VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Joannou posted by: Gralyn on 3/24/2006 at 12:04:57 AM
I spotted a brand I had never seen before: Joannou. It's a Joannou Racer. 10-speed. It looks to be gas pipe, no lugs, pretty heavy. It has chrome fenders. The wheels look to be chrome, 27 x 1 1/4. For what I paid for it - I came out pretty good - considering the saddle looks to be a Leather...kind of like a Brooks.....but with the "Joannou" script on the side (very small). The tires look fairly new, it has Sun Tour clamp on down tube shifters. Yes, for just the shifters, saddle, and tires - it was a great deal. It has a head badge with a "J"....and the name...

Anyone know anything about a Joannou brand?

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Joannou posted by Brian on 3/25/2006 at 5:17:42 AM
I used to sell Joannous in the 70's. Ours were English made with lugged frames, fairly light weight, entry level bike with flashy metallic paint jobs. We bought 20 some, ladies racers and for some reason they came with Wrights Swallow saddles. A very hard narrow leather saddle. We ended up replacing almost all of them with padded seats.

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Joannou posted by Brian on 3/25/2006 at 6:14:32 AM
Correction: Those Swallow saddles were Brooks not Wrights.

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Joannou posted by ethan on 4/2/2006 at 12:20:12 AM
I just recently found a free blue Joannou Racer myself. This is the first bit of bike specific info I've found so far. The only other info I've found is that the president of Jamis is a Joannou; and that there were three brothers in the bike business in the Miami area in the 70's. The frame is a bit scratched and there is a decent amount of rust; there is a bike registration sticker from 1974; the hardware is all Suntour and Huret, mostly in bad shape, and some bits now lay in the dumpster. I had to cut off some housing clamps and still have what apear to be junk wheels, brakes, and derailleurs. I plan on keeping the crankset and rebuilding the bottom bracket and headset, but replacing most everything else. Single rear brake, Single rear sprocket, new wheels, and whatever else comes up along the way for free or cheap. Please feel free to e-mail me with suggestions, offers, ideas, ect.

AGE / VALUE:    posted by: Steve Campbell on 3/22/2006 at 9:17:54 PM
I am not a big lightweight fan, prefer the middles and heavies, but I ran across a gold 3 speed Roadmaster Courier 3 with a unique rear frame gusset/axle holder. Serial # R513718. The rear frame is a stamped sheetmetal piece rather than a continuation of the tube frame. Anybody got a clue as to where it was made and approximate age. I can send a picture if it will help. It is a cool bike and I will probably use it as one of my daily riders, it rolls a lot easier than my fatties. Thanks.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:    posted by nate on 3/28/2006 at 1:22:04 PM
If it has a Sturmey-Archer rear hub it will have a 2 digit date code

VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Western flyer worth? posted by: Paul on 3/22/2006 at 5:02:27 PM
Forgot to ad this along with my other question the western Flyers bikes were bought In 1974. I do have the receipt somewher In the house and un able to find them right now Thank you Paul

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Western flyer worth? posted by David on 3/22/2006 at 11:19:01 PM
The "English Roadsters" forum is a better one for your bikes, but I'll try. I believe Western Flyer is [yet] another house brand made by Raleigh and is probably the same quality (differing only in paint job) as Phillips, Robin Hood, etc. Only really beautiful examples are worth much to collectors and the Raleigh, Rudge, etc English names are worth more. I suggest you don't worry about its value, but ride it instead. With $3/gal gas you'll find it's ideal for any errand within a couple of miles of home!

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Western flyer worth? posted by Ron on 3/28/2006 at 1:02:41 AM
Western Flyer was actually the store brand for Western Auto department stores. My daughter has a Galaxy Flyer model. They are typical american bikes with one piece cranks and heavy steel construction. Some of the older middleweight bikes might have some collector interest.

   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Western flyer worth? posted by John Metz on 4/2/2006 at 4:19:58 PM
Western Flyer was indeed the house brand for Western
Auto stores. Some of these bikes were made for Western Auto
by Murray-Ohio Manufacturing maker of Mercury and Murray
bicycles. Murrray made many house brand bikes for others including Sears. Check e-bay for a general idea of value.

Cycle on!

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Western flyer worth? posted by larry L on 4/5/2006 at 1:29:33 AM
What do I have? Just received an old Wesern Flyer girls bike with an unusual flexible front fork. Appears to have the spring inside the main front tube and a girder like front end. Girl's frame has 2 bars supporting the double downtube frame. Any ideas? Thanks, Larry

VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Information posted by: Paul on 3/22/2006 at 3:39:04 PM
I have 2 Ladies 5 speed bicycles They are both Western flyers Tire size are 26 x 1 3/8 One has 500 miles on It the other has 300 miles on it Both are all original except for 2 tires being replaced. Both are In good shape. Any one knowing there worth If any. could tell what they may be worth would be greatly apprechated. Thank you. Paul


VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   gios posted by: rex on 3/21/2006 at 7:56:34 AM
i have a gios road bike it is like the blue ones but painted pink the bike would be about 25 years old, i have herd that gios only made blue painted bikes in that style,any one know any yhing about these bikes?