VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Gitane Hosteller posted by: Paul Fuller on 10/9/2005 at 10:35:46 PM
To update last post, the Simplex der on my Gitane is the 532, not the 537.

VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Gitane Hosteller posted by: Paul Fuller on 10/9/2005 at 3:14:59 PM
I puchased a Gitane Hosteller this week. The frame has Nervex lugs, so I bought it almost sight unseen.
The bike has Simplex 537 Ders. With knurled adjuster nuts instead of screws. My info places this bike between 1962 and 1965. The hube are Campy Sportman medium flange aluminum one piece.It says "sportman" below the Campy world logo on the hub barrell, I have been a Campy fan for 35+ years, and have never seen these hubs before. I know they are medium quality, but can anyone give me more info?

MISC:   carbolite 103 on lugged frames posted by: JONathan on 10/7/2005 at 7:44:20 AM
I have two lugged framed Peugeots, both are mixtes (UO-18's), that are "carbolite 103" frames. One has Nervar cottered cranks while the other had Nervar cotterless cranks. So far, I have yet to find a lugged-framed UO/UE-8 with "carbolite 103" as the frame tubing. I am surprised to see '70's Peugeots had "carbolite 103" and on lugged frames.
Was there a transition period wherein external and internal Peugeots overlapped? Maybe I have a couple of rare mixtes!
These are very light frames, too; considering this carbolite 103 is another name for regular steel.

VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Seat for Atala posted by: Paul C on 10/6/2005 at 1:35:11 PM
I have an early/mid 70's Atala Grand Prix with mostly original componentry. Can anyone tell me what a period correct seat would be?

   :   Seat for Atala posted by John E on 10/6/2005 at 3:59:47 PM
A Brooks Pro might not be OEM, but it would certainly be period-correct.

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Seat for Atala posted by Joe M on 10/7/2005 at 6:31:36 AM
How about a Selle Royale? I would probably have guessed an Atala would have had an Italian made saddle?
I am not sure where in the line up the GP was, I haven't seen many Atalas and can't say I'm familiar with their models. The Brooks Pro would indeed be period correct, and is a very comforatable saddle, but they are a bit more expensive than a padded style saddle. I've seen Selle Royales in both vinyl and leather. I also believe I've run acrossed a few 'Atala' scripted saddles over the years. The only Atala I've seen here was equipped with low end steel Campy derailleurs, steel rims and bars, and cottered steel cranks, I can't remember what the model was.

   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Seat for Atala posted by Paul C. on 10/7/2005 at 1:11:04 PM
Thanks to all for the feedback. I would suspect an Italian saddle would have been OEM also. The GP was a mid-range model.

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Seat for Atala posted by Randy on 10/7/2005 at 3:12:18 PM
I also have an early seventies Atala - the top of the line, Record 101 Professional that I picked up for twenty dollars this summer(no wheels included, though). Go to the Classic Rendezvous web site, select Italy and then Atala. You will see a complete component specification sheet for your bike. Good luck.

MISC:   vintage TYLER bike from the 50's posted by: aaron D. on 10/5/2005 at 1:34:49 PM

The link above will direct you to a picture of this bike. I need more info about it including value. It appears to read TY-LLR on the bike but I've been told it is a TYLER INTERNATIONAL bike from the 50s. Tyler bikes were made in Poland from the 50s to the 70s. Any info or comments are greatly appreciated. Thanks. -aaron D.


   RE:MISC:   vintage TYLER bike from the 50's posted by David on 10/5/2005 at 3:39:50 PM
Looks like a kid's Tyler. Probably 60s or 70s. I think you'll have a hard time GIVING it away.

   RE:MISC:   vintage TYLER bike from the 50's posted by Joe M on 10/5/2005 at 9:12:29 PM
David's probably right, I had a few of these that I got for nothing, I had only taken them because they were so clean, but couldn't even sell them on eBay. I started the bid at $.99, and got no hits, (with a $22 shipping price). I listed them everywhere, and go no results, I finally junked both of them after two years. (I did save the fron wheels to build a garden cart). I've had prety much the same experience with any kids bikes that weren't Schwinn or Raleigh built.
Tyler bikes were pretty low end, but did use pretty much the same parts as the other European models of that era. Mine both had Centrix rear hubs, a Thompson style bottom brackets, and very light duty rims with too few spokes.
You might want to try either the Balloon tire/Middleweight forum or the Muscle bike forum, they may have more info for you there.

   RE:MISC:   vintage TYLER bike from the 50's posted by JL Trulley on 6/28/2006 at 5:37:31 PM
I picked up a 60ish Tyler men's bike for about $10 and I love it. It just depends on what purpose you are buying a bike. I just ride it around town on errands and to get a little physical activity. I like the feel of no gears and like the old english bike look and feel without the gears. Would I load it out and head cross country with it, NO, but to just liesurely ride through the park or around the block, it is fine. Bicycles are a lot like cars, if they suit me, then I don't care if they are LOW END or whatever. I wasn't looking for a Tour deFrance bike or a mountain climber........just something for me without spending an arm and a leg. I feel the same way about my 1985 SAAB, so maybe I need a shrink....but both the Tyler and the SAAB make me happy!