New visitor and bike novice here.
I've acquired 3 older bikes here at an estate sale and looking for information and the best thing to do with these. Here are some basic findings recorded from my son..
1/ Triumph men's standard with 28" tires; Made in England sticker; "Stormy Archer" gears; 3 speed; "Shuresta" (?); front and rear brakes
2/ Manton & Smith Co. Chicago; Women's "Seneca" color red; "Gold Eagle" 24" tires; # on bottom..14429; on kickstand..RATAPL; back peddling brakes; single gear
3/ Velamos girls bike; single speed; back pedal brake; schwinn bananna seat; 1 # found..64*0365 06 (the * is a small logo)
These have been in a barn for many years and are rusty, dusty and tires are dry rotted. All need full restores.
Any help or ideas?
| Ken, did you check the date code on the Triumph's Sturmey-Archer hub? It will be between 1966 and 1971. That's a low-priced Raleigh model. I would bet a dollar the tires are 26x1 3/8.|
The Velamos will be worth more as parts, if the saddle is Schwinn-approved. The M-S might be from the early or mid 50s.
Thanks for the reply--the Triumph's hub is dated '69' and the tires are indeed 26x13/8. Do you think this would be a good candidate for eBay or is it not worth the trouble? I see nothing listed currently or in the last 90 days. Actually none of the bikes have any current listings.
Re: the Velamos...it has the Schwinn logo on the rear of the seat. Which parts would be worth salvaging?
| My guess is that the Triumph is a garage sale item. With a new pedal it could be reliable transportation for a long time, but it's not special or old or rare. With shipping as high as it's gotten, it might be hard to sell away from home.|
I'm not a sting-ray expert. To my eye, however, the handlebar stem on the Velamos has a Schwinn look to it. It's possible the stem and bars came from a donor bike along with the saddle. Maybe even the fenders? A clear picture of any markings on the hidden part of the stem might be recognizable to potential buyers, and the saddle looks pretty clean and should be of interest to the sting-ray folks. It's certain a bike from Czechoslovakia with cottered cranks didn't come with a Schwinn saddle.
Personally, I would keep the headbadges on those two bikes. They're good souvenirs if nothing else; collectors pay a couple dollars apiece for them.
| Thanks for the info. I just sold the Triumph via Craig's List to a local rider for 100$. He also said I should clean it up and take better close up shots for a potential buyer. Also he concured the Velamos was probably retro fitted with Schwinn parts.|
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| There are a number on Ebay in the Collectibles-Transportation-Bicycles category. Also, at the end of this month, are 2 big vintage bicycle shows - one in Grand Rapids Ohio (northwest Ohio) and the other in Ann Arbor Michigan. The shows are from the 24th to the 27th and are within about 2 hours driving time of each other. You could definitely find what you wanted there! Good luck in your search!|
| I am trying to find a vintage 1950's bicycle that has a full horn tank, springer fork, w/w/ tires, rear rack, fender light, etc. Condition can be either good or in need of work. Please let me know who has one, I have been searching everywhere!!!! |
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