| What is known about VIKING frames, circa 1972. Seems well made, and has campy parts.|
| Killer bikes. As good as it gets according to many purists.|
| WHOO- HOO OH YES! Go my son. Bring it back! tell us more.|
Serriously, a good thing you lucky dog!
| Sorry Drew, where did you get '72? They stopped production in '67. Is it a 531 frame? Does it look high end? Or better yet, get some close up pics of all the frame lugs and dropouts and let us know. Anecdote; One of the premium frame restorers and painters in Canada (Tony Beeks)rode only one bike. It was a Viking Track bike and he talked about it with hushed reverence.|
| A good friend of mine picked a Viking wreck up a couple of years ago and had Mike Berry of Toronto restore her.|
She is a beaut!
| Good day,|
I recently picked up an intriguing vintage roadie that looks to be made by 'Juventus'. It's a red frame with chrome forks and dropouts, a GrandAm seat, campy componenets throughout, and a cottered crank. I've searched high and low and can come up with little else than an inclination that it's a French/Italian design or knock off.
| If my memory is correct, Juventas is / was made by Bianchi. The lower line bikes that I've seen are identical to the equivalent Bianchi. I remember once seeing a picture of a young Felice Gimondi racing on a bike with Juventas markings.|
| Thanks for the reply and the Bianchi lead. I have some more explicit details that may or may not help in figuring out more about this bicycle...|
Balilia side pull brakes, Ambrosio front/Wienmann rear wheelset with Shimano 333 hubs. German pedals (Made in Germany with a clover insignia), stem says ITM on one side and Made in Italy on the other (I assume we're talking about the same thing here?). The top tube has 'Championne du Monde' in red/white and the downtube shifters with red centers say, BREV INT right above the Campy patent stamp.
The Michelin 'Fifty'?? tires with yellow Michelin badges on sidewalls still hold 90psi reliably.
Thanks again! Any idea of value or vintage? I assume maybe 70s with the cottered crank but the quick release on the front wheel is throwing me off...
| The wheels you describe are not original to the bike. This bike would have been produced with all Italian components. I'd say it's about the equivalent of a Raleigh Gran Prix of the same era...mid seventies. Let me venture a guess...it has bullet shaped seat stay ends, right?|
| Hello All,|
I am trying to find out how much my PUCH Pathfinder Male bicycle is worth. It was only use maybe 3-4 times then stored inside. It is a purple/red burgandy in color, has emblems and engravings, with numbers and names on parts. Special light weight alloy and quick release ft. wheel. Bought it new at a bicycle shop in Akron, Ohiofor about $400 in around 1980.
Sorry not very knowledgable about bicycles...just like to ride them and have a good ride. This one was easy for me to ride and pretty. Only used a few times due to being harrassed while out on it..scary
Got any idea as to what one of these bicycles go for? PLEASE?
looks like the PUCH BIKE for sale on craigslist.org/Rochester,NY
| I sold one on e-bay for about $50 about 3 or 4 years ago. I don't know what it would have cost new - but that was the name....Puch Pathfinder.....and it was from about 1980 judging by the components.|
| A quick addition:|
The full serial number is X2401 3007837.
Also, for some reason the tilda in the link to the pictures turned into a single quote mark when I pasted it in to the post. If you are having trouble with the link that is why.
| Tildes always turn into single quotes on this website. As for your rims, they must be either 700C or 27". You don't have a tire or another wheel to campare it to? Why not just toss one in your car and compare it to the first lightweight wheel you find parked on the street? |
I've been away from bikes for about 20 years and thought it would be nice to set up a light single speed to ride around the neighborhood. I've started putting together some parts for this. The frame is an old Carlton and I am hoping some of you know more about it than I do. My guess is that it is an International by looking at the lugs but do not know that for sure. It has wraparound seat stays, and shifter cable and headlight braze-ons. It is fully chrome. The front dropout slot is a little too small to fit the axle of the Campagnolo hub I tried on it. The serial number begins with an "X".
Here are some more detailed pictures:
Could anyone tell me what model I have and when and where it was made (I'm assuming not Worksop).
Bonus question: (easy if you haven't been away for 20 years) I also have some old Super Champion Gentleman Competition rims (in the pictures also). What size do they look like to you? At the moment they are they only wheels that I have and don't see any size markings on them.
| Hi colin, |
I'm fairly certain that what you have is a Carlton 'Cobra'. It was the one full-chrome model in their range from the 1950's to the end in 1981. Technically, it's not special: high-carbon steel. It is probably designed for 27'' wheels (ETRTO 20-630), rather than the more modern 700C size (20-622). Value: probably not high. not because it's not a good bike, but because Raleigh debased the Carlton brand by putting out some very ordinary bikes under that name - particularly towards the end (and even after it!). But Carltons mostly ride well, and with the chrome in such good condition, it could look spectacular if properly built up. But NOT with those wheels! They're far too small; look like MTB wheels (25-559) to me.
To find which size wheels it's designed for, measure from the axle slot to the brake mounting bolt hole in either the fork crown or the rear brake bridge. Take away 50-60mm for the brake calipers' ''drop''; then about 7mm from the brake land to the spoke land on the rim: the result will then be HALF the ETRTO ''Effective Rim diameter''.
Hope this helps.
| It looks like an early 60's Gran Sport, standard tubes, lamp bracket, wrap around stays etc. A nice 32/40 set of 27" Dunlop Special lightweights with Racelight hubs would be period correct but maybe Weinmann alloy's would work well. Or Super Champions in the same size..|
| Thank you for the responses. The bike probably is a Cobra. Jerry from the Carlton website also said that. He dated it to 1966/67 so it's about as old as I am. I think I will get some 27" rims. Tire selection seems limited these days in that size but I only need to find one type that I like. Hopefully I can find some Super Champions or something comparable. I do want to keep it light. The frame weighs about 6 1/2 lbs. but I would still like to keep the bike at about 20 lbs. We'll see. Thanks again for the input. I'll try to post more pictures when I have things together.|
| Trying to keep the bike under 25 lbs is a good goal. 20 is near impossible with a frame that heavy unless you spend big dough on hi zoot parts. And why do that?|