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FOR SALE:   1955 Raleigh Super Lenton 531 for sale posted by: Geoff Rogers on 7/28/2010 at 11:06:30 AM
My 1955 Raleigh Super Lenton is still for sale. It's a very cool all-original bike, butted Reynolds 531 frame with chrome dropouts and fork ends, 27" Dunlop Lightweight stainless rims, alloy FM 4-speed hub, GB alloy brakes, original Bluemels mudguards, Brooks saddle, Dynohub and lights (working), etc. It has new tires and rides fine. I just have too many bikes and this one is too fragile for me to use regularly. Asking $800. Email me for pics.
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AGE / VALUE:   A bike that doesn't fit you posted by: Gralyn on 7/24/2010 at 9:43:00 PM
I usually do a good job adjusting a bike so that it fits me properly. However, I had built up a Centurion Sport DLX as a fixie - but I didn't really build it for me - really to sell. But last week - I took it down near the ocean - where it is mostly flat terrain - and rode it for a week. It killed my back! I had bull horn type bars - with a really long-reach stem. So, I was stretching out to reach the bars. Not only that, it seemed the geometry was a little different on this one - in that the seat tube angle seemed slack - not as steep as some bikes. To help compensate - I had the saddle as far forward as it would go. Still, I felt like I was sitting in the back seat - my legs and feet reaching way forward to the pedals - my arms reaching way forward to the bars. My back still hurts! I'm going to replace the stem with a short reach one. But, I may just take another of my fixies when I go back next week near the coast - one I know fits well. For me, it's not a more upright position...I don't really ride in a such a position - it's more about having to reach forward. My back is in bad condition anyway - and a bike that doesn't fit me well can cause a lot of pain.
Anyone have similar experiences riding a bike that doesn't fit properly?
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   A bike that doesn't fit you posted by Steve on 7/28/2010 at 4:17:33 PM
I have all types of bikes (racers, vintage delivery bikes, trike, tandems, roadsters, shoppers, utility etc) here, and I too have to be careful with my back, but for me personally, an ancient sit up and beg bike takes some beating for a pain free back.
I suppose a lot depends on the type of back complaint, and where abouts it's located.
My elder daughter (age 13) often moans about backache on her "flash" track bike, seems as though were not alone !
Steve
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   A bike that doesn't fit you posted by John E on 8/25/2010 at 11:55:26 AM
This is why it is so important to get a frame with a correct seat tube length AND correct top tube length for you. Various brands and models of a given "frame size" can have significantly different top tube lengths, and this is what is meant by being able to find a bike which fits you.
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AGE / VALUE:   free spirit posted by: rose on 7/24/2010 at 10:37:32 AM
i have a free spirit womans 26"bike 10 speed.need to find age and value .any ideas
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   free spirit posted by jj on 7/25/2010 at 5:47:36 AM
For value, use the 2 Price Guides at the top of any page here on OldRoads.com
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   free spirit posted by JOHN LIPPOLD on 7/31/2010 at 7:48:10 PM
I have 1968 sears "ted williams signature series" roadbike.The frame is reynolds 531.made in austria and is all original.included is the owners manual.the spokes are rusty.all othe rcomponents are in excellent condition.including the frame set.please respond with a value and where could post for sale.Thanks
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   free spirit posted by David on 8/20/2010 at 6:54:16 AM
There are some collectors who like these. They're oddballs - good quality bikes from a department store. I think you'll need to try ebay, because you'll need to reach a lot of people to get a decent price for this. Unless you're in a big city, Craig's List probably won't help you much. Good luck.
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AGE / VALUE:   beacon bike posted by: rose on 7/24/2010 at 10:31:19 AM
i havea 26" 5 speed mens bike with the name beacon on it. i would like to find age and value on it. any leads let me know
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   beacon bike posted by ken on 7/26/2010 at 3:17:41 PM
Start with the country of origin of derailleur, brakes, hubs and cranks. These parts may be date coded. Has the bike got any country of origin marked? 26" isn't just one size. Is it 26 x 1-3/8?
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WANTED:   1976 Raleigh Record posted by: Cain on 7/21/2010 at 4:07:19 PM
Hello all, I'm looking for a 1976 Raleigh Record in the Blue/Black color scheme with the full size frame.
Though I would prefer the Blue/Black I would also consider the other frame schemes for a good price.
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AGE / VALUE:   70's era free spirit (collectabilty) posted by: Tropical Todd on 7/16/2010 at 11:48:04 AM
recently there has been a lot of discussion about these 1970's free spirit(sear's) and montgomery ward's bikes. I have a 1978(april) free spirit and get offers for it almost every time I ride it ($600. - $1500.).It is in excellent original condition. I think the previous owner purchased it and put it in the garage for 32 years because the front and rear rims are perfectly straight. The 27 inch rims are hand made as you can see the weld bead where it was filed down before chroming. I have been offered $500. for the wheels alone by someone who is restoring one.
I have refused all offers because I absolutely love the way the bike rides. I am very careful with it and try not to hit any bumbs. I believe these bikes are on the verge of becoming popular collector items and increasing in value.
Tropical Todd
p.s. if anyone knows how to locate or reproduce the decals please contact me ! $$$$$$$$$$$$$
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   70's era free spirit (collectabilty) posted by David on 7/18/2010 at 10:17:57 AM
If you're getting offers of 600-1500, I recommend accepting the next such offer you get. You have a mighty special market in your town to be offering that kind of money for such an ordinary bike. For 600, you can find a beautiful handmade lightweight bike that's much more interesting and that will run rings around the FS with more comfort for you.
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   70's era free spirit (collectabilty) posted by Gralyn on 7/19/2010 at 4:52:14 PM
I agree. If I could get that $ for a Free Spirit - I would - then I would put it into a really nice hand built quality, collectible, etc. bike.
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AGE / VALUE:   Columbia & Schwinn Stingray posted by: Shawna on 7/16/2010 at 6:59:05 AM
I recently acquired two old bikes one is a schwinn stingray with serial number BF00099 and a Columbia with Serial Number W209980. Can anyone give me a ballpark value on these bikes or more information? Thanks!
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Columbia & Schwinn Stingray posted by ken on 7/16/2010 at 10:20:08 AM
Shawna, you're on the wrong page- "lightweight" means "10-speed". Your StingRay is a 1970 (Schwinn serial number chart is on this site). For it you should try the muscle bike board. There are tons of Schwinn people and you have a better chance with it of getting a fairly accurate valuation. The Columbia could be anything from your description; I suggest you post a picture on the for sale/wanted board.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Columbia & Schwinn Stingray posted by shawna on 7/16/2010 at 7:31:44 PM
Thanks! Sorry about that :)
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AGE / VALUE:   Bicycle Collectors posted by: Gralyn on 7/12/2010 at 4:00:03 PM
Just a thought about bicycle collecting. I myself have sever bikes in my "collection"....and really, I would like to have more - and more interesting and more valuable bikes. But, I was thinking.....as we collectors age.....what happens to our bikes when we get too old and senile....or when we die? I guess when that time comes - if I have any bikes left - I will pass them on to my children. I don't know what they would do with them - as they have no interest. Do you ever think about it?
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Bicycle Collectors posted by David on 7/14/2010 at 1:00:48 PM
Sell 'em to someone who does appreciate them. When Sheldon died, his widow sold a lot of his bikes. They didn't fit her and I'm sure they mostly went to other enthusiasts. One man's treasure is another man's junk!
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Bicycle Collectors posted by Patrick on 7/19/2010 at 4:29:08 AM
I'll probably give mine to whomever would like to ride them. I won't bother with any so-called collectors.they are more hoarders than anything,they don't ride their bikes.

Pat
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Bicycle Collectors posted by Gralyn on 7/19/2010 at 4:53:41 PM
Yes, pass them to those who would ride them. I like collecting - and I like riding them, too.
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Bicycle Collectors posted by ken on 7/20/2010 at 12:52:25 PM
Patrick, you're dead wrong to say collectors don't ride. But I agree about giving stuff to good homes. Besides the spares I've accumulated, and the bikes I don't ride simply because I have others I prefer, I've got some interesting bits and pieces that a former LBS owner gave me when he retired, and eventually they'll need homes. I've posted some things locally and may eventually post some here. The main point of collecting in my view is to keep things that someone may want from going in the trash. That's not very different from hoarding, except that I just might recognize something rare when I see it. It won't be the Free Spirit ten speed with the 26x1 3/8 wheels...
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           RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Bicycle Collectors posted by ken on 7/20/2010 at 12:59:37 PM
...or 27"...
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Bicycle Collectors posted by will dolan on 9/8/2010 at 1:30:21 PM
let's form a co-op and leave our treasures to the co-op and grow it big enough to be self supporting.I've got 15 to get it started now and if we had acentral location we could get a lot more of the bikes that are vintage and have a place for them.best t you,willie dolan
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Bicycle Collectors posted by paul codero on 4/23/2011 at 12:15:21 PM
have old colubian bike looking for info-value?to sell
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Bicycle Collectors posted by jj on 4/24/2011 at 5:01:47 AM
There are Three Bicycle Price Guides at the top of every page here on OldRoads.com
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Bicycle Collectors posted by Russ on 4/27/2011 at 1:46:24 PM
as a collector you can only ride so many bikes and granted it is nice to look at some of the nice higher end ones but in the long run its like money in the bank with bicycles people will always want them
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Bicycle Collectors posted by Chris on 4/27/2011 at 6:25:36 PM
good question. people with kids should interest their kids to get bit by the collecting and riding and enjoying bug.

with fond memories in their heads of the family all out on bikes when you pass away the bike becomes theirs and they ride and cherish it.

it's ok to keep and ride and cherish a ladies bike if it was your moms or sisters it's part of the family.

otherwise try to find somebody who will not leave it out in the rain and will appreciate and use it and use it properly and not immediately run out and hock it or e- bay it.

I always approached buying with reverence for the fellow who did all the collecting. wow! it took him 40 years to put this together as I looked thru it all.

40 years of trashpicking, shopping the sales and shops and estates.

what most important is, that it not go to the dump or landfil.

2nd that the person getting it is not a careless, disrespectful, mean, ass*@#! and this is why some collectors are never called when somebody gets out of it ( out of collecting and keeping their bikes.)

find somebody who loves and appreciates these, whose eyes turn to saucers when they realize "yes you are going to own my Humber cobb Tourist" and they watch your attitudes when they it and take you to the garage to fetch it.

basically if there are no children to leave it to.

then to somebody who will appreciate and care for it and use it.

these are ment to be ridden and used and relied upon to carry groceries and encourage riding bicycles with the family so kids will have memories of riding with mom and dad to the market and for ice cream.

to assist somebody who needs a way to get to work and to school is good and proper but what happens is (and I am sorry for being this way but it's true) they go and sell it on you after you gave it or sold it cheap trying to help somebody out who needed a bike to ride they don't appreciate it.

I hate to say this, yes I really do....... oh here we go, yes! but, it has to have the appropriate price on it they have to pay and pay what it is worth perhaps a bit over what it is worth so it will be appreicated and not be found abandoned or in the pawn shop where some idiot sold it for 20. after you gave it to them.

but then again, the bike collectors haunt the pawn shops and the sales and estate sales and there and then it finds a loving and appreciative home anyways. 9 times out of ten.

Thats a Raleigh superbe! leather saddle enclosed chaincase and it's got a 700.00 price tag on it.

it commands respect, demands that it not be in the hands of the new owner not until after somebody paid the price for it saved up for it, longed to have it, borrowed to pay it off.

ok, my attitude is mixed with both sides of the coin discussed.

I hate to think that somebody cherished and wiped it down after rides and kept it well preserved and saved and didn't get it easily and that they didn't live their lives like idiots and then when they pass away or can no longer ride.

I want it used and appreicated with respect and only sold if it selling it will save somebody's ass. selling it will feed the children or pay the house taxes before somebody buys up the property worth 80,000 for 2,800.00 and throw the family out on the kerb.

if the heirs are envolved with drugs or have been and if that has ever shown it evil face?- then find somebody else all together to hand it off to.

we fight against landfil and the dump. don't let it get thrown out and reduced to scrap metal.

in closing riding abicycle and most especially a vintage bgicycle and I prefer the British bikes is something too wonderful to describe and well it's not to be given up, missed, or put on the shelf of one day we will.

get out there and ride the thing!
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Bicycle Collectors posted by Chris on 4/27/2011 at 6:34:51 PM
Also, it's like gold the prices just keep going up. so hang onto it. the "gold gals" lie to us: "there has never been a better time to see your unwanted gold jewlery!"

what a lie!! the price will climb up higher and higher still!
after you sell the ex boyfriends rings he gave you. keep it stashed and realize an even higher price for it down the road and don't let anybody else profit from your rash behavior. Everybody is running off to hock their gold and blow the money and the price climbs and will climb higher.

speaking of prices, the price of gas gets higher. keep the bike!
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Bicycle Collectors posted by chris on 4/27/2011 at 6:36:19 PM
better time to sell. i meant to say sell.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Bicycle Collectors posted by Chris on 4/27/2011 at 6:41:18 PM
then again, i like the idea of making the grave robbers break in and loot my legacy. yes! I'll park the bikes in my crypt building. steal the bikes leave my dead body alone! the crypt of ChristopherRobin!!
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Bicycle Collectors posted by chris on 4/27/2011 at 6:44:31 PM
Answering Graylins question:
f the children have no interest.

take them to the metro park and make them ride.

get them on the bike. it's like the book "green egs and ham." they will resist until they try it. then they will love it as you have.
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AGE / VALUE:   Trying to date a Klien Quantum posted by: Gary on 7/11/2010 at 9:02:05 PM
Hi
I had came across a Klein Quantum at a pawn shop and I cannot find any info on this particular style.

Only thing I can find on Quantum's are from 1998 to current and they do not have the componets as mine.
The bike I bought is a 14spd. & has Shimano 600 Biopace crank, sproket 52/42 ,shifters , hub's & brake's witch are met.gray. Matrix rims,Mondolo(?) bar and steam, and Fisik(?) fork bearing's.

This is a really nice light bike and was told it was a 80's bike and handmade and worth alot more then the $60 I gave for it.

If anyone has any info or could point me in the wright direction it would be greatly appriciated.

T/Y for your Time
Gary


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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Trying to date a Klien Quantum posted by T-Mar on 7/12/2010 at 1:54:29 PM
Shimano 600 Ultegra (7 speed) places it 1988-1991. This assumes it is orignal equipment, which it may not be, as the headset is an obvious replacement. However,the decal style does corroborate this period. What's the serial number?
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Trying to date a Klien Quantum posted by Gary on 7/12/2010 at 9:50:19 PM
T/Y for the reply.. the serial is 20430 and before the 2 there is a symbol stamped that is in the shape of a saddle/seat. I know much of nothing on road bike's.But I did know enough to buy it. If you need a better picture of something on it plmk ..

T/Y Gary


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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Trying to date a Klien Quantum posted by T-Mar on 7/15/2010 at 7:14:37 PM
The later (i.e. mid 1990s) serial numbers are transparent with respect to the year and frame size, but obviously this format did not extend as far back as your model.

To narrow things down, you should check the back side of the major components for Shimano's two letter date codes. Of course, that assumes the components are OEM.

BTW, it's hard to tell the actual color in the picture. What is it.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Trying to date a Klien Quantum posted by Gary on 7/16/2010 at 7:30:03 PM
I looked at the back of the component's. on the brk. cal. it reads BR6400 and under it is 49. back of crank reads fc 6400 172.5 MA I have taken a few good pics of everthing, here is a link to them. I can not seem to make sence of it. lol.. http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v83/GARRY65/Bicycles/Lightweight%20and%20Mnt%20Bikes/

The color is ither a very dark char. met. gray or met. black.I lean more to the gray..


T/Y 4 Your Help
Gary


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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Trying to date a Klien Quantum posted by T-Mar on 7/20/2010 at 2:05:37 PM
Sorry, for the delay in replying but the PC has been in the shop with a virus. The component codes indicate a 1988 model year,though I'm still not positive they're OEM. In addition to the headset, Matrix rims wouldn't seem apprpropriate.
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Trying to date a Klien Quantum posted by Gary on 7/22/2010 at 9:45:31 AM
It's actually in really good shape,Whom ever had it stored it bad and for a long time it seams more then anything.Is what the chip's that are there seem to indicate. It was also covered with nicotene(cig smoke) It took almost a half of a bottle of 409 to clean it and I still have to do the rear rim and spoke's.
It had a women's seat on it when I purchased it.
I have seen many Kleins that have a sticker just under then seat, witch this one does not..
I hope this can help in some way and I reallly do thank you for your time
Gary
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AGE / VALUE:   Velamos rapido girls bike posted by: kyle on 7/10/2010 at 8:20:32 PM
hey i came across a velamos rapido girls bike in 8/10 condition i polished up all the chrome etc and it looks really good al loriginal everything including stickers its candy apple red, any idea what i should sell it for? thanks, i dont have pics of it yet
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AGE / VALUE:   Velamos rapido girls bike posted by: kyle on 7/10/2010 at 8:20:32 PM
hey i came across a velamos rapido girls bike in 8/10 condition i polished up all the chrome etc and it looks really good al loriginal everything including stickers its candy apple red, any idea what i should sell it for? thanks, i dont have pics of it yet
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FOR SALE:   June 1977 Trek TX900 (Fastback/Columbus/Silver Braze) for sale... posted by: Nathan DesJardins on 6/30/2010 at 5:55:34 PM
I have a 24 inch earth red 1977 Trek TX900 for sale (serial number (J4F7A02) for sale. This is one of the top of the line models of the first year of production. Used silver to braze parts of this frame. Has the iconic fast back seat stays. Looks to be original stem, handlebars, brake levers, crank/chain rings, rims. First $800 gets this piece of american history.
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           RE:FOR SALE:   June 1977 Trek TX900 (Fastback/Columbus/Silver Braze) for sale... posted by John Keller on 9/4/2011 at 8:08:18 AM
Nathan,
If this bike is still for sale , would you be willing to email a few pics to me?
Thanks,
John
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AGE / VALUE:   VINTAGE LEATHER BIKE SEAT posted by: VICKI on 6/28/2010 at 7:10:53 AM
I came across your webiste as the only search result for the item in question. I am hoping you can help me. I picked up an old leather bike seat at a thrift sale. It appears to be old anyway!! However, I am having a terrible time trying to identify & research the stamp/marks/logo that is on the side of the seat/saddle. I'm wondering & hoping that someone might be able to lend some knowledge & info. From what I can make of it, the stamp reads:

ADGP
CHATILLIASS (this is the word I am having trouble with, it
could also be CHATILLIAISE)
28A

I thank you much for your time & consideration.

Kindest regards,
Vicki
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   VINTAGE LEATHER BIKE SEAT posted by T-Mar on 6/28/2010 at 10:56:01 AM
The ADGA La Chatillonnaise 28A was a French saddle found on many entry level French bicycles (such as the Peugeot U08) during the early 1970's bicycle boom. Value will be highly dependent on the condition.
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AGE / VALUE:   Road Bikes of the late 80's, early 90's posted by: Gralyn on 6/22/2010 at 7:48:02 PM
I picked up a bike today....Raleigh Technium. Thinking maybe it was from the early 90's.....but I supposed maybe more 87, 88-ish. But it seemed that the components just didn't really match up with the frame. I had another bike previously.....a Schwinn....and it seemed to be the same situation....the components just seemed too low-end compared with the frame.
But then I got to thinking: If these bikes were - as their owners suggested - like from around the early 90s.....I'm thinking this is from the time mountain bikes were at a peak of popularity. Everything was mountain bikes. Of course, high-end road racing bikes and such still had a demand. But, for just average, or entry level lightweight road bikes - I suppose the demand was very low. So, I'm thinking that maybe they had frames.....and maybe they had components available dating back to the early 80's or so. And maybe they just put bikes together with old, low-end components which were on-hand?
And aluminum frame, with forged dropouts, der hanger.....but with bolt-on rear wheel, 6-speed, stem shifters (detent indexed type), steel seat post, old style seat clamp thing, steel bars, brake levers with safety levers, steel chain rings. And I had a Schwinn built very similar....and also another Raleigh built up similar. But they claimed they were all original.
Does anyone have any inside information on bikes built and sold this way?
Oh, I can already see where I can swap out components on that Raleigh Technium - and take off tons!
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           RE:AGE / VALUE:   Road Bikes of the late 80's, early 90's posted by T-Mar on 6/23/2010 at 1:53:51 PM
The serial number and model name should identify the year and level, then we can tell if the components are downgrades.
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           RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Road Bikes of the late 80's, early 90's posted by Gralyn on 6/24/2010 at 3:44:30 PM
Well, I dis-assembled it today. I was really shocked to find date codes on some of the components......for example, the brake levers with those old 70's style safety levers.....were actually dated for late 1988 and early 1989. The stem was dated 1989. So, it must be around a 1990 model. I'm just shocked - because back in the early 1980's - I bought my first "real" bike.....and I remember how I wanted one throughout the mid-to-late '70's.....and I remember that I actually wanted a bike with center pull brakes, brake levers with safety levers, and stem shifters. However, finding a "new" bike equipped in such a way was not that easy - as they were just about phased-out. I did manage to find a previous year's model - still new and still on the shop floor that was such equipped. So, you can see how surprised I am to find a 1990 bike with safety levers and stem shifters. Heck, it should have at least had aero brake levers!
Well, the frame is pristine! It even has the holes drilled for micro-adjusters in the rear dropouts. The frame would also work well if equipped with sti shifters.....but not down tube shifters - as the down tube is a larger diameter....and it has no bosses for shifters. It does have the cable stop which is secured by 1 allen screw on the underside. It will make a sharp looking bike. I just have to figure out about the shifters - as I don't have any shifter/levers on-hand right now. I do have bar-end shifters, though. I just certainly don't want to put stem shifters on it. ....and I don't think I want to build it as a fixie.....but I may consider that.
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AGE / VALUE:   Peugeot PY10 posted by: Mike on 6/22/2010 at 5:13:23 PM
Interested to know what the possible interest and value of my 1976 Peugeot PY 10 might be. I purchased it new in 1977 and still have it today. For the most part it's still origional other than the shifters which were brazed on and are now Campy. Anyone out there who enjoys these bikes that can provide a bit of information would be appreciated. It is a PY10 just to confirm the model we are discussing. please respond back to my email address at: mcrane428@msn.com Thanks, Mike
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