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AGE / VALUE:   Freewheel posted by: ts on 10/15/2007 at 8:22:28 PM
I recently came upon a 5 speed freewheel. The only markings on it are G Momme's or G Monm'e or something similar. Can any one out there enlighten me as to country of origin and Mfg.
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           Freewheel posted by John E on 10/16/2007 at 2:50:35 PM
Gipiemme, perhaps?
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Freewheel posted by tOM on 10/21/2007 at 9:19:04 PM
Could be J Moyne in script. 60's/70's. French freewheel. The earliest are from the 30's.
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AGE / VALUE:   serial numbers posted by: jay on 10/15/2007 at 4:30:13 PM
is there anyway to tell who manufactured a bicycle just from the serial number?
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   serial numbers posted by David on 10/15/2007 at 8:11:30 PM
It's possible some mfr used such a distinctive number AND someone remembers what it means... but I'm very skeptical.
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   serial numbers posted by skip on 10/16/2007 at 3:56:46 AM
I've had my best like identifying bikes by scrolling through the picture database.
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AGE / VALUE:   two seater posted by: sir smiles alot on 10/14/2007 at 12:01:22 PM
i have a columbia two seater and i am not sure how much its worth or what year it is
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   two seater posted by ken on 10/16/2007 at 10:44:02 AM
There is a tandem page on this site.
Post pictures. The era can usually be estimated. Some components may have dates. You can send me a picture if you want.
Value is known only to the buyer, with seller's agreement.
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AGE / VALUE:   old bike posted by: aaron on 10/13/2007 at 4:55:14 PM
old hiawatha bike i found on my gradmas farm i dont no the year,model. I do no the that it has coaster brake 20-1.75 tires i beleive. taller handle bars . so i need to no everything about it that u no so tell me please.

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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   old bike posted by skip on 10/14/2007 at 6:40:53 AM
Sounds like you have a 'middleweight' style old bike.
Try posting your question under the "Balloon Tire and Middleweight" topic.
Also, there's a ton of data on Hiawathas in the archives here.

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AGE / VALUE:   Rare Arnold Schwinn Sprocket? posted by: Scott on 10/13/2007 at 4:05:26 PM
Hi, I don't know much about old bikes so bear with me please. I have an old ladies Arnold Schwinn Admiral bicycle that is complete but unrestored. It has a cool sprocket that has A S & Co machined into it. The serial nuber starts with TA. My guess is this bike is from the 1930's? Anyhow should I strip the badge & sprocket and part the bike out or sell it whole? I'd hate to sell it individually as I have respect for old things that are complete. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks, Scott
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Rare Arnold Schwinn Sprocket? posted by David on 10/14/2007 at 6:13:03 PM
Once again, try middleweight and ballooner or the Schwinn web site. (http://www.schwinnbike.com/heritage/forumdisplay.php?forumid=4)
The chainwheel you describe is seen on bikes in the 50s, but beyond that I can't help.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Rare Arnold Schwinn Sprocket? posted by Scott on 10/15/2007 at 12:45:43 PM
Update. I'm sure this is a lightweight bike as the tire size is 26 x 1 3/8". Also, the Musselman hub has a 1,900,000 patent number which dates it to 1934/1935. This bike has a key-lock to keep the forks from moving and the seat matches those I've seen from the 1930's. The handlebars are very rounded ie: no unbent tube except where the grips are. Still I'm mostly interested in the sprocket as described in the original posting.
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AGE / VALUE:   tech help for front bar bag posted by: jason on 10/12/2007 at 6:28:47 PM
I'm doing my first 200k randonneur ride in a few days and have decided to ride my old motobecane, just because its annoyingly french. as the french like thier handlebar bags, I thought that I would use one as well.
the bag I want to use is an early eightys cannondale with the metal rack and these stabilizing elastic loop straps that hook up somewere on the front fork. with the fenders on there is nowhere to hook the loops to(I was popping them over the eyelets).
were these straps meant to hook somewere on a front rack, or am I missing a something that goes on with the skewers and has a hook? thats the problem with old stuff that you find in garages and attics. they seldom come with instructions and when they do thier not the instructions for the actual item that you found.
anyway everyone that I know who rides is not only baffled as well but doesn't care at all. any answers?
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WANTED:   Info and parts bike posted by: Mark on 10/12/2007 at 6:35:20 PM
I have a 10-speed bike I received in 1972 made by International Bicycle
Corporation - "World's Finest Precision Bicycle Mechanism Guaranteed." When I
got the bike it was for my high school graduation and I understood it to be
Japanese. Recently a shop here in Albuquerque said they thought they remembered
International as a Canadian bike. Anyway I can nothing on the company. I would
like to find another one or two for parts. The front Suntour dérailleur has a
bottom pull on it and the diameters for the seat post bar mount and the sprocket
sweep match nothing around today. The bike has center-pull brakes which I don't
see anywhere nowdays and even brake pads of the size are hard to come by.

Does anyone have information on International Bicycle Corporation or one of these bikes? I can send pictures
if that might help. Thank you!

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           RE:WANTED:   Info and parts bike posted by andym on 10/13/2007 at 6:59:37 AM
I believe your bike was made by Bridgestone.Some other names used were Kabuki or Submariner.Weird bikes with cast aluminum frame lugs,which is why the seat post diameter is odd.
Some parts will be very difficult to find.Of course, you've probably found that out already. Ive seen these complete bicycles on ebay but not parts for them.
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MISC:   Cougar II posted by: Collette on 10/11/2007 at 8:38:24 PM
I found an older ladies cruiser bike at a thrift store today. Looks to me like mid-50s or later. On the chain guard it says Cougar II. Any idea what make it is? Someone removed the face plate. Thanks (24" balloon tire)
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           RE:MISC: Cougar II posted by Warren on 10/12/2007 at 3:05:51 PM
Might be canadian...I remember Cougars. Maybe Supercycle, CCM...

But its not a lightweight. Post it on the Balloon Middleweight discussion board.
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AGE / VALUE:   Identifying bottecchia posted by: Jay on 10/11/2007 at 4:51:39 PM
i recently purchased and old lightweight, that i believe is from the 1970's. Its been repainted and there are no badges or decals. i believe it is a bottecchia frame,,possibly benotto. is there anyway to confirm what maker this bike is ? thank you!!
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AGE / VALUE:   Hopper posted by: Robert on 10/10/2007 at 4:40:40 PM
Can anyone send me to any links of E Hopper bikes. I have a candy apple red with 26x1 3/8 tires, 3 speed. At this time I send out to be tuned up. It has a Lycett Leather saddle and Pouch. And the word HOPPER spelled out on the front sprocket Also a date code of Y. No other numbers until it returns from the shop. Any infomation and or links and Hopper Hopper history/pictures would be very helpful...Thanks..pictures from me later I Hope!
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           RE:AGE / VALUE: Hopper posted by Warren on 10/11/2007 at 2:20:40 AM
Start here...http://sheldonbrown.org/elswick.html
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Hopper posted by Robert on 10/11/2007 at 1:34:33 PM
I tried that at this time Sheldon was unable to help me.
Robert rcb@epix.net
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           RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Hopper posted by Warren on 10/11/2007 at 4:54:12 PM
Google Elswick Hopper. It's about as much info as you'll get on any of the less prolific marques. You've got a nice ports type and the Y denotes a '57 or a '33. Good on you.
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AGE / VALUE:   Concorpe? posted by: Gralyn on 10/10/2007 at 4:13:11 PM
I saw the subject of "Concorde"
I saw a "Concorpe" bike the other day.
I tried to look it up on-line - but I couldn't find anything. Does anyone know of a "Concorpe"?
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AGE / VALUE:   CCM Concorde posted by: Pierre on 10/10/2007 at 2:25:08 PM
I don't have the Mixte Frame, but I do have the 531 tubing on this bike I could not pass up, CCM Concorde, Simplex front and back, purple; http://oldroads.com/arch/LTW2002_11_2610_17_03_PM.html (this discussion (bottom) speaks about a Concorde Mixte, which again, I have a man's bike). I'm just rather excited about it; it's not like some great finds people have but not bad either.

Any comments are welcome and perhaps, I will get a photo up some time.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   CCM Concorde posted by Pierre on 10/10/2007 at 2:47:05 PM
So, one of the posts said it is a bit heavy, one never knows that when you see one of the umpteen million bicycles in the world. I've got a fixed very light weight bike, it's been awhile since I changed gears on a road bike and hope they do their duty properly.
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: CCM Concorde posted by Warren on 10/11/2007 at 5:13:56 PM
I'm the guy who commented on that first post. An unusal bike. If it's 531 tubing, it should have a larger seatpost in the 27 mm range. Keep it, enjoy it.

Simplex are not the best shifters unless it's the better models (super LJ etc)
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           RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: CCM Concorde posted by pierre on 10/11/2007 at 6:45:06 PM
Everyone, like in the other thread I cited alters their bikes, I got on it today, I've got a sort of bottle holder that straps on (actually for a bottle generator); to carry my water, I put water cages on bikes, it scuffs them up, I put electricity tape on to protect the paint, I pull off some racing stripes.

It's obviously got a lot of Canadian parts I would think, Alterburger (spelling unsure of) brakes and brake handles, the handlebar post says "WIN"; and the handlebars themselves are chrome and have the foamies on it, the lugs are similar to Raleigh but do have a bit of the chunky feel to them and if the fork was chrome, I would definitely think Raleigh. Like I said, I've been through enough "alterations" and "after market addins"; even if the crank is a Canadian imitation of stronglight (I did not examine it closely, but it appears to be that kind of a knockoff), I'm going to keep it as is.

Maybe it's been awhile and maybe it is because it appears to be my size; I've been in the saddle of a lot of bikes, it's better than the Peugeot, save the luxury of gum grips, it seems like a socalled sweet ride... I don't think it got all of that much use though some. The 531 sticker just says under the numbers "Frame Tubing" I believe.
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AGE / VALUE:   Trying to find info on an old Nimble posted by: Dianna Scholebo on 10/9/2007 at 9:36:00 AM
I just bought an old Nimble bike from a private seller. They said it was a collectors, although I can't find any info on it. I'm pretty sure it was made in the 60's or 70's. It has 3-speed internal and just says Nimble on it. If anyone can help with this it would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Trying to find info on an old Nimble posted by Pierre on 10/10/2007 at 2:24:58 PM
Looks like this thread and one of the others are placed better in the Roadsters (3 speed) discussion.
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AGE / VALUE:   1996 Bianchi Eros posted by: Tom on 10/9/2007 at 8:04:56 AM
What's a 1996 Eros, red, in good original condition worth?
Thanks.
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AGE / VALUE:   Huffy Constelation - 531- carlton ! posted by: Drew on 10/7/2007 at 2:00:34 PM
Anyone have some history on this....ebay #330173045845. Darn nice huffy frame!
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Huffy Constelation - 531- carlton ! posted by David on 10/8/2007 at 11:56:50 AM
Huffy imported and rebadged Carltons for a short while, see

http://www.classicrendezvous.com/British_isles/Carlton/CarltonHuffy.htm.

This looks like a nice one.
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