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MISC:   EROICA! posted by: JTSR on 7/15/2009 at 1:15:18 PM
Heading there in Oct. Need a bike. Any suggestions on what I should be looking for? The ride is 127 miles, about half are on the "strada bianca" or maintained gravel & shale roads.

Thanks!
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           RE:MISC:   EROICA! posted by Warren on 7/15/2009 at 4:52:05 PM
It's the holy grail of cycle tours methinks. The most classic touring/radonneuring bike you can afford? I used to own a Cannondale T1000 with 35 mm Continental Top Touring tires and that would have been appropriate equipment although not vintage.

I'm envious.
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           RE:MISC:   EROICA! posted by David on 7/17/2009 at 1:31:58 PM
I don't think they'll let you ride a Cannondale. Check l'Eroica website for rules on what's allowed. I'd want something with a fairly long wheelbase and generous trail for handling in the loose stuff that you'll probably find. My 69 Paramount is pretty good in conditions like that. (You might check out D2R2 in Massachusetts August 15 for a trial run w/yr new bike!) Look at Classic Rendezvous dot com for ideas on what you might want. Buon viaggio!
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           RE:RE:MISC:   EROICA! posted by Warren on 7/17/2009 at 5:13:31 PM
Yes I meant appropriate in terms of function but certainly not form. It could be a little embarrassing riding amongst all that pedigree. Finding a Rene Hearse would work.
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           RE:RE:RE:MISC:   EROICA! posted by Warren on 7/17/2009 at 8:38:19 PM
ooops...Herse
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           RE:RE:RE:RE:MISC:   EROICA! posted by ken on 7/21/2009 at 10:08:44 AM
I'm going out feet first in a rené hearse.
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           RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:MISC:   EROICA! posted by Warren on 7/22/2009 at 1:22:06 PM
...a bike to die for.

...a real stiff ride. (stop me...)
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AGE / VALUE:   Who is the maker? posted by: Cliff on 7/12/2009 at 5:47:48 PM
I've got a couple of light weight coaster brake bikes (matching boys and girls) that were given to me by my cousin. My problem is I have no idea who the maker is. I was wondering if anyone out there might have any ideas. The boys has the word "President" on the chainguard, down tube, tank, and head badge. The girls has the name "Aristocrat" in the same places. If it weren't for the two names being different I would think that the maker was one of those. I do know that they were both made in West Germany, and that they both have a "Centrix" rear hub coaster brake, also made in West Germany. Neiter of these bike can be worth all that much, but I have narrowed their age down to some where in the late 60's to early 70's. From what I know the Centrix hub was made for some West German bikes during those years. I've already repainted the boys bike, but I'll attach a picture that shows both of the bikes as they are now, along with a picture of the head badges. Any input, or knowledge about these bikes would be very much appreciated.

Thanks!


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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Who is the maker? posted by David on 7/13/2009 at 4:52:28 AM
You might try the "middleweight and ballooner" forum, where they'd know more. I'm sure the same company made these; everything about them is so similar. And, of course, they're German made for export to US. Probably some big maker, but...?
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Who is the maker? posted by Cliff on 7/13/2009 at 9:39:44 AM
Thanks. I posted it over in Balloon and Middle Weights too, but no replies so far. I'm sure these bikes are from the same maker, but have no idea who that might be. I've never run into a head badge that didn't display the maker of the bike before like this.
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AGE / VALUE:    posted by: Brenda on 7/10/2009 at 2:27:28 PM
I found an old bike in a shed of my parents..from the 60's but before 67. I can't find a make but found a number J21099 and the work SENECA on it. The chain wheel has a star design in it. It is signle speed, coaster brakes and no tank or bells and whistles. Can you help me find the make? The metal label on front of bike is gone. Thanks,
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:    posted by Warren on 7/10/2009 at 3:13:21 PM
A detailed description of all the components as well as a good selection of pics is the only way to evaluate a bike. Get back to the list when you've got some.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:    posted by David on 7/10/2009 at 5:37:46 PM
And you might try the Middleweight and Ballooner forum; "Lightweights" are "ten-speeds" and their ilk.
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AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane Bike - any ideas?? posted by: david appleton on 7/7/2009 at 2:53:27 PM
Hi all...

I'm a bike beginner but recently picked up a lovely bike on a charity ride thro france and i'd love some info if anyone has some...

It is marked as a L'Equipe Pro although i'm unsure if this was the official sticker. The spec is as follows:
Reynolds 531 frame with chrome coloured fork extensions.
Simplex gear derailleurs
Stronglight crankset
Mavic MA2 rims (beautifully twined and soldered spokes
Brooks saddle
Weinmann brakes (with remote brake levers along the top bar)
Colour is red with silver text.


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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane Bike - any ideas?? posted by stinnergy on 7/7/2009 at 5:40:11 PM
It sounds like a mid-70's bike. New it would have sold in the $200 - $250 range. I really don't know current values. Check ebay?
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane Bike - any ideas?? posted by David on 7/7/2009 at 8:18:11 PM
It sounds higher end than stinnergy credits. Reynolds tubing was only used on higher end bikes. The "l'equipe pro" suggests high end (top end American import was "Team Champion") It has good French components. Newer rims, I think. By "remote brake levers" do you mean what are often called "suicide" levers; that allow the rider to use the brakes from a hand position on top of the handlebar? Try again posting a picture; it sounds like an interesting bike.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane Bike - any ideas?? posted by david appleton on 7/8/2009 at 11:37:01 AM
many thanks for that - i have (hopefully!) uploaded a pic here: http://oldroads.com/oldwebs.asp?uploadid=455
it's npt great but i'll try and add mpre soon.

the condition is pretty exceptional.

i did mean suicide handles - i thought we only called them that here!

and the name is equipe pro (rather than l'equipe pro).

i have looked at motobecane catalogues online for 1975, 1978 and 1979 amd found nothing exact so any info gratefully received. I'm not concerned really about price more for personal knowledge.

many thanks


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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane Bike - any ideas?? posted by David on 7/8/2009 at 3:38:13 PM
Very nice bike. I really like the touring setup. Does it handle as well as it looks?
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane Bike - any ideas?? posted by david appleton on 7/12/2009 at 12:35:15 PM
it does ride beautifully thanks!

i'm still having no luck finding info on the bike however (even whether equipe pro is the real name or a sense of what year it really is) so if anyone out there knows anything i'd love to hear!

also i've seen no online images of the reynolds 531 badge that's on it so if anyone knows anything about that i'd love to know...

best wishes


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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane Bike - any ideas?? posted by david appleton on 7/12/2009 at 12:42:50 PM
i've added a pic of the reynolds badge at: http://oldroads.com/oldwebs.asp?uploadid=455
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane Bike - any ideas?? posted by Warren on 7/12/2009 at 3:18:13 PM
The french Reynolds sticker is different as are the tubes themselves...metric size inside of imperial I think the 531 is red and on a diagonal.
It's got nice Simplex Retrofriction shifters on it....the best downtube shifters around. The lack of cable braze ons suggests 70's. Mavic hubs weren't dated. Is that a Brooks Pro? They sometimes have a date stamped on the cantle plate underneath. Your crankset looks like a factory drilled Stronglight 99 triple which came out in the mid to late 70's.

There's my final guess...a nice french Equipe Pro from 78.



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           RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane Bike - any ideas?? posted by Warren on 7/12/2009 at 4:12:38 PM
I forgot to mention how much I like that bike..there you go.
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AGE / VALUE:   CLAUDE BUTLER CORRIDOR RACER posted by: steve on 7/5/2009 at 2:37:11 PM
i have a claud butler racer im trying to find out the value of it the year it was made? also on the bottom of the fram its got numbers 58279, iwas left this by my dad can anyone advise? many thanks
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   CLAUDE BUTLER CORRIDOR RACER posted by Warren on 7/5/2009 at 2:56:58 PM
Detailed pictures and description of components can quickly narrow down the era. I haven't seen a serial number chart for CB's.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE: CLAUDE BUTLER CORRIDOR RACER posted by jr on 7/6/2009 at 8:10:47 AM
Try checking the date codes on the components.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   CLAUDE BUTLER CORRIDOR RACER posted by David on 7/6/2009 at 4:43:21 PM
Check classicrendezvous.com for Claud Butler
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AGE / VALUE:   Trying to find year posted by: Scott on 7/4/2009 at 10:09:05 AM
I am trying to find what year my Zenith golden Hawk is. I have the serial # which is G023333. I was told it was late 60's early 70's but I want to be more specific. Does anyone know where i can get more info on this bike?
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Trying to find year posted by monk on 3/17/2011 at 8:16:30 PM
I just picked one up too and would like to know if they're worth anything or what year it's from.I can't immediatly find the serial #.I like to know for sure if I'm about to paint a mustache on a mona lisa.cuz that'd be bad.........
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Trying to find year posted by David on 3/19/2011 at 7:23:09 AM
It's not a famous brand name. It's hard to imagine you'd spoil its collector value by painting a moustache on it.
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AGE / VALUE:   Sunshine Waterloo Company LTD posted by: JKlassen on 7/1/2009 at 10:06:00 PM
I have been researching a bike that my ex remade for me. I do NOT want to sell it one bit, but I'd like to know how much it is worth. It is made by the Sunshine Waterloo Company LTD, Based in WAterloo Ontario. I know this company made a variety of things, and opened in the late 1800's, and closed in I think, 1959, my bike was made after World War 2. If anybody has information on how much this bike is worth, and more background information, it would be aprreciated.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Sunshine Waterloo Company LTD posted by David on 7/2/2009 at 7:55:30 AM
I doubt there's enough of these for a "market" to exist with predictable prices. Look on ebay for what similar bikes (style, age, etc) sell for.
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Sunshine Waterloo Company LTD posted by Chris on 7/20/2009 at 4:10:26 PM
yes, well said. However others of these are still around and a regular search on e- bay will shed light on information on these you can corespond with other owners and get their stories about they acquired theirs and you can see what theirs go for when it sells.
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AGE / VALUE:   Vintage Huffy Sportsman posted by: TP on 6/30/2009 at 8:57:37 PM
I recently aquired this Huffy Sportsman bike with the serial number of 1685978. I am having difficulty determining the year this was made. Any help would be welcomed. It says it ws " Made in England".
TP
Sorry, I am having a hard time posting a Pic
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Vintage Huffy Sportsman posted by TP on 6/30/2009 at 9:10:47 PM
The bike has a black and white leather seat and looks similar to the womens bike posted at this site.... but the serial number has no letters associated with it and it seems a bit older than this one ?

http://bicyclepictureoftheday.blogspot.com/2009/05/1963-huffy-sportsman.html
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Vintage Huffy Sportsman posted by jj on 7/1/2009 at 3:55:26 AM
You will find a 2-digit date code on the rear hub. It is made in England. Also there is a lot of info on your bike in the archives here, plus you should post your questions under the English Roadster topic here - there are some Englsih bike experts there.
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AGE / VALUE:   pierce-arrow, tour de france, huret derailleur posted by: VT on 6/28/2009 at 3:19:28 PM
(accidentally posted on the wrong forum, so reposting here) i saved a completely trashed frame from the disposal a few days ago. pierce arrow badge, decals say 10-speed, tour de france, sticker near the headtube says "made in france." does anyone know when this bicycle was made and if the tubing is all weird sizes? i'd love to strip this down, give it fresh paint, and build it up but not if it means hunting down french threaded brackets and other things i know nothing about. there are some serial numbers on the dropout area: 67816 and 511160 A2. can anyone shed any light or offer an opinion on this? more photos here: http://picasaweb.google.com/vaughn.tan/PierceArrow?authkey=Gv1sRgCLf71qaN_4L-jQE&feat=directlink
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   pierce-arrow, tour de france, huret derailleur posted by Warren on 6/28/2009 at 6:40:01 PM
Looks like pure 70's bike boom and the M on the fork crown suggests it may be a Motobecane rebranded as a Pierce Arrow. Yes it will likely have the funky swiss bottom bracket. It still has the ubiquitous seatpost shim. If you really like the frame you could wait for a beater Peugeot to come around for parts but it's robbing Peter to pay Paul. Check the frame for alignment before investing time or money.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   pierce-arrow, tour de france, huret derailleur posted by David on 6/29/2009 at 5:36:47 AM
The fork "M" does look Moto-ish. Might have French (36mm, both RH thread) or Swiss (36mm, R & LH thread) BB. I wouldn't bother restoring this as it is so low-end. Look for something with forged dropouts, at least. Something will turn up and probably without thread problems. Good luck.
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AGE / VALUE:   The old stuck seat post problem posted by: Gralyn on 6/25/2009 at 7:41:47 PM
I had a stuck seat post problem before - but it was with a steel seat post. I soaked it with penetrating oil - and used a pipe wrench - it seems I remember it destroyed the seat post - but I got it out. Now I have a problem with a stuck aluminum seat post. The stem was also stuck in the steerer tube.....I used some WD40 - and a lot of muscle - and eventually got it out. After I first broke it loose - it didn't seem to want to give much at all. It was very hard to twist it either direction. I was surprised after I finally got it out - how hot the stem got.

I didn't have any liquid wrench - so I used some WD40...and soaked the seat post. I tried it - but it won't budge at all. I'm letting it soak all night - and may try it tomorrow evening. Any techniques on how to break it free initially.

What will work best? Should I try some Liquid Wrench? Is there anything else anyone has had success with?

If I can't get it free - it's not a total loss - as the seat post is at the right height for me. But, if I ever wanted to sell it - I would want the seat post adjustable.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   The old stuck seat post problem posted by Patrick on 6/26/2009 at 8:41:13 AM
Use Kano Kroil,this is the only stuff that truly works for me. The other brands you mentioned are for household chores and not strong at all.

Pat
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   The old stuck seat post problem posted by Gralyn on 6/26/2009 at 5:17:47 PM
Where can you get it?
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   The old stuck seat post problem posted by Patrick on 6/27/2009 at 12:40:31 PM
Try a plumbing supply house or online.

Pat
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AGE / VALUE:   bianchi rekord 841d posted by: don kelley on 6/25/2009 at 6:10:10 PM
bianchi rekord 841d ... year? price? org. now...
how good is it? thanks don
red with white decals campy derailer ect...
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   bianchi rekord 841d posted by Gralyn on 6/25/2009 at 7:39:14 PM
Have you done any research on the web? Do you have any pictures of it?
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AGE / VALUE:   '72 Schwinn Super Sport posted by: Patrick on 6/25/2009 at 10:05:59 AM
Hi, I just bought a Yellow '72 Schwinn Super Sport. It has a 22" frame and it's too small for me. I'd like to trade/cash for a 24" or 26" I'd also be interested in a frame/fork. My regular e-mail is pcraik1960@hotmail.com

Thanks

Pat




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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   '72 Schwinn Super Sport posted by stinnergy on 7/7/2009 at 5:32:07 PM
As I recall they were sold as 21", 23", or 25" (measured center to center?) This may need clarification. The 23" was the most common size and would fit someone with about a 32" inseam. Good frames but their drivetrain sucked.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   '72 Schwinn Super Sport posted by Patrick on 7/8/2009 at 4:36:21 PM
Actually,they were measured from the c/l of the crank to the top of the seatpost tube. They came in 22" 24" and 26" frames. I've owned 3 of them and the drivetrains were very crisp. Some people never gain the feel for fiction shifters,Shimano made that Positron thing for those buyers.

Pat
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   '72 Schwinn Super Sport posted by Patrick on 7/8/2009 at 4:39:36 PM
Sorry for the misspell,the word is friction.
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MISC:   woman's columbia formula 10 speed posted by: Deb on 6/23/2009 at 1:02:05 PM
Bought a women's Columbia 10 speed. Cannot find any info on internet. Would like to know age,history,what were the original saddles,etc. It is Shimano equipped,has stem shifters,and has a lug frame. Has blue handlebar grips,and looks almost identical to the 70's Pepsi special edition. Can anyone provide me with info on this great bike please?
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MISC:   Requesting info on bike posted by: BOB WEIR on 6/20/2009 at 3:56:16 PM
Ran accross this site & wondered if anyone knows anything about a Schwinn Prelude I've recieved. Made in Chicago 1986. Label says Tenax Columbus Molibdemo. Just started riding & really enjoy it. I'm a new rider looking forward to the Ragbrai experience.
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           RE:MISC:   Requesting info on bike posted by Warren on 6/20/2009 at 4:56:39 PM
Here's a good thread on it...

http://www.bikeforums.net/archive/index.php/t-222273.html
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AGE / VALUE:   Westfield Mfg. Co. PHOENIX posted by: Randy on 6/19/2009 at 3:29:05 PM
Does anyone have information on a Westfield Mfg. Co vintage cruiser bike called PHOENIX. It has skip tooth and straight bars everywhere. I have searched and came up with 0. Please email if any info.

Thanks. Randy
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