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AGE / VALUE:   Easy Rider 500 posted by: Aaron on 10/28/2008 at 12:25:37 PM
I have just come across an Easy Rider 500 via a dumpster. It seems to be in extremely good shape for what it is. no rust, all lubed up. there are scratches and such but I am not gonna complain. It didn't come with a front wheel and the the front derailluer is missing the chain guide. Overall the bike is great. I am hoping to collect information on the bike and after many searches this site was the only place that I found any information. It has DNB parts in working order, center pull brakes etc. Thanks in advance for any help. I can e-mail pics if it would help!

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Aaron
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MISC:   Help! Italian threading on British Bike! posted by: kirke on 10/28/2008 at 8:28:23 AM
I have a 1971 Mercian King of Mercia frameset that I would like to restore to a kind-of original condition with full Campagnolo.
A previous owner had the bottom bracket shell retapped to Italian threading. Obviously, I will need Italian cups for the bottom bracket. But, the bottom bracket shell width is about 66-67 mm instead of the standard English 68mm (maybe the bb was faced at some point?)
Question is: do I need a 68-SS-120 bottom bracket spindle or a 70-SS-120 spindle? Rear is spaced 125. I am concerned about chain line.
Thanks!
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           RE:MISC:   Help! Italian threading on British Bike! posted by Warren on 10/28/2008 at 5:47:47 PM
The issue you may have is not chainline but front derailleur travel. As long as it shifts the chain easily to both rings there's no problem. A triple could be fussier. The shell will likely want the english spindle. You can also shim the drive side of the BB out. This would re-align the rings with the derailleur but I'm confident you won't need to.
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           RE:MISC:   Help! Italian threading on British Bike! posted by David on 10/29/2008 at 7:10:52 AM
Search the Classic Rendezvous archives or get on the CR list and ask. There are some very knowledgeable people on Campy BBs.
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AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Traveler posted by: Andrew on 10/28/2008 at 6:03:42 AM
Does anyone know how much a Schwinn Traveler would be worth in fair condition?...

check it out...
http://columbus.craigslist.org/bik/893079590.html
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Traveler posted by Gralyn on 10/28/2008 at 6:32:53 AM
I think it would depend on whether it's a USA-made Schwinn Traveler with TruTemp frame tubing, rather than a Taiwan-made Traveler with 4130 main tubes. I had a few of the USA travelers that I sold several years ago - around the $150 range. If I had them today - I would expect they might bring closer to the $200 range - that is if they are in really good condition and good running condition. A Taiwan traveler.......maybe, if it's in good condition - around $125 - $150 range.......just my guess.
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MISC:   Trek 310 Elance posted by: Uni on 10/27/2008 at 10:51:02 AM
Does anyone know which company made the 1986 Japanese made Ishiwata steel Trek 310 Elance?
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           RE:MISC:   Trek 310 Elance posted by Gralyn on 10/27/2008 at 6:58:40 PM
Try here: http://www.vintage-trek.com/
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AGE / VALUE:   azuka 10 speed posted by: Leslie on 10/27/2008 at 7:01:40 AM
Any one have any info on this bicycle?
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   azuka 10 speed posted by jj on 10/27/2008 at 3:01:57 PM
There a little info on the in the archives here.
Use the black google box above.

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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   azuka 10 speed posted by Gralyn on 10/27/2008 at 6:55:38 PM
Azuki? or Azuka?
I've had several Azuki's
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AGE / VALUE:   super record crank 165mm posted by: tim on 10/25/2008 at 6:02:14 AM
i have a 1983 super record crankset in really good condition. there are some toe strap marks, but not bad. the arms are 165mm. in my searches, i could not find a similar crank for comparison. are these rare and/or worth more than the 170s?
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   super record crank 165mm posted by David on 10/25/2008 at 6:45:59 AM
165 is certainly less common than the ubiquitous 170mm size. The "super" aspect, though, is just the chainrings. Nuovo Record and Super Record crank arms are the same. If you're a bit shorter and need 165, you're in luck.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE: super record crank 165mm posted by SwissTex on 10/29/2008 at 7:52:18 PM
165's are most likely from a Track bike. can't say that I've seen any on a road bike.
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: super record crank 165mm posted by Warren on 10/30/2008 at 6:21:45 PM
Track arms won't accommodate 2 rings. SR/NR arms were also available in 165, 175, even 180 mm lengths.
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           RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: super record crank 165mm posted by Waren on 10/30/2008 at 6:24:32 PM
...and 172.5 and 177.5...
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AGE / VALUE:   fuji cruiser posted by: ron on 10/24/2008 at 11:29:15 AM
picked up a fuji beach cruiser 5 speed like to have some imput
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AGE / VALUE:   Reynolds 531 Frame Advice please posted by: Matt on 10/23/2008 at 11:30:29 PM
Hello, I have a Raleigh Competition that I bought recently. Super nice bike with great components, unfortunately the guy did a really really bad rattle can paint job full of chips and some light rust. I chemically stripped the paint to have it repainted, the frame is now bare metal with some rust. The frame painter wants to bead blast it to prep it for paint and remove the rust. Is it wise to bead blast a light 531 frame? He said that bead blasting will be way more gentle than sand. Please help me make a decision, maybe I am just paranoid, he has experience with bicycles.

Thanks!!
Matt
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Reynolds 531 Frame Advice please posted by Bryant on 10/27/2008 at 2:19:50 PM
I bought a Trek 720 (full 531 double butted) for a buddy of mine and had it powder coated. The prep for powder coating was a bead blast. It came out great!! Go ahead and bead blast it it won't be a problem.
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WANTED:   WF 14 posted by: Kurnia on 10/23/2008 at 8:58:40 PM
I found a old bicycle with number frame 1260 and letter WF 14 in front frame.
What brand a bicycle and from where ?

picture a bicycle : http://ktstea.multiply.com
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           RE:WANTED:   WF 14 posted by David on 10/24/2008 at 11:07:44 AM
Chain wheel is Raleigh but the rest of it could be just about anything. Are you in a former British colonial city? If so, could be English, Indian, etc etc etc.
Good luck.
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MISC:   Bicycle Frame Geometry posted by: Uni on 10/23/2008 at 5:14:25 AM
Hello, what effect does increasing or decreasing the fork drop have on a bicycle?
Thanks for your answers.
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           RE:MISC:   Bicycle Frame Geometry posted by David on 10/23/2008 at 7:11:08 AM
I'm not sure what you mean by fork "drop," but here is an informative article on frame/fork geometery:

http://www.phred.org/'josh/bike/trail.html

(The url above has a tilde before josh. It may not display properly on old roads website)
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           RE:MISC:   Bicycle Frame Geometry posted by Uni on 10/26/2008 at 4:16:51 AM
I misunderstood, It's the bottom bracket drop that I was referring to. Thanks.
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MISC:   Velo Sport Frame posted by: Giant on 10/22/2008 at 9:31:02 PM
I have a Velo Sport frame and i'm trying to identify it! For what i know, it's 1991 Velo Sport bike (according to the serial number 199110224) It's Suntour XTC equiped with one of the early indexed speed derailleur with shifters that look like "rapidfire" but from Suntour. The original color was black. I will post some pictures to help in the next days

Thanks!
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WANTED:   Schwinn 1971 or 1973 Kool Orange Sports Tourer posted by: Nancy Mueller on 10/19/2008 at 9:51:52 AM
I had this bike when I was in high school. I am a 5'3" female, and I was sold the largest men's bike made. I am seeking another men's bike in a smaller size (I think 22"), but am open to women's/men's any size. This is for nostalgia/s & g's only. I would like one in really good condition, but this is also negotiable. Kool orange desired, which I believe was made in 1971 and 1973. I think my bike was a '71. I will be riding this bike.
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           RE:WANTED:   Schwinn 1971 or 1973 Kool Orange Sports Tourer posted by David on 10/19/2008 at 9:08:50 PM
If you're 5' 3" I suspect that 22" will be pretty big for you too, even tho' Schwinn's measurement runs big. Put in a search on Ebay and let it notify you whenever a ST comes up.
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           RE:WANTED:   Schwinn 1971 or 1973 Kool Orange Sports Tourer posted by Nancy on 10/23/2008 at 9:51:10 AM
I just bought 2 Sports Tourer, but I believe that they are early 80s and made in Taiwan by Giant. Serial numbers are GO381 and GO981. One is in immaculate condition and I rode it yesterday and loved it. Still looking for the one of my dreams, from 1971 or 1973.
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AGE / VALUE:   Recieved a Bertin today. posted by: Brent on 10/18/2008 at 6:50:07 PM
A friend of mine told me he had a bike I could have if I came out to get it. Turns out to be a Bertin. Very French, TA crank, Huret drivetrain, Bellari cockpit and Milremo/Mavic wheels. The hubs date it at '81. I'm curious about the frame. The only markings are "Speciale Bertin". The dropouts are Milremo and the BB shell has a feint RGF on it.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Recieved a Bertin today. posted by David on 10/19/2008 at 9:03:58 AM
See
http://classicrendezvous.com/France/Bertin_main.htm
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           RE:AGE / VALUE: Recieved a Bertin today. posted by Brent on 10/19/2008 at 3:45:31 PM
I was always under the impression that Bertin was a higher end name than the more common French bike companys. This has to be one of the most poorly finished frame I've seen. The upper headtube and seatcluster lugs have gouges in the points and none of lugs are really finished well. I threw a new set of tires and a nitto promenade bar on it. It rides like how they're described, a little wobbly slow with a nice stable ride when speed builds.
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Recieved a Bertin today. posted by Warren on 10/19/2008 at 4:27:38 PM
It seems that many respected french and italian marques made lower end models once the bike boom hit. Legnano, Frejus, Bottechia, Coppi, Bianchi, Peugeot, Gitane, Mercier, LeJeune are just a few who made gas pipe mass market frames. So it goes.
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           RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Recieved a Bertin today. posted by Warren on 10/19/2008 at 4:59:25 PM
Actually, I've never seen a real crappy Bianchi. They dumbed them down a bit but even the Japanese frames were well made...correct me if I'm wrong
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           RE:AGE / VALUE: Recieved a Bertin today. posted by Brent on 10/19/2008 at 6:28:30 PM
Actually it's definately not a bad frame. Whatever the Bertin house steel is, it's fairly lightweight. The lugs are handcut and the Milremo dropouts are forged. The only serial number I've found is 599 on the left dropout. Total bike weight is 23lbs.
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           RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Recieved a Bertin today. posted by Gralyn on 10/19/2008 at 7:04:28 PM
So far as Bianchi's.......I have a Japanese-made frame - 1983 Professional model - I swear, it's a better-made and better quality frame than the Italian versions from that period. (Ishiwatta 022 tubing, etc.)
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AGE / VALUE:   RALEIGH RAPIDE posted by: JIM on 10/18/2008 at 2:36:32 AM
wondering if anyone can help me get some information on a vintage bike. I am trying to find out what it is worth.
I have a raleigh rapide (brown and gold) with all original parts- 27", suntour honor gears, suntour spirit crank, high carbon tubing.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   RALEIGH RAPIDE posted by David on 10/18/2008 at 8:40:34 AM
There's on on Boston Craig's right now for $200. I would be surprised if it fetches that and I doubt that it will sell quickly. It's old and "obsolete" but it's low-end and won't attract collectors either.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   RALEIGH RAPIDE posted by Don Reel on 1/1/2010 at 8:20:35 PM
I have a Raleigh Rapide which is burgundy with gold trim. I am trying to determine the age of this bicycle. Can anyone shed some light on this bicycle?
Thanks
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MISC:   Old Pals posted by: Peter on 10/17/2008 at 11:35:03 AM
Hi,
I cam across a couple of old bike here http://basic-bicycles.topic.ca/bicyclesblog/. They are a couple of oldies for sure!


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