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FOR SALE:   XB3 Russian 4 speed Road Bike Soviet USSR posted by: Andre on 5/28/2008 at 9:12:34 AM
I have always thought this was cool but everyone else on ebay and craigslist begs to differ. All parts where made by XB3 in house. Might have been a 5 speed but is missing one cog and it is smaller than Suntour and Larger than Mallard. Anyone interested? It is a 54cm seatube and 59cm toptube.


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           RE:FOR SALE:   XB3 Russian 4 speed Road Bike Soviet USSR posted by brandt on 5/30/2008 at 3:55:54 PM
Not looking for one, but I have had several Russian bikes like this, a 3-speed, 8-speed and 10-speed. These had 3, 4 and 5 speed free wheels respectively. I think they are realy cool bikes, but agree that there is not much interest on e-bay.
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AGE / VALUE:   Raleigh ltd sc posted by: Mr. Mann on 5/28/2008 at 8:53:48 AM
I just picked up this bike for free. Its missing the shifter and needs a new tube for the back. How do I tell what year it is?
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           RE:AGE / VALUE: Raleigh ltd sc posted by Gralyn on 5/28/2008 at 1:57:24 PM
I believe there is a retro raleigh web site and also Sheldon Brown web sites. Also - I believe the Ltd's were made in Canada.
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Raleigh ltd sc posted by Warren on 5/28/2008 at 5:03:43 PM
Actually, I rarely see LTD's up here. Maybe once and I've seen hundreds of Raleigh 3 speeds. I thought they were a US model.

The canadian plant did manufacture (assemble?) some horrific coffee brown Sports models in the early 90's. Wire mudguard stays, crappy alloy cranksets and stems, garbage brakes , poor chrome etc. There were similar dark blue models as well.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Raleigh ltd sc posted by David on 5/29/2008 at 7:50:50 AM
The Sturmey hub is the place to start for a year of mfr. LTD appears in the 76 Raleigh (USA) catalog I have. It's a lower end Sports (like a Robin Hood e.g.) w/wire stays, clamp-on (not braze-on) chainguard etc.
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AGE / VALUE:   Vintage Road/Track from 40's, 50's?? posted by: Andre on 5/27/2008 at 8:14:06 PM
I got this at a yard sale over the weekend and I am just wondering if any of you know what brand it might be. I can't seem to find those lugs on any of my searches so far. Any help would be appreciated.


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           RE:AGE / VALUE: Vintage Road/Track from 40's, 50's?? posted by Gralyn on 5/28/2008 at 2:01:22 PM
How do you find stuff like this at a yard sale? It's amazing. I do keep my eyes open for stuff like this - but so far - I haven't found much at a yard sale.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Vintage Road/Track from 40's, 50's?? posted by David on 5/29/2008 at 7:48:02 AM
I can't ID it and the picture doesn't help a lot, but it looks to me like a Sports model that has undergone a lot of changes.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Vintage Road/Track from 40's, 50's?? posted by ken on 5/29/2008 at 11:54:16 AM
Not track, as dropouts, eyelets and brakes attest. Changes, for sure- no original components, perhaps. What about the brake calipers? Have you been able to identify them?
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AGE / VALUE:   Scarpat posted by: Dave on 5/27/2008 at 6:51:57 PM
I looked at a bike for sale local to me, a Scarpat bike. It's old, the guy said 70's, and very, very light. Beautiful. Anybody know anything about it? It also said 'Israele' on it.
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AGE / VALUE:   Two Vintage Touring Bikes posted by: Lin on 5/27/2008 at 6:43:46 PM
Hi, I have two Vintage bikes. One is a Nishiki Royale, the other is a Shimano. I got these bikes in the late 70"s I think. Does anyone know anything about the current value of these bikes?
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AGE / VALUE:   My Vigilante Bike posted by: Keri McComb on 5/27/2008 at 10:41:46 AM
I just bought a "vigilante" vintage cruiser. It is a coaster brake, single speed and I'm thinking, from the 60's or 70's. Anyone know who made this bike and how I can find the year?
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   My Vigilante Bike posted by Keri on 5/29/2008 at 11:30:49 AM
It is a BF Goodrich with many Schwinn-like parts.
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   My Vigilante Bike posted by ken on 5/29/2008 at 11:58:03 AM
Could be Schwinn-built, in which case maybe early 60s or earlier. Do any bolt heads have an S or an AS on them?
I'd like to see a picture.
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AGE / VALUE:   Camel brand Bicycle posted by: Jennifer on 5/26/2008 at 4:25:53 PM
I found this wonderful vintage women's bike. The brand is "Camel," it's steel (very heavy) and has a sticker that says it was made in the People's Republic of China. "Chang-Star" components. I can't seem to find any information about the bike online. Anyone know anything?
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AGE / VALUE:   What is this?? posted by: MC on 5/25/2008 at 1:43:55 PM
Came across an unknown frame and I was wondering if you can help identify it. It is definitely BOBish variety, uniquely-cut head tube lugs, all steel with Suntour GS dropouts (rear) and unmarked fork tips. No other markings on the frame except a serial number. Looks similar to a Raleigh serial number, but the bike does not look like any Raleigh I've ever seen. It's evidently low-end tubing because it's on the heavy side. What is this?


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FOR SALE:   Miyata 1000 posted by: David Peterson on 5/25/2008 at 9:05:47 AM
Why are there no listings for Miyata under your "make" index? I have a Miyata 1000 series ??? touring bike from early 80's??? I am trying to find out about-- Value etc.
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           RE:FOR SALE:   Miyata 1000 posted by David on 5/26/2008 at 3:49:15 AM
For value, look at Ebay for bikes like yours. Except for a few very unusual ones, old mass-produced bikes aren't worth a heckuva lot.
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           RE:FOR SALE:   Miyata 1000 posted by Jake on 5/26/2008 at 9:34:32 PM
I'm looking for a miyata 1000. Are you still interesting in selling? Shoot me an email!

Cheers,
Jake
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           RE:FOR SALE:   Miyata 1000 posted by Dave on 5/27/2008 at 5:55:17 AM
The Miyata 1000 was (and still is) one of the most sought after touring frames ever made.
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           RE:RE:FOR SALE: Miyata 1000 posted by Warren on 5/27/2008 at 7:10:34 PM
Agreed! Amongst production frames anyway. I want one too.
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           RE:FOR SALE:   Miyata 1000 posted by Stuart on 10/3/2008 at 10:48:37 AM
Is your Miyata 1000 still available?
If yes what frame size?
Thanks,
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CUSTOMS:   U0-8 gearing posted by: Frank on 5/23/2008 at 7:13:07 PM
Hi:
I a Peugot UO-8 which I would simply like to gear down. Can I just find a smaller front chain ring and swap out or is it a more painful process? ;-)
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           RE:CUSTOMS: U0-8 gearing posted by Warren on 5/23/2008 at 8:21:22 PM
Maybe painful. Peugeot U0-8 's generally have "alpine" gearing to start with and I've never seen optional small chainrings. You could put a triple (TA?) chainset on it but that will cost more than the value of the bike.
You could also spread the frame and use a 6 or 7 cog early mtn bike freewheel with a suntour derailleur.


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           RE:RE:CUSTOMS: U0-8 gearing posted by Frank on 5/24/2008 at 9:39:16 AM
Thanks for the helpful hint. Do you have any suggestions regarding an "early" mtn bike freewheel? Like others, I love the way the bike feels under me (don't go there) and of course the "oldie" thing as well. Would also like to know if others have found bikes that might most closely have the same feel/geometry but better quality.
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           RE:RE:RE:CUSTOMS: U0-8 gearing posted by Frank on 5/24/2008 at 9:48:01 AM
pushing the season


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           RE:RE:RE:CUSTOMS: U0-8 gearing posted by Warren on 5/24/2008 at 9:49:05 AM
It's not just a freewheel swap...your rear hub is french threaded so you would need a wheel rebuild. This may not be worth the expense and effort.
There's lots of vintage bikes out there. Keep looking.
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           RE:RE:RE:RE:CUSTOMS: U0-8 gearing posted by Frank on 5/24/2008 at 9:53:05 AM
Thanks again. Sorry about the photo. Still learning :-(
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AGE / VALUE:   Benotto vintage 1974 posted by: John on 5/21/2008 at 2:17:33 PM
In my basement is a Benotto bike that I bought in 1974. I don't think I have used it since the 1980s. It's got all the original stuff; it has a sticker on it saying "Made in Italy."

If it has a specific model name or number, I can't find that on the bike.

Browsing the web, I see some indication that a bike like this might have some value to collectors and bike enthusiasts, in the hundreds of dollars. Is that likely?


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           RE:AGE / VALUE: Benotto vintage 1974 posted by Warren on 5/21/2008 at 4:33:51 PM
Benotto made mediocre bikes and great bikes. Most are just mediocre. A big problem is that the frames had a history of cracking. The other complication is that many or most were made in Mexico. Purists want the high end bikes that were made in Italy. It's been said that many of the Mexico models were labelled with the Made in Italy stickers so pedigree is hard to determine.

If it's made from Columbus SL tubing and it's campag equipped then it's likely a great bike. If it's not butted Columbus and it's Shimano gears or somethin else then it's just OK. Value is dependent on all these details and condition.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE: Benotto vintage 1974 posted by Tom on 5/24/2008 at 6:08:27 PM
I have an old Benotto, too. I bought it in 1978 from a friend who'd bought it 3-4 years earlier. It's red. I've looked around on the net and seen little on them. There's one for sale on eBay for minimum $106 but the highest bid is $103.
My son wants to take away to college but I'm not sure if I should let it go. Until I find out more it stays at home.
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Benotto vintage 1974 posted by Andre on 5/28/2008 at 9:31:03 AM
Don't let it go to College! Buy him a cheap beater for $100 and keep your nice frame. It will get stolen in less than a month!
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Benotto vintage 1974 posted by stephen on 10/16/2010 at 10:37:18 PM
i have a bennoto modelo 800 with a campy rear derailer modelo brakes but the serial number has 3 numbers on it, 133 is this a itailian or mexican its white and blue im sure its a low build number
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Benotto vintage 1974 posted by stephen on 10/16/2010 at 10:37:36 PM
i have a bennoto modelo 800 with a campy rear derailer modelo brakes but the serial number has 3 numbers on it, 133 is this a itailian or mexican its white and blue im sure its a low build number
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Benotto vintage 1974 posted by Antonio Guillermo on 2/20/2011 at 4:36:56 PM
Hi, I had a 1974 benotto route bike aluminum frame unique in its class it is a classic and I did a lot of miles with it. That bike was blue color. unfortunately my father give it away to many years ago. The people that says that benotto had a medriocre bike does not know much about it
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Benotto vintage 1974 posted by David on 2/23/2011 at 10:27:32 AM
Benotto made good bikes and cheap bikes. Many were made in Mexico, but some of the Mexican ones were good clones of Cinelli. I doubt anyone reading these posts knows much about what the numbers on Benotto frames mean, if anything. The original poster, John, should know if his bike cost much more than a couple hundred in 1974. If it did, the bike is probably pretty good quality. (High-end production bikes were in the $400-500 range at that time. A good Mexican Benotto would be a bit lower.)
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MISC:   Looking for your input... posted by: Menotomy Vintage Bicycles at OldRoads.com on 5/19/2008 at 1:15:56 PM
A couple months ago we opened a small retail shop in an old coffin factory in an antique mall in Cambridge, MA.
Sounds cheery, eh? Really, it's a great place. Click on the picture of the old building above for directions and more info.

We're reconditioning and selling a lot of the used bicycles and single speeds and 3-speeds we find in our travels. Right now we can fit around 15 cycles at a time plus a few parts. But within the next couple weeks we'll begin expanding the space by about 300%. We'll stock around 40 used and vintage cycles and still have room for lots of oddball parts.

If this shop was in your neighborhood, what kind of cycles and parts would you like to see us stock?

Thanks for your input,
-Vin

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           RE:MISC:   Looking for your input... posted by Drew on 5/20/2008 at 6:12:05 AM
I think 3-speeds should be a main focus - everthing from cheaper domestic ones all the way up to really nice ones like Raleigh, Rudge, etc. Cover all prices ranges...$75 riders to beautiful classics. I think the 3-speed catagory will keep growing, even new bike makers are bringing out examples. When you think about it, most people only need a 3-speed bike, they sometimes just think they're Lance Armstrong and mistakenly buy a 21-speed. A friend just did a 800 mile tour on a 1970's Raleigh Sprite 5-speed which is another nice bike - one step up from the Sports (these can still be found for a song with many having been made made....a good model for a bike shop to sell).

The Enlgish classics are an investment you can use, someone I know just sold a pair of early 1960s Raleigh Sports for about $500. - they were super nice with Dynohub lighting, racks, etc.
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           RE:MISC:   Looking for your input... posted by Steve on 5/23/2008 at 6:11:22 AM
YES, the 3 spds are nice & a joy to ride for most. There are also some lightweight single speeds & 5 speeds that are good sellers, too. I pick up a few every now & then, to re-sell. HINT= It seems like every buyer loves these bikes when they have rear spring-loaded, chrome racks/ front racks, wire baskets, woven baskets, etc. These can be found , in bulk, on E Bay .
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WANTED:   Trade for Sturmey 4 speed trigger posted by: nikos on 5/18/2008 at 5:49:29 PM
Hello all,

I have a very nice sturmey archer 2 speed barrel shifter and a sturmey long handled 3 speed shifter-- the ones used just after WWII, pat #498820. Both are in good shape, the 3 speed is missing the spring.

Anyone want to trade for a working 4 speed trigger. cosmetics don't matter.

Thanks!
nikos
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AGE / VALUE:   American Flyer GTY 100 posted by: Keri on 5/16/2008 at 7:05:32 PM
I bought an adorable girl's purple bicycle at a garage sale today. It says "American Flyer" and "GTY 100" on it. If anyone has any info about this bike, I'd love to hear it!
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AGE / VALUE:   Vista Espodo/Espado posted by: Dave on 5/16/2008 at 3:48:27 PM
I came across a mystery bike a while back. The "Vista" name is not mysterious at all, but I can't find out any info about this particular model. It's 4130 CroMo, made in Taiwan, and lugged. I was under the opinion that "Vista" made department store bikes before selling out to companies that made even lower quality bikes. This bike is a joy to ride!


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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Vista Espodo/Espado posted by jj on 5/16/2008 at 5:24:53 PM
Any Vista brand I've come across has stamped lugs and gas pipe tubes....
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Vista Espodo/Espado posted by Dave on 5/19/2008 at 5:23:39 AM
I know! It's wierd. Maybe they tried to improve their name, but the damage was already done.
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