VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Keeps me up at night posted by: Walter on 3/26/2005 at 11:58:25 PM is a early to mid70s Motobecane Grand Record that needs a friend. What's been done to a bike that I lusted after as a youngster troubles me at a spiritual level. However, the spouse promises me more trouble than that so salvation won't come from me. Bike is still mostly original and the Reynolds frame in that sexy black/red 2 tone looks good.

I guess I'm shilling for the seller but there's no relation and I'd love to hear that bike went to a good home.

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Keeps me up at night posted by Douglas on 3/27/2005 at 4:06:22 AM
And black with chrome blades & stays is my preference. I set up a lot of mine with red bar tape as well.

Jeez, I have to wonder what sort of ham-fisted babboon got ahold of this one. There's the chainstay crushing kickstand skillfully installed. I love the innovative brake cable routing. Under the fork crown, that's out-of-the-box thinking. I can almost smell the brain synapses sizzling.

Alas, I too will pass on this gem.

   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Keeps me up at night posted by Gralyn on 3/27/2005 at 3:28:27 PM
I like they way they did the one picture with all the labels of the component brands.....this is something you don't typically see. However....what is the deal with the shifters and cable routing?....and what color is that kick stand? I hope someone gets it and fixes it. Of course, I would love to spot it at a thrift store for about $20....I would buy it an fix it up.

FOR SALE:    posted by: mike on 3/25/2005 at 6:32:21 PM
i have a sturmey archer 3 speed coaster brake hub in good condition, a strumey archer 3 speed trigger shift that is broken, and a HER-CU-MATIC 3 speed trigger shifter for sale.
25$ email me at if you are interested.

VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   vittoria posted by: terry on 3/24/2005 at 11:27:46 PM
I have a vittoria frame and some orig. part's. on the front badge it says vittoria made in italy and has the olympic sign, under that it says marca m fabbrico? I haven't found anything about it! it's 60's and light. it has campy shifters a the front derailer, I'm sure it had the rear originally. please if you have any imfo let ne know. thanks

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   vittoria posted by John E on 3/25/2005 at 3:06:38 PM
Please describe your front derailleur. The original Campag. Gran Sport (1950s into very early 1960s) had a square body, as did the later low-cost Valentino. By the mid-1960s, higher-quality bikes used the familiar parallelogram Record derailleur.

Can you detect any remnant of a Columbus or other tube pedigree sticker on it?

VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Italian Cesare posted by: Shaun on 3/24/2005 at 5:51:17 AM
Just picked up a Cesare. Made in Italy, Shimano 600 group, Shimano hubs with Mavic rims, Cinelli bars. Partial tubing sticker looks like Columbus and all that is legible is ...Tretub... Complete bike weighs in at 22 pounds.

I cannot find any reference to this brand name on the net nor can I find any tubing reference that fits the partial sticker. Anybody ever heard of this brand??

    Italian Cesare posted by John E on 3/24/2005 at 4:18:43 PM
TreTubi = doublebutted CrMo main triangle, usually with seamed CrMo forks & stays. My TreTubi Bianchi is a delight to ride.

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Italian Cesare posted by Kjell on 3/26/2005 at 6:26:17 AM
Brugelmann in Germany marketed a bike called Cesare M. but I don't know who actually made the frame. It was an up-market product with SLX tubes and "Microfusione" lugs.

AGE / VALUE:   columbia racycle posted by: wes on 3/22/2005 at 2:51:29 AM
ive come across a racycle head badge it says built by columbia on the top bar on the chain guard it says 5 star
american it has a cmel back frame with 26 x 13/8 tires with a sturney archer rear hub all the 5 stars ive found have 2.125 tire has anyone seen any of these and did columbia build them for someone else also it has chrome light weight fenders a very good looking bike thanks for the help again wes

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   columbia racycle posted by Smitty on 3/22/2005 at 4:35:04 AM
I think your on the wrong area

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   columbia racycle posted by wes on 3/22/2005 at 12:07:33 PM
why would it be the wrong area ive lots of light weights with 26x1 3/8 tires dont middle weights have 26x1.75 tires as a rule balooners have 2.125 so what area would you go thanks wes

      columbia racycle posted by John E on 3/22/2005 at 3:32:24 PM
With few exceptions, vintage lightweights, at least as defined in this forum, have 27" or 700C wheels. Mechanically, your bike has more in common with the middleweights or perhaps with the roadsters.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   columbia racycle posted by Kurt K on 3/23/2005 at 2:33:27 AM
Sounds like you have a 5-Star that's had it's fenders and wheels swapped out for some '70s lightweight equipment.


   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   columbia racycle posted by wes on 3/23/2005 at 4:14:25 AM
thanks for the info ill try the roadsters the hub is a 63 sturney archer with the camelback frame it looks nothing like a 5 star at all in the data base and the racycle head badge doent match anything there oh well thanks its nice ill keep it have a good one wes

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   columbia racycle posted by Laura on 4/19/2005 at 8:15:50 PM
I have a 1961 columbia bicycle if anyone has any info on these bikes please let me know!

Thank you

   RE:   columbia racycle posted by Brian Taylor on 1/2/2008 at 8:14:03 PM
Could you please call me if possible. I have an old Racycle and not sure what year, I am using my buddies computer right now, so please call me ASAP Brian 215-718-4599