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AGE / VALUE:   Sheffield Langsett posted by: steve bennett on 3/22/2011 at 3:26:01 AM
hi, does anyone have any info on sheffield langsett frames? i have one in my shed belonging to a mate, there is a photo of it in the early 50's but thats as much as we know.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Sheffield Langsett posted by jj on 3/22/2011 at 3:48:13 AM
You may want to ask this question under the English Roadster topic, too. Some of those old 3-speed English frames say:
"Ride a-wheel on Sheffield Steel"
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Sheffield Langsett posted by Keith Body on 3/22/2011 at 8:24:16 AM
Steve, Sheffield Langsett frames were a well known and respected hand built quality lightweight. I believe that there is still a shop on the site.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Sheffield Langsett posted by Keith Body on 3/22/2011 at 8:42:15 AM
Found this: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/bikes/sheffield-eric-rb.html
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AGE / VALUE:   1983 Bianchi Tipo Corsa 28T posted by: Russ on 3/21/2011 at 1:29:39 PM
Hello I just recently picked up a 1983 Bianchi Tipo Corsa 28T celeste green,with full Campagnolo N.R groupo also the bike has Mavic GP-4 rims with sew up tires. Anyone out there have a value of this bicycle? The condition is a 7 out of 10
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   1983 Bianchi Tipo Corsa 28T posted by David on 3/22/2011 at 8:14:28 AM
Enough of these are around you should be able to search completed auctions on Ebay and see what bikes like yours have actually sold for.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   1983 Bianchi Tipo Corsa 28T posted by jj on 3/23/2011 at 3:46:38 AM
There are some listed in the "UP-TO-THE-MINUTE PRICE GUIDE" under the "PRICE GUIDE" tab at the top of any page here on OldRoads.com.
That database contains eBay and other classified ad sales and is updated every 10 minutes.


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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   1983 Bianchi Tipo Corsa 28T posted by Russ on 3/23/2011 at 5:43:05 PM
thanks guys
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AGE / VALUE:   firestone Vagabond featherweight posted by: Sarah delaunay on 3/20/2011 at 4:16:39 PM
I recently purchased a bike that is a mint condition Firestone Vagabond featherweight. It is a one speed bike that is dark green and its male. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   firestone Vagabond featherweight posted by Keith Body on 3/21/2011 at 11:52:47 AM
Sarah, If we could see your bike we might be able to help.
Detail pictures please, better to post them here,but if you can't, email to me direct.
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AGE / VALUE:   Info about PAE frame posted by: Lee Goodman on 3/19/2011 at 1:18:41 AM
I have a small road frame, It had stickers that said it was made by PAE. Does anyone know anything about this builder? Thanks. Lee
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Info about PAE frame posted by Keith Body on 3/19/2011 at 2:52:36 PM
Les, some detail pictures might help, there were thousands of shops buying frames for own name bikes. Any clues in your location?
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Info about PAE frame posted by Lee Goodman on 3/20/2011 at 6:03:58 PM
I think that I searched it years ago and Performance Associates Engineering was a group that worked with General Dynamics in the 70's in San Diego. I think that they had a cycling group but it could be my memory playing tricks on me. Here are a few before and after pics. Thanks
Couldn't load pics so I posted on craigslist so you can see them there. The link is;
http://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/bik/2276742293.html
Thanks again.
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AGE / VALUE:   Antique Alabama Bike posted by: Will Holman on 3/16/2011 at 4:34:08 PM
I found this bike in an attic in an antebellum home this summer when I was doing some restoration work on the roof and interior. The owner wanted to chuck it, but I hung on to it.

I am trying to identify it and its potential value; if there is none, I'll repaint it and fix it with modern parts to use.

However, I have a feeling it's very old. There is one wooden wheel, in the back, with a faint stamp reading (I think) "Lobdell Rims, MA Michigan." There are two decals which read "Best Cycle Shop, Best Built Bikes, VA 0757, 615 E. 31st St. " I can't locate a serial number anywhere -- the paint is old and blistered. There is a rear brake, simple caliper-style. The cogs have much wider teeth than today's bikes, and the chain has a long-short-long link pattern. The handlebars are very aggressive, the dropouts are nearly vertical, and the handlebar stem is diamond in cross-section.

Any and all information would be much appreciated. Thanks so much.


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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Antique Alabama Bike posted by Will Holman on 3/16/2011 at 4:57:15 PM
Sorry, the link doesn't work. Find the pictures here: www.flickr.com/photos/wholman
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Antique Alabama Bike posted by David on 3/17/2011 at 8:43:50 AM
Looks like an old American track bike. It has a "Major Taylor" adjustable stem and, it appears, a removable brake so it can be ridden more safely on the street. The wooden rims suggest a racer. I can't provide a year or maker, but it's a real collector's item and is probably worth something. Don't do anything you can't undo until you get the whole story on it. Nice find.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Antique Alabama Bike posted by David on 3/17/2011 at 8:45:47 AM
P.S. Is it fixed or free wheel?
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Antique Alabama Bike posted by Will Holman on 3/18/2011 at 5:35:11 AM
Thanks for the info, David.

The pedals rotate when you rotate the wheel, in both directions -- a fixie. I assume that means it's a track bike.
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Antique Alabama Bike posted by Phil on 4/14/2011 at 6:13:13 PM
I collect bikes like this. do you want to sell or trade for something?
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AGE / VALUE:   Rampar R-Two posted by: Tim on 3/16/2011 at 6:50:39 AM
I have a 1979 Rampar R-Two mens 10 speed bike. It's Tangerine in color and in excellent shape. Not a scratch on it. It's been in the basement for almost 30 years. Everything is original, even the black taping on the handlebars is in great condition. The tires even look new!

What is the value and is there a market for this bike?

Thanks.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Rampar R-Two posted by David on 3/16/2011 at 8:03:12 AM
No collector value. Value similar to other low-end 10-speeds in similar condition.
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FOR SALE:   1957 Rochet Super Special posted by: Vin - Menotomy Vintage Bicycles at OldRoads.com on 3/10/2011 at 5:59:54 AM
We put the Rochet up on eBay.

$1000, no reserve, will ship anywhere:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120696120854

-Vin
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           RE:FOR SALE:   1957 Rochet Super Special posted by Vin on 3/10/2011 at 6:03:14 AM
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AGE / VALUE:   schwinn paramount posted by: dan on 2/28/2011 at 6:22:14 PM
MY Earlier post was on an older paramount. The bottom bracket has a 888 stamped on it. We removed the fork and that same number was stamped there also. Thinking it might be somewhere in the late 50's range for age. Will need one pedal maybe some other misc. parts. Are parts for this bike available? Thanks
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AGE / VALUE:   1961 fiorelli pro posted by: curtis on 2/27/2011 at 6:52:47 PM
I have this vintage fiorelli with all campy parts. I can't find any informationabout the bikes history. I have read about the coppi bikes and wanted to know if this thing was raced. If anyone knows something please respond.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   1961 fiorelli pro posted by jj on 2/28/2011 at 4:41:59 AM
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   1961 fiorelli pro posted by David on 2/28/2011 at 7:32:27 AM
You have a high-end bike with lotsa "patina!" Dunno how you'd decide about its racing history, though.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   1961 fiorelli pro posted by Chris on 2/28/2011 at 7:20:00 PM
e- mail sam lingo here on the group list he hangs out on the roadsters section he has a poster with info
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AGE / VALUE:   paramount posted by: dan on 2/26/2011 at 6:27:17 PM
my last post on the paramount i put a 666 as the serial #. Actually, i think i was mistaken. On the bottom bracket is the number 6164022E38 nervex on one side and what looks like 888 on the other. Will try to post pics. No numbers on the dropouts. Metal plate on head stock which says schwinn paramount. Thanks
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   paramount posted by David on 2/27/2011 at 6:36:13 AM
I think the BB number is from Nervex factory. Most "classic" Paramounts will have the number stamped on the left dropout. Is the bike built "correctly?" That is, does it have Nervex or Bocama lugs, Campy fork ends and dropouts? Maybe a Reynolds 531 sticker? Pictures would help a lot; especially of the lugs, dropouts, fork crown, etc - the places where the tubes are joined.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   paramount posted by dan on 2/28/2011 at 4:33:01 PM

after some looking, the lugs are nervex. On the other side of the bracket is the number 888 which after removing the fork , we found that same number stamped there. no numbers on either dropout. All campy components. side pull brakes. No reynolds sticker , but a paramount sticker with a hat. Can you advise on the removal of the cotter pins holding the crank arms? Thanks
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   paramount posted by David on 3/3/2011 at 5:48:58 AM
Where are you? Why don't you take this to someone who knows something about old bikes so they can tell you something about it. I advise you to PRESS OUT the cotters, don't whack them with a hammer. This can be done with a big C-clamp and some appropriate sockets. But before doing anything, I'd get some informed opinion and advice from someone who's actually laid eyes on the bike.
(I'd like to see it - Boston) Good luck.
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AGE / VALUE:   schwinn paramount posted by: dan on 2/26/2011 at 6:05:10 PM
have an older paramount that has been in the family since 1970 or so. the serial number seems to be 666. any help with dating this bike would be appreciated. looking to restore it.

thanks, Dan
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AGE / VALUE:   Lotus Unique posted by: Nancy on 2/26/2011 at 7:51:25 AM
Hello from Asheville, North Carolina. I own a Lotus Unique from early eighties that is all factory (but missing pump, did it come with one factory?)in excellent condition. Would anyone out there have any information on the bike as far as numbers produced, value, etc.? pics on craigslist, asheville, bikes, weaverville ....Thanks!
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Lotus Unique posted by Russ on 3/7/2011 at 5:56:23 PM
search www.velobase.com for vintage catalogs
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Lotus Unique posted by John Schissler on 5/6/2011 at 11:55:13 AM
I've got a Unique and a Supreme. Both purchased in 83 or 84. Both bikes needed a pump, I purchased Silca pumps for each. Still have the bikes and the pumps.
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FOR SALE:   Late 1950s Rochet coming posted by: Vin - Menotomy Vintage Bicycles at OldRoads.com on 2/22/2011 at 10:06:12 AM
This morning I looked at a 1957-ish Rochet.
Original owner.
They gave me a couple photos of it, which I will post tomorrow.
I'm going to go back next week and measure it and take my own photos.

We'll be selling it for the owner, so watch for updates.

Vin - Menotomy Vintage Bicycles at OldRoads.com

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           RE:FOR SALE:   Late 1950s Rochet coming posted by Vin - Menotomy Vintage Bicycles at OldRoads.com on 2/24/2011 at 5:59:01 AM
Here are photos the owner gave me. They are from around 12 years ago.
I'll be taking current pictures and measuring the cycle next week.






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           RE:FOR SALE:   Late 1950s Rochet coming posted by David on 2/25/2011 at 6:19:58 AM
Very cool. I love the way the handlebars have been reversed. Normally, the reverser simply flips drop bars up so the brake levers are on top. (That must make for interesting braking: your weight would shift onto the levers as you slow down!) Here, the levers have been moved and the bars retaped. I want to drop by the shop and see this baby when it arrives. My sister has a Rochet and loves it.
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           RE:FOR SALE:   Late 1950s Rochet coming posted by Glenn on 2/28/2011 at 6:40:07 PM
What are you asking for this bike ?
Thanks,Glenn
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           RE:FOR SALE:   Late 1950s Rochet coming posted by Vin - Menotomy Vintage Bicycles on 3/1/2011 at 4:48:38 AM
Not sure of the price yet.
I have to go pick it up - hopefully this week.

-VIn
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           RE:RE:FOR SALE:   Late 1950s Rochet coming posted by Vin - Menotomy Vintage Bicycles on 3/3/2011 at 9:41:13 AM
I have it in the shop today and hope to have some photos and specs posted here before the end of the day.

-Vin
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           RE:FOR SALE:   Late 1950s Rochet coming posted by Keith Body on 3/3/2011 at 1:45:59 PM
Vin, nice little bike, deserves to be put back together properly.
The 543 gear, not original, could have more value than you think. About 2 years ago H Stone sold a NOS 543 to a japanese collector for I think a ridiculous £4000.
Might be worth a try on its own, as it's twin wire, and the bike isn't.
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           RE:RE:FOR SALE:   Late 1950s Rochet coming posted by Vin -Menotomy Vintage Bicycles on 3/3/2011 at 3:02:51 PM
Thanks much for the info, Keith.

Here's some more on it. The shop is surprising busy considering it's about 20 degrees out and I'm the only one working here today.

I took pictures but cannot get them uploaded until tomorrow.

Best Regards,
Vin

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           RE:RE:RE:FOR SALE:   Late 1950s Rochet coming posted by Vin on 3/3/2011 at 3:05:36 PM
Rochet Super Special

1957, give or take 2 years in either direction.
We're selling it for the original owner. It was originally purchased in Michigan.
The owner says it was a track bike which was converted for regular riding for - as she describes herself - a rich kid.

I've only cleaned it up enough to read the markings. Otherwise it is untouched.

Reynolds 531 tubing
Brake calipers marked: Super Dural "LAM" Mle DEPOSE
Headset marked: RFWAX
Campagnolo Quick Release
Brake levers marked: "LAM" SGDG FRCIN (or something like that..)
Pedals marked: BERTHET LYOTARD
STRONGLIGHT cranks
EXCELTOO rear hub
RECR front hub
Simplex Brevete S.G.D.G. derailleurs
Stem marked: FORGED ALUMINIUM on one side and MADE IN ENGLAND on the other
Simplex dropouts

SIZE:
Standover: 76 cm
center of the seat tube to the center of the head tube: 50.8 cm
center of the bottom bracket to the top of the seat tube: 50.8 cm
center of the bottom bracket to the center of the head tube: 61 cm

Sold As Is

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           RE:RE:FOR SALE:   Late 1950s Rochet coming posted by Vin on 3/5/2011 at 4:55:43 AM
Hope to get the pix up by Sunday.
-Vin
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           RE:RE:RE:FOR SALE:   Late 1950s Rochet coming posted by Vin - Menotomy Vintage Bicycles at OldRoads.com on 3/6/2011 at 6:17:10 AM




















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AGE / VALUE:   legnano gran premio posted by: Fernando on 2/17/2011 at 3:14:20 PM
Hi Legnano experts! I am considering the purchase of a Legnano bicycle supposedly a Gran Premio from the 60’s. How do I know is the correct model? The components and dropouts are campagnolo.
Thanks

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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   legnano gran premio posted by Keith Body on 2/19/2011 at 9:46:43 AM
Fernando, quite a lot of info out there if you search.
It is likely that you would have steel cranks 10 speed for early 60's, with Campagnolo gears. The tubing is probably Falck plain gauge, (check the seat post diameter, would be 26.4mm).
If so this is a mid range road bike, they rode pretty well.
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AGE / VALUE:   schwinn continental identification posted by: Richard on 2/17/2011 at 7:35:11 AM
hi ,about 10 years ago i picked an old schwinn continental from a buddy who has since passed away and im looking to give it a full restoration ........... its green with the full chrome front fork , nothing stamped on the head tube ( no identifing numbers ) the only one i can find is located on the inside rear stay , # 1228 or 1223 ...... it has french hubs made for schwinn, original schwinn seat, original matching green handlebar tape, center pulls, etc .... any info on the bike would be appreciated !... thanks Rich
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   schwinn continental identification posted by ken on 2/18/2011 at 11:45:00 AM
Rich, I suggest you check those numbers again. Left rear dropout until 1972, then on the headtube. Look for two letters and five digits. Then you'll find it on the chart.
All the resto it needs is new grease.
The centerpull brakes were thought to be an upgrade in those days. The French hubs are really pretty good. And the GB randonneur bars are great.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   schwinn continental identification posted by Rich on 2/19/2011 at 10:56:03 AM
thanks Ken,......... but i checked once more and there's no letters or numbers on the headtube , and the left rear dropout has the numbers ( after i wiped the dirt and grease off ), 1222 or 1223 ! ( the last number has 1/2 of it removed from wear , no wear anywhere else on dropout )....no letters previous to the numbers , just those numbers , thanks for your reply !, Rich
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   schwinn continental identification posted by Rich on 2/22/2011 at 8:49:43 AM
checked the other drop out last night, it too has no letters at all and the number on that side reads "1224 "..... these numbers are located on the inside of the dropouts , thank you !
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   schwinn continental identification posted by ken on 2/22/2011 at 11:52:43 AM
cool; I've never seen a Chicago Schwinn that didn't follow the standard numbering pattern. Meanwhile, you can find date codes on components. Are the brake levers Weinmann or Dia-Compe? They should have something on them. Get details from the vintage-trek web site
http://www.vintage-trek.com/component_dates.htm
The French hubs they used probably have the year of manufacture stamped on them.
One other data point that sometimes applies is the paint color. You can check the catalogs on
http://www.trfindley.com/pg_schwinn_cats.htm to see what years your color was available. Might help, might not. Send me a picture if you want to.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   schwinn continental identification posted by Rich on 2/24/2011 at 6:38:06 AM
thanks again Ken ..... ive been doing some research etc on line ,( seldon brown's store is a short distance from me in west newton mass, he has a pic on his site that is identical to mine right down to the color and full chromed fork ) and im thinking maybe its a super continental ?.... as a kid i owned a 65 or 66 schwinn stingray and it's color and the continental are identical........... it has weinmann centerpulls 750,vainoeur 999, hubs have "made in france" "schwinn approved 169"..... looks like everything on the bike is french made schwinn approved , right down to the pedals which are " atom" french made on them ........... thanks again for your help !, Rich
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