VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Not so vintage...but a nice lugged lightweight posted by: Kurt K. on 6/4/2005 at 10:55:45 PM
Got this mid '80s Raleigh USA Competition (no relation to the Nottingham model) a few months back, finally got around to fixing it up.

Sugnio SLR crankset, Suntour Cyclone derailer, Raleigh 555 tubing (frame made in Japan), Diacomp side-pulls. Rides like a dream, and is pretty darn light. I'm not too big on Japanese componentry, but I must say it ain't bad.

I do want to replace the rear shifter lever and freewheel, however. The shifter isn't indexed, and I'd much rather prefer if it was. The rear freewheel also leavs a bit to be desired - it's not notched, and doesn't shift as smooth as I would like.

Anyone here happen to have that indexed rear derailer lever? I haven't had much luck with the local shops. Would prefer Suntour - who knows what compatibility problems may pop up with the ol'mighty Shimano.

P.S.: The white bar tape, mirror and Brooks Professional saddle are the only upgrades I have done since I got it (except for giving it a good cleaning).

Take care,



   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Not so vintage...but a nice lugged lightweight posted by Randy on 6/5/2005 at 6:18:10 PM
Hi Kurt. If you can, send me a couple of good pictures of the shifter that you need and I might be able to asist. I have lots of stuff that I clean and/or rebuild, lubricate and just put away for use at a later date. It would be my pleasure to help you with your beautiful old Raleigh, if I can. I might add that I have an English Raleigh "Competition GS", that is practically mint(just cleaned it up and lubricated it), and I really like the bike.

   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Not so vintage...but a nice lugged lightweight posted by Kurt K. on 6/5/2005 at 11:20:56 PM
Hello Randy!

I'll take some photos for you later on this week then...soon as these rainshowers slow down! The shifters are Suntour, but I don't particularly mind if the levers aren't matched, just so long as it works.

Sounds like a wonderful bike. What model tubing? Personally, I prefer the English models, pre-'80s specifically. Haven't had any luck finding anything better then Raleigh Grand Prixs down here though, so I natrually jumped at the chance for this Competition.

Curiously enough, I recently have had a strange urge to buy two blue Schwinn Varsity frames (talk about different!) to build up - guess it's those rolls of NOS denim and buckskin handlebar tapes I got recently that are causing that craving...

P.S., my email addy is

Take care,


AGE / VALUE:   Vintage Campy pedal compatibility posted by: Gene on 6/4/2005 at 1:25:07 AM
Can someone knowledgeable in vintage Campy componants tell me if the current 9/16th dia. clipless pedal mount is compatible with a 1965 Campy Record crank arm, and what thread count needs to be? If not compatible, is anything available for upgrading to clipless pedals? Any help is appreciated. Gene

   RE:AGE / VALUE: Vintage Campy pedal compatibility posted by Warren on 6/4/2005 at 3:30:27 AM
It will work fine although I had heard there were some french threaded campag cranksets. Rare I suspect. Wouldn't you rather mount a nice pair of SL pedals instead?

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Vintage Campy pedal compatibility posted by Gene on 6/4/2005 at 10:52:16 PM
Thanx Warren. I have the original steel cage & alum pedals in near prestine condition My objective is to distribute the pedal pressure across a larger surface of the foot for half century + rides until I decide on a newer bike.

    Vintage Campy pedal compatibility posted by John E on 6/6/2005 at 5:03:03 PM
French: 14mm diameter x 1.25mm thread pitch
All others: 9/16" = 14.29mm diameter, 20 TPI

   RE: Vintage Campy pedal compatibility posted by Gene on 6/10/2005 at 5:33:49 PM
Thank you John.

VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Schwinn Traveler posted by: Bill Kovacs on 6/3/2005 at 6:39:52 PM
I bought a Schwinn Traveler in 1984. 23 inch frame. I still ride it. It is worn out. I want to know the frame geometry to purchase a new bike with the same geometry. I do not have the original catalog any longer. Does anyone have a catalog with the specs to help me? I know how to make the measurements but they are imprecise.

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Schwinn Traveler posted by Gralyn on 6/3/2005 at 8:34:15 PM
Is it a USA Traveler? Or Taiwan?
You didn't wear out the frame did you? Maybe you could just re-build it....and maybe upgrade some of the components.

I have '85, '86, and '87 USA Schwinn Travelers....Black, Blue, and Green respectively. They are great bikes and I ride them a lot.

I had found a Schwinn was great and had lots of information for older a 71 Sports Tourer, etc......and up through about a 76 LeTour or so....but nothing as current as the 80's. I haven't seen anything on the web catalog-wise for the 80's....I would like to find it also.

   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Schwinn Traveler posted by JONathan on 6/4/2005 at 7:56:35 AM
A fine bike for all-around. Mine is about '80, Taiwan job, but I don't think Giant...possibly Merida based on the serial number on headbadge. Giants had theirs on the left rear dropout. Standard equp was SunTour "ARx", dia-comp (Weinmann clones) cp brakes; Sugino "VP" cranks. Commendable for its tight geometry and somewhat beefed Cr-Mo plain-gauge with superb finishing for a mass produced runner. Unless you have reason to suspect a frame failure, I would do as suggested above. Componentry is a no-problem acquisition for little outlay. I upgraded the rear wheel to cut down on spoke snaps. Wheelbase is 40 1/2" by measure axle center-center. Quite tight rear traiangle necessitated a 650 caliper brake which precludes any sort of decent rear fender. Solution was to avoid using it on wet weather commutes, which is risky business on any hp-tired VLW...IMHO. The "traveler" is on my active list without pretense, as it is highly under-rated...possibly a fluke. It rides amazingly well and quite fast. The only guys that mow me down are the hardcore running the carbons; and they ain't commuting! You must've logged some miles to burnout an "Ar". Mine shifts real good (average on absolute) after three years. They are simple units that seem to have been the focus of some engineers worth their salt, IMHO. They probably had a price-point to maintain, but the money went into the right places. A couple crashes will do the Ar's in, but just stay away from crashes. IF you hoop up a "V", you'll have a good replacement for the Ar. I have not seen many Ar's on the block, but tons of "V"'s are around. If the craftsmanship is anything like it is on mine, the frame is worth repaint. The gray paint on mine is really tough. Getting a ground on the front generator was not easy.

   RE: '84 Traveler geometry posted by Eric Amlie on 6/6/2005 at 2:24:44 PM
The '84 Schwinn catalog specs the 23" Traveler as 73 degree head angle, 73 degree seat angle, and 40" wheel base.

   schwinn traveler 3 posted by danny on 7/3/2006 at 9:41:46 PM
I need to know the year and possible worth of my bike.
Serial # is; #8E00426. can you help me?
thanks! danny age 12..

AGE / VALUE:   Carlton Flyer... posted by: Randy on 6/3/2005 at 1:48:30 AM
Something really nice happended to me recently. A complete stranger sent me, free of charges of any kind, a complete and very good condition 1959 Carlton "Flyer". It has beautiful chromed Capella lugs, a Lycett Swallow saddle, Campy High Flange hubs laced to Dunlop rims, Courrier brake calipers(sadly, no levers were on the bike), Crestman handlebars with an early GB stem, Benolux 60 - Super transmission, Milremo cottered crank set and Blummels fenders. I have cleaned and lubed everything and am in the process of painting the frame presently(the entire frame is chrome with only a hint of rust on the right seat stay). I have all the art work and materials to make up a set of decals. I hope to finish the project in the next couple of weeks. When I went to pick up the Carlton(it was shipped to Duluth, Minn. for me at my request)I also got really lucky and bought a 1071 Atala Record 101 Professional for thirty dollars(Columbus tubing, Campagnolo drops, chromed lugs, seat and chain stays and fork tips, Universal Model 61 brakes, TTT Grand Prix stem and handlebars - no derailleurs, wheels or saddle which is no big deal because I have them all in my stash). It too is a very nice bike and all I need to complete it is the derailleur cable bracket that clamps onto the frame just above the bottom bracket. It was a great week! The Flyer will be keeping my dump found Carlton "Professional" company from now on and the Atala will join the Italian portion of my growing collection.

   RE:AGE / VALUE: Carlton Flyer... posted by Warren on 6/4/2005 at 3:35:05 AM
Is the Adanac hotel still serving watered down drinks with bad country music? Something must be causing people to toss all their classic bikes your direction!

I'm moving to Thunder Bay before it's too late...

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Carlton Flyer... posted by Randy on 6/5/2005 at 6:13:17 PM
Actually, I have never been in the Adanac(Canada spelled backwards, for those who are interested)Hotel. As for bikes being thrown away, it seems to me that is not just a Thunder Bay thing. I am sending the weekend in Winnipeg with my daughter and her family and so far I have passed on a very nice Velo Sport "Prestige", a Holdsworth "Professional" frame and fork set(too costly for my blood) in good condition and at lease a dozen other vintage lightweight road bikes that did not interest me. I did purchase, for $30.00 CND an all but mint Miele with Suntour components. This afternoon I will(hopefully) be looking at a Nishiki 21 speed that is supposed to be in mint condition, also. Why are bikes so plentiful? I honestly don't know but I, for one, am having the time of my 57 year old life.

AGE / VALUE:   what kind of bike is this? posted by: michelle on 6/2/2005 at 3:59:19 AM
I just got an old bike and I want to know what it is. It is a woman's bike, one speed. It seems to be european. It has an emblem on the front that says Cortina the handle bar says Friko ans the chain guard says Hebie. The lettering is worn off of the bike istself. The bike is red. It has a build in lock on the back wheel. It has a leather seat any clues?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   what kind of bike is this? posted by JONathan on 6/2/2005 at 4:08:35 PM
Well, since no authoritative sources have responded....I'll give a wild guess the origin is Germany or Holland. The lock you describe appears on many Dutch machines such as the Gazelle bikes. "Cortina" was a model of Opel back in the daze. Pretty nice car it was, too. Assist by providing a make on the rear drum and describe the brakes. The lock would indicate a utility bike, IMHO.

   RE:AGE / VALUE: what kind of bike is this? posted by James on 6/5/2005 at 6:48:35 AM
Hebie is a german company, a dutch bike would probably have a full chaincase. I've seen quite a few orphan german bicycles about, none of them with recognizable badges, like Opel, Dürkopp, Wanderer, apparently there were numerous and failed attempts to sell german bikes with forgotten export names.
Cortina was a British ford model but probably has nothing to do with anything here.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   what kind of bike is this? posted by Michelle on 6/7/2005 at 4:10:37 AM
I am the one with the bike that has the Cortina emblem on the front. Also on the plate that Has Cortina on it there are initials FLH. The rear drum says: F&S H and it is hard to read but looks like Komel Super then numbers: 161 36 there is a serial number on the bike 54492 any clues?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   what kind of bike is this? posted by Brakes on 6/7/2005 at 4:34:47 AM
By the way, the front brake is a hand brake I believe it is called cantilever the kind that whan you squeeze the brake the 2 pads clamp down on the front tire and the rear is the old foot brake where you push the pedal back and it stops the bike. It has a head and tail light that is run by a generator. The headlight still works the fenders are aluminum with a red stripe down the center. I am very curious to see what I have. Thank you.