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AGE / VALUE:   Raleigh Mercury posted by: Mike on 12/16/2008 at 4:57:50 PM
Anyone help with the age of the Raleigh Mercury shown here?


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AGE / VALUE:   Rotorcet bike posted by: Nancy on 12/15/2008 at 7:15:24 PM
my dad left me a old bike it kind of looks like a pee wee herman style. The name on the bike reads Rotocet was wondering how old it is and what it is worth?
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MISC:   Need to replace derailleurs on a 1976 Raleigh Grand Prix posted by: Anj on 12/15/2008 at 12:47:15 PM
Hi folks. I've been riding my '76 Raleigh grand prix for a long time, but I need to replace the front and rear derailleurs now. The jockey wheels are shot on the old Simplex rear derailleur, and the front one is looking pretty beat up (rust, corrosion, etc.)

I see a lot of different brands/models on Ebay, but I'm not really sure which is best, or even compatible. Any suggestions?

Here's a picture of the bike from the original catalog: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/retroraleighs/catalogs/1976/pages/10-76-grand-prix.html

And here's a picture of what the frame looks like: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3077/2622984116_52a5319fcf.jpg?v=0

Any suggestions would be much appreciated! I rely on my bicycle to get around, so I need to figure this out soon.
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           RE:MISC:   Need to replace derailleurs on a 1976 Raleigh Grand Prix posted by David on 12/15/2008 at 4:19:05 PM
Get Suntour derailers from just about any cheap bike-boom bike.
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           RE:RE:MISC:   Need to replace derailleurs on a 1976 Raleigh Grand Prix posted by ken on 12/18/2008 at 12:34:17 PM
David's advice is right on. When Raleigh switched from Huret they went to Suntour. In fact you may find Suntour derailleurs marked Raleigh.
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           RE:RE:RE:MISC:   Need to replace derailleurs on a 1976 Raleigh Grand Prix posted by Gralyn on 12/19/2008 at 8:20:18 AM
I had an old Raleigh - much the same as you describe. I replaced many of the original components with slightly newer Suntour, SR, etc., alloy components. It was a much lighter and more responsive bike afterward.
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AGE / VALUE:   Sears Roebuck & Co posted by: Will Tompkins on 12/13/2008 at 7:15:02 PM
Hello everyone I recently purchased a Sears Roebuck and Co ladies cruiser from a thrift store. it was made in Austria and one the 2 serial #s on the bottom ends in 67 so i figured it was a 1967 model. the front rim is a rigida made in France and the rear wheel says Styria on the brake. I tore it down completely and want to paint the frame and reassemble for my wife as I didnt want to buy a boxmart bike. Any knowledge of if this was a good find or has any value or a collectors item?
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Sears Roebuck & Co posted by David on 12/14/2008 at 6:32:12 PM
You can check old Sears catalogs on microfilm to determine its date. Little collector interest - if refinished definitely zero. Should be a decent utilitarian bike.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Sears Roebuck & Co posted by Joe on 12/14/2008 at 11:11:01 PM
Nothing special but some of those old Sears bike were built by AD the makers of Puch. They were solid bikes. The components are the best way to date a bike, I can't say if the serial number guess is right or not. I've seen Sears bike from Austria from the early 60's to the late 70's.
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AGE / VALUE:   MIYATA 618 posted by: Mellissa on 12/12/2008 at 9:27:51 AM
I have a Miyata 618. I am not familiar with bikes and have a question about the approximate value. I would like to sell it, but, am not sure of how to go about it. Any advice on pricing and where to post it for sale?
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   MIYATA 618 posted by ted on 12/12/2008 at 9:43:53 AM
Happen to have a picture? The price of a bike really goes into the quality it is in, what type of bike it is, how old it is....etc. a picture might help with all of that.
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AGE / VALUE:   schwinn racer posted by: ted on 12/10/2008 at 9:51:32 PM
I have recently rescued an old Schwinn racer from the side of the road. The bike is in pretty bad shape, especially the 3-speed being rusted through. I have other 10 speed bike projects and am curious if anyone has ever heard of converting an old Schwinn 3-speed into a 10-speed bike.
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MISC:   1980 Schwinn Continental stem size posted by: Maria Erb on 12/10/2008 at 2:56:19 PM
Just picked up a 1980 Schwinn Continental, would like to change out the handlebar stem. Does anyone know what size the stem is? I removed it and tried swapping in a standard 22.2 mm stem (I think that is the standard size) and it was too big for the steerer tube. thanks
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           RE:MISC:   1980 Schwinn Continental stem size posted by David on 12/10/2008 at 4:07:02 PM
Measure the old one!
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           RE:MISC:���1980 Schwinn Continental stem size posted by Gralyn on 12/11/2008 at 3:14:20 PM
I believe those older Schwinns had a particularly small steerer tube and stem size. I don't know the exact measurement - but I ran into the same problem with one of my old Schwinns. The bulk of the spare stems I had - which fit on most all of my 70's, and '80's bikes - would not fit the Schwinn.
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           RE:MISC:   1980 Schwinn Continental stem size posted by schwinnderella on 12/11/2008 at 7:24:54 PM
.883 (21.15 mm)
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AGE / VALUE:   Chain manufacture posted by: Tim on 12/10/2008 at 11:03:02 AM
I have a old chain, new, that I'm trying to find the make off. The stamping on side plates is in script, that is hard to read. Here is what I think is stamped,
Favorit .
Four of the letters at end are definitely orit the rest a guess. I would appreciate any help I can get in finding this manufacture.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Chain manufacture posted by Warren on 12/10/2008 at 12:06:55 PM
Favorit was a Czechoslovak marque and I suspect they were a state run operation. They copied mostly french and italian designs and made all of their own components, all of the stamped too. They made mostly medium to low quality bikes and most of their export models were 10 speed road bikes.

A few years ago I picked up a few NOS Favorit chains except mine were all 3/16" trade bike chains. Here's a pic of one in the box.

http://oldroads.com/oldroads_files/329_21.jpg

I've been using one of these regularly and they do appear to be well made...
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Chain manufacture posted by Tim on 12/11/2008 at 9:59:55 PM
Thanks for the information. I noticed on the box of your chain CZ, I wonder if there was a relationship to the fabled motorcycle manufacture?
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           RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Chain manufacture posted by Warren on 12/12/2008 at 11:34:52 AM
I believe you're right. Found a couple of references to it online.
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FOR SALE:   Miyata 718A posted by: Paul on 12/9/2008 at 9:12:53 PM
700 dollar Miyata for sale for $250. The bicycle is in excellent condition. It has been garage kept and used rarely. Pictures are available. Please contact if interested. It is located in PA.
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AGE / VALUE:   little tiger posted by: kevin on 12/8/2008 at 8:42:07 PM
its there a source to date the little tigers? ive got one with hard tires and one with air in the tires? thanx
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MISC:   Palm cycles? posted by: Joe on 12/6/2008 at 11:10:40 PM
I picked up an old 10 speed the other day, a brand I've never heard of before, Palm Cycles. It says Made in Japan, it's got cottered cranks, Altenburger brakes, a 26.4mm seat post diameter, and an unknown alloy stem and bars which looks like a Pivo copy.
The wheelset is newer and is most likely a Nashbar 27" replacement set, the gear changers are Shimano up front, with an unkown rear derailer which looks like Shimano but doesn't bear the name. I at first was going to just keep the wheels and toss the rest but a closer look made me think twice. It's a shorter wheelbase frame, very little fork trail and judging by the cranks, stem and brakes, I'd guess it to be early to mid 70's era.

Has anyone heard of this brand before? I don't see a model name, just Palm Cycles on the head badge and down tube. It's got a coat of arms looking head badge riveted on, with only the name on it.


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AGE / VALUE:   APACHE posted by: Adam on 12/6/2008 at 11:05:03 AM
I was wondering if anyone has information about a bike called APACHE. This bike was handed over to me and all it says is APACHE and made in taiwan. It is a little heavier. The head badge is of a native american. The bike is painted in a gold color and other than that i cannot find any information anywhere? Please let me know if you have even heard of this or not. Judging by style and such i would guess it is from the early 60's or late 50's. Thank you
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   APACHE posted by Cory on 12/17/2008 at 9:41:17 AM
Adam,
I just scored the same gold Apache (sans front tire) for $10. Great looking headbadge. Let me know if you found out any information about them.
Thanks,
Cory
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MISC:   '60s Gino Bartali bicycle posted by: John Bolton on 12/5/2008 at 6:25:16 PM
Hello all,
I'm new to this board as I found you trying to reseach the history or background of a Bartali I have had since the late '60s. This machine was one of our back-up bikes when road racing in the mid '60s and I bought the bike from my coach. All I know about it is that our "assistant" coach from Italy brought 2 of these machines as back ups for our team and some little information from Bicycle Rendezvous. If anyone has seen the photo in Rendezvous, my bike is almost like it, decals and all. It's painted in Bartali's favorite color orange. It has Campy dropouts and mostly Nuovo Record groupset, with Mafac Racer brakes and Brooks copper Otussi saddle. I would like to know who built these frames and of what tubing was used. I had heard of another Bartali that the owner claims has french threads, but this one is Italian. If anyone can help it would be greatly appreciated! Mine is in storage at the moment out of reach. I plan to rebuild it again after 30 years.
John
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AGE / VALUE:   Old Shimano A350 & A351 shifters posted by: Gralyn on 12/5/2008 at 3:12:40 PM
I have a technical question:
I'm building up a Centurion Accordo......probably from around the mid-'80's....I have a 6-speed rear....and I decided to put a triple on the front. I'm using Shimano components....and Shimano down-tube shifters. It's the shifters you can use as indexed or friction. The right shifter can do the clicks for each of the 6 gears....or, I can turn the ring-tab thing and change it to friction shifting. However, the left shifter doesn't have that ring tab thing to twist. The shifter has the same markings as the right shifter - as if you are supposed to be able to switch it to friction shifting. Right now, it's on index shifting. I can move the lever a good ways and it will click into place....then I can move it back. It has no friction to hold it - as it's set for indexing......so I can't use it for my triple chain rings.
I can't figure out how to change it to friction shifting. I also have another set of these shifters - A351's, these are also "light action".....but it's the same deal with them - I can't figure out how to change the left one to friction.

Does anyone know how you are supposed to set the left shifter for friction?
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Old Shimano A350 & A351 shifters posted by Gralyn on 12/5/2008 at 9:09:40 PM
Well, I figured it out......
On the left shifter, it has the ring, with a little pointer - just like the right shifter......but the right one has the ring tab that you can turn. What you have to do on the left shifter is take out the retaining screw - then pull out the small metal ring - then rotate the ring 1/4 turn (or 90 degrees). When rotated 90 degrees - there are 2 shallow detents (as opposed to the 2 deep detents). The ring is set on the 2 shallow detents - which results in the ring seated in a more raised position than when in the indexed mode. Then replace the retaining screw - and tighten the screw just like you do for any friction shifter.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Old Shimano A350 & A351 shifters posted by Matt on 7/16/2011 at 1:15:26 AM
Bless you!!! been trying to figure this out for the last hour or so!!!

thanks so much

Matt


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MISC:   old shogun road bike posted by: Bill on 11/30/2008 at 6:25:26 AM
I have an older road bike I would love to find some info on. I can't find anything anywhere. been searching online for a month. it is a "Shogun" brand bike. It was made in japan. I can provide pic, specs, serial number, etc... if anyone has any info on these bikes and can help me out here. and by the way, no, it is not for sale. I ride this bike regularly in good weather now and love it! I think it is a more comfortable ride than the high dollar cannondale I had. thanks for your help. email me at billpa16101@yahoo.com
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           RE:MISC:   old shogun road bike posted by john on 12/8/2008 at 5:17:04 PM
My wife and I both have Shoguns.Nice entry level bikes from the late 80's/early 90's. CroMo frames, alloy wheels, easy to maintain and well built. She has a mixte frame 200 and mine is a 300 on which I installed a triple chain ring and a granny gear cluster on the rear to pull a long steep hill I encounter riding to work! Think they were made by Giant, but others more knowledgeable may know more. Keep em cleaned and greased and they should last a long time!
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           RE:MISC:   old shogun road bike posted by dee on 12/21/2008 at 12:47:34 PM
I have a Shogun Sport from the mid to late 80's. Japanese made bike- Tange Cromo frame, friction shifters. I use it to commute, and it's a wonderful bike. The Tange Cromo I believe is a bit lower quality than regular cromo steel which of course is lower quality than Reynolds 501, but the Tange is better than Hi Ten. Lighter too. Shoguns are quality-made bikes and yours should last a long, long time. The ride is much nicer than on a newer, more expensive 5051 Aluminum frame that everyone seems to be using these days. And the friction shifters don't need as much maintenance as indexed shifting.
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           RE:MISC:   old shogun road bike posted by dee on 12/21/2008 at 12:47:49 PM
I have a Shogun Sport from the mid to late 80's. Japanese made bike- Tange Cromo frame, friction shifters. I use it to commute, and it's a wonderful bike. The Tange Cromo I believe is a bit lower quality than regular cromo steel which of course is lower quality than Reynolds 501, but the Tange is better than Hi Ten. Lighter too. Shoguns are quality-made bikes and yours should last a long, long time. The ride is much nicer than on a newer, more expensive 5051 Aluminum frame that everyone seems to be using these days. And the friction shifters don't need as much maintenance as indexed shifting.
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