AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Continental posted by: Jim on 8/3/2006 at 2:18:13 AM
Today at a thrift store I saw a 60's womens gold Continental with downtube shifters. It had the old type of cranks with the gears closer in size, and was almost all original besides the seat. It had weird bullhorn handlebars and fenders. Are these very rare, I've seen a couple Varisties wth the dwontube shifters.

   Schwinn Continental posted by John E on 8/3/2006 at 2:47:52 PM
In a step-through frame, that is a VERY rare find. The downtube shifters indicate pre-1967 (when TwinStik was introduced), and the Euro-style 9-bolt chainring set indicates pre-1964, when the more familiar 5-bolt "Sprint" pattern was introduced. I didn't know they made women's Contis back that far. I would really like to know the serial number of that frame! See also Bob Hufford's classic Schwinn website.

   RE:Early Womens' Continental posted by Eric Amlie on 8/3/2006 at 7:32:20 PM
I just did a quick check of the Schwinn catalogs and I can't find any evidence of this bike. There were early women's Varsities, but no Continentals. Unless I missed something, this is a VERY unusual bike.

   RE:RE:Early Womens' Continental posted by jim on 8/3/2006 at 7:55:59 PM
The serial was J1 meaning July of 61?. It has a half chromed, oval (not flat like a Varsity) fork with sidepulls. The derailers are labeled Huret not spirit or sprint. The wheels are bolt on and have normandy hubs. I will post pictures later if you like to see them?

   RE:Early Continental posted by Eric Amlie on 8/4/2006 at 3:23:50 AM
The J should mean September if I'm counting right("I" not used, so J is ninth letter signifying the ninth month). The year is right though. I would most definitly like to see pics of this bike!

WANTED:   Shimano 8-speed cassette for VLW project posted by: Kurt K. on 8/1/2006 at 8:41:32 PM
Hello fellows,

I know this isn't particularly a forum for more modern components, but I figured I'd ask here anyway.

I need a Shimano 8-speed (non Dura-Ace) road cassette for my Peugeot PSV-10, with a large cog preferably no larger then 21t, although I'll go for one with a 23t. In fact, I could use a second road-geared 8-speed cassette, for I need one to complete my Gary Fisher MTB (my grocery beater).

I've been all over Bike Forums trying to get one of these with no luck. Hoping someone here might be able to help.

P.S.: If anyone is interested in trading, I do have a 32t-11t (if I recall correctly) 9-speed XT cassette I'll trade.

You can email me at cudak888 @ aol .com

Take care,


AGE / VALUE:   Getting Stuck Seatposts Out posted by: TimW on 7/31/2006 at 8:59:50 PM
I have a new "big gun" for getting stuck seatposts out - a "reciprocating saw", sometimes called a "Saws-all". With a 9 inch fine-tooth metal blade I cut off the seatpost just above the top of the seat tube, then carefully cut slots along the inside of the remaining seat-post (DON'T CUT THE SEAT TUBE) so that I can peal away strips.

I have done this before with a hacksaw blade and it took HOURS - but with a saws-all it take minutes. I now have a way to get Liquid Wrench down inside there to soak - but if that doesn't work I will just finish getting the seat post out with the saws-all.

I have 4 nice frames with stuck seatposts - now I think I can save all of them with a reasonable amount of work.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Getting Stuck Seatposts Out posted by Ed on 8/13/2006 at 9:15:58 PM
Yes a quality tool like that got me out of a jam. I used mine on an aluminum seatpost. Ed

WANTED:   WTB 63cm posted by: Dan on 7/31/2006 at 4:29:30 PM
I'm looking for a 63cm (possible 62 or 64 if it's a gem) lugged steel roadie--geometry not as important as frame condition (but frame size is important). I've never posted here before, so please pardon me if I'm not complying w/posting rules. I don't have a budget, so if you have something please let me know and I'll consider it. Thanks in advance

   RE:WANTED:   WTB 63cm posted by Gary on 8/25/2006 at 5:27:52 PM
I have a 69/70 Raleigh Pro English Carlton that I might interested in selling. I think it is a 23" frame set. It was originaly purchased by my uncle while he was in the military. He bought it to strip the groupo off and installed it all on a Hetchins. The bike was never rode till the mid 80' when he gave it to me. I re-assembled the bike with Shimano 600 ES groupo,Mavic wheels, Cinneli bars and stem, American Racing seat post, Look pedeals, Turbo LeSal seat. Later replaced with Dura Ace 7 speed de-railer. The bike is in great shape. Paint is original brown. Contact me if interested. I can send pictures.

VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:   Vittoria 10 speed posted by: Jan Eyerman on 7/30/2006 at 9:55:26 PM
About 40 years ago I bought a new "Vittoria" (maybe one "t') 10 speed bike in a bronze-gold color from a bike show somewhere in the San Fernando valley. It was a really nice bike that stayed in my family for years. I ahve never seen another one. Is there any information about this bike?