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Archived: Vintage Lightweights

FOR SALE:†††68 Schwinn Sting Ray Deluxe posted by: Greg on 3/23/2000 at 11:27:30 AM
I'm parting with my Sting-Ray which is in pretty nice condition. It is up for auction on Ebay if you are interested and I have pictures on the site too.


WANTED:†††24" Girls Lightweight with 5 Speed Rear Internal Gear Hub w/Coaster Brake posted by: Jim on 3/22/2000 at 4:43:28 PM
I'm looking for a used girl's bicycle for my daughter
to be her first. The 5 speed rear hub made by Sturmey-Archer or
Shimano with coaster brake and a lightweight frame and street tires is all I need if
in good condition. Please advise...

VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:†††WANTED:Front Touring Bag Support Schwinn posted by: The Toy King on 3/19/2000 at 9:48:48 AM
Hi! I am looking for a Schwinn Front Touring Bag Support. I am not sure of how it works or what it looks likes. But I have a bag that needs one. The bag has a strap and buckle towards the bottom of the bag. At the top is two loops. This bag is made of black vinyl and has a map window on top. A front pocket and two rear pockets that nesttle between around the head tube. Please e-mail me if you can help. Thanks!

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:†††WANTED:Front Touring Bag Support Schwinn posted by Mike on 3/19/2000 at 3:29:22 PM
Does your bag have a quarter-inch (or so) diameter sleeve running down both right and left top sides? If so, you need a U-shaped chrome-plated frame that rests on the handlebars and against the steer tube. If not, the bag doesn't use a frame. The strap at the bottom goes around the steer tube. The straps at the top go around your handlebars. And the bag just sort of sags there.

I've seen the frames alone, or attached to an old, worn-out bag, in used bike-parts stores like Citybikes in Portland, Oregon.

   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:†††WANTED:Front Touring Bag Support Schwinn posted by Mike on 3/19/2000 at 4:02:47 PM
Yikes! Said steer tube. Meant head tube.

VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:†††Beacon bikes posted by: Dennis V. on 3/17/2000 at 7:18:52 PM
Does anybody know anything about Beacon bicycles? Anything would be great. Thanks!

AGE / VALUE:†††m bike posted by: sam on 3/17/2000 at 7:03:09 PM
what bike has an " M " stamped on the top bar just behind the fork? the M has an arc through it.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:†††m bike posted by Randy on 3/22/2000 at 1:23:00 PM
That sounds like a Murray.........

VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:†††Need info on Hi E and Dean Bamboo bikes posted by: Halbike@yahoo.com on 3/17/2000 at 3:23:02 PM
Does anyone have information on a bike called a Hi E? How bout a Dean bamboo bike circa 1970's? thanks Please email halbike@yahoo.com

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:†††Need info on Hi E and Dean Bamboo bikes posted by Don~t Ask, don~t tell on 3/25/2000 at 6:29:17 PM
Hi-E made few copies of their aluminum frame (the Cosmopolitan) that were bonded and RIVETED!!! Hi-E Engineering was more famous for their hubs and ultra-light rims.
They may be still in business--making the hubs and wheels (not with their rims). Their address and phone number is
Hi-E Engineering Incorporated 615-254-6858
2420 Cruzen St
Nashville, TN

For a nice but brief review, see Cycles D'Oro's page on Hi-E at


AGE / VALUE:†††Raleigh - Enclosed Chainguard posted by: Matt on 3/15/2000 at 1:56:12 PM
Saw an old Raleigh lightweight in a barn today. Green, men's bike. Matching paint front headlight and battery case on seattube as well as air pump mounted on bottom tube. Brooks leather saddle in pretty good shape. Fully enclosed chainguard. Looks to be in good shape and will clean up pretty nicely. Couldn't really get a good look at the rims, pretty dark in the barn. Owner is curious as to age and value and so am I.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Raleigh - Enclosed Chainguard posted by Jeff on 3/17/2000 at 6:33:03 AM
There will be a 2 digit date code on the rear hub.
I'd buy *anything* with an enclosed chainguard if the price is decent.

MISC:†††Bimatsu posted by: Matt on 3/15/2000 at 1:44:03 PM
Has anyone heard of a Japanese light/mid weight called a Bimatsu? Has rod brakes like a Raliegh, and a funky spring loaded rear dropstand kickstand.

AGE / VALUE:†††Early 1970s Schwinn Super Sport posted by: Jeff on 3/14/2000 at 5:50:44 AM
I know balloon tire bikes fairly well, but know little about lightweights.
Are Super Sports decent bikes? I found a men's model and it rides well and
has a leather saddle ("Ideale" brand) and Chromoly frame. I assume the Super Sports are a step up from
the Varsity and Collegiate lines? Would this be a "keeper"?

Thanks in advance

   RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Early 1970s Schwinn Super Sport posted by Oscar on 3/14/2000 at 6:19:23 PM
Definately a keeper. At the time, the Super Sport was the best bike in the Schwinn line (below only the Paramount). Nice find.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Early 1970s Schwinn Super Sport posted by Eric on 3/15/2000 at 12:07:07 PM
If your bike has the shifters on the down tube and you want to sell it, I would be interested in buying it. amliee@execpc.com

AGE / VALUE:†††Mathauser brakes posted by: Http://www.ChristopherRobin@starmail.com on 3/12/2000 at 11:01:32 AM
Is Mathauser bicycle brake Co. still around? I could not find them on the net. They made the best brakes! I would like to buy some more, and is it possible to get these relined? I have some cool alloy finned brake shoes that are about gone. Does anyone know how to contact them? Thanks!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Mathauser brakes posted by mike quigley on 3/15/2000 at 5:50:19 PM
Mathauser brake shoes are still available. Any good bike shop should be able to order 'em for you.


   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Mathauser brakes posted by ChristopherRobin on 3/16/2000 at 5:02:32 PM
Thanks for getting back to me. My "good bike shop" did not have them in the catalogs but one mechanic remembered them from a few years ago and he did not know what the story was today. I wonder if you can get the alloy finned ones? I suppose I will be checking out all the local shops and I will be looking in thier books and I would not be surprised if they are not listed.

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Mathauser brakes posted by Mike Q. on 3/17/2000 at 7:19:28 AM
Inform your "good bike shop" that they can be ordered from United Bicycle Parts. Yes, the finned ones are available.


Mike Q.

VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:†††1920's Elgin Boy's Bike Complete posted by: Randy Blatt on 3/8/2000 at 4:55:08 PM
I have a very early Elgin bike I wish to sell. Has straight fenders, 26 x 1.375 tires on metal rims, skiptooth sprocket, New Departure model 1a hub, good rack, bell,chainguard, flashlight holder, awesome 4" glass reflector, Troxel Seat.
Everything is straight. Needs paint. Original paint still on bike is tough to see because it has decomposed with time etc however you can make out the original paint scheme and see whats left of the darts that were painted on the frame.
Grips are gone, handlebar crossbar is missing. Make me an offer, Ask me any questions via email. Thanks

FOR SALE:†††Schwinn Paramount posted by: Larry on 3/8/2000 at 8:09:10 AM
I have a 23 inch Schwinn Paramount , blue with Suntour Superbe Pro . Brooks Saddle. Looks all original and is IN Like new condition. I want to sell it so Make offers. I do not want to bother with Ebay so If someone makes a decent offer I will sell it .

   RE:FOR SALE:†††Schwinn Paramount posted by Rob on 3/10/2000 at 3:17:47 PM
Why not give a little more info such as year, S#, etc. Big diff between a modern Paramount and a nice vintage one!

AGE / VALUE:   Mossberg Bicycles posted by: CJ on 3/6/2000 at 7:19:50 AM
Mossberg Bicycles: Does anyone have any info on Mossberg Bicycles. I have a Tourister 10 that carried me through high school and college. It's in great condition, considering it's many miles. I'm interested in value, history, parts...any info you may have. It is (not quite) vintage 1971. I'm considering changing the classic 10 speed style handlebars to straight style bars and replacing the seat with a wider, more comfortable seat. Will I risk damaging it's possible value? Thanks!

   Mossberg Bicycles posted by John E on 3/7/2000 at 3:08:09 PM
If you swap the bars (and brake levers) and seat, just keep
the original ones in a safe place. I recall seeing only one
or two Mossberg bikes in my life, so it is pretty rare.
However, since old road touring bikes are generally out of
fashion (for no good reason), it is probably worth less than
$50. (I picked up a nice Reynolds 531-tubed Austro-Daimler
early 1960s classic for $20 a couple of years ago.)

AGE / VALUE:†††For sale Bianchi 10 sp. posted by: Ernie @ Bikes on Boundary on 3/4/2000 at 8:22:41 PM
For sale Bianchi 10 sp. alum.rims nice shape
[this one kicks butt!
also Crescent 10 sp. alum. 27" wheels ,usual mafac comps.
nice shape as well.
don't know how vintage, or if they are vintage,but then......
.......I'm only the Keeper of the bones!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:†††For sale Bianchi 10 sp. posted by Ernie @ Bikes on Boundary on 3/17/2000 at 9:59:47 PM
Bianchi's sold.

AGE / VALUE:†††centurion commuter 5 posted by: sandman on 3/3/2000 at 9:31:23 AM
i recently bought a centurion commuter 5 at garage sale.it says on the seat it was made in italy.anbody know its age or value? email me

   RE:AGE / VALUE:†††centurion commuter 5 posted by Oscar on 3/4/2000 at 8:56:36 PM
Centurions were very well made Japanese bikes from the 80's. The 5-speed commuter bike was an interesting find. Unfortunately, I couldn't guess on the value. Probably the only place to buy a bike like yours is at a garage sale, so whatever you paid, the price was fair. Its a good quality bike for commuting or going to the market. Enjoy!

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:†††centurion commuter 5 posted by Fred on 3/5/2000 at 7:47:44 PM
I recently acquired a Centurion Iron Man 12 speed, Dave Scott edition bike. It is very good quality and weighs barely 19 lbs. I would like to hear from anyone with information on Centurion bikes. The dealer I bought it from said that my model may have been make by the same Co. in Japan that made Paramounts.

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:†††centurion commuter 5 posted by Art on 3/6/2000 at 5:16:36 PM
If I'm not mistaken rhe company that made Centurians was bought by or evolved into the company that makes Diamonbacks. Art