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MISC:   Folding Gerbi Bianchi Bicycle. What do I have here??? posted by: Phil on 2/19/2008 at 4:09:51 PM
Hello, my name is Phil, and I am writing from Coplay, PA, about one hour north of Philadelphia. I was at the thrift store today, and I purchased an older folding bicycle which is red, and has Gerbi on the frame(decals) in 3 different spots. Everything on the bike is Italian, with the exception of the tires, which say 'made in Holland.' I have done some homework and found who Giovanni Gerbi is, and was curious if this could be one of his (I guess he had opened a bike shop in Asti, Italy). Wheels are made by Maccari, other parts on the bike are by Sicur, and also alot of Bianchi. I was just looking for a little history on the bike itself. The three decals are (seem to be) original, 2 are badges (on the part of the frame under the seat, the front under the handle bars), and the other runs along the main aprt of the frame about 8-10 inches in length and simplt states "GERBI". This decal also has a lot of coloring around the letters, reds and golds, and green, etc.... Every where I look I cannot find ANY information on this at all.

Any info would be great, or if you could refer me to someone who may be able to help me find out what I have, if anything at all. I appreciate your help, Thanks!

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FOR SALE:   Sears and Roebuck folding bicycle posted by: Charles on 1/28/2008 at 5:29:09 PM
I recently aquired two folding bikes. One,by Sears&Roebuckshas serial #459211 (b.b.) and has a 'tote/cycle 3 speed' decal on a small chain guard.The shifter is mounted on the seat-post, and the bike comes apart instead of hinging. The down post is three tubes in a triangle. 20" wheels. The second bike does fold on a hinge and is a Peugeot. Very short,20 inch wheels; I could not find a serial # on the frame. Both bikes are three speeds. Can anyone tell me how old they might be?
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          RE:FOR SALE:   Sears and Roebuck folding bicycle posted by David on 2/18/2008 at 9:32:38 AM
Many, if not all, the big Sears catalogs have been scanned and the digital image files placed at larger research libraries around the country. You could find your bikes in the catalogs, I imagine. I don't recall exactly what website revealed this info to me, but it was not hard to find. Start googling!
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FOR SALE:   Schwinn Tandem ??? posted by: Steve on 1/25/2008 at 11:10:07 AM
Did Schwinn ever make a tandem bike with curves in the frame (beach crusier style) back in the 40's, 50's or 60's? Every vintage Shwinn tandem I've seen has straight tubes in the frame.

I found an old tandem with a cool beach cruiser style frame. It is being sold as a Schwinn and the owner wants $550 for it. How do I tell if it's really a Schwinn? It has a Schwinn badge on the front but those can be added. I have a picture but couldn't get it to attach.


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          RE:FOR SALE: Schwinn Tandem ??? posted by paul on 1/25/2008 at 3:19:05 PM
be careful, I bought a 1965 Schwinn tandem one speed for $125 figuring when I got tired of it I could sell it for $250, no such luck, did in fact finally get $125 for it although I had to get a new rear tire and tube plus I had to repair the kickstand. I'm saying all of this based on your planning to "shell out" over $500 for your potential purpose! paul
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          RE:FOR SALE: Schwinn Tandem ??? posted by paul on 1/25/2008 at 3:20:11 PM
be careful, I bought a 1965 Schwinn tandem one speed for $125 figuring when I got tired of it I could sell it for $250, no such luck, did in fact finally get $125 for it although I had to get a new rear tire and tube plus I had to repair the kickstand. I'm saying all of this based on your planning to "shell out" over $500 for your potential purchase! paul
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          RE:FOR SALE:   Schwinn Tandem ??? posted by David on 1/28/2008 at 3:48:42 PM
The Schwinn Town & Country tandem has a curved seat tube for the stoker and the Paramount tandems often do (they're basically updated T&Cs). They're hand-brazed chrome-moly frames so they're better quality than most of the 50s and 50s American tandems. $550 is steep for anything but a Paramount tandem. Here's a link to my T&C

http://www.wooljersey.com/gallery/v/beandk/TandC/IMGP3118.JPG.html
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          RE:FOR SALE:   Schwinn Tandem ??? posted by X man on 2/12/2008 at 8:35:23 AM
Mine's a Huffy from the 60s, although I did put a Schwinn 90s repro horn tank on it. Here's a pic: http://www.flickr.com/photos/8564616@N02/523409201/
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          RE:FOR SALE:   Schwinn Tandem ??? posted by Valerie Tate on 3/30/2008 at 10:35:58 AM
I was just browsing the Internet about 1965 Schwinn tandems because I am interested in selling mine!!! I found your note. I have a 1965 Schwinn Beach Cruiser Twin (tandem) that I bought about 9 years ago and paid $500.00 (I didn't know much about the Internet then and had not been able to find an old beach cruiser anywhere!!!). I am interested in selling it for $400.00. I have to go out to look at it and take pictures...but if you are interested, please feel free to e-mail me or call (909) 731-8200. We live near San Diego, California!!! Thank you.
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MISC:   Value of Raleigh RSW Compact posted by: Faith Bright on 1/21/2008 at 5:07:48 PM
Trying to find the value of our bike and need help. It is a Raleigh RSW Compact, Good-Excellent condition, needs new tires, green w/cream seat, tires, and handle bars. Please help!
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          RE:MISC:   Value of Raleigh RSW Compact posted by robert easton on 3/3/2008 at 1:54:20 PM
you could try edinburgh company called THE BIKE STATION
WWW. THE BIKE STATION .COM they are a charity co that restore old bikes for resale you can get spare parts at resonable prices i dont know if they could give you a price
on you rsw 16 compact but i paid 50.00 pounds on ebay for it it was a real mess it took me 6 weeeks to get it back to a really nice condition with respray chocolate bronze paint second hand parts from bike station and ebay bicycles
hope you find what you need best regards robert

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FOR SALE:   Puch 20" Break Away what year,price? posted by: Luke Griffith on 12/27/2007 at 6:52:25 AM
I have This Puch Break away with 20" X 1.75 wheels and I'm thinking of selling it I'm curious about its history, and what it is worth.


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MISC:   year of bike,what its worth? posted by: Luke Griffith on 12/25/2007 at 7:41:41 PM
I have a bike that is made by Puch it has the words Break Away on it.Its got 20 inch wheels, 1 speed, padel brake with a front cable brake, a white leather seat the tires have a wide white walls.The bike is white.aluminum fenders. My question is how old is this bike? and what is it worth?
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MISC:   Rollfast Tandem posted by: bottomend on 12/12/2007 at 10:41:56 PM
Could anyone tell me if I could put a newer chain and cranks on my old Rollfast Tandem. Right now it has a skiptooth set on it. If I can't upgrade it, where do I get new cranks and chains???
Thanks
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          RE:MISC:   Rollfast Tandem posted by Roller on 12/13/2007 at 5:39:10 AM
You should take off the skip tooth stuff and save it.
You can find inexpensive standard one-piece cranks and chains, etc on eBay.
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          RE:MISC:   Rollfast Tandem posted by Brian on 12/16/2007 at 11:39:22 AM
Your cranks will work, you need to get new crank sprockets and a new sprocket for your rear wheel. You may be better off getting a complete rear wheel as finding a new sprocket for your rear wheel might be hard. You need to have the correct number of teeth for those crank sprockets so they stay timed correctly. It may be an expensive project, you might want to look for a newer tandem.
Check this website for tech info:
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/
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          RE:MISC:   Rollfast Tandem posted by ken on 12/21/2007 at 12:14:31 PM
You didn't specify what wheel size, or brake type it is, or if it has one chain or two. Brian is right that if you're just going to ride it you might want something newer. Why would you want to hotrod an antique tandem? If you do, as Roller says, save the parts. It will allow you to ride the bike, but it won't be an 'upgrade.'
By 'the correct number of teeth' Brian means both chainwheels need to be the same size. If they are ordinary Ashtabula cranks, changing just the chainwheels might in fact be simpler than changing cranksets, since there has been more than one 'standard', but the same holds true for chainwheels: if the center hole or the drive hole in the chainwheel has the least amount of play, no amount of torque will keep it still on the crank. If you're planning to ride the bike, do the conversion but be prepared for some trial and error, and don't settle for any slop in the cranks or bearings.
Give us more detail, please. It's too slippery out to ride today.
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          RE:MISC:   Rollfast Tandem posted by Brad Hendershot on 4/28/2009 at 9:37:26 AM
recently came into possesion of a Rollfast treasure, I knew this vehicle as "a beach cruiser", have a touch of the nostalia and would enjoy restoring this unit, so far all I know is Bendix70, and the Rollfast placard, please advise what to look for or direct me to appropriate website, THANK YOU in Advance for any assistance or consideration; be safe ...Brad H.
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FOR SALE:   2 Folding Bikes Auto Mini posted by: Katy on 12/8/2007 at 6:47:37 AM
I have 2 Senator Auto-Mini bikes that I am interested in saling. They are in great condition and not sure when they are from. They were my grandparents- probably the late 60's or early 70's era. I would like more information on these.
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          RE:FOR SALE: 2 Folding Bikes Auto Mini posted by Ed on 12/9/2007 at 2:26:11 PM
I think Austria. Take a look at the head badge. Do they have Thompson style bottom bracket? Ed
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          RE:FOR SALE:   2 Folding Bikes Auto Mini posted by Scott on 2/27/2008 at 1:01:33 AM
It's too bad but people tend to overlook the Auto-Minis when it comes to choosing a folder.I have a few of them myself and find that they are a good sturdy riding bike.The "Thompson style BB" aren't a problem as long as you keep them lubed.I'm not sure if you'll get much if you decide to sell them.Here's a pic of my favourite one......
[IMG]http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s148/thebikeguyCCM/AutoMini-small.jpg[/IMG]
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MISC:   value of vintage bike posted by: Dick on 12/3/2007 at 8:33:43 AM
I have a firestone vagabon bike that comes apart in the cener for traveling or storage. It is army green original paint and in ex condition previous owner said it was bought in the 40's and wanted to know the value
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          RE:MISC: value of vintage bike posted by paul on 12/3/2007 at 3:46:40 PM
is it for sale? If it is (or is not) would you be willing to post a picture on OldRoads? The reason I ask, I'd like to compare it to my 1942 Compax Traveler made in Westfield, MA
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          RE:RE:MISC: value of vintage bike posted by paul on 12/7/2007 at 2:00:10 PM
no word yet on my question!!! I'd hazard a guess on value of Firestone Vagabond, somewhere between $100 and $150 depending on function, condition and cosmetics. A picture and description as previously requested might help in getting a better idea of the value and whether it is similar to Westfield Compax Traveller. paul
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MISC:   What's New posted by: Menotomy Vintage Bicycles at OldRoads.com on 12/1/2007 at 6:29:08 AM
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MISC:   68 Legnano folder posted by: Paul on 11/27/2007 at 1:31:48 PM
I recently aquired a Legnano autocamping folding bicycle. The rear hub is a 68 SA AW. The rear wheel is suspect as is the S.A. sportshift shifter. Does anyone know anything about this bike?
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FOR SALE:   folding bike posted by: ronnie on 11/6/2007 at 1:31:20 PM
i have folding willy mae (nomad) would like to know more about?
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FOR SALE:   value posted by: Ron Heys on 10/31/2007 at 9:44:06 AM
What is the value of a Hawthorne Tandem circa the midlle 1950's, 26X13/4 tires, original paint, excellent condition, one speed .
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          RE:FOR SALE:   value posted by David on 11/1/2007 at 4:47:55 PM
Isn't "Hawthorne" a Montgomery-Ward brand? If so, it's probably about the same as a Sears-branded, which is probably a bit less than a Schwinn. So look at ebay and see what Schwinns sell for. Maybe you'll find a Hawthorne.
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MISC:   Schwinn Paramount Tandem posted by: Matt Sherman on 10/30/2007 at 8:02:09 AM
I have a staff member who is trying to get information about this Schwinn Paramount Tandem. The number on the head tube is LG130839. She is wondering when it was manufactured and trying to get an idea about it's worth.
I didn't see this kind of number on the serial number chart and wondered if anyone could help?

Thanks so much!


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          RE:MISC:   Schwinn Paramount Tandem posted by ken on 11/9/2007 at 11:53:50 AM
I've been waiting for an expert... which I'm not. I gather that Paramount goes by different rules, but the tandem may be a separate deal anyway.
I'd like to see closeups of the headbadge and the seattube graphics. Does it say where it's made? Is there anything to indicate what tubing was used? What cranks and derailleurs are on it?
IF the number is a Chicago Schwinn number, it's December 71, which would be consistent with the move to the headtube listed as 72. That's a nice bike. Its value can only be determined at auction, but that big PARAMOUNT on the downtube doesn't hurt. If you ebay it, point out that it can be upgraded by fully reversible means to a level comparable to modern machines going for a couple of grand...
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MISC:   project tandem posted by: rene on 10/22/2007 at 4:13:53 AM
i bought this bike and want to restore it it had a sticker on it that said columbia twosome,and the rear wheel was a drum brake dont know how many speeds it was,color was like a blue/green if anybody knows how old it is please email me with year thank you


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