AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Continental posted by: Randy on 1/25/2007 at 9:39:42 PM
Schwinn Continental 1960 10 speed. Was there ever any variations on the production models. I recently found a green bike the forks are not like any other that I have seen on a 1960. The top of the forks are rounded almost like half balls. The paint seems to be correct and they look very much like they came on the bike. The rear derailleur appears to have been changed out long ago and is has a campagnolo rear derailleur. Also the front hub is different and the spokes are not the same as the rear. I did see in my research someone said hubs are large, the rear appears to be correct, but not sure of the front.

    Schwinn Continental posted by John E on 1/29/2007 at 1:59:46 PM
Congrats on finding the most collectible model year of Conti. The correct derailleur set would have been Simplex suicide front (hung on brazed-on boss on seat tube) and Simplex upside-down cage, normal-low bandspring rear (piece of junk, but correct). The original hubset would have French-made high-flange with a solid axle (QR came a year or two later), and original brakes would have been Weinmann sidepulls (999 centers came later). I cannot explain the fork, other than to note that other models probably also came in Campus Green, so it could have been an aftermarket crash repair. Pictures of the fork crown would be great.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Continental posted by Bob Hufford on 2/5/2007 at 4:02:45 PM
What is the serial number? It could be very early in the production run or a replacement fork as it sounds like a mid-'50s fork similar to those use on a Traveler, etc. The color is Radiant Green ...

Bob Hufford
Springfield, MO


AGE / VALUE:   Cannondale question posted by: Gralyn on 1/24/2007 at 8:20:27 PM
Is anyone familiar with Cannondale bikes? For say, a mid-80's Cannondale - what about the bottom bracket threads and headset? Are they standard? Or are they unique to Cannondale?

   RE:AGE / VALUE: Cannondale question posted by Warren on 1/25/2007 at 5:07:57 AM
Standard ISO threading. Only oddball bits are the replaceable derailleur hanger and cable clips on SOME bikes.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Cannondale question posted by andym on 1/26/2007 at 7:50:48 AM
I had an early 90's cannondale that I stripped the paint off so that I could polish the aluminium.I don't recommend this unless you have alot of time and patience. I found that the factory uses some kind of plastic/aluminum filler for covering up dents in the tubes.Not a pleasant surprise after all elbow grease! It did turn out nice looking in spite of the dent.
Has anyone stripped a frame only to find a dent or some kind of damage! It just kinda kills the whole project. Out of sight out of mind,I guess


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Cannondale question posted by Dave V. on 2/7/2007 at 8:19:07 AM
Hello, on the lines of the above post. I have an '86 Cannondale road bike that I am trying to modernize. I plan on updating the wheels for sure. The bike has the freewheel hub setup. Does anybody know if this era bike will accomodate the cassette style freehub wheels that are used now? I'm not sure if the dropout will accomodate or not. I am debating this change or possibly rebuilding my existing wheels with new rims. Any advise. Thanks

AGE / VALUE:   Wooden rims posted by: Mark Ernst on 1/24/2007 at 7:01:34 PM
Does anyone know a source for old sewups. We have an old (still researching) bike with wood rims. I am helping and older gentleman restore this bike and will have more info soon. Any websites would be appreaciated.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Wooden rims posted by Gralyn on 1/24/2007 at 8:19:41 PM
Check the links section on this site. There are lots of sew-ups available. You can buy new, and some shops have NOS, and I'm sure you can find them on e-bay, too.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Wooden rims posted by Brian on 1/25/2007 at 4:58:26 PM
If you want tires for a wood rim bike you dont want sew ups, you want "Single Tube" tires. Most common size is 28" they will fit your wheel if the diameter is 25 inches.
Repros are available but they are not cheap.
Harper Machine Co
1329 Dunbar Ave.
Dunbar, West Virginia 25064

AGE / VALUE:   Other posted by: Jim Dobson on 1/21/2007 at 9:05:51 PM
I liked your site.

MISC:   Weird French(?) Hubs posted by: Bryant on 1/20/2007 at 11:22:27 AM
Just stoped by a local Goodwill and picked up a set of 27in Alloy wheels for $4. I was looking at them while standing on line and noticed that the rear hub was a 40 hole. The rims are Super Champion and it looks like 4 extra holes were drilled in the rear wheel. The Spokes by these drilled holes are doubled up. the reason I think they are drilled is that the other holes are grommeted, the 4 extra ones are not. The rear hub ahs a hi flange on the driveside and a low flange on the other side. Plus it seems the hub bearings are cartidge style. the axle is not threaded, and the cones (or what would pass for cones on a normal wheel) have no flats for adjusting Never seen this before. Anyone have a clue as to who made these (no stickers or writing on hubs) and why?? Anyone else seen one of these??

   RE:MISC: Weird French(?) Hubs posted by Warren on 1/20/2007 at 1:45:39 PM
There are a number of manufacturers that have made Hi-lo hubs including Campag and Phil. Campag used cones and Phil was always well labelled. Other possible makers of cartidge style hubs were Hi-E and Edco from switzerland.

Likely a very good quality hubset... I'd rather they were laced up to a regular 40 hole Super Champion rim.

   RE:RE:MISC: Weird French(?) Hubs posted by Chris on 1/21/2007 at 12:25:49 PM
Slap them up on e- bay. Buy low sell high. Nice find

    Weird French(?) Hubs posted by John E on 1/22/2007 at 10:00:24 AM
Hi-lo, with the high flange on the steeper (drive) side, is a very reliable hub configuration -- look at a spoked Model A wheel sometime. I have even seen one or two late-model examples.