AGE / VALUE:   bianchi info posted by: mark on 7/14/2006 at 12:15:12 AM
Hi I own a 1962 bianchi specialissimma , i have lost the bearings for the headset
, does anyone know what size these are. Thank

   RE:AGE / VALUE: bianchi info posted by David on 7/16/2006 at 5:19:30 PM
What model headset does it use?

   : bianchi info posted by John E on 7/18/2006 at 3:06:45 PM
My first "10-speed" was a bottom-of-the-line Bianchi Corsa, which my father bought new in December 1962. I have always coveted the Specialissimas of that era.

AGE / VALUE:   Columbia Serial Number issue posted by: Blair Lee on 7/12/2006 at 12:35:49 AM
I have an old Columbia 10-speed in my basement. The stamping on the left drop-out reads P709681, which doesn't fit in any of the ranges specified in the SN list I found on this site. Based solely on the paint and overall appearance, I would put the vintage of this bike somewhere in the 70s, but I'd like to know if there's any way to be sure.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Columbia Serial Number issue posted by JONathan on 7/12/2006 at 6:30:19 AM
There are date-codes on some components. Bikes from later 70's seem to have the brake-extension levers and stem-shifters in great abundance. Cottered-cranks would suggest a '60's bike.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Columbia Serial Number issue posted by Gralyn on 7/12/2006 at 4:38:53 PM
Yes, for just about any bike - if it has those brake lever / safety lever extensions and stem shifters - it's from the 70's. I've seen a few late bloomers - getting into the early 80's with those features - but for the most part - it's a 70's thing.

   suicide brake lever extensions posted by John E on 7/17/2006 at 3:07:56 PM
I have seen a few new bikes with a much-improved variation on the extension lever theme -- a second pair of brake handles, mounted across the tops of the drops, which operate by increasing the effective length of the cable housing. I still don't like decelerating sharply with my hands that close together, but at least this system would have some braking power.

   RE:suicide brake lever extensions posted by David on 7/22/2006 at 2:38:40 AM
Nashbar has those levers cheap right now (use coupon code W219 for another 10% off). I think they're only usable with "aero" levers; where the operating cable is routed along the handlebar. My bro-in-law has an injured hand and can't operate the lever on the drop very well. The in-line lever was a godsend for him.

AGE / VALUE:   Exxon Graftek posted by: Leticia on 7/11/2006 at 3:59:32 PM
I own a small Exxon Graftek from the 70's which is outfitted with campagnolo components. I am thinking about selling this or trading for a more modern road bike. I know it is a collector's item as it was the first carbon fiber frame. I was wondering what is a fair price to ask. It is in excellent condition for the most part!

   RE:AGE / VALUE: Exxon Graftek posted by Paul Von der Heyden on 7/31/2006 at 4:42:38 PM
What size is the frame? I've recently bought a very nice Graftek G-1 frame and fork for $500. A complete bike, in really beautiful shape, went unsold on eBay last year with the seller asking $2000.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Exxon Graftek posted by Leticia on 8/28/2006 at 2:25:55 PM
It is very small.. probably 50 cm. I have decided to hang on to it! Sentimental reasons are keeping me from parting with it! It is in original condition and beautiful!

VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Rims-clencher posted by: Jeffrey Mann on 7/10/2006 at 10:53:33 PM
I have a 1978 Ital Vega Super Speciale. Beautiful bike all
I used to race on sew-ups but would like to build some clencher rims on a pair of Campy low flange hubs.
Does anyone know where I might find some Fiamme or Super Champion clincher rims (700) from that era? I don't even
know if they exist. Build some rims on new Mavix rims but they just don't go with the bike.

    Rims-clincher posted by John E on 7/12/2006 at 2:06:45 PM
Try,, and any OLDER bike shops in your area.

AGE / VALUE:   Hanson bike posted by: Jerry Spaulding on 7/10/2006 at 1:07:50 AM
I've been trying to find some info on a "Hanson" road bike. I've had it about a year and haven't found anybody who is familiar with it yet. It is a lugged steel framed ten speed with Campagnolo Nuovo Record and Cinelli components. The rear derailer has a 74 patent date. The lettering on the bike is hand painted. there is a large "H" cutout on the bottom bracket.