| I'm trying to restore an old classic Mercier 10 speed but the graphics are falling off. It's the fastest bike I've ever ridden. Does anyone have any pictures or know how I can tell the age of this fantastic ride? Please email me if anyone knows. Thank-you so much. My guess is that it's an early 1970's model.|
This bike is 52cm, Stronglight Crank, Huret Gear Set, Weinmann Brakes, Mavic 700c wheels, Belleri Handlebar, Avocet Leather Seat. I can email pictures.
| I just re-did a mid-80s vintage Mercier's graphics. Got them made at http://home.comcast.net/'velographic/VGengland.htm Mike did an AWESOME job|
| Thanks Ken....I'll check them out. I also found someone in Australia that might be able to help me too.|
| I have a Raleigh Super Course I think from the 70s number on the left rear drop out is 0035700 doesn't appear to be any letters.Has a large diameter seat tube an 80s Raleigh post snugs up but slot is comepletely closed.Any one know the proper size of the post and maybe the year of the bike?|
Has alloy wheels,stem, handle bars and steel cottered crank from Stronglight Weight less seat and post seems a relatively light 28/29 lbs.
| Sheldon's site has Raleigh catalogs you can match your bike to and his post database has been helpful to me.|
Try looking here http://sheldonbrown.com/seatpost-sizes.html
| HI THERE I WAS WANTING TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT A BIKE I OWNED AS A YOUNG PERSON AND IF THERE WOULD BE ANY STILL AROUND TODAY. IT WAS A TEN SPEED RACER ,RED&YELLOW . I THINK IT WAS A SPECIAL ADDITION RALIEGH. RALIEGH EUROPER OLYMPIC TEAM 1950 , 1960? ANY INFORMATION WOULD BE APPRECIATED. THANK YOU|
| Was it painted like this one?|
Raleigh put out some lower end bikes painted the same way.
| Thanks for the replies. I found the info I was looking for. This bike is indeed a Panasonic 10-speed. It is a 1972 World. It's definitely NOT a voyager, it doesn't have the right set-up. It is not a Traveller, Travellers were built at the Chicago plant. It is a very inexpensive, overlooked 10-speed which Panasonic built for Schwinn and simply called "World". These bikes were advertised rather quietly simply because Schwinn wanted to sell their more expensive models.|
| Your 'D2' serial number is an April of 1972 frame build for what would be the '73 model World Traveler. It might be missing the down tube decals.|
| I have a 3-speed Coast King that needs 26x1 3/8 tire tubes. Does anyone have these for sale?|
| Your local bike shop should have 'em. Otherwise try bikepartsusa.com, harriscyclery.com, or others.|
| Hardware stores. Wal mart, e.t.c.|
| My Walmart here in Orlando recently ceased stocking 26x1-3/8" as well as 27x1-1/4" tires. Would some of you Walmart cruisers from around the country post the corresponding status in your respective areas?|
| Same here, in Illinois, Dick. Nothing but cruiser 26" (559) and 20" bmx. Furthermore, they appear to be favoring the superheavy anti-puncture and self-sealing varieties... It's not so long ago every hardware store carried bike supplies. Part of the problem must be the proliferation of unnecessary new designs for reasons of planned obsolescence; no one fashion except 'old fashion' has any consistency.|
| I got a 26 3/8" tire and tube at Wal-Mart in Princeton, NJ earlier this week in anticipation of a 1948 Clubman I get tomorrow. I hate to run such a tank tire on that bike, but better than not riding it at all.|
The selection did favor BMX, mountain, and cruisers much more than the 3 speed size. In fact, only 2 of the 3 speed size were left, so they may be on the way out here too.
I was always surprized to see that Wal-Mart carried these tires anyways. You really wouldn't expect it.
| here in arkansas, near the wall mart headquarters they stopped selling 26x1"3/8,and 27" tubes, as well as any tire other than bells folding MBT tires. I used to get 27" tires there often enough that I don't see them using the "they don't sell well" exuse. |
also, the other day I gritted my teeth and got a "three speed chain" to get a three speed sports going for a kid. It was about twelve links short.
so now I have no reason to go to a wall mart ever again, unless I need a truly bad dual suspention bike to then throw away when it gets a flat tire ar some such. I have seen it done.
| Wal mart called up Huffy in Ohio and told them to farm out production overseas in order to lower costs. Or else! They did as instructed by the gods at Wal- mart. The fired everybody in Ohio and had the employees peeling off the American flag on the front of the bike before they were told to leave. They make the bikes overseas now. The ohio employees left their shoes in the parking spaces as a protest. I read this in some book recently and was appalled.|
Wal mart is a very bad thing. They do this with other companies as well......
| Hey Jason I think what you meant to say was a truly bad 50 POUND suspension bike with wheels that wobble like Clark Griswald's Queen Size Family Truckster. john|
| Here's the kicker to your "Huffy in Ohio" post. Despite successive capitulations to Walmart, Huffy declared bankruptcy. Their main creditor was their Chinese subcontractor who took possession of the assets. To add insult to injury, the Celina, Ohio Huffy plant was re-developed into a Walmart Supercenter where former employees can now purchase Asian "Huffys". |
| Since selection and quality are important to me, I can recall setting foot inside a WalMart store on only one occasion in my entire life; it was not a particularly enjoyable experience, but I was away from home in an unfamiliar neighborhood. Fortunately, my hometown is not even "blessed" with a WalMart, and there is always Internet shopping if one does not need something instantly.|
I have mixed feeling about the Huffy story. I am no WalMart fan, but I have never cared for Huffy or Murray bikes, either.
| Incredible.Suddenly, I'm very ill And the room is spinning. And so that's the last page in the history of Dayton Huffman or Huffy bicycles.|
| My nightmare scenario: China gives the US an ultimatum; do X or we'll stop shipping clothes, toys, Xmas tree lights, food additives just in time for the Xmas retail season.|