AGE / VALUE:   German Made 10 speed "Standard" posted by: Wes on 2/1/2008 at 10:24:00 PM
I bought an older 10 speed because I recognized parts on it, but I've never heard of the name, the tag reads: STANDARD made in Germany. The rims, hubs etc read: Weco made in Germany. It has a Shimano Lark rear derailer and shifters, thunderbird front derailer, complete Balilla brake system, Avocet touring saddle, Kenda high pressure tires, and I can't find a maker on the crank. Can anyone tell me anything about this bike?, I have never heard of standard. I have enough bikes, and got this to part out on Ebay, but maybe I should sell it whole?. Any input is greatly appreciated. Thanks, Wes

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   German Made 10 speed posted by Chris on 2/13/2008 at 4:08:53 PM
Dang, no one is answering these ???

What it sounds similar too, are Hostetlers, a German brand and not to be confused with a model by Gitano of the same name.

MISC:   tansini posted by: Laura Wells on 2/1/2008 at 9:48:03 AM
I bought a Tansini ten speed "racing" bike in 1977. Originally had sew-up tires...that didn't last long...I used it for bicycle touring, Cape Cod from NJ, Seattle to San Fransisco. It has been a workhorse, and still my only bike. Can anyone tell me anything about this bike manufacturer?

AGE / VALUE:   old Fuji mystery bike posted by: Bruce on 1/29/2008 at 7:58:25 PM
I'm considering buying this old Fuji bike, but I can't figure out what model it is. Anyone have any ideas?

The lower head tube lug is stamped "Fuji," but the main triangle tubes are all covered up with 3M reflective tape (!), so I have no idea what model this is. Original paint appears to be all black with some minor red highlights (red top of fork crown thing, and red ring around lower down tube near bottom bracket), and half chrome forks. Dia-comp brakes, SunTour VGT rear derailer (I think). High flange front hub. Can't remember much else about it.

I like the bike because it has a 27 inch seatpost (!) (which fits me) and a fairly short top tube (24 inches?), so I can sit fairly upright even though it's a huge frame.

Any suggestions appreciated! Thanks.


   RE:AGE / VALUE: old Fuji mystery bike posted by Warren on 1/30/2008 at 4:42:24 AM
I can't really tell from the pic but does it have stamped or forged dropouts? Forged indicates "better than entry level". However, the fork crown is lower end and the crankset is similar. Still, a lower end Fuji is still a fine bike and a good rider. If it fits, keep it.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: old Fuji mystery bike posted by David on 1/30/2008 at 7:51:51 AM
It's pretty well disguised - but I would guess a mid-70s S10S, the first of the really big-selling Japanese 10-speeds. They were on the heavy side, but the ones I rode were quite good handling. Should be a great beater.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   old Fuji mystery bike posted by Bruce on 1/30/2008 at 2:04:06 PM
Thanks for the replies! I'm thinking S10S, too.

How does one distinguish between stamped and forged dropouts? What should I look for? I should be able to see the bike again tomorrow and can check it out.

Apart from the (hidden) decals, how can I be sure this is not something like a Del Rey?


   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: old Fuji mystery bike posted by Gralyn on 1/30/2008 at 8:18:44 PM
I think the dropouts are stamped. Probably not a Del Ray.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: old Fuji mystery bike posted by Warren on 1/30/2008 at 8:23:42 PM
Stamped dropouts are like old 3 speeds and are about 1/8" thick and rarely have an integral rear derailleur hanger. Forged (and cast) dropouts are about 1/4", have a hanger and often have brand names.

AGE / VALUE:   Bottom Bracket Question posted by: Gralyn on 1/29/2008 at 7:48:18 PM
My question.....because I can't remember......the bottom bracket cup on the drive / chain side.......which way does it thread in order to remove it? If you are facing it - does it losen by turning to the right? Is it opposite? Or does it thread the normal way?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Bottom Bracket Question posted by David on 1/30/2008 at 7:48:19 AM
On MOST bikes, the RH/drive side/fixed cup is LEFT-HAND threaded. Older French and Italian bikes may have RH threaded fixed cups. They would probably have French or Italian manufactured bottom brackets as well. Good luck.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Bottom Bracket Question posted by Joe on 1/30/2008 at 10:52:04 PM
French BB cups are often marked 35x1.00 or 'Metric'.


   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Bottom Bracket Question posted by Gralyn on 1/31/2008 at 3:05:36 PM
So, does that mean you turn it to the right to losen it - and turn it to the left to tighten it?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Bottom Bracket Question posted by Bryant on 2/1/2008 at 5:10:15 AM
Right hand threads are righty-tighty, lefty-loosey. Left handed threads are opposite. Or for those physicist out there, use the right hand rule. Put your right hand out flat and then curl your fingers. Screwing the bolt/nut in the direction of your finger curl will make the bolt/nut travel in the dircetion your thumb is pointing. A left handed thread you do the same thing only using your left hand. Hope I didn't completely confuse you

MISC:   Falcon roadie w Reynolds 653, campy, etc posted by: Sam on 1/28/2008 at 9:13:21 AM
Looking for any information on a bike I recently bought. Falcon w Reynolds 653 frame (what does 653 mean?) with all Campy components, and Cinelli stem and bar. Any history, when was it made, how might it have gotten to USA, value, anyone with anything similar, etc. Thank you

   RE:MISC: Falcon roadie w Reynolds 653, campy, etc posted by Warren on 1/28/2008 at 6:06:09 PM
Falcon is a fairly big english marque and they're still in business. They've had distribution in small numbers in North America so it's not surprising to see one.

Contact them at

The campy components are usually easy to date as well as the other components

   RE:RE:MISC: Falcon roadie w Reynolds 653, campy, etc posted by Warren on 1/28/2008 at 6:09:15 PM
653 refers to the alloy make up of the butted Reynolds tubeset used on the bike. It's a more modern tubeset (last 15-20 years?) and is no longer in production.