FOR SALE:   Vintage Bike posted by: Ron Smith on 10/5/2007 at 7:17:01 PM
Can anyone tell me the make, model and year of this bike?

Messenger B4 seat-all leather
Delta lights (2) with switch on bottom
Miller kickstand-has patent no.
Firestone HS 26-2.125 tire
It also has a RED valve stem cap that protrudes out like a crown.


   RE:FOR SALE:   Vintage Bike posted by skip on 10/6/2007 at 7:37:38 AM
Sounds like an old ballooner.
Post a picture

FOR SALE:   skiptooth sears elgin 26by1.375 tire posted by: joe on 10/4/2007 at 1:32:06 PM
whats it worth who wants a good deal ex cond i can email pix tryed to post one

   RE:FOR SALE:   skiptooth sears elgin 26by1.375 tire posted by Alan on 10/4/2007 at 7:26:43 PM
Please email me a picture!


FOR SALE:   Firestone 500 posted by: Gin on 10/3/2007 at 11:08:27 AM
I'm trying to find out more about a vintage bicycle I was given. It's a Firestone 500 Purple and White, 26" wheels, butterfly handlebars, headlight, one speed, peddle brake. It's been well cared for, and is in mint condition. Sorry I don't have a photo of it yet. I've given up my Trek 8000 WSD for this great, vintage bike, and need to know more about it so that I can buy tires, etc. and get it/keep it rideable. Any help?

WANTED:   seat post vintage bike posted by: Donny McClure on 10/2/2007 at 12:36:15 PM
I have a vintage cruiser with a seat post that is a the same style as a integrated stem post( uses a long Allen bolt to pull a smaller angled section of steel into the longer section thus tightening the seat post in the process . The Bike has a crown insignia on the steer tube. I would love a longer seat post for the 60's cruiser

FOR SALE:   FS: Mid-70's Raleigh Professional 24.5", also Stronglight 49d cranks/BB posted by: Taylor on 10/2/2007 at 10:32:39 AM
First time posting here, hope I'm not breaking any guidelines...

Someone please buy this old beauty from me, I want it to be my size but it's just not. It's from the fastback stays era, with record hubs, strada cranks, Super Champion front and Weinmann eyeletted rear, cyclone RD, superbe FD, cinelli stem, 3TTT bars, campy levers/brakes/BB/headset. It also has the wonderful "CC" bottom bracket cutout.

I've overhauled it and found no serious internal wear, the only mechanical issue is that the freewheel is stuck. It would come off easily by destructive removal, but I didn't see the point in doing that. It has unfortunately been repainted and has a small top tube ding, certainly not a crease or anything dangerous. The repaint job was auto paint over the original, they actually did an OK job but there's some chipping and surface rust around the BB.

This bike isn't perfect, but it's very, very nice. Rides like a dream (Reynolds 531 and top-notch craftsmanship!) -- I wish it fit me, but it's just a stitch tall. This would be a great bike for someone who wants the feel of a classic but either doesn't care about looks or wants a little stealth for locking up in town.

Also up for sale is a set of 49d's with matching Italian thread BB and Stein puller.

Email addy is a forwarding account, post here if it doesn't work. Cheers, and thanks for looking!

   RE:FOR SALE:   FS: Mid-70's Raleigh Professional 24.5 posted by ken on 10/3/2007 at 9:01:31 AM
Welcome, Taylor. Sounds like an interesting bike. You didn't break any rules but you left some stuff out: location and price. Pictures are always nice too... Lots of folks wonder what their bikes are worth, but nobody except the highest bidder really knows. You have to decide what you need to get out of it, or post it to ebay. The crankset should do real well there.
What kind of freewheel? Can't the LBS get it off?
Finally, I didn't look it up on retroraleighs but are the Suntour components stock?

   RE:FOR SALE: FS: Mid-70's Raleigh Professional 24.5 posted by Taylor on 10/3/2007 at 8:55:57 PM
The location is Chicago, and the freewheel is a 6 speed Maillard. As with many of these old 2 prong freewheels, the guts are mild steel and one of the slots stripped out when I tried to remove it, bending a pretty stout stainless steel quick release as well. They usually come right off with a vise once you strip them down, but this one has plenty of life left so no need to resort to that yet.

The suntour stuff isn't stock, it should be all Campy. I suppose the buyer will just have to suffer through using a cyclone RD.

I'd prefer not to put this one on ebay, it would probably close below the sum of the individual components' worth because of the size and paint. Contact me if interested, I'm not going to turn down any reasonable offer.

   RE:FOR SALE:   FS: Mid-70's Raleigh Professional 24.5 posted by chris on 10/9/2007 at 1:13:42 PM
I need to know how much you want, a picture would be great. If the price and shipping cost is right, we can do this quickly. I'm an old school guy who used to ride a Pro back in the day.