AGE / VALUE:   Old Schwinn......Varsity? posted by: Gralyn on 2/14/2007 at 5:56:35 AM
I spotted an old Schwinn 10-speed yesterday....and I had never seen one quite like it - and I wondered if anyone knew exactly what it was. It's kind of like a Varsity....but it didn't have any lettering on it to identify the particular model. It's plain steel, it has the solid steel fork just like on a Varsity, it has the steel 1-piece crank set, steel bars, steel stem, 5-speed rear cogs, original red paint.....but the thing I noticed a bit unusual - was the top tube: it was not straight - but rather curved upward....kind of a hump to it. I've heard of them with a curve in the seat tube.....but this one has the top tube curved....and it's just a single tube - it doesn't have the 2 smaller tubes on either side of it like in a lot of old frames. I didn't get the serial number from it.
Any idea what it is - and approx. when it was made?

    Old Schwinn......Varsity? posted by John E on 2/14/2007 at 9:38:47 AM
Yes, I have read occasionally about "camelback" Varsities, which were a short-lived phenomenon; I am sure Bob Hufford or one of the other Schwinn experts will chime in.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Old Schwinn......Varsity? posted by Bob Hufford on 2/14/2007 at 12:37:03 PM
Yes, some years ('77 - '79 at least) were in the "Camel Back" style for the 17" frame size.


AGE / VALUE:   Raleigh Royal posted by: Bruce on 2/13/2007 at 5:54:18 AM
Would anyone know the year made and any information of a Raleigh Royal - serial number WL 7001000? Thank you.

Birmingham, UK

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Raleigh Royal posted by Wayne on 2/21/2007 at 1:34:56 PM
W=Woksop (Factory where it was made)
L=12th fortnite (approx Nov)
7=1977 or 1987 (the year)
The rest of the numbers are the serial number.
I hope this helps,


AGE / VALUE:   Centurion Le Mans posted by: Oz on 2/11/2007 at 7:46:49 PM
I have a 12 speed Centurion Le Mans 18" TANGE NO. 2 frame, Serial # N7S5062, with high pressure 26"x1" wheels, I believe it's a late 1980's model due to the wild factory paint(white fork & headset then some kind of pink and then white bottom part of seat stay and end of chain stay, including rear dropout). Handle bar has 2 stamps with "WIN KUSUKI" on one side, SHIMANO EXAGE SPORT side pull brakes, SHIMANO SIS EXAGE Derraileurs, ARAYA 26" rims, SHIMANO 105 (CLOSE) quick release hubs, SHIMANO EXAGE cranks with SHIMANO EXAGE one piece pedal toeclip,SHIMANO SIS BIOSPACE 52 & 42 sprockets, SUGINO seat post. If anyone has any info I would be very thankfull.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Centurion Le Mans posted by Gralyn on 2/12/2007 at 7:46:17 PM
It's a nice bike. I had one - wiht the same paint scheme you describe - but it was a 25" frame - and was too big for me. I ended up using the components on another frame - and I sold the LeMans frame.

AGE / VALUE:   Olmo age posted by: Luis Danese on 2/11/2007 at 5:04:51 PM
Do you know the age of my Olmo 28 x 1 5/8" lightweight bicycle, series number OSS 1309?

Thanks Luis (Argentina)

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Olmo age posted by Bill G on 2/20/2007 at 11:16:39 AM
what type of frame tubing (Columbus or?)
what type of components (campagnolo?)
what is the metric frame size?

AGE / VALUE:   70s Caliente posted by: Spike on 2/10/2007 at 11:33:24 AM
I found an all stock 24" 70s Schwinn womans Caliente good condition except for frozen rear brake cable.missing bar wrap plug.
I literally don't have room for another bike.but at $10
if you guys think I should I will pick it up.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   70s Caliente posted by Bryant on 2/10/2007 at 2:59:09 PM
Why not!! I just picked up a 1980 Ladies Schwinn Varsity with the Front Freewheel for $12. I'm sure I can find a home for it

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   70s Caliente posted by spike on 2/10/2007 at 6:46:53 PM
Interesting coincidence this bike has the crank freewheel as well.With 2 bays of the garage jamned with bikes floor and ceiling and the 15 in the cellar it's hard to justify another.Though the wife is very understanding and has 3 of her own and really enjoys the styles of some bikes.Monday is 10% discount day maybe I'll go around and pick it up.
2 weeks ago I got a decent Schwinn Bantam sans fenders,seat,and grips but with the convertable bar for only something like $4.82 with tax at the same store.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   70s Caliente posted by Gralyn on 2/10/2007 at 8:31:47 PM
As luck would have it - I spotted a $10 bike today - Another Ross Grand Tour - 21" frame......and only $10! I grabbed it. It was worth that just for the alloy randonneur handlebars.