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FOR SALE:   Coming Soon: Bikes out of storage for sale on OldRoads.com posted by: Vin - Menotomy Vintage Bicycles at OldRoads.com on 9/30/2010 at 4:11:37 PM
Once our season here in the Boston area slows down, we'll be posting cycles for sale through our site again.
Shipping is a pain, but I've got 2 great mechanics and want to keep them busy in the off-season.

Here's a preview of the kind of cycles we have in storage:

http://oldroads.com/bicycles_for_sale.asp


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AGE / VALUE:   Roddy Bike posted by: Wes on 9/25/2010 at 10:46:21 AM
I found a Roddy bike with a Schwinn seat in a auto salvage yard. Amazing in good condition, tires even hold air. I have never heard of a Roddy.... Anyone know the era these bikes were made? Or have any other info? To me, it looks early to mid 70s, my guess. Any help out there would be appreciated. Wes
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Roddy Bike posted by badpenguin on 9/29/2010 at 3:18:43 PM
You are right.... it is mid 70's. Stable platform - i used mine as a trainer for my Fuji in my teen racing years, but it turns out, it's the only bike I still have from that era. Other than the strange center-pull frame brakes (that never work quite right) it is a very tough (and heavy) bike. The gearing was surprisingly good and the frame was fitted and strong. For the noisy brakes used brass washers and 'sand wear' the stops equal. If your colour is pee yellow, it was probably sold in a commercial store. last note: the weird lock/latch at the top of the brake house is for final tension - not quick release. Hope that helps...
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MISC:   Rare Bike, unknown brand, anyone know it? posted by: Bryan on 9/23/2010 at 4:05:58 PM
Hey,
I just bought an old bike, and I'm trying to find a little bit about it. The main brand name thats one the bike is AEM by A-EIS & CO and the model name being Tyr "Amateur" or maybe Jyr "Amateur" the writing is in script so it's hard to tell. The wheels are original I think and they have a brand name of Maywec or Mayweq. So far I've come up with nothing on online searches. Maybe someone on here has come across one.

Thanks
Bryan
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           RE:MISC:   Rare Bike, unknown brand, anyone know it? posted by christopher fritchey on 10/13/2010 at 8:40:51 PM
although I cant help you with the brand. I may be able to point you in the right direction to begin your search. The words "tyr" and "mayfec" seem to be of the Welsh dialect. I believe in the past, bicycles were made in Cardiff and if my hunch is correct an inquiry to the Welsh Folklore Museum near Cardiff may prove fruitful. Good luck with your search.
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           RE:RE:MISC:   Rare Bike, unknown brand, anyone know it? posted by Mary ellen Whitman on 10/18/2010 at 9:53:19 AM
I have an AEM by A Eis and CO. bike in my garage. It was purchased in postwar Germany -- about 1948. My search for information has been frustrating to say the least! Have you had any luck? I'd like to sell mine, but have not a clue what to ask for it.
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           RE:MISC:   Rare Bike, unknown brand, anyone know it? posted by Robbie O on 10/20/2010 at 10:45:42 AM
I just purchased a Torre frame. The decals say Torre personal- any clue of its origin??
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           RE:MISC:   Rare Bike, unknown brand, anyone know it? posted by jj on 10/21/2010 at 3:44:21 AM
I just tried the Archives here using the Google search box but came up with nothing.
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           have a jcpenneys 10 speed, anyone know it? posted by Tommy on 10/23/2010 at 8:53:19 AM
have 10 speed that has jcpenneys loco on it. cant find out much about it, also has a coca cola sticker on it . where was inspected in 1985.
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           RE:MISC:   Rare Bike, unknown brand, anyone know it? posted by jj on 10/24/2010 at 5:01:19 AM
JC Penny 10-speeds where heavy steel, thorugh and through. Not much collectible value and they are haevy commuter bikes.
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MISC:   What is a "Vintage Lightweight?" posted by: Dave on 9/16/2010 at 7:59:16 AM
Wouldn't "Vintage Road Bikes" be a better forum description?
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           RE:MISC:   What is a posted by ken on 9/16/2010 at 11:08:21 AM
Of all the Oldroads forums, this and 'High wheeler, boneshaker, antique' seem to get the most crossposts. The word 'antique' is another one that means different things to different people. My recommendation would be a glossary or perhaps a 'what style of bike do I have?' grid on the home page. Neither road bike nor lightweight is self-explanatory, but in my opinion lightweight is a better distinguishing feature to separate the drop bars from the dreigangs. I speak from an assumption that a three-speed is not a road bike, a definition which apparently is open to question. (The lightweight category includes track and time trial machines too.)
I check Chicago Craigslist frequently, and have stopped marveling at how many kinds of bicycles get described as 'road bikes'. It's almost as confused as 'cruiser'.

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           RE:MISC:   What is a posted by David on 9/17/2010 at 11:47:22 AM
Not to mention the "mountian," "tarck," and "crusier" bikes.
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MISC:   Nishiki Fusion posted by: Hadley on 9/14/2010 at 5:17:19 PM
I have a Nishiki Fusion and am looking for some information about it. It is a funny frame with a 700 rear and 24" front wheel. Teh frame is aluminum and is the "competition series". If anyone has some information I would love to know, I have searched the web and have found nothing.
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AGE / VALUE:   Nishiki Linear Competition Series Time Trial posted by: Lisa on 9/7/2010 at 11:12:06 AM
Need help in determining the value of a Nishiki Linear Competition Series Time Trial bike. Thinking of selling it.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Nishiki Linear Competition Series Time Trial posted by jj on 9/8/2010 at 3:48:36 AM
Check the Used Bicycle Price Guide at the top of any page here.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Nishiki Linear Competition Series Time Trial posted by David on 9/8/2010 at 5:19:33 AM
Ebay is very good at determining value. Unfortunately, the value to buyers is often much less than what the seller might wish!
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           Looking for information on the Nishiki Fusion posted by Hadley on 9/14/2010 at 5:08:28 PM
I have a Nishiki Fusion and am looking for any information on it. I have searched the web and have found nothing. It is an aluminum frame with a 700 rear and a 24" front wheel. Would love some help.
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MISC:   Early to mid 80s Ross 3 speed posted by: Jerry on 9/5/2010 at 4:05:36 PM
Can anyone tell me anything about an early to mid 80s Ross 3 speed? A friend of mine has one and I was trying to find any info on it for him. Can parts be found for this bike and would it have any value? Thanks for any and all help.
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           RE:MISC:   Early to mid 80s Ross 3 speed posted by jj on 9/6/2010 at 4:18:06 AM
It probably has Shimano's 3-speed hub, which by the 1980s wasn't too bad.
They are great commuter bikes.
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           RE:MISC:   Early to mid 80s Ross 3 speed posted by ken on 9/15/2010 at 11:15:07 AM
cross-reference Chain Bike Corp. in Allentown, PA and Rockaway Beach, NY. One of the later American companies to move frame manufacture overseas.
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AGE / VALUE:   Routens Bicycle posted by: Brandon Connolly on 9/5/2010 at 8:55:44 AM
I just picked up a vintage road bike that I had a few questions about and am having trouble finding any information online about. The frame had two "Routens" stickers on it. I can't seem to find much info on the bike other than Jo Routens who was a very talented rider and builder. I don't think that the frame is old enough to be one that he built. The brakes are Mafac 2000 with Nervar Star cranks. Any idea about where I could look to find info on this bike?
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Routens Bicycle posted by David on 9/7/2010 at 5:47:14 AM
Try http://www.ebykr.com/2006/05/jo-routens/
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Routens Bicycle posted by Brandon on 9/7/2010 at 9:54:24 AM
Thanks David. That site was a great start. It looks as though Routens was making frames into the 70's which is roughly when this frame was made.
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AGE / VALUE:   3 speed Safari Sport. What year??? posted by: Tony on 9/3/2010 at 4:21:15 PM
Hi I just picked up a older bike and want to find out the year and any history on the model in question.I did a search and came up empty. The bike is a 3 speed with a gear shift on the upper frame and has 26 and 1 3/8 tires.All I can find wrote on the bike is "made in Hungary" and the name on the bike is "Safari Sport" I have a serial number found on the frame 025361 There might be a number after the 1 cause the rear fender bolts on tight to the 1.Other then this it is yellow and white with pin striping on the frame.Comes with chrome fenders and Chain guard.Oh and it is a boys bike with cable brakes.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   3 speed Safari Sport. What year??? posted by Tony on 9/3/2010 at 4:40:44 PM
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   3 speed Safari Sport. What year??? posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 9/9/2010 at 11:30:11 AM
Most definitely a Shimano "Click Stick" shifter there. The machine is a very typical "Light Sports Roadster" patterned after the venerable Raleigh Sports. A very laid back ride, I'm sure.

From the looks... I would say 1970 give or take a few years.

Nice bike!

later!

Larry "Boneman" Bone - Sit up straight! ENJOY the ride.
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              3 speed Safari Sport. posted by sam on 6/6/2011 at 8:44:50 AM
looking at restoring a safari sport. wondering if anyone had the original decals.
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AGE / VALUE:   AMF Hercules 3 speed English Racer posted by: Mel on 8/29/2010 at 12:17:45 PM
Can you tell me how to determine the age/year?
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   AMF Hercules 3 speed English Racer posted by jj on 8/30/2010 at 3:50:15 AM
Look for a 2-digit date code on the rear hub.
Lots of info on Armstrongs in the archives here.
Use the google search box.
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   AMF Hercules 3 speed English Racer posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 9/9/2010 at 11:31:35 AM
That... and check in with us over on the "English Roadsters" discussion board. :-)

Cheers!

Larry "Boneman" Bone - Hercules... nice machines.
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           RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   AMF Hercules 3 speed English Racer posted by andrea on 7/6/2011 at 3:50:12 PM
I would like to now the value of my grandfathers amf hercules 3 speed bicycle the digits on the rear hub was a.w 6 2
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   AMF Hercules 3 speed English Racer posted by jj on 7/7/2011 at 4:01:12 AM
Check the THREE BICYCLE PRICE GUIDES at the top of any page here on OldRoads.com
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   AMF Hercules 3 speed English Racer posted by chris on 7/7/2011 at 6:35:53 PM
post pix here so we can advise correctly
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AGE / VALUE:   vintage bicycles posted by: joshua on 8/19/2010 at 7:46:26 AM
I have recently bought 2 old vintage racing bikes very cheaply. I have no idea of the make of the bikes or how much hey are actually worth. one of them has motoconfort on them and nothing else to identify it. the other one has raymond poulidor on it and flc on the front of it. If anyone could help me identify these bike i would be very grateful.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   vintage bicycles posted by David on 8/20/2010 at 6:48:37 AM
Motoconfort was one of the big French bike/moped makers and Poulidor is a famous racing cyclist who, no doubt, licensed his name to some bike maker. These could be good bikes or, more likely, cheap and nearly worthless bikes. Educate yourself and look at the frame details; lightweight? name-brand steel sticker on it? forged dropouts and fork ends? good-quality name-brand components? If you want help IDing it, you'll need to post detailed photos and provide a link to them in the "add a picture" field on this page. Good luck.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   vintage bicycles posted by Keith Body on 8/24/2010 at 1:49:11 PM
Some of the early post WW2 Motoconfort mopeds, mobylette style, were apparently identical to Motobecane, suggesting a connection. Seeing that becane was French slang for bike, perhaps a marketing ploy?
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   vintage bicycles posted by ron on 8/26/2010 at 7:45:37 PM
I have a hercules windsor bicycle mens 3 speed that I have doug out of the barn. I bought it new at the local western auto store in 1952 for $42.50. does anyone have any info about it.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   vintage bicycles posted by Hadley on 8/29/2010 at 8:18:59 AM
I have a nishiki fusion funny frame bike that I trying to research. It is an aluminum frame and has a 24" front wheel and a 700 rear wheel. I have looked all ove rthe web and cannot find any information, does anyone have any insight to this?
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   vintage bicycles posted by sandra on 9/1/2010 at 11:24:46 PM
I am looking for information on a vintage racing bike made in Austria. It is lightweight and a 10 speed. It was market thru J.C. Penny's. It rides nice and appears to be made fairly well. Plz help. How do I find the year? What is it approx. worth. Thank You
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MISC:   Carlton/Raleigh ? posted by: Stan R. on 8/16/2010 at 4:37:10 PM
Looking for some information on a Carlton lightweight with a Raleigh anniversary headbadge. I thoght that the anniversary badge was only on Raleigh bikes in 1970. I know Raleigh bought the Carlton workshop in the early 1960s and sold top shelf bikes with Carlton labeling until raleigh introducd the high end Raleigh's made at the Carlton workshop in 1968-9.

I've never seen a Carlton with this anniversay Raleigh badge....? ?
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AGE / VALUE:   Recumbent bicycles posted by: Gralyn on 8/11/2010 at 3:23:53 PM
This isn't really a question about recumbent bicycles....as this is the vintage lightweight group......but I was just wondering if anyone has encountered this scenario: There are bicycles....and there are recumbent bicycles. There are also exercise bicycles....and there are recumbent exercise bicycles. Why do people over and over again keep referring to recumbent exercise bicycles as "recumbent bicycles"? They are not bicycles. I bought an old vintage bike off a guy who had a few old vintage bikes....and he said he also had a recumbent bike. He wanted to show it to me...and I was eager to see it (because I am interested in recumbent bicycles)...then he shows me .....and it's an exerciser! What a let down! I also see ads for recumbent bicycles.....turns out most of them are exercise bikes - not actual recumbent bicycles. Why is that?
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Recumbent bicycles posted by David on 8/12/2010 at 4:02:51 AM
Among the people who use exercise bikes all the time, it's probably considered insane to ride outdoors on something with two wheels. So there's no reason not to drop the qualifier "exercise" when talking about one of those gizmos.
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AGE / VALUE:   mystery bike posted by: Chres on 8/7/2010 at 9:20:22 PM
I don't have a picture but maybe I can describe this bike it looks to be a late 70's model bike with decals that read BIKE KING all the components are made by a company called charger please some one give me a hand with this one
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   mystery bike posted by Gralyn on 8/9/2010 at 3:54:08 PM
It doesn't sound promising....of course when you get a pic - someone might give you some direction.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   mystery bike posted by David on 8/11/2010 at 5:03:24 AM
Whatever it is, you're not going to have an easy time finding a buyer, and you're not going to get rich from it!
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AGE / VALUE:   Swedish Monark Flyostal posted by: Ed Medeiros on 8/5/2010 at 9:54:50 PM
This bike seems to be a mixture of parts - frame is Monark, Flight Steel Cycle (Flyostal) - alloy for less weight and elasticity, blue with decals; handle bars are Kimt/Schotte/Maes; tires are sew-on Campagnollo; sprockets say Made in France, Simplex 50, Brevete;vintage is 1951; seat Brook Champion Standard B17, tan leather. All used but in fair shape. Trying to get a fix on value and where to consider sale.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Swedish Monark Flyostal posted by David on 8/6/2010 at 3:26:23 AM
You can usually sell faster on local Craigs List, get better prices on Ebay. It sounds like your bike is mid-range, brand is little-known in the US, and is pretty old. I think you'll have a hard time finding a buyer.
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