AGE / VALUE:   schwinn traveler posted by: john on 4/12/2006 at 8:34:52 PM
Schwinn Travler 12 speed....sun tour components(downtube shifter), sugino crank, sticker on seat tube says "chrome moly 4130 main tubes." Paint ok, but wheels shot. I have replacements but would need new tires. Is this one worth the effort of a tuneup/new tires to use for trade or sale as it's too small for me? Thanks. john

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   schwinn traveler posted by Gralyn on 4/13/2006 at 3:05:39 PM
Is it one of the USA Schwinn Travelers? Or made in Taiwan? I'm suspecting it may be the Taiwan version. I had a Taiwan Traveler.....didn't really have to do much at all to it.....sold it for like $60. The USA Travelers, however.....I had an '85 model....I fixed it up, put new tires and bar tape, added 3rd chain ring....sold it for like $125. I think they got a good deal, considering the condition of the bike....actually, a super deal. On the Taiwan Traveler.....I don't think they got a super deal - but I think it was a very fair price.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   schwinn traveler posted by john on 4/13/2006 at 9:46:51 PM
Grayln:It's the Taiwan version left out for the trash bike which I don't really need but I didn't have the heart to let it sit or throw it out. Guess I'll keep it for a while and get it road ready when the urge hits some cold winter night. john

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   schwinn traveler posted by JONathan on 4/15/2006 at 8:37:49 AM
Good idea. I ran a Taiwan (Merida) Traveler for a couple years. Great commute bike and sport runner. The Sugino GT cranks have a 52T large ring for some decent topend...I passed a lot of supposedly better bikes...the Travelers are under-recognized for how well they can move. Short wheel base helps handling, but the top-tube is long enough for good stability. I think it was a great design and the craftmanship and paint are superb for off-the-shelf bikes.
They are a bit on the heavy end (plain gauge chro-mo), but the construction is tight. Mine is a zone-4 gray paint job.
Why are they dumped so often, I'll never figure.

VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   1966 Peugeot womens green posted by: Mickey on 4/11/2006 at 8:19:31 PM
I'm looking for a new home for my old Peugeot. Any suggestions other than Craigslist?

I bought this bike when I was a student at UC Davis. When my daughter went to UCD, she used it too. It's been stored in a garage for most of it’s life, but has some rust. It's a rugged, heavy bike. It cruises very well and can out coast most new bicycles.

Some rusting, some fading of green paint and labels. Back tire needs new inner tube. Flat occurred two weeks ago.

Labels and most equipment are original. Brake controls, wrapped handles and seat replaced (SelleRoyal Xsenium MetroGel) Basically, an antique with a few upgrades.


VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Gobel bicycle posted by: shaggy on 4/11/2006 at 4:11:39 AM
Hi I just moved to my new home and in the shed I found two vintage bicycles. One is a Royce Union and is made in Japan but doesnt seem like much. Now my question is this the other bicycle Im having trouble finding any kind of information on and is not in the database. The only information I have is it has an Emblem on the front that reads Gobel and I found markings that state it may be from 1956 and possibly made in Germany. Can anyone give me any kind of information on this bicycle and maybe let me know if it has any kind of value.

WANTED:   Coppertone Paramount fork posted by: Kurt K. on 4/9/2006 at 8:50:28 PM
Looking for a coppertone Paramount fork for my '61 Paramount.

Must be for 27" wheels, not 700C, preferably with eyelets at the dropout, and for a 23" frame (let me know steer-tube length).

See pic to see the current incorrect fork I have on it now:

The correct one shouldn't look much different then be about an inch longer with eyelets.

Email at:

In case you're wondering, I found out that the fork on my '61 Paramount is an imposter from a later model that was made for 700C. I can't fit my Bluemels fenders in otherwise, and the existing Paramount fork doesn't have eyelets for them either.

Take care,


   RE:WANTED:   Coppertone Paramount fork posted by David on 4/10/2006 at 12:34:27 AM
Near where you posted your chrome sports wanted ad on there's a NOS Raleigh International fork in a similar color. I'm not sure if the Internationals were built for tubulars (i.e. 700C) or not, but it's certainly equivalent materials and quality and would, I think, do until the perfectly correct fork showed up.

   RE:RE:WANTED:   Coppertone Paramount fork posted by Kurt K. on 4/10/2006 at 3:14:31 PM
Already got email from him. Nope, not the right size.

Still looking.


VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Miyata "six ten" 1980's posted by: JONathan on 4/7/2006 at 4:19:02 PM
I just had to buy this one! The price was $60, for which I accepted without a second thought. My "reward" for passing on a lot of lessor-quality (some very good) finds. The "Grand Touring" (six ten) has Miyata chromium-molebdenum; double-butted tubing. Forks are 1024 steel. Sugino "GT" triple crank (165), SunTour "Mountech" rear der., front der., and hubs are SunTour. Brakes are cantilever style (like MTB's). Araya 27x 1 1/4 hp rims with an original Miyata "Grand Touring" tire (90psi) on the front rim are in excellent shape. The stem and bars are SR, with "Road Champion" bar. Cable housing guides are top mounted on the top-tube. Special features: 1) threaded mounts under the down-tube; what are these for? I remember a post about this sometime ago with no definitive response, but lots of great ideas, IMHO; 2) "Mountech" rear der. jockey-wheel is a very different sort; it's unique among all others made by SunTour, or anyone I've ever seen; 3) The hubs are fitted with what looks like a threaded dust guard, most rotate with the wheel, this one is stationary; 4) Dia-Compe brake lever (left side)has built-in rearview mirror and 5) the seat-stays have braze-on flanges for a rack (like on MTB's). Overall, this bike is very robust in FUJI's, with excellent balance on the road. Performance is fair, but the design was for durability and comfort, so that's acceptable to me. The forks on this bike are very strong to handle a heavy loaded set of panniers and rough roads. Hill climbs are easy with the granny front ring. If you find one of these in good shape it would make a great commuter, too. I have been giving away some bikes, so I can feel OK about making an addition...or two! The color is "French blue", I am told by the family artist! I call it faded navy. My best find this year, and I was not even looking!

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Miyata posted by Gralyn on 4/7/2006 at 7:42:37 PM
That would have been my post with the question about the mounts underneath the down tube. I have seen the 2 screw mounts underneath - for a 3rd water bottle cage.....but this (on my Miyata) was a single mount. I still don't know what it is for.
I suppose my Miyata was also originally a touring bike - but without cantilever brakes. It may have originally had a triple crank. It does have braze-ons for rear rack (braze-ons on the seat stays....and eyelets for fenders and racks.....and a threaded hole for the rear fender just behind the bottom bracket.
With mine being aluminum - except for the seat and chain stays....I thought it would make a really light fixie. I built it as fixed gear - but it was just a lot heavier than I thought it would be - so I built it as a multi-speed. I didn't set it up for touring, though.....although that's a possibility - to build it up with a triple crank, racks, etc. for touring.

   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Miyata posted by schwinnderella on 4/9/2006 at 1:30:20 AM
I have a mid 90's Miyata Alumicross which looks to have been Miyata's top cross bike at least in the early 90's.This bike also hase the single screw mount.According to my Miyata catalog under brazed-ons they list this as a Air-bottle Basement.Not sure what that would be but I assume one of those small CO2 type air cartridges.

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Miyata posted by Paul on 4/9/2006 at 6:17:47 PM
Those threaded mounts under the downtube might be a braze on for a clampless "flick stand" by Rhode Gear. It depends on where on the down tube it is atttached. There could be other explanations, but the extra braze on could very well be a mistake. Or an extra if 700C wheels are used or 27" wheels. Hard to say without seeing the bike.

   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Miyata posted by JONathan on 4/10/2006 at 5:03:00 AM
Like a mistake in design or a mistake in construction? Mine has two "water bottle rack" threaded mounts; the position of the holes line up just below the lower mount (+180 deg.) on the top-mounted cage and about 3/4" lower on the tube; i.e., holes are not lined up radially. A water bottle mounted on the bottom side of the down-tube, near the BB, I expect would get a lot of mud and grit all over it; not to mention the inconvenient access whilst moving down the road. A kickstand there I would expect to be cause for concern, lest something catches on it while moving down the road; the same, I suppose, applies to a water bottle mounted there. Interesting that some bikes have just one hole.


   RE:RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Miyata posted by Gralyn on 4/11/2006 at 1:00:27 AM
So, maybe it is for an air bottle basement - as in the post above......and not for a water bottle, or a kick stand.....which really wouldn't make sense.

   RE:RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Miyata posted by Derek Coghill on 4/13/2006 at 11:03:53 PM
I believe that the under-frame cage mounts are for carrying a bottle containing the fuel for your stove when touring; that way if it leaks it won't contaminate anything.

This is sort of hearsay; not being one of yer hardened cyclo-tourists I'm not 100% sure.

   RE:RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Miyata posted by Paul on 4/16/2006 at 2:16:14 PM
I said "Flick Stand", not kick stand. Any way, the frame in question has only one threaded mount. It is most likely a mistake in construction. If the mounts on your frame are not lined up properly, that is also a mistake in construction. I have seen dozens of frames with these types of mistakes. Like vent holes on seatstays turned to the outside of the frame. Mis-aligned braze ons like you describe. These types of mistakes are fairly common.

   RE:RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Miyata posted by TREY TAPMAN on 5/7/2006 at 2:49:17 AM

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Miyata posted by emily on 5/25/2007 at 9:25:45 AM
i myself just found an alumicross. i believe the braze on is for a front fender....thats what several sources have indicated. there is also a spot for a rear fender, but it seems an impossible fit.