AGE / VALUE:   vintage ancona posted by: marcus on 10/25/2007 at 11:00:13 AM
i have an old bike called an ancona spirit it says it is made in holland i cant find any info about it maybe someone can help me thanks

FOR SALE:   1975 Italvega Superlight posted by: Tom Cat on 10/24/2007 at 11:43:17 AM
Father bought in 1975 for $1,300. Finest manufacturered bike in the world in 1975. Full Nuovo Record Campagnolo components. Columbus SL frame with chromed/drilled dropouts. Bike has custom drilling (brake calipers/handles, chainrings, base of bottom bracket/frame) by ItalVega. A work of art. I have not seen another being sold. Has less than 500 miles on it. This bike is all original and in perfect condition. Has been in storage for 25 years. I have no idea what it is worth. But would like for someone who can appreciate it to make a good home for it.

   RE:FOR SALE:   1975 Italvega Superlight posted by Tom Cat on 10/24/2007 at 11:50:13 AM
Here is a link to Wikipedia and this bike is just like mine, except the Superlight was one model above with the custom milling and drilling done by Italvega.


   :FOR SALE: 1975 Italvega Superlight posted by John E on 10/29/2007 at 6:43:25 AM
It sounds like a fabulous bike, Tom. The first step in listing any bicycle or frame for sale is to list the lengths of the seat tube (specifying whether you measured center-to-center or center-to-top) and the top tube (always measured center-to-center). Size matters. :)

   RE:FOR SALE:   1975 Italvega Superlight posted by seat tube measurement on 10/30/2007 at 6:56:36 PM
John...thank you for your interest....the downtube is stamped 55.5, I am assuming centimeters....never have measured a top tube before, but I guess I'm old school...I will include top tube measurements when I can. When you say center to center, I am assuming center of downtube to center of headset in-line with the top tube, correct? I will also try to include picture of the drilling and cut-outs, quite honestly nothing out there that I have ever seen of that level of detail. Thanks again!-

   RE:FOR SALE:   1975 Italvega Superlight posted by not downtube but seat tube and a Redcay on 10/30/2007 at 8:16:09 PM
Also John....apologize about my use of downtube, rather than seat-tube re 55.5cm with the Italvega....I also have a Jim Redcay Columbus SL DB frame fitted with Campy S/R, Early/mid 80's...a bit larger frame than the Italvega Superlight (have to measure, probably around 58cm seat-tube), w/Modolo drilled brakes, 50th anniversary Campy milled Cinelli 1A stem, heat treated sew-up rims, in mint condition. All top of the line stuff in it's day...

AGE / VALUE:   Rare racing bicycle posted by: Heather on 10/23/2007 at 6:22:44 PM
My mother recently gave me a bike that was given to her 30 years ago and never used. It says La Parisienne on the top bar and then velosolex below. It is a orange racing bike, NON-motorized. I can't find much info. Could someone tell me the value or where to find any information?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Rare racing bicycle posted by ronp6 on 10/24/2007 at 7:09:49 AM
There isn't much information on Velo Solex bicycles on the web and it gets overshadowed by the motorbike they were best known for. The Le Paresianne was the entry level bike for the bike boom for Velo Solex and most likely dates from the early 70's. It has a very long wheelbase and is quite heavy. It is much more of a cruiser than a racer. The bike is quite stable and the arching front fork make for a soft ride similar to a Peugeot UO8 but this bike is even longer. See photo in link.

Velo Solex also made bikes of Reynolds 531 tubing with an extremely short wheelbase and very light for the times that were equiped much like a Peugeot PX10 with the name San Tropez which was their racing bike if any were. See photo in next email and note chain stay difference.

I will put the San Tropex picture in another message because I can't put 2 here. I have some additional pictures of other San Tropez bikes and art work for decals if you have the ability to print your own.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Rare racing bicycle posted by ronp6 on 10/24/2007 at 7:12:21 AM
This is the San Tropez


   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Rare racing bicycle posted by frenchy on 5/4/2008 at 8:35:26 AM
I too have a La Parisianne I purchased in the 70's and am preparing to restore to ride again. How much is it worth today? I remember that it wasn't an inexpensive purchase in those days.

AGE / VALUE:   Miyata Carbon 3000 posted by: Dovid on 10/23/2007 at 10:39:44 AM
I know nothing about the bike I own. Bought it very cheap and am looking to find out specs, etc etc.
It is a black carbon frame miyata CF3000 no or very few braze on locations. shifters are not bar end but old school. Curious about vintage, quality etc. seems fun to ride but want to know more..
Thanks anyone

MISC:   schwinn madison tubing posted by: DIVISION OF THREE on 10/21/2007 at 5:06:55 PM
i recently bought a 1987 schwinn madison with some questionable tubing stickers one was a columbus tenax tag above that was a columbus slx tag that was slightly peeling off. is it possible the frame was made with both or was it someone just trying to sweeten the deal?