| I stumbled across a 1973 Fuji "The Ace" with full first generation Dura-Ace component grouppo. Sadly, the frame is too big for me(61cm c-t) and I would like to offer it to anyone who has a Canadian made lightweight road bicycle for trade. I am looking for a Mariposa or a Proctor Townsed, primarily, but will consider others if offered. "The Ace" is in very good condition and incredibly original.|
| I have an early 90's Trek 1420 aluminum touring frame. While ajusting the derailer, the downtube shifter bosses twisted away from the downtube. Can they be fixed? |
| They can be repaired, but it is probably more cost-effective to replace them with a clamp-on unit, assuming you can find one large enough to fit the diameter of your downtube.|
| Suntour bar con shifters!!!!|
| I'll certainly second Warren's recommendation.|
| I agree, but it will still require a clamp that fits...|
| The thread on tubes and vintage racers prompted me to look at the great deals you can get in a vintage japanese bike, even on ebay. Have a look at these sweet frames and bikes going for decent prices.|
and a token french bike
The Centurion is expensive but NOS and timeless.
| Thanks for posting. Those are SOME bikes! The extremely high craftmanship was typical, which shows they wanted to be the very best. Why use Tange "champion" on a touring frame? That FUJI looks like it could beef up into a solid tourer. The Miyata looks fast. |
| Even tourers deserve butted tubes...Champion #2 has slightly thicker walls. Good to go, as they say.|
| Hi Guy's,|
I need your help pricing a Schwinn. Details follow:
Production Date June 10, 1963
Production Location Schwinn Chicago facility
Model Schwinn Sierra
Serial Number F329044
Color Sky Blue
Condition Good to Excellent
Components All original
Details: 15 speed with all original components. Sierra Model was produced for 2 years only, 1963 & 1964. Chrome fenders front & rear, chrome front forks, all badges & decals in great shape. Bike has been stored indoors, in a box, since 1970.
Any suggestions &/or input will be appreciated. I really need a price point to begin if I choose to sell this bike. Thanks in advance for all your help!
| Mike, try the Schwinn databook website for the specs. It came in just under $100 (1963 $$),which means not a whole lot,since it is a vintage bike. The simple fact of low production count, as you stated, makes them a bit rare, IMO. The AVA stem is bad news...that is dangerous to ride. I have a few on some bikes that are restorations only, just to be accurate, but I would not ride these. Gettin back to the bike. Sounds like you found something collectable, worth "what someone is willing to pay". As a bike for transportation, I'd say it is worth at least what it cost plus any upgrades, such as the derailer, wheels and definitely the stem. Thanks for posting, as the Sierra (I thought) was an '80's MTB.|
Don't forget that stem replacement for riding.
| I'M NOT FOR SURE WHAT TYPE OF BIKE THAT I'VE GOT AND I NEED ALITTLE HELP TO FIND OUT IT SEEMS TO BE A SCHWIN STYLE, AND THERE ARE MARKINGS ON THE CHAIN GUARD STAYING THAT THE BOTH BIKES ARE EVANS, NUMBERS OFF BOTH ARE J040618B26 AND THE OTHER IS E079481G26 IF YOU COULD HELP THAT WOULD BE GREAT- THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME DENNIS|
| That's interesting - as I wasn't aware they were making the 15 speeds way back in 1963. I know there was a touring model in the early 80's ....a 15 speed - called a Sierra.|
| Schwinn even made a 15-speed "Super Continental" in 1961. It gave way to the Sierra (electroforged) and the Superior (fillet-brazed CrMo) in 1963. Terrot and others made 15-speed bikes during that same vintage, almost always with something on order of 52-47-36.|
| I stand corrected. Wow. I looked it up - sure enough - there were 15 speeds way back then. Who knows - maybe I will spot one of them some day.|
| Your site makes for some good reading|