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MISC:   restoration Advice Needed posted by: Eric Shamp on 10/3/2008 at 6:06:09 PM
I have a track-like bike from maybe the 1920s... can't tell for sure. Headbadge is missing, no other markings except for what seem to be the original graphics. It's got a skiptooth chain & a New Departure Model C hub. It's all original, except for the Schwinn S-6 rims that presumably replaced the old wood rims. Also, the front hub is of the same 1970s vintage as the rims. I want to restore as best as I can, but I'm lacking any real information about the bike... my question: what kind of front hub would be age-appropriate for this bike? Low flange? Any manufacturers I can look for? I want to build new wheels with modern wood rims.
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           RE:MISC:   restoration Advice Needed posted by Gralyn on 10/4/2008 at 3:27:53 PM
Share some pictures of it with us. I would love to see it. I'm still looking for that old track bike.....haven't found it yet.....but I'm looking.
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AGE / VALUE:   1973 Schwinn Collegiate posted by: Matt on 9/30/2008 at 5:45:43 PM
These bikes seem to be a dime a dozen. I found this one recently and gave it a full cleaning and tune up. This bike is HEAVY, I mean really heavy, but also very smooth

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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   1973 Schwinn Collegiate posted by Matt on 9/30/2008 at 5:52:15 PM
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MISC:   1979 ladies schwinn varsity posted by: molly on 9/29/2008 at 12:33:34 PM
Hello. This may seem like a silly question but I do not ride a lot and want to start but I received this grerat ladies 1979 scwinn varsity with the curved handle bars wich are very uncomfortable for me to ride. Is there any way I can swith to upright handle bars? If so does it matter what kind ?
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           RE:MISC:   1979 ladies schwinn varsity posted by Brian on 9/29/2008 at 3:14:45 PM
It is easy to change your Racing or Dropped bars but may be costly if you have to buy new parts. You will need 2 brake levers as your levers wont work with the upright bars. You will most likely need new brake cables also as your cables wont work with the new levers, look at the cable ends, some have a ball end and some have a barrel end. You may also need a new Handlebar stem. If you live in a college town you may have a friendly Bike Co-Op that will help you and may even have the used Parts you need. Keep an eye out for used bikes at a thrift store to use as a parts bike.


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AGE / VALUE:   Romana, Italian Vintage Road? posted by: Hunter Dickerson on 9/27/2008 at 4:45:32 PM
I got this frame the other day from one of my friends who buys and sells vintage road bikes. It has a decal that says 'Made in Italy' and 'E.B.M. Exclusive U.S. Importer'. I have done a little research and have not found anything. The bike is called a Romana LX-23. Any help you can give me would be great. Below is a picture of the original decals (rough).


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MISC:   West German Bikes??? posted by: Ed on 9/26/2008 at 9:27:56 AM
I have an old men's 3 speed bike that has the name metal plate w/ name "Marathon" on the front, and says made in W. Germany. Looks like it was made in late 1970's. I can't find any other indication of the manufacturer. Any ideas? Looks similar to a Raleigh from that ERA.
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MISC:   Trade sturmey hubs? posted by: nikos on 9/26/2008 at 7:43:37 AM
Hello all,

Would anyone be interested in trading a 1950's AM hub in an alloy AW shell--complete with both indicator rods and wing nuts (!) for a functional FW with the index rods, shell type doesn't matter. Would be great if it had a working trigger as well.

Just a thought. I have a few AM's laying around and really want an FW for a bike. I can send pictures later too.


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AGE / VALUE:   Apollo Criterium posted by: Tuesday on 9/24/2008 at 10:47:55 AM
Hi! I recently picked up an old Apollo Criterium roadbike. I've been trying to find info on it, but I've been coming up with nothing. Does anyone know anything about this bike?
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WANTED:   1970s Raleigh Sprite posted by: Kris on 9/22/2008 at 2:03:26 PM
Ok, I'm all new to this. I've always had newish mountain bikes. I'm a full time student who really wanted a girls step through bike, but had a hard time finding one (even new) because I'm 6'1". This past weekend I purchased a Raleigh Sprite which has a lot of great features, but is a bit surface rusty and has a bent back wheel and fender. I probably paid too much, but was so happy to find a girls bike tall enough for me.

I don't want to put a lot of money into it (i.e. student), but would like to give it some TLC. Here is the link of what my bike looks like: http://genetics.mgh.harvard.edu/hanczyc/sprite27.html

First thing, I don't have the chain guard. This would make me so extremely happy, but I've spent hours over the last couple of days searching the internet and cannot seem to figure out where to find one of these. Anyone's help/suggestions would be great. I am in Seattle if you know of any place here.

Second, any suggestions on easy repairs (rust from paint, removing dent in fender, or making her shift easier) would be great. Is it taking anything away from the bicycle by doing some new upgrades?

Thanks so much,
Kris
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           RE:WANTED:   1970s Raleigh Sprite posted by David on 9/23/2008 at 11:25:15 AM
If it's a 10-speed Sprite, it never had the chain guard, rather an outer ring on the chain wheel that would help a little to keep your cuff clean. Aftermarket chain guards are available. You should be able to find a better rear wheel without too much trouble. Call the bikestop in Arlington.
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           RE:WANTED:   1970s Raleigh Sprite posted by Kris on 9/24/2008 at 3:30:45 PM
Thanks David. It is a 5-speed. I found a photo of one identical to mine that has the chain guard. Here is the URL:
http://genetics.mgh.harvard.edu/hanczyc/sprite27.html
I was just guessing this was original... anyone know?
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           RE:RE:WANTED: 1970s Raleigh Sprite posted by Warren on 9/25/2008 at 3:48:48 PM
Many or most Sprites didn't have the chainguard...I believe later model years did. As David noted, there was also an outer ring to offer some protection.

The chainguard that you found on the white Sprite can be found on ebay on a fairly regular basis. Finding one your colour may be difficult.
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           1970s Raleigh Sprite posted by ken on 9/26/2008 at 10:59:28 AM
A clean derailleur, a clean cable and the correct tension on the friction shifter will improve your shifting. Any decent 27" wheel with a 5-speed freewheel should be close to the correct spacing and easy to mount. Check Sheldon Brown for details. It will ride better. You wouldn't hurt the value at all. Likewise, chainguards bolt on, and off again. You could keep your trousers clean with any old chainguard while you watch for the perfect one. People like us have chainguards lying around in our basements.
I've had good results with car wax or just a little light oil to keep paint looking good and not rusting any worse. Just cleaning and rubbing will make a difference.
There are machines for rolling the dents out of fenders, but it's possible to cut pieces of wood to the inside and outside shapes of the fender, and then knock the dent out by putting the fender between the forms.
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           RE:WANTED:   1970s Raleigh Sprite posted by Jim on 10/5/2008 at 7:52:02 AM
Your Sprite should have a steel Huret derailleur. If so, it is probably early 70s vintage. In that case, they came with a partial chaingaurd to allow for the movement of the chain as the gears shifted. The "hockey stick" style was for the internal hub gear varieties. Sprites in the late 60s did come with 5-speed internal hub gearing. If that's the case, "hockey stick" chaingaurds are OK. Some are selling on e-bay. You can use a rounded hammer to tap out the fender dents. Place a block of wood on the other side of the fender before tapping, and do so lightly. Naval jelly, Brillo pads, and chrome cleaner can help remove rust from chrome rims, etc. Try using a toothbrush to scrub the parts with. WD40 and motor oil will lubricate the moving parts. Also, try getting some oil into the cable housings.
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WANTED:   1970s Raleigh Sprite posted by: Kris on 9/22/2008 at 2:03:26 PM
Ok, I'm all new to this. I've always had newish mountain bikes. I'm a full time student who really wanted a girls step through bike, but had a hard time finding one (even new) because I'm 6'1". This past weekend I purchased a Raleigh Sprite which has a lot of great features, but is a bit surface rusty and has a bent back wheel and fender. I probably paid too much, but was so happy to find a girls bike tall enough for me.

I don't want to put a lot of money into it (i.e. student), but would like to give it some TLC. Here is the link of what my bike looks like: http://genetics.mgh.harvard.edu/hanczyc/sprite27.html

First thing, I don't have the chain guard. This would make me so extremely happy, but I've spent hours over the last couple of days searching the internet and cannot seem to figure out where to find one of these. Anyone's help/suggestions would be great. I am in Seattle if you know of any place here.

Second, any suggestions on easy repairs (rust from paint, removing dent in fender, or making her shift easier) would be great. Is it taking anything away from the bicycle by doing some new upgrades?

Thanks so much,
Kris
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AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Varsity posted by: lynne on 9/21/2008 at 4:32:49 PM
could some one please help I tried to identify the year by the chart but I can't find the model number? model number I found on the bike is dj513873 does that sound right?
year and value as I am thinking of selling

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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Varsity posted by Patrick on 9/22/2008 at 2:25:14 AM
It should be an April 1973 bike.
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AGE / VALUE:   Hello, I picked up this Moser 16 speed today at a yard sale. Can anyone give me infor posted by: Uni on 9/20/2008 at 7:03:26 PM
Is it a F.Moser bike? There is not a trident on the bike, but there is a arrow symbol on the lower tube lug near the headset tube and also on the main tube lug that connects to the seat stay lug. And this arrow symbol is cut-out on the bottom bracket. See the Moser Bottom Bracket Cut Out picture. I think this arrow symbol is the key to identifying this bike. There is some other symbol between the seat stays in front of the rear brake, but I do not recognize it. It can be seen in the seat stay & lug picture if you use the enlarge button above the picture. Notice in the rear wheel picture, the left rear wheel stay is painted, but the right is chromed. I think it may have been customized (contract bike?) for the previous owner. I was told it cost over $1000 new. I think this is a 1980’s era bike (?). It has some serious surface rust now, and the braze-ons on the top tube are rusting off. Should I sand down to bare metal in the rusted areas & spot paint or will this reduce the “collector’s value”? I really do not want the frame to rust through.
Thanks in advance for your help.

Here is a link to pictures:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/27544233@N03/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/27544233@N03/page2/

Moser Frame
The Continental 700 x 23 C tires are sew-ups
Columbus Front Fork
Dura Ace Brakes
Forma Handlebars
Dura Ace shift Levers
Concor Supercoursa Seat
Dura Ace Crank & Chain Wheel
Shimano Front Derailleur
Dura Ace Rear Derailleur
Campagnolo Dropouts
Mavic Rims


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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Hello, I picked up this Moser 16 speed today at a yard sale. Can anyone give me in posted by David on 9/21/2008 at 9:47:14 AM
Moser isn't going to get the kind of excitement that Cinelli, Colnago, Masi, etc bikes will. I think you should deal with the rust and not worry about the authenticity. You might want to go to a framebuilder and discuss it. I'm sure you got a good enough deal that a modest investment in, at least, stabilizing the condition is worthwhile. Nice bike. Good luck
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Hello, I picked up this Moser 16 speed today at a yard sale. Can anyone give me in posted by Keith Body on 9/21/2008 at 1:19:16 PM
Looks like a Moser, could have been $1000 retail. You might be able to research a likely builder. I have 2 Mosers built by De Rosa, but would not fetch anything like the same bikes badged De Rosa.
It needs a new top tube, but I think that could be more than its worth. A cheap bodge up would be to braze in a sleeve, no frame builder would advise this, but its a case of value. It would be interesting to see the ends of the top tube when removed from the lugs, the quality of the mitred ends would tell you a lot about the builder.
I'm not convinced the the front forks are original.
Chain stay chromed one side because paint gets knocked off under the chain.
Get some decent light tubular tyres and feel it fly.
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MISC:   SHOGUN 500 18 SPEED posted by: BILL on 9/19/2008 at 5:34:13 PM
I just picked up a bike at a yard sale. seem to be having trouble getting any information on it. It is a shogun 500, 18 speed bike. perfect shape. brought it home and got a bucket of soapy water and can't even find a scratch in the paint! took it for a test ride. This bike will keep up with anyone it seems. easy and very comfortable to ride.
Is there anywhere to research these bikes? I have seial number and can provide any pics if you can help. interested in specs and spare parts available (the 6 speed cassette is a bit worn and could use replaced)thanks
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CUSTOMS:   Looking for some info/history on a 1960 Paramount track frame posted by: jordan on 9/19/2008 at 3:14:45 PM
I am trying to gather some information on who did the drilling/history of this Paramount Track frame. It production year is 1960, with a serial number of C55, though the drilling was probably done in the 70's. It is a 56cm.
Check out these pictures
http://gallery.me.com/jordanlorenz#100018

Any, information would be helpful.

thanks jordan


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AGE / VALUE:   Exxon Graftek posted by: Lindsey on 9/16/2008 at 2:33:10 PM
I have a mint condition Exxon Graftek bicycle with ORIGINAL tires, handlebar tape, etc. Can anyone tell me the estimated value. I bought the bike in 1976 from the original owner and the bike has been hanging in my garage since then. I would like to see the bike go to a collector who can appreciate the history of this first-ever graphite bike. Thanks!
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Exxon Graftek posted by Doug on 3/17/2009 at 8:54:07 AM
Hi, I picked up your inquiry via Google and was wondering if you ever had any success with your Graftek. I recently picked up a less than perfect one with mismatched wheels--but with nice Campy RD, RD, crank, BB, headset plus a 73 DA brake caliper and am selling parts now and trying to find the value of the frame. Would appreciate any thoughts.
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AGE / VALUE:   Maillard Freewheel removal tool posted by: Gralyn on 9/16/2008 at 1:54:23 PM
I have an old Maillard freewheel that I would like to remove from the wheel. I don't have the tool needed for this job. I can't even dis-assemble it - to get the cogs off it - and remove it that way. I think normally, there is a ring with a couple indentions - you can unscrew the ring (reverse thread) - then take off the cogset - and bearings go everywhere....then you can get the rest of it off with a pipe wrench. I see a couple indentions at the end - but they are mostly covered over by the smallest cog. I tried 2 chain whips - but could not get the smallest cog off. I think what I really need is the removal tool. Are these still available?
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Maillard Freewheel removal tool posted by Gralyn on 9/18/2008 at 4:33:27 AM
Well, I gave it one more try with 2 chain whips - and was able to get the smallest cog to unscrew......then I removed the lock ring to dis-assemble it - and used the potentially-destructive method (pipe wrench) to unscrew the body from the hub. I had checked the Park Tool site - but I didn't find a tool there that looked like the correct one.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Maillard Freewheel removal tool posted by Patrick on 9/18/2008 at 3:37:22 PM
Hi, Is this on a Schwinn? Is there a round splined ring, about 29 mm in dia. around the axle? This would take the VAR-405 removal tool. If its about 19.5 mm in dia. you could use the Park Fr-4 removal tool. The Park is still available in bike shops. The VAR-405 can usually be found on e-bay. Good luck.Patrick
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