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WANTED:   Coppi Information posted by: Mike Russell on 8/14/2007 at 5:40:13 AM
Hello
I was wondering if anyone out there could help me. I am trying to do my homework and learn more of a bike that I just picked up. It is a Silver or Gray Coppi 4 speed womens bike. It has a 4 speed freewheel, blue and bike seat, blue grips. It resembles a Raleigh Sports but I suspect its Italian. I did find some Coppi Road/Racing Bikes but no info on this cruiser/roadster style. Any info would be appreciated.
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MISC:   how to posted by: jason on 8/13/2007 at 8:34:13 PM
does anyone know how to take the rear cluster off of the hub of a shimano front freewheel system? it seems to have a one way install plate thing, like those screws you see in bathroom stalls that hook onto the driver while turning to the right but will slip off if someone tries to remove it. thats not very clear, but best I can do.
this is on the schwinn world tourist I got the other day.
also, any suggestions on removing a layer of badly applied primer paint from a really nice original maroon on this bike? it was not sanded or masked, can you say "stolen".

by the way, I got this great deal at a church run boys farm. they were donated a few years ago and no one had touched them, the weeds were chest high and I have arkansas chiggers right where I don't want them. I say a dollar, but I actually gave them thirty(all I had) for eight bikes, I just couldn't rip them off like that, but they were going to sell them for scrap. even the varsitys deserve better than that.

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           RE:MISC: how to posted by John E on 8/14/2007 at 7:39:15 AM
hmm ... Are you sure it doesn't unscrew in the same manner as other freewheels? There should be either an internal spline or either two or four notches to accept a Shimano removal tool.
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           RE:MISC:   how to posted by jason on 8/15/2007 at 5:37:41 AM
thanks john the inside of the freewheel is sleeved with the afore mentioned one way screw on thingy, and while there are some very shallow grooves way down inside, the sleeve prevents any of the removal tools I own from fitting inside. not a big issue, cause the bearing on the non drive side are pretty well lubed, and I guess that the other side is as well. I will figure it out.
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AGE / VALUE:   jackpot posted by: jason on 8/11/2007 at 6:15:58 PM
Oho man I scored yesterday
brought back a vanload of bikes and there are more to go get. I wasn't even looking for any that day, just relying on good bike karma.
first on the list is a schwinn 974, aluminum frame/steel fork, shimano 600 everything, even the bio pace crank. Well the seat post is suntour, one of those unreplacable wedge posts. index shift down tube shifters, and 700c wolber v rims, totaly true. cinneli bar. a little minor scuffs on the paint, no seat or pedals, but I just cleaned up the drivetrain real well and rode it(with a old seat and some platforms) for a mile or so, it moves fast but steers kind of strange, not like my french bikes or my fuji's.(my road racer from an earlyer post is done, british racing green and silver, single speed, it's fantastic, steers like a greasy whip on rails)the schwinn just does not feel as confident turning sharp at speed.
but for a dollar, you know, I can't complain.
also a fuji team bike, mostly high end suntour with a shimano rear derailer of some quality, a triple crank with 6 speed rear, nitto bar with nice tape, blue and yellow with twinky like matching bottle cages. no seat no pedals and the rims don't match, but the tires hold air and they are nice bontragers to boot. Its mabey twenty pounds. So for a dollar I guess it's ok.
there are a bunch more, a khs mixte, a centuriun mixte, some fuji's, two his her matching raliegh's they need some elbo grease and a rear wheel replaced, and a schwinn world tourer with a just stolen rattle can primer paint job, fenders and a freewheel in the crank. all a dollar each. I may be able to sell some of them for enough to get a couple of nice seats and pedals for the first two, which are happily just my size.

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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   jackpot posted by jason on 8/12/2007 at 10:06:08 PM
update on one of my finds
I think that the 974 is a 90 model. does that make it vintage? it is about twenty years newer than any of my other road bikes. googled it and read some peoples comments on the bike, desighned by the paramount group, handmade in the united states up to 93, they had a lifetime warranty(original owner).
I rode it today with a couple of folks I was actualy pulling them on the hills. I like this one better than the new bikes I have had to leave my wallet at the bike shop just to try out. the steering is actualy pretty good after a few miles of getting used to it.
I have never had a aluminum bike this old, it feels really great, stiff and accelerates like a rocket, but are there fatigue problems to look out for? there are no creaks or cracks. just wondering.
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   jackpot posted by Gralyn on 8/13/2007 at 6:31:51 PM
That's great! It's about time someone scored. It's been a long time for me......but I keep my eyes open.
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WANTED:   Original brake cable and housing for a '53 Rudge posted by: Dave on 8/9/2007 at 10:12:51 PM
I just picked up a VERY nice 1953 Rudge in original un restored condition. It has the Sturmey Archer Dynohub with the original front and rear lights (all working), original tires, even one of the original English tubes. In fact it's ALL there except for one bolt that holds on the chain guard (it has the fully enclosed chain guard) It is a 3 speed with a 1953 dated Sturmey Archer hub. It is in GREAT shape with the exception of the brake cable housing which needs replaced. I would like to find original sets since the cables use "barrels" on both ends. (No pinch bolts on the brake caliper end)Also, the fenders need a good re painting and I would LOVE to find replacement decals for the rear fender (Rudge) and the small Raleigh Industries decal that goes on the front fender. Does anyone know of a source for either of these items?

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           RE:WANTED:   Original brake cable and housing for a '53 Rudge posted by Dave on 8/9/2007 at 10:39:53 PM
Picture didn't show up.

Let's try again...


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           RE:WANTED:   Original brake cable and housing for a '53 Rudge posted by taylor on 8/25/2007 at 12:35:26 PM
There is a guy in London who is apparently THE source for decals for old bikes. Try wwwlloydcycles.co.uk. Good luck.
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AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane Grand Jubiliee 1974 posted by: Greg on 8/7/2007 at 2:02:18 PM
I am the original owner of a 1974 Motobecane Grand Jubilee that I am considering selling. It has mostly original parts, and I have some additional chainrings for the Stronglight crank.

Any suggestions about how to sell and how much it is worth?

Thanks, Greg
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Motobecane Grand Jubiliee 1974 posted by David on 8/8/2007 at 6:06:05 PM
Ebay, probably. Do an advanced search of completed items and just put in "motobecane jubil*" You'll find several that sold recently. Compare 'em to yours. I think 22-24" frames are most in demand. One built of Reynolds 531 would probably sell for a little more than a Vitus one. You're not going to get rich.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE: Motobecane Grand Jubiliee 1974 posted by eric on 8/14/2007 at 11:54:50 AM
if it has jubile derailleurs you should get some fair change for those. they can fetch around $100 each.
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AGE / VALUE:   pic from 1st message posted by: Dan on 8/6/2007 at 10:07:05 AM
Hi again \
I am trying to post the pic but it don'e work?? Ident age for Columbia Roadster Bike
Dan


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AGE / VALUE:   Mfg date posted by: Dan on 8/6/2007 at 9:38:17 AM
Hi
I just bought a Columbia Roadster bike with 26" wheels, I can't find a serial number and was wondering if anyone knows when this bike was made? I attached a pic,
I checked on line and nothing came up with the Roadster name??? Thanks


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           Mfg date posted by John E on 8/7/2007 at 2:08:37 PM
Hi Dan,

Is this a 3-speed? If so, you will want to repost under "English Roadsters, 3-speeds, etc." If it's a 10-speed, you are in the right place.

Regards, John
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MISC:   racks posted by: jason on 8/6/2007 at 4:18:00 AM
heres a goofy question
Iv'e started putting racks on some of my favorite "go to" bikes, as my utilitarian cycling increases
what in the world are those springy clippy things good for?
did anyone ever use one for any practical purpose?
Iv'e tried to use them, for small parcels and such, but the frustration level was so high that I blame this rack feature alone for americans general distain for bikes and thier resentfull turning to stationwagons, minivans and suvs to carry tiny things home with.
jason
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           RE:MISC:   racks posted by bill on 8/6/2007 at 9:36:39 AM
Some firms manufacture shopping baskets (wire mesh type) which have a recess that this clip fits into...

The thing is a compromise for people who haven't the time or gumption to buy proper bungies.

In any case it is better than the plastic bag dangling on the handlebar syndrome which has put more than one rider in hospital (as it swing into the front spokes...)

Bill
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           RE:MISC:   racks posted by David on 8/6/2007 at 11:15:24 AM
I have Pletscher racks on most of my bikes and three or four of the wire baskets that have hooks on the bottom that engage the platform of the rack. The mouse trap part holds the basket onto the rack. You can remove it and use it as a shopping basket in the store. The spring clip will also hold an ordinary U-lock and, of course, will hold things like rolled up jackets, newspapers, etc. They're really very useful. They're also cheap (usually free for the light-duty models). I don't understand the disdain of most cyclists for them. Unfortunately, the best baskets seem to be sold only in Switzerland and northern Italy. Pletscher's own basket doesn't seem as good. Check out my favorite, the Athlete 4B at www.pletscher.ch
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           RE:RE:MISC:   racks posted by Gralyn on 8/6/2007 at 1:20:01 PM
I use just a regular rack on some of my bikes.....and bungies to hold stuff in place. I actually have 1 or 2 of the racks you are speaking of.....the kind somewhat like a mouse trap - but I don't have them on any of my bikes. I did once find those useful - they worked pretty good to hold music books.
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           RE:MISC:   racks posted by Dave on 8/6/2007 at 1:21:47 PM
I had a friend who swore that a 12 pack of beer fits perfect on a rack with that thing holding it in place. Haven't tried it myself...
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           RE:MISC:   racks posted by jason on 8/6/2007 at 2:49:40 PM
well thats neat, a basket that fits the pletscher swiss racks. of course now I cant rest till I find one. I use a trunk bag, with a shoulder strap so I can take it off and bungee something large on if I need to.
the next step is a inline trailer so I can make pottery deliverys to the local shops. that will be a big move, cause the ozarks are really hilly. I'm thinking about a nashbar trailer, its 100 bucks new, any thoughts on nashbar quality? I use nashbar bags, they seem pretty ok for the price.
I used to have an old schwinn truck bike in college that could carry several cases of beer. that was pretty awesome.
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           : racks posted by John E on 8/7/2007 at 2:06:26 PM
I am a huge fan of the old Pletscher "mousetrap" rack, and I have one on my 1970 Peugeot UO-8 commuter. Use the spring clip in conjunction with one or two longitudinal bungie cords and one or two transverse bungie cords, and you are good to go.
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AGE / VALUE:   Other posted by: Sally Kraus on 8/6/2007 at 3:59:38 AM
cool site
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WANTED:   40 27 in rim wanted! posted by: Dick in L.A. on 8/5/2007 at 9:41:22 AM
I recently aquired a beautiful rear 3speed Dynohub. Unfortunately, it is a 40 hole hub. So now I'm looking for a rim for it. I'd prefer alloy, but nice chrome would be nice. And dare I hope for S.S.? Any help will be greatfully appreciated.
Dick in L.A.
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           RE:WANTED:   40 27 in rim wanted! posted by David on 8/6/2007 at 11:18:54 AM
Are you looking for a 27" or 26" rim? Sun made, for a while, 26x 1-3/8 rims w/32 and 40 hole drillings. You can probably find 27" rims in 40 by surfing around - check especially in lists of tandem parts.
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AGE / VALUE:   Mid Seventies and Green posted by: Everett Morris on 8/4/2007 at 9:50:10 AM
I would really love some help from some of you experts out there. Looking for information on Sekine Bicycles. Got one, finishing the restoration job here in a couple of weeks and need to find out how rare it really is. Never heard of it until now and some additional info would be appreciated. This is a call to arms for the know-it-alls.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE: Mid Seventies and Green posted by Warren (know-some-of-it-all?) on 8/4/2007 at 12:41:56 PM
There should be some files in the archives. Sekine was a Japanese marque made in Canada (Winnipeg?)to avoid protectionist import duties. They made decent mid-range bikes with a few higher end butted frames (Champion 1 and 2), usually with Suntour parts. Nice appearance with chrome tips, classic paint jobs and ornate headbadges.
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AGE / VALUE:   Our Special no. 9 posted by: Andy on 7/31/2007 at 7:34:01 PM
Anyone have any information relating to a 1890's era track bike? The model is a " Our Special no. 9", made by Western Wheel Works. Any help would be appreciated.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Our Special no. 9 posted by ken on 8/7/2007 at 7:38:06 AM
The brand is listed under O on the Bicycle Brands page of the Wheelmen website, with an 1896 date:
http://www.thewheelmen.org
... they do have a discussion board that you have to sign up for.
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AGE / VALUE:   Re: Can you help me identify this 60s British track frame? posted by: Joe Presedo on 7/31/2007 at 2:35:36 PM
Sorry, pix at www.teenslain.blogsopt.com... Warm regards, J
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           RE:AGE / VALUE: Re: Can you help me identify this 60s British track frame? posted by Warren on 7/31/2007 at 3:06:21 PM
can't you be a little more precise...hate weeding thru websites
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Re: Can you help me identify this 60s British track frame? posted by Joe Presedo on 7/31/2007 at 11:30:37 PM
Hi,
I created a blog with just the bike pix on there, nothing to wade through don't worry...
Thanks, Joe
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           RE:AGE / VALUE: Re: Can you help me identify this 60s British track frame? posted by Seth on 8/1/2007 at 8:40:51 AM
I think you meant www.teenslain.blogSPOT.com
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Re: Can you help me identify this 60s British track frame? posted by Joe Presedo on 8/1/2007 at 3:23:17 PM
What can I tell ya, bike mechanic's fingers X greasy keyboard... Thanks for the heads up...
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           RE:AGE / VALUE: Re: Can you help me identify this 60s British track frame? posted by Warren on 8/2/2007 at 3:01:07 PM
Can't tell much from the pics apart from the fancy lugs. Nervex maybe? The rear brake bridge looks like a brit track bike I once owned.(can't remeber the name...obscure builder) Need to see good close up shots of the track ends, drop outs, bottom bracket, forks, (round or oval?), the fork crown, a side view (geometry) etc. The weight of the frame (unbuilt) can tll you about the tubing. The lugs can suggest a builder but they're not my specialty. You need a real collector/frame guy.

Contact these guys with good lug pics....http://www.bikelugs.com/
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Re: Can you help me identify this 60s British track frame? posted by Warren on 8/3/2007 at 3:14:03 AM
My brit bike was a Shorter, based out of Luton. Same bridge but mine wasn't drilled. Small maker of 531 frames. There were many such builders "back in the day".
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           RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Re: Can you help me identify this 60s British track frame? posted by Joe Presedo on 8/3/2007 at 8:32:53 AM
Hi Warren,
The Nervex clue was all I needed, thanks! Seems it's a Rotrax Vel D’Hiv Path, probably early 60s. Spoke to the guy that made it earlier today so I'm gonna send hime some pix and see if he fancies restoring it for me. It appears Whitcomb Cycles owned the name for a while and were also producing frames under that mark. Interesting stuff!
Regards from London, Joe
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           RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Re: Can you help me identify this 60s British track frame? posted by Warren on 8/4/2007 at 12:35:48 PM
What a score! At a jumble, even. It will be some sweet with some nice british parts dressing up the refurbished frame.
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           RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Re: Can you help me identify this 60s British track frame? posted by steve on 8/6/2007 at 12:36:38 PM
I have an old Whitcomb frame and am interested in finding out more about
the builder and if the frame is worth restoring/selling. Any info/help will be appreciated.
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AGE / VALUE:   Can you help me identify this 60s British track frame? posted by: Joe Presedo on 7/31/2007 at 2:30:23 PM
I bought this old track frame at a bike jumble this weekend, beautiful lugwork, awful powdercoat... Can anyone out there help me identify it? Best, J


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AGE / VALUE:   Raleigh (Normandy) Hubs posted by: dave on 7/30/2007 at 4:56:03 PM
I recently picked up a Raleigh Grand Prix (Dutch made, 1974) and noticed the rear hub has the 10 speed freewheel on one side, and a fixed gear set up on the other (no cog, or lock ring). Was this normal for that era? Or was it a "Holland" thing? It sure will make my conversion to fixed gear cheap and easy!
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Raleigh (Normandy) Hubs posted by David on 7/31/2007 at 11:24:16 AM
Brampton hubs, probably. Many of the early bike-boom GPs seem to have this.
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Raleigh (Normandy) Hubs posted by Gralyn on 7/31/2007 at 12:33:14 PM
I've never spotted one of those hubs during my years of searching for VLW's. It would be nice to find one, though.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE: Raleigh (Normandy) Hubs posted by Warren on 7/31/2007 at 3:07:50 PM
Seen a few...pretty low end stamped 3 piecs hubs.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Raleigh (Normandy) Hubs posted by Dick in L.A. on 8/5/2007 at 9:41:05 AM
I have one of those old GP's with the Brampton hubs. These are nice wheel sets for setting up a vintage fixtie with a flip flop setup in the rear. I am going to use mine on a 1950 Holdsworth. And the GP likes the Normandy hubs with alloy rims I replaced the Bramptons with.
Dick in L.A.
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