| I wanted to see if anyone could help me decide what year this Sears & Roebuck Bicycle is. It has nothing on it as far as a model. There is no tank, it is only a single speed. The serial number is 50245133976969. I have not been able to find any sites with Sears Serial #'s. The bike is blue and white, skinny tires. |
| I doubt the serial number will get you anywhere. Try posting on middleweight & ballooner list and post a picture.|
| Southern California based members of our forum may want to attend this year's Velo Rendezvous, 20-23 September in Pasadena CA. http://velo-retro.com/vr.html|
I am hoping to go this year. If I do, my bicycles (restored and updated red-with-white 1959 Capo and unrestored white-with-red 1960 Capo) should not be hard to spot.
| Can you tell me what year and the value of my bike? |
I have a teal, female Western Flyer ("Sonic Flyer" on chain guard)bicycle with a tank light (with switch underneath); white glitter seat/handles, rotted 26" whitewalls, rims say "M.O. MFG CO.", chain guard has point on read end (like a Cadillac fin), serial #MO7 21x10 380961, Bendix hardware holding frame to tire/fender. Some rust, 2 small tears on bottom edge of seat.
| The price guide here at oldroads has about a dozen Western Flyers priced out.|
Click on "Vintage Bicycle Price Guide" at the top of any page.
| i just bought a bike from a yard sale. it needs work and i am trying to find out some information on the bike its self. all i can find is a sticker with a logo and the name maino. i googled the name and havent found anything. if you have any suggestions i could use all the help i can get. thanks|
| Its been a while since I've had anything to post, but here's something:|
I just picked up a mens medium blue 10-speed DAWES road bike made in England. All is original, including Suntour gearing, Weinmann brakes, Sunshine QR hubs, FIAMME alloy rims, GP neck, alloy handlebars and dried out Brooks leather racing saddle. Frame is Reynolds 351, but forks do not have the Reynolds sticker, so I'm guessing they're not.
Any idea how good a garage sale find I just happened upon...especially at the price of $10!!!!
| Very good yard sale find. Doesn't the Reynolds sticker mention which parts, i.e. tubes, fork, stays, are made of that steel? Most of them do. |
| Hi David|
THe sticker on the seat tube says FRAME TUBING, that's why I assumed the forks weren't included.
Frame is to small for me, so a good cleaning/waxing will be in order and then probably off to ebay. I couldn't just let it sit there for $10. But a better buy (had I gotten there a mere 5 minutes sooner) was a TREK 1400 (Shimano 105 group) in mint condition, that she sold for $50!!!! I'm still kicking my self for just missing that one...
BTW...any idea as to what the DAWES would be worth? I've never seen one like this on ebay, or anywhere for that matter. Sheldon Brown's list pegs it(I'm sure in mint condition) at around $300.
| You may want to look at some of the 531 stickers under classicrendezvous.com. If "531" is printed diagonally, you have 531 forks and stays and a butted main triangle (top tube and downtube butted at each end; seat tube butted at bottom bracket end only). If "531" is printed horizontally, then you have to read the sticker carefully to see whether your main triangle is butted or straight gauge (27.2mm vs. 26.4mm seatpost diameter is another indicator) and whether your forks and/or stays are 531. A butted 531 triangle with ordinary carbon steel stays and forks is not a bad frame by any means!|
| It sounds roughly equivalent to a Raleigh Super Course but without the brand recognition. Mid-range Dawes like yours seems to be show up on Ebay fairly regularly. I think high-end ones are uncommon.|