AGE / VALUE:   world class racer posted by: michael on 7/1/2005 at 2:56:25 AM
I have one the man sold it to me for what he said was $3 less than sale price. $58?
please help.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   world class racer posted by David on 7/1/2005 at 11:18:01 AM
From what you've told us, this is certainly an Italian bike of the highest quality. Most likely, it was used in the Tour de France. You should definitely wrap it in plastic and hang it in the living room for display.

VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Identifying Make and Model posted by: Nick on 6/30/2005 at 6:57:32 PM
Last year I bought an old race bike from a local thrift store. I recently began replacing some worn parts(chain, cables, etc) and have come across some information that may help identify the bike. It has shimano wheels, sekai deluxe tires, shimano eagle rear derailuer, suntour thumb shifters, shimano cassette, and "Japan Champion" inscribed in the handle bars. Any help identifying the bike is appreciated. Thanks.

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Identifying Make and Model posted by Nick on 6/30/2005 at 7:11:51 PM
Found the serial number: KS105120

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Identifying Make and Model posted by T-Mar on 7/1/2005 at 12:59:36 AM
KSXXXXX serial numbers have been seen on many Nishiki bicycles from the early 1970s. Some feel that the K denotes Kawamura, who manufactured the Nishiki and Azuki brands. However, the tires are branded for another Japanese make, Sekai, so if these are original. the serial number's resemblance to a Nishiki could be a co-incidence.

The described components could be found on just about any make of bicycle and appear to be a mixture of brands and eras, so are not of any help. However, based on the little info we have, I'd say Nishiki and Sekai are the forerunners.

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Identifying Make and Model posted by Nick on 7/1/2005 at 5:29:53 AM
Thamks for the help T-Mar.

   VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Identifying Make and Model posted by John E on 7/1/2005 at 9:20:43 PM
I vote Nishiki, circa 1973 or 1974, based solely on the fact that the serial number of my 1971 American Eagle [Nishiki] Semi-Pro [Competition] was KS78091.

VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Ideale saddle Rebour posted by: Jacob on 6/29/2005 at 4:50:19 PM
Hi everybody!

I know Ideale saddles are nice, but I wonder if a model 88 with "Rebour" stamped in the leather is rare/valuable?

I know Rebours drawings, and I understand that Rebours name on this saddle has something to do with a softening proces of the leather.

Any comments?



   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Ideale saddle Rebour posted by Warren on 6/30/2005 at 12:05:58 AM
If the Rebour is in excellent shape, it should fetch hundreds of dollars. There's an example of your saddle here...

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Ideale saddle Rebour posted by Warren on 6/30/2005 at 12:09:32 AM
If the Rebour is in excellent shape, it could fetch hundreds of dollars depending on the bidding weather on ebay. Some days it won't. There's an example of your saddle here...


   oops... posted by Warren on 6/30/2005 at 12:13:44 AM
editing and browsing at the sametime...gettin' old

AGE / VALUE:   RARE WHITEWALL TIRES posted by: Rod on 6/28/2005 at 3:59:25 PM
I want to know whether or not if whitewall tires are rare for lightweights; I have a 1968 Schwinn Collegiate women's bike that has 26" Straight Side Sport whitewalls unlike anything I've ever seen, and I'll usually see tires as plain blackwalls or even gumwalls on various models. Thanx!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   RARE WHITEWALL TIRES posted by Gralyn on 6/28/2005 at 4:21:44 PM
I remember having 26 X 1 3/8 tires on a bike - with white wall. I have a set of 27 X 1 1/4 (they could be 1 1/8 - I don't remember for sure) - but they are more white wall, rather than gum wall. I will probably put them on my Schwinn Sports Tourer whenever I get around to fixing it up. I bought these at a bike shop - they had to orde them for me. I don't know if you can still get them or not.

I believe they used to make more actual white wall bicycle tires - even for lightweights - but not sure you can still get them anywhere.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   RARE WHITEWALL TIRES posted by Lenny on 6/28/2005 at 4:33:35 PM
Hi Rod,

Here in the US midwest, I don't recall ever having seen 27 x 1 1/4" whitewall tires back in the mid-70s (when I started paying attention to such things)through the 1980's. However, one of the local bike shops here in Indianapolis often has Kenda 27 x 1 1/4" whitewall tires in stock. They are decent tires though not as nice as the Continental Sport 1000 (currently my favorite tire in this size). Regards, Lenny

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: RARE WHITEWALL TIRES posted by marc on 6/28/2005 at 8:25:24 PM
I had a peugeuot touring version of the UO-8 from the late seventies early 80's that had 700c hutchinson white wall touring tires. I sold the bike and I regret not keeping the tires.

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: RARE WHITEWALL TIRES posted by Kurt K. on 6/28/2005 at 9:45:48 PM
Kenda and Duro currently make whitewall 27" X 1-1/4" tires, Duro also makes whitewall 26" X 1-3/8" tires (EA3) as well, although I have yet to bag myself a pair of the latter.

Marc - those Hutchinsons - what width were they? I'm looking for a 20 or 23 700C in whitewall.

Take care,


   RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: RARE WHITEWALL TIRES posted by JONathan on 6/29/2005 at 7:12:08 AM
I think the white-wall 26" for roadster is pretty hard to come across. I have a Dunlop 26" from the 60's that is still OK. It is for EA3 rim. They are really tough tires, too. A mate for it would be cool on a "Sports", but so far I have only come across one other, but it was unserviceable due to the brake-pad having scored through one sidewall. That's a fast way to wreck any tire. One side looks great, so it could be used on non-rideable restoration. The new tires have a nylon mix which makes them ride rough and look cheap, but I am tired of looking for good used white-wall 26's. Some of the older Schwinn tires seem to stick like they were glued on the rim. You are lucky that yours came off in one piece. I think they are rare and could be worth more than when new. Good luck. Nice find.

    RARE WHITEWALL TIRES posted by John E on 6/29/2005 at 2:39:09 PM
My 1962 bottom-of-the-line Bianchi Corsa came with 26" x 1-3/8" x 1-1/4" Pirelli Stella whitewalls.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   RARE WHITEWALL TIRES posted by Eric Amlie on 6/29/2005 at 3:06:31 PM
Those 26" Schwinn whitewalls(EA1) were used on the Traveler models in the mid fifties to mid sixties. They are very hard to find in good condition these days and will sell for a bunch of money on ebay if you can find them.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   RARE WHITEWALL TIRES posted by Derek Coghill on 7/2/2005 at 11:38:12 PM
I've occasionally found roadbike whitewalls when sorting out the tyre pile at the bike charity place; I suspect they're touring bike width, though; Michelins or somesuch.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: RARE WHITEWALL TIRES posted by Oliver on 7/21/2005 at 7:12:40 PM
I just bought a circa 1950s Huffy Sportsman that uses 26" X 1 3/8" tires, so I've been searching too. Found this website that offers several different models in this side, including white walls.


AGE / VALUE:   Takara "Competition" w/ Campy equip. posted by: wally on 6/28/2005 at 1:52:12 AM
Hi All,
I'm hoping one of you can tell something about this bike I bought at an auction.

1. Takara "Competition" with Campy shifters fore and aft.

2. Champion #2 Chrome Moly steel butted tubes Tange Industries LTD (sticker on downtube).

3. Sugino 140 "Supermaxy" crank set.

4. Dia Compe "G" side pull brakes.

5. 3T (ttt) "Record" headset and handlebars.

6. Gipiemme hubs.

7. The rims have a dark sticker that reads: "Durex, Marchio Depositato, allumag monocellulare" and colorful sticker that reads: "Montreal, Ambrosio, Medaille D' Or, Made in Italy". They are for sew-up tires.

I'm hoping one of you can tell me when this bike was made, whether it is original with this equipment, the quality of the bike when new, and, of course, whether it has any value now as a complete bike or should I part it out?

Thanking you in advance and looking forward to your replies.
PS If any of you have old or vintage watch (Pocket or wrist) questions I MAY be able to help.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Takara posted by T-Mar on 6/29/2005 at 6:15:47 PM
From what I see your Competiton is most likely from the early 1980s. It was mid range model, about 4th in the line-up and cost about $350 US.

The crankset and brakes match original specs. Specs varied somewhat from year to year, but during this era it was usally seen with SunTour ARx derailleurs, SR bars and stem, Suzue hubs and 27" Araya rims.