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AGE / VALUE:   Univega gran turismo posted by: Jason on 8/11/2008 at 10:02:11 AM
just watched an mid 80's univega go for 385+60 shipping on epay.
i have one, and its a great bike, especially since I only paid 30 for mine.
why would one go for that kind of money? Sixteen bidders says that it is desireable, but...
I have no intentions of selling mine, that just seems steep for something that old that is not a real collectable bike. Am I wrong?

jason
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Univega gran turismo posted by David on 8/11/2008 at 12:49:42 PM
It does seem steep. Maybe a couple of bidders were desperate to get the bike they owned when younger.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Univega gran turismo posted by jason on 8/12/2008 at 12:03:16 PM
I thought that, but there were five bidders past the 250 point. three at the 350 point. crazy.

It might be that there are a lot of bike shops that are simply out of inventory at the moment, and the new commuter craze is going to drive things up artificially.
my dad tells me about people on the street offering him double the new price for his and my mothers varsitys in the seventys. of course as soon as that gas crisis ended he could leave them unlocked.
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MISC:   Soma "Competition" road bike posted by: Scott on 8/9/2008 at 3:24:32 PM
I just picked up a somewhat vintage Soma "Competition" road bike on ebay, made of Tange steel, with Shimano 600 components, and made in Japan. I don't know if this is the same "Soma" as in Soma Fabrications, or not. Anybody ever heard of these bikes?

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AGE / VALUE:   Ross Centaur posted by: Gralyn on 8/7/2008 at 7:03:20 PM
I believe it has literally been years since I have spotted an old lightweight bicycle in a thrift store. I do believe it's been 2 or 3 years at least since I have spotted an old lightweight. The exception being a Raleigh Sportif I spotted at a yard sale a couple months ago. So today, I'm in a thrift store - and I just turn around and right there in front of me is old lightweight road bike. Also, the price on it was unbelievably less than I would have imagined. It was like going back in time about 7 or 8 years. Well of course, I grabbed it and rolled it to the register.

It is a Ross Centaur. 22 1/2 inch frame. I'm almost certain it's all original, including the tires. My best guestimate is that it's a 1988 model.....based on dates on some of the components. Hubs, stem, brake levers, indicate 1987 dates.

It's pink / white (pink seat and head tubes - white everywhere else) ChroMo lugged frame with forged dropouts, integrated der. hanger, micro-adjusters, braze-ons for the down tube shimano shifters. One interesting item which I don't have on any of my bikes......the braze-ons for the rear brake cable routing (routing for full length of cable housing) are spaced along the underside of the top tube - rather than along the top. Ross-branded alloy racing bars, alloy stem, Weinmann 590SQ alloy brakes, alloy drilled levers with Weinmann hoods (non-aero), Shimano via alloy cranks with alloy bio-pace chainrings, Alloy seat post with Vetta saddle, Shimano front der, and light action rear der, Joy Tech alloy hubs with QR, Araya 27 X 1 1/4 rims, Ross-branded Cheng Shin 27 X 1 1/8 tires.

I knew the bike had to be from the 1980's.....but wasn't sure whether early, middle, or late. It's obviously from the late 1980's based on component dates......however, there were some things that threw me off.....some things that would have indicated to me more the early 80's.....like the foam rubber handlebar covers....I seemed to remember that was more from the earlier '80's. Also.....it has non-aero brake levers with the safety levers......which I thought had pretty-much died out in the late 70's....but a few bikes had them in 1980, 81, 82.

I'm thinking of re-building it mostly original except for maybe going with aero brake levers.

Does anyone know if there are any scanned catalogs on-line anywhere - or any information on the internet for Ross bikes? I could find very little information.
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AGE / VALUE:    posted by: jr on 8/4/2008 at 11:49:43 AM
Can anyone tell me more about this Ernie Clements Falcon?

components: Campy hubs & headset, Sugino crank, Weinman brakes, Suntour shifters, Shimano 600 deralleurs, tubular tires.


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           RE:AGE / VALUE: posted by Alonzo on 8/5/2008 at 8:32:17 PM

This may help. Via the late great Sheldon Brown,

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/falcon.html


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           RE:AGE / VALUE:    posted by David on 8/6/2008 at 6:19:02 AM
Looks like a good quality one. Check for the remains of Reynolds 531 stickers at the tops of the seat tube and fork legs. Also check for Campagnolo or ? dropouts and fork ends. I suspect Shimano ders are upgrades (shimano AND suntour shifting seems unlikely). Reverse the front wheel and put a Brooks B5/B15/B17/Pro saddle on it and it will be very presentable.
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: posted by jr on 8/6/2008 at 11:00:48 AM
It does have an intact Reynolds decal at the bottom of the seat tube, and Ernie Clements decals on the stays. Will check the dropouts.
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           RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: posted by jr on 8/7/2008 at 5:36:28 AM
It does have Campy rear dropouts. No markings on the fork ends that I can see. Tubing is double butted 531.
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AGE / VALUE:   Fuji Special tourer: Forgot to mention posted by: Nick on 8/3/2008 at 7:25:31 PM
The Fuji special tourer: Forgot to mention that the head set is NITTO w/ drop handle bars. The serial number is also on the BB shell, but I haven't been able to find any sites that help. The main frame is not one piece, but appears to be separate pieces welded together. Thanks, again, for any help.
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AGE / VALUE:   1970's Fuji Special Touring 12 speed posted by: Nick on 8/3/2008 at 6:49:49 PM
I just picked up a 12 speed fuji "special tourer" at a garage sale and am trying to figure out more about it (e.g., year, frame composition, etc.). It is Burgandy with a metal name plate. The saddle is Silpa, the DRs and shift levers are Sun Tour, the brakes are Dia Compe drop forged(the rear brake looks like some sort of drum system, but it is encased in metal and I haven't taken it apart to examine it), the rims are steel UKAI 26x1 1/4 W/0, the tires are Schwinn nylon, and the reflectors are cateye. I didn't see any marks on the crank set, but as with the other parts, I have never seen anything like it! It does have a city registration sticker that has an expiration date of 7/1/1979 on the frame. Any ideas? I'm not well versed in bicycles and am a beginning enthusiast, but for $10.00, I figured "Why not?". It is actually a very clean bicycle with just a bit of rust on the rims and dry rotted tires. I appreciate the opportunity to "pick" your expert brains!
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   1970's Fuji Special Touring 12 speed posted by David on 8/4/2008 at 5:03:46 AM
Low end Fuji from (probably) late 70s. I suspect the tires are actually 27 (not 26) x 1 1/4. You can easily and cheaply get new tires. If you can find old aluminum alloy wheels to fit, you'll get much better braking when wet. It should be solid and reliable, but not a rare collectible! A good deal for $10!
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   1970's Fuji Special Touring 12 speed posted by Nick on 8/10/2008 at 4:12:12 PM
Thanks for the reply. The tire size is 37 X 597 (Schwinn). Unfortunately, I bought a standard size, but I can take them back. Old British club bike size? It also has a disc brake on the back, although its not functioning properly and I read where the early disc systems were not all that reliable. I'm looking forward to getting it going though. It should be fun to ride compared to the Trek 800 Antelope that I've been cruising around on!
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   1970's Fuji Special Touring 12 speed posted by David on 8/11/2008 at 4:25:52 AM
That is a very oddball size for a Japanese bike/rim. I wonder if it has wheels transplanted from a Schwinn; the Fuji Special Tourers I've seen have been typical bike-boom bikes with 27" (630) wheels. (See http://sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html ) The brake you describe seems odd, as well. Do the wheels look somewhat small for the frame; e.g. big gap between the tire and brakes?
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AGE / VALUE:   Nishiki Prestige posted by: Richard McElroy on 8/3/2008 at 3:19:29 PM
I have aquired a Nishiki Prestige. Don't know how old it is. Everything works great on it and I heard they are worth something. It has a little surface rust on it, but nothing is wrong with it. Does anyone know how much it would go for?
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           RE:AGE / VALUE: Nishiki Prestige posted by Warren on 8/4/2008 at 3:57:38 PM
You can't really evaluate a bike like that without a detailed description and a good selection of pictures.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Nishiki Prestige posted by David on 8/6/2008 at 12:23:43 PM
I think they're late 80s and they seem to have a following. Of course, that doesn't mean that you can sell one for a lot! I'd guess more than a hundred, probably less than five, certainly less than a grand. As usual, all depending on condition and luck in finding the right buyer.
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AGE / VALUE:   Nishiki Prestige posted by: Richard McElroy on 8/3/2008 at 3:19:29 PM
I have aquired a Nishiki Prestige. Don't know how old it is. Everything works great on it and I heard they are worth something. It has a little surface rust on it, but nothing is wrong with it. Does anyone know how much it would go for?
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AGE / VALUE:   Help me identify this ofmega crank posted by: Brett on 8/2/2008 at 8:24:59 PM
Can you help me identify this ofmega crank? It came out of a mid 80s Benotto and I was seeing if I could use them on any of the phil wood bottom brackets.


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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Help me identify this ofmega crank posted by David on 8/3/2008 at 10:10:56 AM
Look at Phil Wood web site. They offer 3 diff tapers. Yours is probably compatible with the old Campy/JIS taper. Try putting it on a standard Japanese BB spindle and see if it goes on with a little more than a quarter inch between the end of the spindle and the seat where the bolt goes in the crank. You could call and Phil and discuss it, too.
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AGE / VALUE:   1950s Schwinn "ACE" posted by: pete on 8/2/2008 at 4:57:32 AM
A neighbor has an old Schwinn that I can't determine the actual year, model or value and I'm looking for value since she wants to get rid of it. She thinks its from the early 1950s. Here's the description: Bright blue with lots of white highligts.
Girls style with two curving tubes from the stem to the base of the down tube with one metal bridge piece connecting the two tubes.
26" x 2.125 rubber tires
Painted white wheel rims with black pinstriping
Large front and rear painted fenders (front one seems to have been touched up)
Coaster brake
Front medallion on stem reads "ACE Arnold Schwinn Chicago USA"
Only other writing is a logo on the chainguard reading "Quality Schwinn Chicago USA"

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MISC:   May want to sell posted by: Rob Upham on 8/1/2008 at 10:09:03 AM
I have a 1956 Edeor 10 speed, all campy gears, mavic brakes and wheeks, all original except paint and front fork. Still rides real good. Don't know what it is worth. Very light weight for an old bike.
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           RE:MISC:   May want to sell posted by David on 8/3/2008 at 10:03:59 AM
Are you sure that "Edeor" is the right brand? Can you post a picture (like at flickr.com) and put a link to it in your next message?
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           RE:RE:MISC:   May want to sell posted by schwinnderella on 8/3/2008 at 2:14:43 PM
I think you mean ideor,i may be interested.
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MISC:   Eaton Glider Dating??? posted by: kylsha on 7/31/2008 at 1:00:54 PM
we need help dating the awesome vintage Eaton Glider we recently acquired! chocolate brown womans 5 speed racer made in Canada. baby blue seat...the tires need some air but other than that everything looks original.


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           RE:MISC: Eaton Glider Dating??? posted by Warren on 8/1/2008 at 4:39:34 PM
It was made for Eatons department stores by Raleigh in the early 70's. It's unusual to see the drop bars instead of upright models. The seat would have been black. I bought the same bike in a mens frame in '72. Huret gears?



Check the tire size. Some of these bikes had 26 x 1 1/4 inch tires and you will not find these anywhere. You can use the Schwinn S-6 size (?) if you're in the US. If they are 26 x 1 3/8 you'll not have a problem anywhere.

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           RE:RE:MISC: Eaton Glider Dating??? posted by Warren on 8/1/2008 at 6:01:25 PM
I would also wager that it's 100% English pedigree...maybe assembled in Canada at best. Is there not a Made in England decal on the top tube?

It wasn't until the 80's that Raleighs were made in Canada.
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AGE / VALUE:   '1948 Schwinn New World in fair condition posted by: Nick Hein on 7/31/2008 at 6:48:29 AM
Good morning,
Our shop received a donated bike that is a 1948 (or thereabouts, apparently Schwinn wasn't real strict with their numbers that year) New World. We're a non-profit, any sale proceeds from this bike will support our community bike recycling program and sustainable transportation. However, we would like to put an accurate value on the bike and see that it goes to a good home - preferably local (Morgantown, WV). Can anyone give me an idea of the rarity and value of this model? It's in fair condition, with surface rust on the rims. Handlebars are painted black. It appears to be in original condition. (I'll try to post a picture and the serial no. later today)

Thank You
Nick Hein
304-276-0213
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           RE:AGE / VALUE: '1948 Schwinn New World in fair condition posted by Nick Hein on 7/31/2008 at 7:00:33 AM
Please send replies to my email address
nick dot hein at verizon dot net
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AGE / VALUE:   Motoconfort Super Touring posted by: Michael Bonham on 7/30/2008 at 8:30:00 AM
Hello hello!
I was lucky enough to come across a "Super Touring Mottoconfort" bicycle. It looks vintage probably 70's. Made in France.
It looks as if it was bought originally with stocks fenders, and racks (front and back). As well as a light generator and front and rear lights.

The only problem is.... *Drum roll* I can not locate any information it! None at all! Not a pic on Google, nor a tech at any of our local Portland Bike shops.

I was lucky to find a tech that could find new tires for it.
26 inch 584, incase your wondering.

If you have any information on it please share the wealth!
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Motoconfort Super Touring posted by David on 7/31/2008 at 6:03:43 AM
Nice find! French utility bikes are extremely practical. They were mostly mass-produced in St. Etienne and have a wide variety of labels.

The tires are usually labelled 26 x 1 1/2 or 650B (the French designation) and are returning to popularity.

See http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/tires/584.html

They're also available from many diff outlets - Google 650B

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AGE / VALUE:   schwinn serial # posted by: joe on 7/30/2008 at 8:03:49 AM
hi guys, i have a schwinn varsity bike,it has a serial number that starts with EU, can't find it in any of the guides. does anyone know what year this equates to?
thanks in advance,
fatman
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