VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Fuji Allegro posted by: Gralyn on 8/30/2005 at 1:17:16 AM
I had some good luck today: I spot this Fuji Allegro (I believe it was an Allegro). The price was too good to pass up considering (I mean it was really cheap): But it has Ukai alloy wheels 27 X 1 1/8. However, the rear wheel is bolt-on. Another has steel bars.....and another fittings for water bottles......and stem shifters.....brake levers with safety levers.
Now on the up: Fuji Valite tubing, forged drop-outs with der hanger.....Sugino cranks.....drilled for triple! (and not oxidized!) Toe clips and straps. Well, anyway, considering the alloy wheels, the crank set (I'm always in need of a triple), the valite frame, and the toe clips and straps.....I would have paid triple for the crankset what I paid for the whole bike! I'll probably swap out the crankset and re-build it and sell it.
(considering the steel bars, bolt-on rear wheel, stem shifters, safety isn't very high in the Fuji line-up.....but it does look like a nice frame.

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Fuji Allegro posted by Gralyn on 8/31/2005 at 4:08:59 PM
.....about that triple crank: I looked at it last night: It looks to be chrome-plated? I had never seen one like this. Most of the time they just polished aluminum alloy, or aluminum alloy with a clear-coat......but I haven't seen one with a chrome-plate-looking coating.

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Fuji Allegro posted by Warren on 8/31/2005 at 9:58:55 PM
Put a magnet on those chainrings. The Sugino VT triples often had steel middle rings.

   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Fuji Allegro posted by Gralyn on 9/1/2005 at 1:50:38 PM
Yes, they are Sugino VT, and the cranks are alloy, of course.....but the rings are steel. I believe both of them are steel. But, I do have extra alloy rings I would substitute - whenever I put this crankset on another bike.

AGE / VALUE:   Sears Freespirit posted by: Mark on 8/29/2005 at 10:29:47 PM
I recently bought a Sears Freespirit at a garage sale. I know very little about it but I do know it was made in Canada. The serial number is C630-27236. Any info is appreciated.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Sears Freespirit posted by Dick in FL on 8/30/2005 at 6:28:19 PM
I'm afraid Free Spirits don't command much respect hereabouts. I am probably going to be the only one to congratulate you. My Canadian Free Spirit is one of my favorites. It is more like a Raleigh with "high tensile steel", cottered cranks, and lugged construction. The stem is attached with a recessed Allen bolt ... very un-Sears. Mine is only a five speed, but it is fitted with a Sun Tour slant parallelogram rear derailleur. The seat post is marked with oak leaves. Finally, it is built with 26" wheels, chromed steel fenders, and upright handlebars. Let us know the details of how your Free Spirit is constructed. From my sub-collection it is evident that they were progressively "cost-improved" to the point where the name was an embarassment. How are your dropouts attached to the chain stays? Squeezed stampings?
Regards --- Dick in FL

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Sears Freespirit posted by Dick in FL on 8/30/2005 at 10:33:19 PM
Er ... make that "seat tube marked with *maple* leaves". I must have been thinking about military decorations. Apologies to all Canadians!

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Sears Freespirit posted by Kurt K. on 8/31/2005 at 12:53:27 PM
Incedentally, I once built a very impressive hybrid/road warrior bike from a cheap (but unusually light) 1990's Free Spirit MTB frame. Funny to see the Free Spirit name being flanked with some very nice components.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Sears Freespirit posted by Joe M on 8/31/2005 at 11:14:51 PM
I've run accrossed a few earlier Sears Frespirit bikes that were made in Austria, had one that was a three speed, and another a 10 speed road bike, both were early 70's or older. If yours says Made in Canada, it may have been a CCM product, I believe CCM built a lot of department store brands much like Murry and Pacific did here. Being made in Canada has got to be step or two above being a Huffy or other department store brand? I guess it really depends on whether you like the bike and the sum of it's components. I still have a couple of Ross bikes that I keep around, which weren't very high end, but were all Shimano equipped with lug frames. Can you get an idea of it's age from the components? Are the components name brand?
I do have a CCM ladies middleweight here that has a similar serial number, C420-18336. It's badged CCM. I really don't know much about it, it was given to me and I just hung it in the garage figuring I may need it for parts or something. It's a pretty low end bike, along the lines of an early Columbia or equivalent from the early 70's or so.
I believe it also has a red with white Maple leaf decal on the seat tube. The headbadge is a foil decal type.


AGE / VALUE:   other posted by: Frank Johnson on 8/29/2005 at 9:27:20 AM
Good Service

VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   FS my 1972 grand prix cyclocross posted by: adammit on 8/29/2005 at 8:40:59 AM
For sale My large frame 1972 grand prix 10 speed road bike (in the blue) done up cyclocross style for commuting in vermont It's got weinmann Aluminium rims with tioga bloodhound tires(the knobby ones) a bernard Hinault TURBO leather saddle. New handlebars, shimano slr levers, fresh bar wrap, a new casette. I think it has the original suntour derailluers. Umm i'd be glad to take pictures It's got quite a few stickers on it including it's original Burlington Vermont bike licence for 1972-73. i've owned this bike 4 years and just havent ridden it much since i got my sports. i'm thinking i'd like 200$ obo. for it because of the parts I've got in it. the tires were new this winter, the rims are from the year before. If no one wants to buy it I'll have to part it out.

AGE / VALUE:   1948 R.R.A. ON E- BAY posted by: CKOKKINIS@COMCAST.NET on 8/28/2005 at 5:50:34 PM
There is a 1948 Raleigh Record Ace (R.R.A.) frame and fork on e- bay. Item # 6556665770
Related to seller,because this one is my auction. Check under throwbackbikes. Thanks