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AGE / VALUE:   Vintage American Flyer posted by: Ross Cooley on 5/30/2009 at 12:41:21 PM
I recently picked up an American Flyer at a garage sale for ten dollars. What my research is telling me is that it is from the early 70's (probably '71). It is a guys bike with a three speed and is in very good condition. I am more interested in its history than its exact monetary value.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Vintage American Flyer posted by David on 6/3/2009 at 6:24:05 AM
A lot of different bikes carry that brand name - they probably don't even have a business connection. Most likely, there's nothing American about it. If it suits you, ride it.
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AGE / VALUE:   Specialized Expedition posted by: Jeff Roth on 5/29/2009 at 8:04:41 PM
I'm having a heck of a time finding out information about the 80's era Expedition touring bikes. I bought one at a garage sale without knowing what is was. Web research has shown the esteem that some have for this type bike. It seems to be almost entirely stock, but the photos I've seen don't quit match. I'd appreciate any help on this.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Specialized Expedition posted by Warren on 5/30/2009 at 8:03:50 AM
Can you describe the tubes and components and take pictures?

I did a quick search and found that some of those bikes had Ishwata 022 tubes. This is a very high end, extremely light tubeset, not used typically on a touring bike where strength is as important than weight. Regardless, it sounds like it may be an exceptional bike. The Specialized Allez of the same period are also highly coveted.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Specialized Expedition posted by Jeff Roth on 6/2/2009 at 8:37:48 PM
I'm trying all the forums that might have someone knowledgable about this bike. I'd really like to find someone who knows how to date it and to find the original specs. I'm providing a pic if it takes. I've done a lot of research and I've narrowed it down to probably the mid-80's. Sorry can't do that, but you can see it buy going to "crazyguyonabike.com" under specialied expedition identification.
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Specialized Expedition posted by ken on 6/3/2009 at 10:25:35 AM
I've had good luck with
http://www.vintage-trek.com/


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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Specialized Expedition posted by Warren on 6/3/2009 at 1:45:33 PM
I guess you're looking for the legendary "Specialized Expedition Expert" I hear he's a distant cousin of bigfoot.

By identifying components and taking pictures, people can help you date the bike and more.

I think I'm tired of the repetition...good luck anyway.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Specialized Expedition posted by Jeff on 6/4/2009 at 10:33:06 PM
Your right Warren. I'm getting tired of the repetition as well. I've done enough searching these past weeks that I can tell it's a topic that comes up over, and over, and over again. And, I'm sorry to contribute to it. It's so bad that I was really interested in this thread until I realized that I was the one that started it. It's time to stop the madness and just enjoy the damn thing. You can see pics on crazyguyonabike, or you can email me and i'll provide all the photos you want.
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Specialized Expedition posted by Warren on 6/5/2009 at 11:51:29 AM
I think what happens is that when you collect or study bikes long enough, the specifics of models become less important and the genre or broader scope becomes more interesting and clearer. At a certain point, the minor differences between a same-era mid-grade Nishiki or Miyata or SR become moot and you look at the bike in the larger picture of Japanese frames.

Of course your Specialized is a very nice bike and knowing it's details are desirable. But unless it turns out to be a hand-made frame by the guy at 3Rensho in Japan (like the Specialized Allez) then at some point it becomes, well, just a bike to ride.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Specialized Expedition posted by Bob Hufford on 6/30/2009 at 12:50:20 PM
Jeff -- Did you try here?

http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/MiyataSpecTour/

Bob
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Specialized Expedition posted by stinnergy on 7/7/2009 at 6:18:03 PM
This was the bike I wanted to have when I went across the continent in '85. The only color I saw them in was a metalic charcoal. They had a relaxed touring geometry. Brazons-o-plenty. Internal wiring for a BB generator. 700x35 clinchers on champion rims. The first ones came with Mafac cataleavers, Suntour sealed BB/hubs. Sutour/Sugino drivetrain (28/38/48 and 5-sp ?/30 cluster). Later (by '85) they used Shimano Cataleavers and Specialized's own sealed BB and hubs. The specalized hubs have a lifetime guarantee. Just ask a specalized shop to request new barrings and specialized will send them - that was my experience about ten years ago. I'm sure I have Bicycling! magazines from that time in some box.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Specialized Expedition posted by keith bridges on 10/3/2009 at 1:59:31 AM
I can fax you period literature on this bike if you wish.
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AGE / VALUE:   Peugeot Princeton posted by: Tom on 5/29/2009 at 7:44:51 PM
Just picked up a mint Peugeot Princeton, green and sand. Love it. Can't find anything anywhere about the bike. Will be kicking around town on it and want to learn more. Anyone know any history on the bike? Thanks.
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AGE / VALUE:   1986 rc cola bicycle posted by: dan raver on 5/29/2009 at 5:40:53 PM
My name is Daniel Raver. First off i love the site. and i have found it very helpful. I have come into possession of a 1986 Columbia mens 26" ten speed road bike. This bike is royal blue in color and branded with RC Cola Markings and "RC Cola Lovin' Biker" Written up the side. When i brought the bike home it was a rusted pile of trash. it was so bad that the Handle bars didnt turn the wheels didnt move and the gears and brakes were froze. i disassembled the bike top to bottom and cleaned it polished it and lubed it. it now looks and rides fabulous. i love it. The chrome was pitted pretty badly so its not as shiney as id like it to be. when i brought it home the analog odometer/speedometer showed 23 miles. it now shows 40 cause i've been riding it a bit. i want to know if the speedometer is original which seems most likely since it is built onto the front hub. and how many of these awesome bikes might be out there. from what i've gathered from my email correspondance with both rc cola and columbia manufacturing that these bikes were made for a a summer sweep[stakes give away in 1986. something correlated to the release of an album entitiled "RC Cola and Moon Pies" by MRBG in that same year. Anyway if anyone knows if the speedometer is original or has information on how many of these were made or anything else please feel free to email me. if u would like to see pics i cannot seem to get them to post here but i can email them to you if you wish. thanks in advance.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   1986 rc cola bicycle posted by Lucas on 8/7/2009 at 7:19:20 PM
did you ever find anything else about the bike? i just found one.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   1986 rc cola bicycle posted by Hani on 8/23/2011 at 8:15:27 PM
I live in Minneapolis, Minnesota and had a ten-speed (which I converted into a single speed) RC Cola Men's bike. I loved it so much and it got stolen by the river. It's been two years or so but if anyone finds out anything about it, please let me know.
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AGE / VALUE:   HELP INFO ABOUT MY BIKE PLEASE posted by: julie cashmore on 5/29/2009 at 1:24:55 PM
CAN ANYONE HELP WITH INFO ON MY BIKE... I HAVE GOT AN OLD PEUGEOT 103 TUBE SPECIAL , IT HAS ENGRAVINGS ON BARS I AM TRYING TO RESEARCH THEM IT SAYS FRANCO ITALIA AND A CODE NUMBER AND ANOTHER ENGRAVING , DO THEY ALL HAVE THIS OR IS MINE SPECIAL ...I LOVE IT AND IT HAS SLICK TYRES, I CANT FIND MUCH INFO ON IT , ITS AN OLDIE BUT A GOODIE...PLEASE MAIL ME IF ANYONE KNOWS ANYTHING OF THESE BIKES..I AM GETTING TO B A LITTLE BIT OF A HORDER OF OLD BIKES..LOL
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   HELP INFO ABOUT MY BIKE PLEASE posted by Gralyn on 5/30/2009 at 9:09:37 PM
I love those old Peugeots with the Carbolite 103 tubing. I probably had 4 or 5 of them over the years. I sold my last one back last Summer. They aren't top-of-the-line or anything - but one in decent condition can probably bring around $200. From what I can recall - it sounds like those would be the original bars. I know at least a couple of mine had the same bars. The only draw-back I've had with any of them - was that on some of them - the derailleur - specifically the rear one - was pretty cheap-looking and functioned poorly. I know I up-graded the derailleurs on mine.
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AGE / VALUE:   Heidemann wercke Einbeck bike posted by: Deb on 5/28/2009 at 10:39:47 PM
I have a Weidemann Wercke Einbeck bike with a strumey-Archer 3 speed shifter. Its old, just don't know how old. Its about to be re built... should I have it done? Does anyone know anything about the company?
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Heidemann wercke Einbeck bike posted by Warren on 5/29/2009 at 5:26:24 AM
Detailed pictures are needed as well as any information about all the components on the bike.
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AGE / VALUE:   help identify posted by: tsim on 5/28/2009 at 1:00:32 PM
Need help identifying this bicycle.Unable to find serial number.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   help identify posted by tsim on 5/28/2009 at 1:14:35 PM
Help identify this bicycle.No serial number found.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   help identify posted by Cliff on 7/12/2009 at 6:24:17 PM
I've got an 70's model girls Murray frame that looks very similar to this, but your's looks like it could be a few years older. My only other guess would be a J.C. Higgins, but I'm no expert.
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AGE / VALUE:   Columbia Converti Bike posted by: Craig on 5/28/2009 at 3:21:29 AM
Does anyone have any info on the columbia converti bicycle? I hear its rare but have no other info on it.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Columbia Converti Bike posted by jj on 5/28/2009 at 3:52:38 AM
Is it a kid's bike with a removable tank?
Not that uncommon. You'll find info on those in the archives here.
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AGE / VALUE:    posted by: bill on 5/27/2009 at 10:50:56 PM
no one knows of dauphin bikes
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:    posted by Warren on 5/28/2009 at 4:33:07 PM
Detailed pics can speak volumes about a bike. It may be rebranded as a Dauphin.
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AGE / VALUE:   old huffy posted by: mandie on 5/27/2009 at 11:56:43 AM
I just got a old huffy bike and am not sure what kind or year it is. It is a one speed cruiser with a tank. it has two serial numbers 2626-145 and then w02244. Can anyone help me?
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AGE / VALUE:   Eagle 10 Speed made in Taiwan posted by: gil vasquez on 5/27/2009 at 10:59:43 AM
I just purchased a 10 speed. I am trying to find information about it and can't seem to come up with anything. It has a sticker on the front where the forks go in, it says "Eagle" and in smaller type made in taiwan. The upper bar has a sticker that says "10 speed" and the center bar, the one where the seat goes in has a sticker that has the letters "TRX" on it. There are several other stickers with "made in taiwan" in other places. The derailleur says falcon. I havent loaded any pictures with this but if someone thinks they might know something about my bike let me know and I can send some. Thanks.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Eagle 10 Speed made in Taiwan posted by David on 5/28/2009 at 10:24:50 AM
Sounds like a low-end 70s Taiwan-built not-very-lightweight to supply bike boom demand. Probably zero collector interest. If it's a good rider, ride it.
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AGE / VALUE:   Cannondale posted by: Gralyn on 5/27/2009 at 8:10:37 AM
I read somewhere that Cannondale will stop making bikes in the USA and like next year - they will all be made overseas. Has anyone else heard this?

As a bike collector on a very limited budget - I wanted to get a Cannondale - but could never find one I could afford. And never - never saw one in a thrift store, or yard sale, etc. I looked on ebay.....but was always outbid. Finally, I landed a frame I could afford on ebay (it was a SR500 - early 90's road racing model). Per the description - it was in a size I could ride - a bit large - but not too big. However, Cannondale frames were measured to the center of the top tube - not the top of the seat post. But, besides that - the bike was even taller than advertised per Cannondale measurement. I went ahead and built it up - trying to make every consideration for making it ride-able: 700C wheels with low profile tires, the lowest profile saddle I could find, shorter cranks (so my leg would not straighten out on the pedal down-stroke), thicker profile pedal. Well, I could ride it - and I did a few times - but that was it - it was just too tall. So I decided to try and sell it, or trade it for a smaller one, or trade frame-for-frame. It took a very long time - and it wasn't until recently that I finally sold it.

I had continued to look for another Cannondale. Once again, I managed to land a frame on ebay I could afford. I didn't do enough research before-hand......so when the frame came - I started to build it up - and was surprised to find that a 700C wheel would not fit it. It was physically impossible to install a 700C wheel. It turned out that this was an R700 2.8 series Triathlon frame - which would only accomodate 650C wheels. So, I began a search for 650C wheels I could afford. After a long search - I found some on Craigslist - picked them up - got tires and tubes, etc. etc. and I built it up close to original: with aero bars with bar-end shifters mounted in the end of the aero bars. Even got a 56 tooth chain ring. Well, this turned out to be a disaster. The bike proved just too difficult for me to handle once I got any speed over 20 mph. The terrain is too hilly where I live.....and you can only shift in the aero position....but you can't brake in the aero bars - because the brakes are on the bull horn bars....and it's difficult to climb a hill in the aero position - but if you are on the bull horn bars - you can't down-shift, etc. So, I gave up on that and decided to change over to a regular racing drop bar. I got integrated shifter/brake levers (8-speed). This turned out great! It rides great! I thought it would be a rough ride - but it's very comfortable. It has an interesting geometry - where today, many bikes have an upward sloping top tube.......but mine slopes downward. I ride it very often!

I kept looking for a more "regular" Cannondale. I found a "touring" model.....which turned out to be a hybrid (mountain / road or cross) - but I got it anyway - thinking I could build it into a touring bike. I built it up with drop bars, front and rear racks, and it came out to about 25 or 26 lbs. I rode it some - but I didn't really like how it felt and handled. So, I will probably try to sell or trade it.

I still kept looking for a "regular" (road) Cannondale. I found one! It turned out to be a 1987 R500 model with Shimano 105 group. I rebuilt it completely - keeping it all original except for tires, bar tape, and cables. I haven't been able to try it out because of all the rain. Hopefully I'll get a break in the weather and will take it for a spin.
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AGE / VALUE:    posted by: bill on 5/26/2009 at 10:47:24 AM
just bought a 1972 dauphin bike ,10 speed rides really nice for its weight anybody have info on these or ever heard of one i think its made in usa
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MISC:   Polishing Races posted by: Andre on 5/23/2009 at 6:40:25 PM
I had a guy come into my work talk about how they used to polish the races on cones and hubs "back in the day". I am wondering what type of polish they used?

What he basically said is they cleaned the hub, packed the hub with polish instead of grease, put bearing in and then ran the hub (How or how long I don't know). Then they re-clean the hub and the races would be polished to a mirror shine.

This sounds like a lot of fun to me, Any suggestion on brands or types of polishes?

-Andre-
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           RE:MISC:   Polishing Races posted by Warren on 5/24/2009 at 11:21:12 AM
I know an old school guy who said he used toothpaste...cover the threads of the axle and chuck it into a 1/2" hi speed drill and have at it. I should think off the shelf metal pastes should work well. I tried it once with limited success.
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AGE / VALUE:   Jose Ramon Orero posted by: Rick on 5/22/2009 at 5:17:18 AM
Does anybody have contact to Jose Ramon Orero? He is the son of Ramon Orero, Orero Bikes. I'd like to contact him. Maybe he remembers me, I am the boy who often called from Germany
My e-mail is rickskronn@gmx.de
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