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AGE / VALUE:   Rare racing bicycle posted by: Heather on 10/23/2007 at 6:22:44 PM
My mother recently gave me a bike that was given to her 30 years ago and never used. It says La Parisienne on the top bar and then velosolex below. It is a orange racing bike, NON-motorized. I can't find much info. Could someone tell me the value or where to find any information?
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Rare racing bicycle posted by ronp6 on 10/24/2007 at 7:09:49 AM
There isn't much information on Velo Solex bicycles on the web and it gets overshadowed by the motorbike they were best known for. The Le Paresianne was the entry level bike for the bike boom for Velo Solex and most likely dates from the early 70's. It has a very long wheelbase and is quite heavy. It is much more of a cruiser than a racer. The bike is quite stable and the arching front fork make for a soft ride similar to a Peugeot UO8 but this bike is even longer. See photo in link.

Velo Solex also made bikes of Reynolds 531 tubing with an extremely short wheelbase and very light for the times that were equiped much like a Peugeot PX10 with the name San Tropez which was their racing bike if any were. See photo in next email and note chain stay difference.

I will put the San Tropex picture in another message because I can't put 2 here. I have some additional pictures of other San Tropez bikes and art work for decals if you have the ability to print your own.


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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Rare racing bicycle posted by ronp6 on 10/24/2007 at 7:12:21 AM
This is the San Tropez


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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Rare racing bicycle posted by frenchy on 5/4/2008 at 8:35:26 AM
I too have a La Parisianne I purchased in the 70's and am preparing to restore to ride again. How much is it worth today? I remember that it wasn't an inexpensive purchase in those days.
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AGE / VALUE:   Miyata Carbon 3000 posted by: Dovid on 10/23/2007 at 10:39:44 AM
I know nothing about the bike I own. Bought it very cheap and am looking to find out specs, etc etc.
It is a black carbon frame miyata CF3000 no or very few braze on locations. shifters are not bar end but old school. Curious about vintage, quality etc. seems fun to ride but want to know more..
Thanks anyone
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MISC:   schwinn madison tubing posted by: DIVISION OF THREE on 10/21/2007 at 5:06:55 PM
i recently bought a 1987 schwinn madison with some questionable tubing stickers one was a columbus tenax tag above that was a columbus slx tag that was slightly peeling off. is it possible the frame was made with both or was it someone just trying to sweeten the deal?
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MISC:   BROWNING BICYCLE posted by: STAN on 10/21/2007 at 3:50:41 PM
10/20/07
I HAVE HAD THIS BICYCLE HANGING IN MY GARAGE FOR OVER THIRTY YEARS. MY MOTHER IN LAW WON THIS BIKE BUT NEVER USED IT AND WHEN SHE GAVE IT TO MY DAUGHTER SHE USED IT VERY LITTLE. I FOUND A NUMBER ON THE FRAME WHICH IS 5018199. I HAVE NO USE FOR THIS BILE AND WOULD LIKE TO SELL IT. ANY IDEA HOW MUCH IT IS WORTH?
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           RE:MISC: BROWNING BICYCLE posted by Warren on 10/21/2007 at 4:39:51 PM
There were 3 models of Brownings...the bottom was bike boom quality. I had one of these and there really wasn't anything on it of value so I gave it to the thrift store.I've never seen the higher quality models so I can't comment on them. If it's in excellent quality, sell it on ebay or craiglist or garage sale it.
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           RE:MISC:   BROWNING BICYCLE posted by David on 10/22/2007 at 5:42:09 AM
There are a couple of quick quality checks...
1. Is the bike equipped with aluminum rims (use a magnet)?
Good 70s and newer bikes will not have steel.
2. Is the seat post (that holds up the saddle) aluminum?
3. Are the fork and frame ends stamped from heavy sheet steel (cheap) or are they forged (thicker with rounded edges)?
4. Is there a decal or sticker on the frame bragging about the tubing used to build it? Probably "Reynolds 531," "Vitus," "chrome-moly" or "cromoly."
If it doesn't meet those criteria it is most likely low-end and of little value beyond its suitability for riding.
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           RE:RE:MISC:   BROWNING BICYCLE posted by Wayne on 10/22/2007 at 7:48:04 AM
I don't know all of my terminology; but as for the tyre rims being aluminum, it is not clear to me if this is always so for a '70s bike, maybe they are made with an alloy.
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           RE:MISC:   BROWNING BICYCLE posted by David on 10/22/2007 at 3:57:37 PM
All the metal in your bike is an alloy; the better 70s bikes had aluminum alloy rims, not steel (another alloy).
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MISC:   Some nifty lightweight vintage bicycles website posted by: Wayne on 10/20/2007 at 12:03:47 AM
http://www.teamkarim.com/bikes/used/road/s-road.html

Apparently I found the "sold" page; but still quite a nice selection of photographs to look at. Most are vintage with a few more recent cycles. I haven't looked around the website, perhaps there are more to be seen.


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           RE:MISC:   Some nifty lightweight vintage bicycles website posted by wayne on 10/20/2007 at 12:15:22 AM
I just wanted to add on, there seems to be about 40-50 bikes listed, quite diverse.
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           RE:MISC:   Some nifty lightweight vintage bicycles website posted by Bob Hufford on 10/30/2007 at 3:11:04 PM
http://www.teamkarim.com

Seller has a horrible reputation in the San Francisco area. Was under suspicion for buying/selling stolen bikes in the past ...

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/06/16/BAGIUD9FVK1.DTL

Bob
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AGE / VALUE:   BCA Womens 10 speed posted by: Ron on 10/19/2007 at 6:58:36 AM
I have a BCA womens 10 speed Light mountain bike with absolutly no miles on it. Is was in my fathers's garage for years and never ever used. In fact the bike was never even set up. I just adjusted the derailers to work properly last night for the first time ever. I can't seem to find a serial No. on the frame. but i know it is at least ten or more years old. I would like to know what it is worth. It's is for Sale


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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   BCA Womens 10 speed posted by David on 10/19/2007 at 8:01:03 AM
You might get $50 selling it locally.
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AGE / VALUE:   Campagnola Crazy ! posted by: Drew on 10/18/2007 at 4:52:18 PM
Someone listed this in Roadsters, but lightweight fans will likely find it of interest - Ebay number 190163020817.

Seems kinda nuts, but someone paid $580. for a Schwinn Varsity last month!
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Campagnola Crazy ! posted by David on 10/19/2007 at 8:03:38 AM
It IS rare. Just like a stamp, if a couple of people with money gotta have it for their collections, the price can rise!
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           Campagnola Crazy ! posted by John E on 10/20/2007 at 7:13:03 PM
Someone paid over $800 several years ago for a Schwinn Continental, because it was a very rare and very sought-after 1960 model in exceptionally good condition, with all of the original components. I suspect it could sell for well over $1K today.
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AGE / VALUE:   Help Please!!! posted by: Cameron on 10/18/2007 at 4:49:43 PM
I have in my posession a "Mercury" 26" mens bicycle. Badge reads"mercury, murray, ohio" serial #223279 with a "WOW 30" stamped in small print above the serial #s. It is complete enough to ride. Has a skip chain. No fenders. Any help with this would help. I'd like to know what year and model type it might be. ANY HELP WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!
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AGE / VALUE:   1980's Raleigh Competition posted by: Jerrod Wong on 10/18/2007 at 3:25:35 PM
I just purchase a 1980's Raleigh Competition and was thinking of upgrading some parts. What do you all think of this frame? Is it worth putting a couple of hundred dollars into, or is it scrap? The frame is white with chrome fork and stays. Raleigh 555 on the sticker. Araya rims, Dia-comp brakes, and most of the original stuff is there. Thanks for your time.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   1980's Raleigh Competition posted by David on 10/19/2007 at 8:15:19 AM
If it's a Competition GS, it's made of Reynolds 531 DB tubing and it's a good frame. It came with Campy GS components. If yours is not made of double-butted tubing, I wouldn't throw money at it, tho' it might be a good rider.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   1980's Raleigh Competition posted by george on 10/22/2007 at 12:07:47 PM
yes, i agree. i have had the same bike for 30 years.the reynolds 531 frame was considered a good frame "back in the day".i am also considering restoring my old bike but am hesitant. the newer bikes are so much better technology.one could spend hundreds of dollars and still have a inferior bike. it's a tough call if your end result reason is to have a good bike to ride.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   1980's Raleigh Competition posted by ronp6 on 10/22/2007 at 4:24:42 PM
The frame is a Raleigh of America frame after the Raleigh sold the marketing rights to the US to Huffy. Huffy never built any of the bikes but had bikes built in Japan and Tiawan. If it is a made in Japan it was most likely by Panasonic (National) and the labeling is fairly clear but the Tiawan can be missed since it designed to be difficult to read. Both labels would be at the crank end of the seat tube. The Competition is built of 555SL which is double butted cromolly and a fairly light frame the 555T was used for touring bikes and was magnesium alloy and the real race bikes were made of 555SR or SRL which was very light. This was when Huffy labeled Raleighs were used by the US cycling team at the LA Olympics but those bikes were made in Canada out of Columbus tubing.

Your bike came with Suntour Cyclone derailleurs and decent Diacomp brakes. If you are throwing it on the junk pile please let me know where.

Sorry for the long response, I didn't have time for a short one.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   1980's Raleigh Competition posted by ronp6 on 10/22/2007 at 9:15:29 PM
A frame and fork for Super Course of the same vintage in a small mixte just sold on ebay for $197.00 including shipping and aCompetition is a little better bike. Not too bad for a Huffy!
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   1980's Raleigh Competition posted by Matt on 4/21/2008 at 3:48:38 PM
I have a mid to late 80's competition. I still ride it for pleasure around town. I is white with grey forks. It has the schimano 6 series derailers and brakes. It is a reynolds 531 DB frame. It has olympic stickers all over it. I think the rims are Ukai. I still love the ride. It is all original, except for the tires and the brake levers. I have the original dolphin seat, but nobody can take that torture. It still has the yellow brake and derailer cables. I take it inro bike shops and the mechanics drool over it. I understand there weren't many made or sold. The ser# is 5JR0128. Too much fun to sell. Just wondering what it is worth.
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MISC:   Reader's Rides! posted by: Vin - Menotomy Vintage Bicycles on 10/18/2007 at 7:25:59 AM
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           RE:MISC:   Reader's Rides! posted by Vin on 10/20/2007 at 5:40:03 AM

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FOR SALE:   1967 Chrome Paramount P10 posted by: Bruce on 10/17/2007 at 11:09:23 PM
I have a 1967 Chrome Paramount P10 in excellent original condition. Stored for forty years. The picture will work on this posting.


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           RE:FOR SALE: 1967 Chrome Paramount P10 posted by John E on 10/18/2007 at 12:45:23 PM
Too tall for me, but gorgeous!
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           RE:FOR SALE: 1967 Chrome Paramount P10 posted by glenn on 10/19/2007 at 9:17:52 AM
Is forsale ? Yes ? Please contact me if so.
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FOR SALE:   Chrome Paramount 1967 P10 posted by: Bruce on 10/17/2007 at 3:49:08 PM
I have a 1967 Chrome Paramount P10. Excellent original condition. Stored for 40 Years.


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           RE:FOR SALE:   Chrome Paramount 1967 P10 posted by David on 10/18/2007 at 1:15:42 PM
So, are you trying to sell it? Asking what "it's worth?" You can find out by putting it up on ebay.
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AGE / VALUE:   Priori ? ca 1976 help identify Columbus tubing made in Italy posted by: PJ on 10/17/2007 at 5:34:19 PM
Hello- I just discovered this site. A few years ago, a friend gave me a roadbike he pulled from a trash pile. I have been able to find NO info on this 'make.' It says Priori and 1976 Olympics. The tubing is Columbus. Gipiemme dropouts. It was a lugged frame, including a heart cutout in one of the lugs. Thus, obviously a performance bike. It was set up with tubulars that needed replacing - I fixed this bike up, and rode it a while, but it was too big for me, so I sold it. I pestered Sheldon Brown with a note, but he had no info.

I just now stumbled upon this website - very nice. Does anyone have any info specifically on the Italian brand Priori?
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MISC:   90/91 Schwinn World sport 12 speed posted by: Rockin Ron on 10/17/2007 at 4:09:25 PM
My schwinn is still in top shape but i moved to the mountians. this bike is geared for flat land. it has Sugino MP110 crank set. 52 and 40 teeth gears. looks like it has mount for a third sproket like 22 teeth. Does anyone know if i can add a third smaller front sproket?
Shimano SIS shifters and derailers.
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           RE:MISC:   90/91 Schwinn World sport 12 speed posted by ken on 10/18/2007 at 11:19:54 AM
I've done it. Front derailleur takes some finagling, to go in that far. Read Sheldon's remarks on chainline. And if you run into complications, take a Sugino triple, 46-36-26 for example, and try that.
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           RE:MISC:   90/91 Schwinn World sport 12 speed posted by Dave on 10/19/2007 at 5:48:39 AM
I put a Dura-Ace on my Trek 500, and ran a 53/39/26 for the mountains (11-28 in back). I was able to take it up SnowBowl road in Flagstaff. 7 miles of up hill with a 2000 foot gain. Not all derailleurs will handle big tooth differences.
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           RE:RE:MISC:   90/91 Schwinn World sport 12 speed posted by Ron on 10/19/2007 at 7:18:38 AM
Thanks Ken I reall still like this bike and did not want to get rid of it. If i can modify it so i can ride it in the mountians of south east tennessee that would be great.
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           RE:MISC:   90/91 Schwinn World sport 12 speed posted by Ron on 10/26/2007 at 4:18:05 PM
Hey Ken, Can you tell me what issues you ran into when adding the third chain ring to the sugino crank set. I just got a 26 but i then found that the mounting holes have no threds. It looks like i will have to tap them out and add a spacer to mount it with the proper spacing between inner and middle chain rings.
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AGE / VALUE:   BOTTECCHIA posted by: jay on 10/16/2007 at 6:50:04 PM
i believe the bike i just picked up is a bottecchia by carnielli. early 70's? i think it is a "special" model. there is a "S" on the seat clamp. pump mounts under toptube. campagnolo grandsport crankset and pedals, valentino extra deraiuller. universal center pull brakes. any thoughts? or comments? thanks!!
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   BOTTECCHIA posted by Billy Boneshaker on 10/17/2007 at 1:55:33 PM
Bottechia's crap.
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: BOTTECCHIA posted by Warren on 10/17/2007 at 5:01:40 PM
Not all crap...just most of the ones marketed in North America.
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           RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: BOTTECCHIA posted by ken on 10/18/2007 at 11:24:11 AM
Billy, Billy, Billy... let's try to keep it positive. Describe your Bottechia experience in detail, so we can judge whether you were JRA...
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   BOTTECCHIA posted by x on 10/18/2007 at 2:27:27 PM
boneshaker or bonehead?
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           RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: BOTTECCHIA posted by Warren on 10/20/2007 at 7:04:34 AM
Have a look at the Bottecchias on this page...http://www.teamkarim.com/bikes/used/road/road.html

Not so bad...eh?
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   BOTTECCHIA posted by Kommisar89 on 10/28/2007 at 12:35:44 AM
Not sure where the vitriol against Bottecchia comes from. Bottecchia, unlike some other Italian cycle manufacturers, was a full spectrum manufacturer. That is, they made everything from kids bikes, city bikes and utility bikes to professional grade racing bikes (and yes I am aware that some of their star riders were riding custom made frames rather than factory Bottecchias but that was not/is not uncommon at that level of racing). The Special is considered by some today to be a bottom of the line bike but in its day it was really more of a mid-range machine. Considering that a department store bike of the early 70's cost around $85 and an entry level Peugeot around $125, the $175 Bottecchia Special with its aluminum bar and stem and (usually) Campagnolo Valentino derailleurs and (sometimes) Campagnolo Tipo hubs was a cut above. Of course it had a straight gauge hi-tensile steel frame but double-butted cromoly was not used in those days until you got to much higher grade bikes. The Gran Sport cranset is unusual. It may have been an aftermarket upgrade as I am not aware of any Specials coming with that. As for value, not much I'm afraid. $100 - $150 is about it. Let me know if you would like more information about the Special model or Bottecchias in general.


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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   BOTTECCHIA posted by cg on 7/13/2011 at 7:11:17 PM
if i paint my 73 special and add new decals will it increse or decrese the value of the bike?

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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   BOTTECCHIA posted by cg on 7/13/2011 at 7:11:39 PM
if i paint my 73 special and add new decals will it increse or decrese the value of the bike?

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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   BOTTECCHIA posted by David on 7/13/2011 at 8:06:23 PM
A repaint would decrease the value if your bike and its original finish were desired by collectors. I doubt such a low end bike is that desirable.
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