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MISC:   CCM Track Bike posted by: Drew on 4/6/2008 at 5:57:19 AM
Looking for any history or details on a early CCM fixed gear track bike made in Weston Canada circa 1920 ? - wood rims - Persons Racing saddle - racing bars - BSA chainring (skip tooth). Looks very original. At first I thought it was an Iver Johnson since it came with a I J training stand, but I carefuly removed the silver repaint on the seat tube revealing a CCM decal. Paid $125 at a local flea market this morning.
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           RE:MISC: CCM Track Bike posted by Warren on 4/6/2008 at 12:39:54 PM
Great bike...likely a CCM Flyer although the BSA chainring is a replacement. Here's the date codes...

http://oldroads.com/oldroads_files/329_24.jpg

the serial number should be near the seat lug. Give me the year and I'll send you a scan of the catalogue pages. I've got a lot of info on these. CCM made some of the best track bikes in the 20's and 30's. Send me an email.
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AGE / VALUE:   a well made ross? posted by: Kurt on 4/5/2008 at 7:54:02 AM
A few years ago i bought a "ross" bike. after further inspection of other ross bikes... i feel mine is distinct. it has very neatly welded lugs... tapered to the tubes... 024 ishiwata cromo dbl-butted tubes.. the headset sticker, bottom tube decal, and steel sticker are all original looking. the color is a funky muted green gray. like i say i feel this bike is not your average ross, anyone have a clue?
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           RE:AGE / VALUE: a well made ross? posted by kurt on 4/5/2008 at 8:30:37 AM
this ross frame has a number stamped to the bottom bracket... i suspect it is for the local authorities...but could it be a serial no.? 0582100691
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           RE:AGE / VALUE: a well made ross? posted by Warren on 4/5/2008 at 1:18:03 PM
Even Huffy contracted out some higher end road bikes for race teams and promotions. The Ishiwata 024 butted tubes puts your bike at the medium to high end bracket. If there's a K prefix on the bottom bracket I suspect it was made by Kuwahara. Decent frame means a decent bike. Dress it up in Suntour components and you've got a classic japanese ride.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   a well made ross? posted by Joe on 5/9/2008 at 1:21:37 PM
Ross Signature bikes are generally of nice to outstanding quality. The best were built under the supervision of Tom Kellog or Jim Redcay. These are painted one solid color. The Taiwan bikes have contrasting color head tubes and Ross engraved on the seatstay caps.
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WANTED:   Shifter Cables for a Lark W derailleur posted by: Morgan on 4/3/2008 at 7:53:15 PM
I just purchased an old western flier bike and am super excited for it. But I discovered that it has the old push-pull derailleur and I need to get new cables for it. They have the two ends on them. Any ideas on how I can rig something up, or where I could buy some from?
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AGE / VALUE:   Jeunet Franche-Comte posted by: Tony on 4/2/2008 at 11:25:46 PM
I aquired a Jeunet Franche-Comte from a gentleman for 8 bux. From what I can ascertain this bike is quite old. 7 speed, lightweight, solid steel forks, road wheels. Needs some rust cleanup but is otherwise in great condition. It still rides and still has all decals and decorative touches. Is this worth keeping and fixing up, whats the average age and value. Or should I just sell it to a cycle shop.
Please Help
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Jeunet Franche-Comte posted by Gralyn on 4/3/2008 at 8:36:57 AM
I've seen a few of these - mostly from the early 1970's. I have one - but the paint is somewhat faded - otherwise, it's in great running condition. Mine has a full chrome-plated fork. Is that what you mean by solid steel fork? (I know the Schwinn Varsity actually had a solid steel fork - it was a flat, solid piece of steel - made into a fork....that is, it wasn't tubular steel - but solid sheet steel). I have never seen a Jeunet with a fork like that. So maybe yours is chrome-plated.

Are there any other identification stickers....like for frame material, etc.? Are the rear drop-outs made from flat steel (stamped), or are they forged (not a flat piece of steel)? Does it have steel rims? or aluminum alloy rims?

Anyway, for $8 - you got a great deal.

If it's 7-speed.....seven cogs on the rear wheel? If so, it would have to be from the later 1980's. (Unless someone expanded the rear spacing to accommodate 7-speeds).

Do you have any pictures of it?

I wouldn't sell it to a bike shop - it may be worth fixing up.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Jeunet Franche-Comte posted by Tony on 4/3/2008 at 8:45:44 PM
I'll post the pix 2morrow. Also, 2 cogs on front, 5 cogs on back. Slightly rusted ;) chrome plated fork. Bike appears to be comprised of steel or another magnetic alloy. Steel rims and spokes. Simplex derailer (needs replacment).
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Jeunet Franche-Comte posted by Gralyn on 4/4/2008 at 10:23:03 AM
It sounds a lot like mine. It's a good bike - but it's not high-end or anything. But, it's well worth what you will have in it.
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AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane Gold/Brown posted by: Rob on 4/1/2008 at 12:54:23 PM
Hi I have an option to buy this old motobecane.
The price is around 45 dollars.

I don't fit this bike so the only reason to buy it would be to re-use old parts, or to resell the bicycle.


Any of you think it would be worth bying this bicycle ?
I have no other information about the bike but this picture.


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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane Gold/Brown posted by Gralyn on 4/1/2008 at 7:29:45 PM
I believe it's worth every penny of the $45. I don't know what model it is - even if it's a Nomade....it's still worth that. Besides, it sure would make a great fixed gear bike.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE: Motobecane Gold/Brown posted by Walter on 4/6/2008 at 6:33:07 PM
Could be a Nomade as Mirage and higher would be 2 tone paint not just contrasting decals. It's a 1975, maybe earlier, but not much later as by '77 Motos even down to Nomade had cotterless cranks. ( I bought a blue Nomade that year, my first "real" bike).

Worth it? The fact that it doesn't fit you makes it a toss-up. Looks to be in good shape and Moto was always one of the best when it came to paint and decal quality. If you have a decent used bike market you should get your money back but the lower line French components won't bring you much. Frame will probably sell as a fixed gear project if you plan to eBay it.
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AGE / VALUE:   "trick" bike? posted by: Josh on 3/31/2008 at 8:25:31 PM
i have an old looking bike. it is somewhat odd though... the rear tire swivels. so you can turn with the rear tire and the front tire... it is hard to ride but after awhile i got used to it. does anyone know what this is called?


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           RE:AGE / VALUE:    posted by Brian on 4/1/2008 at 4:46:26 PM
Swingbike
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AGE / VALUE:   Age of wester flyer posted by: Edmo on 3/31/2008 at 12:28:16 PM
I have a western flyer, I'm sure it's not all that old, however I would like to figure out it's age. Serial number is MO 2902 97


Thanks
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Age of wester flyer posted by David on 4/2/2008 at 10:24:50 AM
When did Western Auto close up their chains of auto parts stores? I'd guess your bike is probably 60s or 70s. Check the two-digit date code on the rear hub shell (which is probably covered with a layer of greasy grime) I don't think serial number will get you anywhere.
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AGE / VALUE:   Raleigh "Grand Prix" posted by: Eric on 3/31/2008 at 9:43:03 AM
Recently I acquired a Raleigh "Grand Prix" from a local Goodwill. I think my dad payed about $5 for it. Not that bad.
Anyways, after my dad and I were looking at it, we (or really HE) came to the conclusion that lots of the parts on it were not stock. Basically, it seemed that someone kinda jerry-rigged some parts onto it.

The bike is Blue and looks very similar to the bikes in the 1970 catalogue. (I only know this because I have been trying to find out as much about this bike as possible).

I was wondering if there is anyone here who would be able to help me out with finding as much information as possible. I can upload pictures if anyone thinks they can help.

Thanks.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Raleigh posted by Gralyn on 3/31/2008 at 6:34:37 PM
Try: http://www.retroraleighs.com/index.html

See if you can find it there.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Raleigh posted by Eric on 3/31/2008 at 7:28:30 PM
Thank you...I'll check that now.
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AGE / VALUE:   basso posted by: Larry on 3/31/2008 at 9:34:29 AM
I'm trying to research some info. on a "older" but not vintage steel bike---A Basso maybe late 80's #909146-can anyone help??? Thanks
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MISC:   what are the signs to look for in a well made frame posted by: question on 3/30/2008 at 11:23:30 PM
Hi

What are the signs (other than the type of steel) to look for in a well made steel vintage bike frame?

Any help would be greatly appreciated
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           RE:MISC:   what are the signs to look for in a well made frame posted by David on 3/31/2008 at 7:20:01 PM
A top-quality frame will have very neat brazed joints; no gaps, smooth. The lugs will be filed so they're thinner at the edges. Often there will be thoughtful details. Look at the bikes at classicrendezvous.com and you'll see some beauts.
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AGE / VALUE:   What is Raleigh 502 Tubing? Anyone really know? help posted by: ryan on 3/30/2008 at 11:12:53 PM
Hi

I just bought an 83 raleigh grand prix in excellent shape. I know this was one of those years that Huffy licensed the Raleigh name then had this and many other models made in Taiwann & Japan.

Mine is actually made in Taiwann. It looks fairly well made with adjustable forged dropouts & 502 cromoly steel.

Many people on this forum & across the internet have asked what Raleigh 502 steel really is and no one has given a concrete clear answer here or anywhere for that matter on the internet. I am really, really curious now and want to know. (As a shot in the dark)I even called Raleigh headquarters and they thought it was a renamed Reynolds. I have heard theories from it being tange to Reynolds to Hi Ten (which it isn't).

Someone out there knows I would bet? What is Raleigh 502 steel really. The label says cromoly but what kind?? Please help me find out. A solid answer would solve a big internet mystery!

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           RE:AGE / VALUE: What is Raleigh 502 Tubing? Anyone really know? help posted by Warren on 3/31/2008 at 6:07:07 PM
Here's an 83 Raleigh cataogue that doesn't list aGrand Prix.
http://bulgier.net/pics/bike/Catalogs/Raleigh83/
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AGE / VALUE:   WEST GERMAN "STANDARD" posted by: Tom on 3/28/2008 at 6:55:41 PM
I have just purchased a bicycle, it is a German "Standard" bicycle. It has a 3speed hub (DREIGANG MOD 55)with pedal breaks. The front break pished downward onto the tyre itself, not the rim. 28inch rims with pin stripes. All parts are stamped with "Made in Germany" or "Made in W.Germany". I can find info on the hub, but NOTHING on the brand "Standard" can anybody shed some light on this bicycle for me???? Eagerly antisipating any relpy.. Cheers.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   WEST GERMAN posted by David on 3/29/2008 at 7:18:15 PM
The brake is a type I've seen most often on the bikes the Swiss army used to use. I think it will be hard to find anything on the maker (who almost certainly did NOT make the 3-speed hub). Good luck.
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AGE / VALUE:   early Klein posted by: Bill Ingraham on 3/26/2008 at 1:13:47 PM
I bought a used Klein in 1980. I was told it was made in 1975. They described it as a "B road" model. The serial number is HO108B. The Klein web site says that in 1975 they displayed prototypes at a bike show. no mention of production. I would love to believe that this frame is Gary Klein's 108th creation! Bill Ingraham Scituate Ma
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AGE / VALUE:   Year of my Voyageur posted by: Randy Banks on 3/25/2008 at 2:13:08 PM
Can anyone assist with dating my Voyageur? Ser.#3E0...then four numbers. I was unable to find an answer here. Thanks,R.B. Illinois.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Year of my Voyageur posted by Bob Hufford on 4/7/2008 at 8:43:39 AM
That should decode to May of 1983. What are the four digits stamped into your headbadge? Is this your bike?

http://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1980_1990/1983Ltwt07.html

Bob
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AGE / VALUE:   1982 trek 950 posted by: Darrell on 3/25/2008 at 7:27:46 AM
i have a 1982 trek 950 road bike .......i ride a panasonic dx 5000 and some newer style mountain and street trail park trick bikes....my first love was a santiago holgado spanish road bike .....the 1 in b.b. is no good and have never gotten around to getting a new one......my question is .............Will the trek compar to the ride im use to.....i dont want to waste my time on restoring a bike if i wont like it .....................i cant help but restoring any bike i get to the way i like it .....and i like riding more than doing that its can be a prob ................or should i pass it on to some one who needs a bike ?

thanks
Darrell
pensacola Fl
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           RE:AGE / VALUE: 1982 trek 950 posted by Warren on 3/25/2008 at 3:50:34 PM
A very high end road bike. Easy to fix..easy to sell too. It may ride differently than your current bike but if it fits, why not?
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: 1982 trek 950 posted by Darrell on 3/28/2008 at 6:10:27 AM
i would like to sell it , ive just never sold any of my bikes and would nt know where to begin . I havent done anything to the bike since i got it .....minus some research......i knew it was a good bike when i got it , or i would nt have...i try not to buy common low end bikes or i would have no room .Any info would be greatly appreciated .

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