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FOR SALE:   D&B Porta-fold bicycle posted by: arnold mccoy on 11/23/2008 at 2:37:47 PM
when my grampa died in 2002, going thru his belongings i came acrossed a bike. its old and need to get rid of it. could not find it on web anywere can someone help please?
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MISC:   OldRoads Update posted by: Vin - Menotomy Vintage Bicycles on 11/20/2008 at 9:07:38 AM
We've made some changes and additions to OldRoads.
Please have a look by clicking on "About" and then "Whats New" at the top of this page.


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MISC:   Help! Info needed!! posted by: Jenny on 11/13/2008 at 7:57:59 AM
I was given an English folding bicycle. The labels on it say "Made in Italy", but there are two other stickers that both say "Barbican" and "Barbican Cycles of Peterborough". The only bikes that I can find online that look like mine seem to be exactly the same model, only in different colors and one is a "K.T.C." brand. (?!?) I am new to all of this, having only yesterday been back on a bike for the first time in 15 years or so. This one has no padding on the seat, desperately needs cleaning and possibly repainting and chrome work and I have no clue how to test the lights to see if they work. It actually rides beautifully, the tires are sound and it is a solid steel body. It has a Sturmey-Archer 3-speed hub (AW 84) and from what I can gather, that means the bike was probably built in 1984.

I really like the look of this little bike and I was needing something to get me around daily, do some light shopping, run my errands and get back and forth to my classes. It seems to be perfect for that.

Can anyone tell me ANYTHING about this bike? Any advice on whether or not it is worth fixing up? Thanks so much, in advance!! (The attached pic is the KTC that I found reference to online... I have pictures of mine, but my camera is out for the count right now... this bike is EXACTLY like mine, barring the issues listed above!!)


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          RE:MISC:   Help! Info needed!! posted by Brian on 11/13/2008 at 8:51:45 PM
I would start by giving it a good cleaning with soap and water. Give the painted surfaces a good waxing with an automobile paste wax (turtle). Clean the chrome with the same paste wax only use fine steel wool to remove rust and tarnish. Ride and enjoy it!
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          RE:MISC:   Help! Info needed!! posted by Jenny on 11/14/2008 at 5:21:44 AM
Oh my goodness!! The steel wool/car wax is amazing! I still have some dark pitting, but nothing you can see until you get right up close, and there is very little of that. I figured out the light - it is one of those with the generator run by the tire... still not sure if it works; I think I'll change the bulb out and try again.

I really need to find out some information about the seat, though. The hard plastic is there, but it looks like there must have been something that attached to the top of it to sit on, rather than just the plastic. There are little brackets on the back/bottom and I just can't seem to find anything out about replacing/repairing this. Every picture I HAVE found of this type of bike has a big seat with springs at the back. Until I get something done about it, the bike isn't very user friendly (even with my, erm... extra girly padding, that "seat" is terrible!!). Any ideas?!? Thanks again!!
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          RE:MISC:   Help! Info needed!! posted by Brian on 11/14/2008 at 1:50:44 PM
I'm not sure about the seat but most european seats that would have come on a bike like that had a cover that was attached by metal clips that fit into slots. You would probably be better off buying a new seat from a bicycle shop. Basically the repacement seats will accept one of two different size seat posts, one is the same diameter that fits down into the frame and some will have a reduced diameter at the top. If the seat you get takes the larger diameter seat post and your post has a smaller diameter at the top, you can simply remove your post from the bike, turn it upside down and insert that end into your frame. Now a seat with a larger diameter bracket will fit onto the post. To make sure your new seat is going to fit, remove the seatpost and take it with you to the bike shop. You can also get a larger seat that came with the bike with no problem. There probably is a large handle that you loosen to remove the seatpost as many folding bikes came so equipped to make easy adjustments. As for the generator light system an area of concern is the wiring. There should be a single wire run from the headlight to a threaded screw on the generator and another wire also from generator screw to the rear tailight if you have one. Make sure the connectors on each end of the wire are clean - use sandpaper to make it bright and shiney so you have a good connection. Also there should be a good "Ground" which is used instead of a second wire like most electrical devices. The ground in this case is usually a screw on the light and generator brackets that penetrates the paint to make a connection. Check the area that screw penetrates the paint to make sure you are getting a good connection otherwise the lights will not work. The generator is designed to produce electric when is is in position against the rubber tire and that position is adjustable somewhat. When not in use it should pivot away from the tire and latch in place. The bulbs may be hard to find as they may be l 1/2 volt, 3 volt or some other voltage and probably screw in unlike modern flashlight bulbs. To test, position the generator in place, lift the wheel off the ground and spin. Remember the lights will only operate when the wheel is spinning and is against the tire, the faster you go the brighter the light.
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MISC:   peugeot folding bike posted by: Amy on 11/8/2008 at 11:33:45 AM
i would like to get more info on my Peugeot folding bike. itlooks like it is from the 1960's or 70's. It needs tires but everything else is in good shape.


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          RE:MISC:   peugeot folding bike posted by Amy on 11/15/2008 at 6:06:51 AM
Ok. I have done some searching. I think my bike is a 1970 DA 40. I am not sure where the serial numbers are stamped though. I identified it from a Peugeot catalog cover from 1970. This bike was only made for 2 years, I think. Does anyone know if this is a bike to let my 11 year old enjoy as a daily rider or is it one that is valuable? We have been riding it every day. It is really a cool little bike!
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          RE:MISC:   peugeot folding bike posted by carol on 3/28/2009 at 9:07:43 PM
I ride mine all the time,including critical mass chicago.
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MISC:   Hiawatha Tandem posted by: JDuck on 10/24/2008 at 4:03:20 PM
I have a line on a Hiawatha tandem sold by Gambles Hardware. I have only seen a poor photo. It looks like a single speed with front brakes and coaster brake. It looks to be in very good condition. Does anyone have any info?
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          RE:MISC:   Hiawatha Tandem posted by Luke Clement on 5/13/2009 at 2:17:40 PM
I have an old Hiawatha tandem from the early 60s it came from colorado, i guess my grandma bought it for my aunt and uncle who are twins!
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          RE:MISC:   Hiawatha Tandem posted by old kid on 6/29/2010 at 7:05:22 PM
Have same with gold indian head profile all chrome don't know anythink is a good buy at 100.00?
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MISC:   Seatpost size for Huffy/Moulton 4spd? posted by: Brent on 10/19/2008 at 6:28:55 PM
In the sixties, Huffy imported Moulton bikes. For some reason, they made some modifications that included a shimmed down seatpost from the 28.6mm most are. Does anyone know what the size is for the Huffy sold one. I don't have my original and I don't want to have to lug the frame down to the shop. Thanks.
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MISC:   Info on JC Higgins Tandem needed posted by: Mark on 10/14/2008 at 1:05:52 PM
I've got a JC Higgins Tandem which I was told dates from 1950 or so ... it is in near mint condition with nice pinstriping; All State Heavy Duty Nylon (original?) tires; Bendix hub; Messenger plastic saddles; Weinmann front handbrake; original grips.

My theory is that it was used once or twice on a Sunny day---it has some dust on it but is essentially new ...

on the bottom brackets these are the serial #s, as far as I can tell

10 C1247

501 4599

Any help with dating this and a value?

And advice on how I might sell it on Ebay or here? I would need to have it picked up in Newtown PA, in the suburbs of Philadelphia

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          RE:MISC:   Info on JC Higgins Tandem needed posted by David on 10/16/2008 at 8:53:10 AM
Microfilms of Sears catalogs are available at many larger libraries. Check the Sears website. Shipping tandems is always the difficulty in selling them, and they're specialty items without a ready market. Local pickup is best - try Craig's List.
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          RE:MISC:   Info on JC Higgins Tandem needed posted by Erick on 11/9/2008 at 10:42:25 PM
Mark,
Not sure if you got any info yet, but I also have one of these JC Higgins Tandem bicycles. The one I have is Black with thin white instripes, and yes the Allstate Heavy Duty Nylons are the original tires. Mine has been in the family since it was new in 1962. So, I think you are correct in placing age around 50-60's era. I have seen a mint condition for sale on Craigs list for $100. Afraid it may not be worth as much as we would like, huh?
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WANTED:   Italian Folder Chain Guard posted by: teddyB on 10/14/2008 at 10:49:05 AM
anyone have any ideas where i can get a chrome chain guard for my 1970s "Mercedes" Italian folding bike. it looks to be the same configuration as the Safari bikes, also from Italy from that same period. doesn't have to be in perfect shape, just usable.
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MISC:   Hyda Bike Folding posted by: Anne on 10/13/2008 at 12:57:23 PM
I have a green folding bicycle, circa 1970 called HYDA BIKE - it's awesome, but I don't know anything about it except that perhaps it's Italian made. It is heavy. There is no top tube, just bottom. It has a rear rack integrated w/the frame and quick release for folding, seat height, post height, etc. Is there anyone out there that could shed some light on the origins and perhaps value? I'll try to get some pics up too.
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          RE:MISC:   Hyda Bike Folding posted by David on 10/13/2008 at 1:07:15 PM
Your description sounds like any number of small-wheel folders that were made in the 60s and 70s by just about every bike manufacturer in Europe. "Hyda Bike" is a cute pun, but it means nothing to me. I doubt it has any value to a collector.
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MISC:   Old Columbia 3 wheeled tandem posted by: Steven Kempler on 9/27/2008 at 4:56:34 AM
I recently found and old Columbia 3 wheeled side by side tandem. I could not find any S/N's or markings other than the chain gaurds that have the Columbia name. They look like the original gaurds because of the special mounting hardware. This has 20 inch tires and I can not find any pics or info on the web. Does anyone know the year something like this may have been made ? Any info would be appreciated. I can send pics via email if that would help

Thanks
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          RE:MISC:   Old Columbia 3 wheeled tandem posted by Robert on 11/30/2008 at 3:50:07 AM
I have an old 3 wheeled foldable basket bike. I have been trying to find out anything I can but nothing seems to be available on the web. I am trying to find markings on it but the only thing I have is in the front where it says on the emblem it was made in Westfield Mass.
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MISC:   Sears Tote Cycle posted by: Charles Partridge on 9/23/2008 at 1:46:57 PM
I recently came across a Sears Tote Cycle. Wow..there's not really much info about these on the web!

It's been painted at some time in it's life (all black) but appears to be in really good condition. The seat looks really good too.

Can anyone point me to more info about these bikes? Where would the serial number be located? How to date the production year? etc.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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          RE:MISC:   Sears Tote Cycle posted by David on 9/26/2008 at 3:07:31 PM
There are microfilms of old Sears catalogs at research libraries around the country. You can find out more at the Sears website. Look it up, you'll be the expert.
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          RE:MISC:   Sears Tote Cycle posted by mike on 12/25/2008 at 1:09:09 AM
i just happened to be given a sears tote cycle also. i cannot figure out what its worth. its in real good condition. is there a number to call with a guy at the other end that is expert on all this stuff. thank you very much if anyone can help.
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MISC:   Folding bike -- German posted by: teddyB on 9/22/2008 at 8:13:01 AM
hi, i have a folding bike that i cannot seem to locate info for. elite is written on down tube, along with linux or link or something. there's a sticker with some german writing on it. appears to be from around 1980, maybe a little earlier. chrome fenders and spring rear rack. plastic fork crown caps and wing nuts to adjust seat and handlebar tubes. any ideas?
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          RE:MISC:   Folding bike -- German posted by teddyB on 9/26/2008 at 11:49:36 AM
actually, it's a Luxus Elite...after taking a closer look. there used to be a generator mounted off a bracket on the front, but the front light is gone, leaving holes in the fender. any idea where i can get replacement fenders for a bike like this, 20" wheels. i'd like to get chrome. these fenders don't clean up to a shine...they're either scratched and dull or were never meant to shine. any help is appreciated.
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          RE:MISC:   Folding bike -- German posted by David on 9/26/2008 at 3:08:58 PM
Aluminum fenders? (try a magnet) I doubt you'll find correct fenders for it (unless you find a whole bike)
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          RE:MISC:   Folding bike -- German posted by teddyB on 9/29/2008 at 8:24:44 AM
yes, they do appear to be aluminum. very light weight and somewhat dull, compared to the chrome fenders on my other bikes. i guess i'll just make sure they're clean and use as is. they don't look that bad for a beater like this; i only paid 10 bucks for it.
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WANTED:   Chain guard posted by: Reggie on 8/26/2008 at 12:06:53 PM
I need a chain guard for a 1970 Schwinn Deluxe Twinn
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MISC:   Columbia Twosome posted by: teddyB on 8/25/2008 at 1:11:30 PM
I have a Columbia Twosome that I just bought for 100.00. appears to have orig seats, grips, worn pedals, and very fat old tires. bike may have had a light repaint. I was told it was a 1950, but there's a Columbia decal rather than metal badge on the front. how can i determine age and value, even though i would never sell it at this point. it's a very heavy bike, but it's great. did i get a good deal. the bike's tires were flat, but i took apart, put back in, and they hold air just fine. bike is very clean overall with some rust, pitting, and scratches. i love this bike.
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          RE:MISC:   Columbia Twosome posted by David on 9/6/2008 at 7:56:21 AM
Values are tough on tandems because they're so hard to ship. If you want to sell one, it's best to do it locally. Of course, that means you have to find someone local who WANTS it! In general, assume that what YOU paid isn't much different from what someone else might pay.
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          RE:MISC:   Columbia Twosome posted by Patrick on 9/10/2008 at 11:43:01 AM
Hi, Go to www.bunchobikes.com They have a chart for Columbia serial numbers. Good luck, Patrick
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          RE:RE:MISC:   Columbia Twosome posted by ken on 9/10/2008 at 11:46:35 AM
so does Oldroads...
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          RE:MISC:   Columbia Twosome posted by Patrick on 9/15/2008 at 5:59:16 AM
LOL! Thanks, I didnt even realize that information was available here. I was so used to going on the other site. I really like visiting here, great things to read. Patrick
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MISC:   ROYCE TIRES QUESTION posted by: G.R. on 8/23/2008 at 6:26:06 PM
I WONDER IF I CAN REPLACE MY OLD FOLDING 20IN WHEEL ROYCE UNION TIRES WITH BMXSES.I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF THE BMX FRONT AND BACK TIRES ARE THE SAME SIZE.AND IF THEY CAN REPLACE MY OLD 20 X 1.75 TIRES. I LIKE THE KNOBBY BMXSES ,THEY COULD WITHSTAND MORE OF THE BROKEN GLASS ON THE STREETS...
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          RE:MISC:   ROYCE TIRES QUESTION posted by David on 8/30/2008 at 7:18:07 PM
See
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/tire_sizing.html
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