MISC:   What is it? posted by: Mark on 12/16/2005 at 8:45:55 PM
I'm trying to figure out this bike. Its french I'm pretty sure, it looks alot like a 70s gitane tour de france. It has stronglight,crank, mafac brakes, and campy deraillers,and stuff. its been repainted, and looks to have been stripped and primered. ON the bottom of the bb is what I hope is the defining hint. There are cut outs, D shaped, facing each other, and some holes drilled, 4 towards the back, 3 towards the front, of the double Ds. they're about 3/8", and a number in large roundy looking numbers 03355. Anybody know what it might be? Mark

VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Foam rubber grip posted by: Gralyn on 12/13/2005 at 6:18:52 PM
I had a previous post regarding how to remove the foam rubber grip from the bars. This is the thin grip with a cloth or nylon covering. Well, I took some warm water with a little dish detergent - poured some down in one end underneath the grip.......and the stuff slid right off - very easy!!!

AGE / VALUE:   French Cyclotouring type bikes posted by: Thom on 12/13/2005 at 4:57:07 PM
After reading and subscribing to VBQ, Rivendell Reader and this site among others, I'm now in the search for an older French style cyclotouring site. Haven't seen many on the Old Roads site. Do you all know of other sites or shops in the Southern California area that deal in this type of bike. I'll continue my scouring of swap meets, garage sales second hand stores etc. Thx again, Thom.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   French Cyclotouring type bikes posted by thom on 12/13/2005 at 5:11:24 PM
The first run-on sentence should end in "French cyclotouring type bike" not "site". Sorry about that.

VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   '88 Schwinn Traveler Question posted by: Gralyn on 12/13/2005 at 12:41:10 AM
I just got another Schwinn Traveler this evening - one I won on e-bay.....frame only. I see from the head badge it's an '88 model. I used to have an '85, '86, and '87. I sold the '85....and now - added an '88. Anyway, the 85, 86, and 87 all came with 27" wheels. Does anyone know if the '88 Traveler came with 27" wheels or 700C? My guess is 27". But I would have expected to see 700C on them by 1988. It looks like 27's will fit with plenty of clearance.

I had about a '89 or 90 Traveler.....I believe that was the year....and it came with 700C's and 27's would not fit it at all!

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: '88 Schwinn Traveler Question posted by Richy on 12/13/2005 at 6:10:37 AM
My 88 Traveler came to me (used but original parts, I guess) with 27" wheels and Dia-compe sidepull brakes. My mint 89 Traveler has 700C wheels, Shimano Exage brakes, and insufficient clearance for 27" hoops. The 89 has a shorter wheelbase and quicker steering than the 88.

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   '88 Schwinn Traveler Question posted by Gralyn on 12/18/2005 at 6:15:53 AM
Another question: The Schwinn Traveler frame I'm talking about - I knew it didn't have the bottom bracket.....but I didn't realize that it was also missing both BB cups. I have a ladies traveler frame - it has no bottom bracket - but it does still have the non-adjust-side BB cup. Any hints on how to remove that without difficulties? Does it un-screw clockwise, or counter-clockwise?

   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: '88 Schwinn Traveler Question posted by Richy on 12/18/2005 at 7:15:46 AM
Your 88 Traveler frame would be a Greenville bike, so it should have a left-hand (unscrew clockwise) fixed cup.

   RE:RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: '88 Schwinn Traveler Question posted by Gralyn on 12/18/2005 at 10:25:08 PM
I took the ladies traveler frame - tried the cup clockwise - it came out. I bet in the past I have tried to get these things out counter-clockwise.

VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Raleigh Trent Club on the bay posted by: Warren on 12/11/2005 at 7:43:41 PM
I like this one, item 6587547292. I don't see a lamp bracket, maybe there's a boss on the right fork. Has the pulley braze on, fluted crankarms and celluloid fenders...looks to be in great shape too. I hope this goes higher than the 70's Sports models we've seen.

Not my auction.

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Raleigh Trent Club on the bay posted by Joe on 12/12/2005 at 10:42:07 AM
The bars don't look like the one's in the catalog pic, were there different versions of drop bars used? Also, the seller states that the wheels are not original.
Could be a 'put together' bike? Either way, it's not bad for it's age, too bad it's a small frame.


   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Raleigh Trent Club on the bay posted by Warren on 12/12/2005 at 12:10:22 PM
The bars aren't stock although the grips look good and I forgot about the wheels but they can be replaced. It will certainly keep the price down. I suspect the original rims got wet and rusted and a PO swapped in newer ones rather than rebuild. That might explain the dyno and lack of lamp bracket.

I just like those carmine red frames and the Trent marque.

   RE:RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Raleigh Trent Club on the bay posted by Kurt K. on 12/13/2005 at 4:59:16 PM
Warren, this is Neal Lerner's bike of the English Roadsters forum. I think I should mention that he bought the frameset sans wheels, and mounted the EA3s for a lack of a pair of EA1 rims.

Take care,