VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   raleigh super course posted by: jim on 8/24/2006 at 3:41:05 AM
i just picked up a late sixties/early seventies coffee colored super course. 531 tubing and nervex lugs-could really use some paint touch-up. has anyone had any luck finding a spray paint that matches(or at least approaches) this old raleigh coffee color?

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: raleigh super course posted by jack on 8/25/2006 at 6:14:35 AM
Just trial and error with hobby paints. Testors is cheap and with some mixing works best on easy to match colors.

AGE / VALUE:   Freddy Grubb posted by: Randy on 8/23/2006 at 9:18:31 PM
Last weekend was a good one for bicycle hunting. Picked up a very clean Concord "Road Work"(small frame), an even cleaner Peugeot "Sprint", a clean black Miele and a wonderful old made in England Freddy Grubb "Galie..."(I can't make out the model). Does anyone know anything about these old English bicycles?

Also, I passed a fellow riding a mintCanadian made Velo Sport "Supra" the same day. He proudly showed me his bicycle, mentioning that he paid only $650.00 for it a month or so ago. True, the Velo is full Campy Super Record but WOW! $650.00!!! Things have certainly changed.

AGE / VALUE:   Sears Free Spirit "Brittany" posted by: Mark on 8/23/2006 at 9:11:57 PM
Does anyone know what year Sears made the Free Spirit "Brittany"? Suprisingly, it's a mans bike with a girls name. It's got ten speeds, with a rack on back. Front and rear fenders, and balloon tire bike type handlebars. I'm guessing 70's, but you folks are alot more knowledgable than myself! Thanks in advance, Mark.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Sears Free Spirit posted by David on 8/24/2006 at 11:25:23 AM
Obviously, it was made before people began giving girls the ridiculous name of "Brittany." I'd guess it was, to Sears, a romantic name evoking the idea of cycling to Mont St Michel. (I'd like to do that!)

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Sears Free Spirit posted by mark on 8/24/2006 at 8:25:48 PM
Your probably right! Any idea of the age of this bike? I've seen it called a "boat anchor", I'm assuming because of the weight! Not a bad find for 10 bucks though! Thanks.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Sears Free Spirit posted by Matthew from the ER DB on 8/24/2006 at 9:39:26 PM
Brittany Sears? It made me laugh! Maybe you need to say it like I do. Britt'nee Sears?

Sorry I'll go back to the DB I belong on.

Matthew - life's too short not to laugh.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Sears Free Spirit posted by Chris on 8/25/2006 at 5:15:43 PM
Harpers Bazarr magazine
She was just on the cover at the super market. Pregnant and with black hair.


   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Sears Free Spirit posted by Chris on 8/25/2006 at 5:16:56 PM
You would have to go through a stack of back Sears bicycle catalogs to find that out.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Sears Free Spirit posted by mark on 8/25/2006 at 8:24:28 PM
Thanks to all for the bike related info.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Sears Free Spirit posted by Ron on 8/26/2006 at 3:28:38 AM
I have a Brittany, and I have some friends that have a matching pair. Ours must be somewhat newer, since they have 12 speeds. I would estimate early 80s for our bikes, but I can ask my friends because I think they bought their bikes new from Sears.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Sears Free Spirit posted by mark on 8/26/2006 at 4:09:42 AM
Thanx Ron...just curious. Not too bad for a cheapy!!

MISC:   Ross 292S posted by: Spike on 8/23/2006 at 7:14:22 PM
I have a pretty nice 84 Ross 292S 10 spd.appears to have original equipment.It weighs 26# 1oz. including kick stand,reflectors and water bottle holder.right chain stay has chain chips left has a fairly signifigent dent that doesn't appear to affect the geometry.Otherwise pretty nice paint and decals.Wondering opinions on this bike what it may have cost new any signifigence in the bike world etc. What you may think of Ross bikes in general?

   RE:MISC: Ross 292S posted by Walter on 8/27/2006 at 10:27:14 PM
Most Ross bikes were department store quality and are probably long since discarded. However, they did make some nice ones with cromoly frames as well.

I don't recall that particular model name but based on your weight I'd feel pretty sure that was one of the better ones.

There's a very large thread on Ross bikes on in their "Classic and Vintage" pages. You'll have to search that site for it as I don't have a direct link but this link will take you to a shorter thread about a Ross model.

There's also a thread about Jim Redcay (Redclay?) whom, if I recall, was the builder of the better Ross bikes.

Good luck

   RE:MISC:   Ross 292S posted by Spike on 8/29/2006 at 1:13:10 PM
Thanks for the info I'll check it out.

AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Lightweights posted by: Brian on 8/23/2006 at 3:01:49 AM
WANTED: Pre-1950 Schwinn "Superior"s and "New World"s. Condition not important as long as complete. Thank you.