit".

The brakes look cheap, made in England. My questions are:
Can I fix this up to have a solid recreational road bike?
If I need to replace moving mechanicals (brakes, deraileurs), what is the best bang for the buck in old used/vintage parts that provide solid functionality for the guy who just wants an inexpensive vintage ride? I don't mind doing the work if I know what I need.

Are there any guides for restoring a vintage bike on a shoestring budget?
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RE:AGE / VALUE:Starting on a '50's Lenton Sport posted by Keith Body on 7/30/2009 at 1:22:12 PM
Hi Ted, plenty of information on here about the full range of lentons, you should be able to date it. The gears and chainwheel are probably late 1950's (from memory) replacements. One thing Sheldon got wrong with a lot of the "sporty" models was believing the Raleigh advertising text. This should put you right:
http://v-ccnewengland.blogspot.com/2006/07/1950s-raleigh-lenton-sports.html
These bikes were servicable and in the UK were typically older teenagers transport. If they became recreational cyclists then they would buy hand built genuine lightweights. I am sure there are more collectors on here looking for Lentons than the real British lightweights.
If the tyres are OK then ride what you have.
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RE:AGE / VALUE:Starting on a '50's Lenton Sport posted by Rat Rod on 7/30/2009 at 9:27:06 PM
Maybe Alvit derailleur was introduced around 1960. http://www.sheldonbrown.com/gloss_ho-z.html But who knows. I just saw a Raleigh Road Bike the other day and the only way I knew it was a '50s or before bike is that it had Rod Brakes.
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AGE / VALUE:Sekai 10-speed posted by: jeff on 7/28/2009 at 6:50:47 PM
i just acquired a Sekai "Series Limited" 10-speed from yard sale...21" frame too small so intend to sale...very good cond. - what is price range for this ? thanx !
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RE:AGE / VALUE:Sekai 10-speed posted by Gralyn on 7/31/2009 at 8:36:04 AM
For this type bike - it really just depends on the condition - and even then - certain factors weigh in. I'm not familiar with this make - but the model name may suggest mid-range to low-end. Some things to look for: What is the frame material? (usually there is a sticker on the seat tube - just under the top tube). Like if it's "Hi Tensile", or "10-20", or "20-30" etc. - will suggest low-end. If it's Tange infinity, of Tange 1, or Champion 1, suggest higher-end. If it has aluminum rims, quick releases on the hubs, 700C wheels vs. 27" wheels, aluminum alloy bars vs. steel bar, etc. If it's low-end, a lot of steel components - and it's in fair condition - it may be worth $50 - $75. If it's high-end, with lightweight aluminum components - and it's in really nice condition -it could be worth near $200.
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MISC:Vintage Bicycle inventory coming to OldRoads posted by: Vin - Menotomy Vintage Bicycles at OldRoads.com on 7/27/2009 at 5:54:09 PM
We don't ship during the cycling season, BUT!, we've put together a deal with a Massachusetts bike shop who DOES ship and who DOES NOT use da web!.
We will be posting their vintage inventory here.
They are a family-owned shop selling Schwinn, Raleigh and other makes for over 50 years. The depth of their inventory is amazing, I leave drooling every time I visit.
High end road bikes, Schwinn Sting-Ray Krates, Raleigh Tourists and Sports 3-speeds, big old balloon tire bikes - they have them all.
So, watch this space. I'm hoping to get it going this week, if I can get my daughter to help me...
-Vin


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AGE / VALUE:Bent frame tube question posted by: Gralyn on 7/26/2009 at 6:19:14 PM
I have a frame with what appeared to be just a small dent in the top tube. I have been working on it recently: Stripped it down, cleaned, waxed, etc., and started building it back. I never noticed before - but today, as the sun was shining in through the door to my work shop - the top tube looked kind of bent. So, I did some checking with a straight edge - and sure enough, the top tube has a slight bend. There is no other damage (other than that small dent.....which now is obvious that's where the bent tube resulted)....but I checked the lugs and all over - and I didn't see any other signs of damage.

Would you think it's possible to straighten it - without causing further damage? It's a slight bend (as I didn't notice it) - but I would like to have more straight than it is. Any advice?
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RE:AGE / VALUE:Bent frame tube question posted by David on 7/27/2009 at 3:53:55 AM
Bent from a front-end collision?
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RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:Bent frame tube question posted by Gralyn on 7/27/2009 at 8:36:23 AM
No, something hit the top tube - maybe 6-8 inches back from the head tube - and whatever it was - whether an impact, or the weight from something pushing against it - it caused a small dent and a slight bend toward the right. You don't even notice it - unless you really look for it - or put a straight edge to it. No, it wasn't from a front end crash - there is not other damage anywhere else - and the original front fork....and original front wheel - have no signs of a crash.
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RE:AGE / VALUE:Bent frame tube question posted by Keith Body on 7/27/2009 at 11:19:49 AM
Hi Gralyn, A front collision would rarely damage the front wheel, but could bend the frame tubes. It would be impossible to bend the top tube and not bend the down tube. If your frame is butted 531 then the bend you have would be about where the tube gets thinner (1 inch outside, larger inside). From the damage you have it must have had some fairly heavy impact, unlikely to be 531 type drawn tubing, and is unlikely to affect the strength, but could slightly misalign the frame. If it is the standard soft welded tubing as used by large makers you might improve the appearance, but might make it worse.
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RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:Bent frame tube question posted by Gralyn on 7/28/2009 at 1:24:21 PM
Over the years I've picked up a few bikes that had been front-end crashed - just for parts.....but they all had bent forks, or bent fork tubes; they were buckled on the top tube or down tube - just behind the lugs, or the down tube was bent, etc. On this bike - It has a dent, and several scrapes / scratches coming from (or going to) the dent. My guess is that it was maybe in a garage - and something got pushed over onto it, or something heavy fell over on it, or it was laying down and something was piled up on it, etc. That's what it looks to me. It is hardly noticeable- so I may just leave it alone and ride it for myself - not bother ever trying to sell it or anything.
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RE:AGE / VALUE:Bent frame tube question posted by Rat Rod on 7/31/2009 at 4:59:55 AM
I once had a bike with a bit of a dent/bend in the upper part of the down tube, the bike repairman in this instant told me he'd be hesitant to ride it. That is now some years ago. Maybe the bicycle got in a wreck before, it seemed to ride real well.

I know there might be a tendency to feel alarm when learning such things.
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AGE / VALUE:KHS Light TRI CRUISER 3 speed posted by: Gary on 7/23/2009 at 6:40:29 AM
I am wondering if anyone out there knows anything about this bicycle I have.(age / value)
It is a KHS Light Tri Cruiser 3 speed. It is a men's bike blue in color with skinny tires.
I would be greatful for any help.
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AGE / VALUE:Help to ID raleigh professional posted by: damien on 7/22/2009 at 7:36:20 PM
I am trying to identify a frame. It looks like a 1976 Raleigh Professional. It has the cool fastback seat stays at the seat lug, the sloping fork crown -- and it's the mink blue and silver...However:
it has no chrome -- which makes me think maybe it was a holdover from 76 - then built at the factory in 1977, since the 1977 and up professionals had no chrome either. and they have conventional seat stays and no sloping fork crown.

the really odd thing is:

has braze-on brake cable guides
has braze-on down tube shifter studs
and has recessed allen bolt holes for the calipers

these things were added in 1977, 78, 79...

the serial no. is not much help at all:
A9xxx -- the Retro Raleighs page says some professionals might have had the "A" serial number in 1972 and 1973

Any thoughts??

I have carefully compared pics of 1970-1979 professionals with this one and am stumped.

thanks a million!
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RE:AGE / VALUE:Help to ID raleigh professional posted by damien on 7/22/2009 at 7:48:04 PM
I mean - the braze-ons and allen bolt recesses were added to the raleigh professionals later, from what i can see in catalogues....
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RE:AGE / VALUE:Help to ID raleigh professional posted by David on 7/24/2009 at 9:16:33 AM
Provide a link to pictures. Also check classicrendezvous.com
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RE:AGE / VALUE: Help to ID raleigh professional posted by Hilary Stone on 7/24/2009 at 10:39:30 AM
The A series frame numbers date from 1973/4 - Raleigh changed specs frequently during this period of time... so catalogues are only an imperfect guide.
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RE:AGE / VALUE:Help to ID raleigh professional posted by damien on 7/26/2009 at 7:07:20 AM
Hilary, - thanks for your input. I certainly can understand the chroming being a variable. But do you think braze-ons such as shifter mounts and brake cable guides and a head tube pump peg were variations added at the factory in 1973 and 74? thanks
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RE:AGE / VALUE: Help to ID raleigh professional posted by Hilary Stone on 7/29/2009 at 7:52:22 AM
But has the frame been repainted, pictures would really help. Allen bolt fixing brakes did not come in until 1978 or so and the frame number is without doubt from 1973/4.
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AGE / VALUE:   Need help with identifiying vinatge frame posted by: Rick on 7/22/2009 at 3:33:21 PM
I have I frame from a bike I recently purchased from Ebay. It a lugged frame with Campagnolo dropouts front and back. the serial number is 321732. Also is has chrome section chainstay/seat stays and clamp-on cable stop for the rear derailleur. http://s430.photobucket.com/albums/qq30/Mtbric/Blue%20campy%20frame/

AGE / VALUE:1996 Powerlite P19 frame posted by: jimmie becker on 7/22/2009 at 2:11:21 PM
i got this bike frame from a friend and i was woundering what the vaulue is.it is just a frame.


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MISC:Old bike talk on Twitter posted by: Vin Menotomy Vintage Bicycles at OldRoads.com on 7/21/2009 at 5:07:50 AM
Anyone using Twitter? OldRoads has been for a few weeks and I think we can handle doing daily updates.
You can go to http://twitter.com/oldroads, or you can see the updates at the top of our “Whats New” page (under the “About” link at the top of this page).
Today’s message:

“I’ve been buying and selling collectible bicycles for many years and have never seen prices this weak. I’ve also never seen prices for old commuter bikes so high.”

-Vin


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AGE / VALUE:Motobecane Nomade Ser. #3855258 posted by: Susan Simon on 7/18/2009 at 5:35:55 PM
Hello,

I need help determining the year of my dad's old silver Motobecane Nomade. We think it was made somewhere between 1979-1983. It's in excellent condition (only 45 original miles!) with all original parts, minimal rust only on bottom bracket, and we'd like to sell it.

Could someone help me determine its age, and what we might list it for on eBay or craigslist?

Thanks so much!
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RE:AGE / VALUE:Motobecane Nomade Ser. #3855258 posted by David on 7/18/2009 at 7:13:40 PM
Unfortunately, the Nomade is bottom-of-the-line, and won't fetch any big bucks. It should be worth about the same as Raleigh Record - check ebay for actual sale prices.
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RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:Motobecane Nomade Ser. #3855258 posted by jj on 7/19/2009 at 4:54:21 AM
Have a look at the Used Bicycle Price Guide at the top of this page. There are almost a dozen entries for that Nomade.
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RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:Motobecane Nomade Ser. #3855258 posted by ken on 7/21/2009 at 10:06:52 AM
It's dateable.
http://www.vintage-trek.com/component_dates.htm
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RE:AGE / VALUE:Motobecane Nomade Ser. #3855258 posted by Rat Rod on 7/30/2009 at 9:31:36 PM
Were you all the ones that just put a silver Nomade on a Craig's List?? I've had 2 Nomade's, one right now. They are pretty good bikes no matter what.

I got one from this guy and the Nomade was equiped with Shimano 600 components down to the pedals. Nice Mavic tires. I got the bike indirectly, so I couldn't quite ask him about it.

This one Nomade that I got from him seemed to be pretty good. I saw one on Craig'slist, just listed, silver, pretty good really. I think they are real fine bicycles. I have this other one and it might be more of a '70s supposedly heavy make but it sure does move.
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AGE / VALUE:Looking for any information on my triumph bike posted by: Leigh on 7/18/2009 at 4:15:09 PM
I just picked this awesome bike up at a bike sale in my area.
It is a Triumph in teal. The serial number is 1275490 and it has all the Nottinghamshire seals on it.

It also has 3 different Triumph logos on it and has a Sturmey Archer hub. The hub say SC and either 13, 73,15, or 75 then a bunch of spaces and a 4 on the right margin.

It is a one speed and does not have hand brakes but pedal brakes.

I am curious if anyone knows what model this might be or year.

I find it incredibly difficult searching for information on this bicycle.

Any help would be most appreciated.
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RE:AGE / VALUE:Looking for any information on my triumph bike posted by Cliff on 7/18/2009 at 8:06:18 PM
I had read some where online, it may have been on this site, that a lot of Sturmey Archer hubs have the year stamped in them. That being said, I'd say the number you are seeing in the hub is either a 73 or 75, and that would be the year that the hub was made. Unless that hub was put in that bike at another time I'd say it's some where in that age bracket. I'm no expert, but that's all the help I can offer.
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AGE / VALUE:straightbar posted by: clint anderson jr on 7/16/2009 at 1:58:51 PM
i want to say the serial # is KL26560.what year is my frame?thanks
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