AGE / VALUE:    posted by: Doug on 2/14/2008 at 12:00:02 PM
I have a 15 speed road bike purchased in 1979 called a Unic Sport, made by Gottfreid of France. Can't find any information about this bike or company? Has anyone heard of this company before? Thanks

   RE:AGE / VALUE:    posted by Roger on 4/2/2008 at 11:22:56 AM
Yup, I've got a 10 speed Unic-Sport from 1972. I don't see any mention of these bikes on Ebay or anyplace else. I rebuilt mine in 1980 and still ride it all the time. I think I paid $150 for it in 1972.

AGE / VALUE:   Help Identify this Racer posted by: Steve on 2/13/2008 at 3:40:47 PM
People that sold a house next to my dad gave him a RACER that looks somewhat older. Seems light for a street bike, it has center pull brakes & 2 speed levers.
On the front neck it has BRC PRO. That is the only place on the bike with ID.
I am not sure if BRC is a big company or a custom builder?
Too me it looks early 80's but I really have no clue. ANY HELP

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Help Identify this Racer posted by Rob on 2/13/2008 at 8:30:15 PM
It might help if you told us the derailleurs (like motors, the things that change cogs on the bike), there will be a front and back one. That might go a long way towards ascertaining the date of this BRC. They will have names like Shimano, Suntour or Campagnolo among other possibilities.

What colors is the bike? What is the handlebar tape like? Are the handlebars drop handlebars (sort of like Rams horns)?

It could be a Japanese bicycle to some specially made one.

   RE:AGE / VALUE: Help Identify this Racer posted by Warren on 2/14/2008 at 6:44:59 PM
BRC made a lot of mid level mtn bikes in the late 80's/90's. Kind of heavy. Never saw a road model.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Help Identify this Racer posted by Steve on 2/14/2008 at 7:45:35 PM
I will have to check out all the stuff mentioned when I go down this saturday & post back info & snap a photo too.

   RE:AGE / VALUE: Help Identify this Racer posted by Steve on 2/18/2008 at 3:33:12 PM

Most items on Bike a Shimano: Tourney50, tourney brakes RS levers, Shimano finger shifter controls built into ends of ram horn handles. KKT pedals,Shimano SAKAE RANDNNER ROAD CHAMP HANDLES, 2 big gear rings at pedals, 5 small gears at hub


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Help Identify this Racer posted by David on 2/18/2008 at 6:20:04 PM
Interesting. When did the suicide levers first appear? Late 60s? This would appear to be a fairly early attempt to get Japanese bikes into the booming American market. I'd guess it's probably late 60s or very early 70s. I like the misspelling of "randonneur." Kind of like the Suntour Spirt derailer; I always thought they intended "Spirit."

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Help Identify this Racer posted by Rob on 2/18/2008 at 10:09:45 PM
I think the components are reasonably good, now I think it could be say, mid/late seventies because the components seem rather specialized, even early '80s as far as I'm concerned and that is good because it might be more lightweight. Nice handlebars, one last thing would be to ponder if the tires are magnetic, they would attract a magnet. The only drawback I notice is the old checkered saddle, those were popular but I don't think it should reflect on the bike itself. I had a Star Japanese bike which was absolutely excellent but a bike repair man said it had one dent on the downtube which might not make it the safest bike around. Cotton handlebar wrapping too. This all looks respectable to me. Not being an expert, I think the Shimano Tourney centerpull brakes too adds up to more to say this is a good bicycle as well as your saying the control levers, finger shifters are at the bar ends, that is another good component, above the ordinary.

And what looks like an interesting airpump; though that is not that clear and a cool headbadge on the front tube.

It appears Japanese (Taiwanese? from the search?) and better than some Bridgestone Japanese bikes I've seen, it makes me think of a Nishiki type of ride.

Lastly, it doesn't hurt to see if a serial number is on the bike usually under the bottom bracket.

You may have tried the search too from the main page:

Here is one reference clearly to this brand of bicycle, even if this bit is not flattering it's not the last word:

RE:RE:RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Bianchi posted by Rob on 5/1/2003 at 5:08:27 PM

Are the three initials, "BRC" in a kind of heraldic shield? If so I see fair number of them, but I ignore them...I may be wrong but I think they might be from Taiwan...

RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Bianchi posted by Gralyn on 5/1/2003 at 5:50:11 PM
Yes, that was it! And yes, it looked like one from Taiwan. I'm glad I passed on it. It didn't really have anything I needed - and I didn't need the bike. I could have re-built it, put new tires on it, cleaned and polished everything...and maybe sold it for at least a $15 loss - not counting the time I put into it. I'm trying to become more knowledgeable - so that I don't pass up something that may have value - and pass on the one's that don't "


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Help Identify this Racer posted by Jessica on 7/14/2008 at 9:06:57 AM
I'm looking for more info on a BRC too. It's my mothersa bike, but she doesn't remember much about it. I can tell you this much: the bike I have is a roadbike from around 1975, and it was made in Japan. There is also a decal that says "pro" which I guess is the model. I think it cost around $300 new in the '70s, but I could be mistaken.

AGE / VALUE:   rim size swap posted by: kevin on 2/13/2008 at 12:50:54 AM
i just got a schwinn collegiate..... it has 26 x 1 3/8 wheels.... or tires i guess.... i would like to upgrade my wheels and fork to something a lot more modern, i was thinking a 700c with 7speed nexus hub.... but i dont know if my frame will accept a 700 wheel.... what i want to do is figure out what it WILL accept so i dont spend a lot of money on something i cant use... also, how would i go about changing my fork to a newer carbon fork, like a non threaded style... any help would be GREATLY APPRECIATED.. i entered into a 600mi charity ride, and want to use this bike!!!!! thanks again.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   rim size swap posted by David on 2/15/2008 at 3:10:04 PM
From the picture it looks like it would probably accept 700c wheels. Why do you want to do that? I, personally, think it would be nuts to throw money at that bike and ride it 600 miles. I would find one (used probably) that really fit me and that performed very well (easy rolling, comfortable, stable, etc)
I just don't think the low-end bike pictured is going to be anything but torture over such a distance.

AGE / VALUE:   McKinley Criterium built with Tange Champion tubing early 80's? posted by: Jeff Stacy on 2/12/2008 at 4:38:57 PM
Has anyone heard of a frame builder "McKinley"? The frame is steel lugged, components date 1982, no serial# on BB, has the Shimano 600 signature component group "Arabesque" the ones with the flowery ornate engravings on down tube shifters and ders. I've included link to some basic pics., my camera won't get the details well. The Champion tubing stickers are green and are on seat tube and side of forks.
Any info. would be greatly appreciated. Great ride, weighs 20lbs. with original rear wheel and drive train.
Jeff Stacy


   RE:AGE / VALUE: McKinley Criterium built with Tange Champion tubing early 80's? posted by Warren on 2/12/2008 at 7:56:25 PM
Those look like vertical drops. If they are, the frame is likely later than '82. Which Tange tubeset can build a 20 lb bike with Arabesque cranks and 32 hole X3 wheels? Does it say anything?

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: McKinley Criterium built with Tange Champion tubing early 80's? posted by Warren on 2/12/2008 at 7:58:11 PM
Oh, doesn't look like Arabesque...TA maybe? Still...

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   McKinley Criterium built with Tange Champion tubing early 80's? posted by Jeff on 2/12/2008 at 8:36:36 PM
Thanks for the input, I've added some pics., tubing sticker, McKinley logo, shifter and der. detail closeups.
Yes, the bike as shown weighs exactly 20lbs., It is a rather small bike at 53cm.
Thanks again.


   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: McKinley Criterium built with Tange Champion tubing early 80's? posted by Warren on 2/13/2008 at 2:27:54 PM
The weight suggests the tubes are Champion #1, although I don't recognize that decal. The early 80s Champion #2 decals are different than that example. Makes it a nice bike and the group is nice. Do you have the brakes to match? I think I've got a set but they were never great stoppers.

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: McKinley Criterium built with Tange Champion tubing early 80's? posted by Jeff on 2/13/2008 at 3:57:34 PM
I am wondering about the name McKinley being Scottish, which it is. Is there a way to find information on something so obscure? I have been doing several different searches including "Bikepedia" and not coming up with anything. Most searches give the Ross Mt. McKinley mtn bike. As for the brakes, that was the only thing missing from the component group. I have "retrofitted" some Alhonga single pivot caliper brakes and as you mentioned this gives the bike superior braking to original. Had to maching the nutserts down with a dremel tool but it worked. : )
Thanks Again

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   McKinley Criterium built with Tange Champion tubing early 80's? posted by David on 2/18/2008 at 9:57:40 AM
The plain paint job and good workmanship suggest to me that it's from a small shop. Is there a serial number on it? No number suggests a very small shop. But it might indicate something about how big the builder's production was.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   McKinley Criterium built with Tange Champion tubing early 80's? posted by Jeff on 2/18/2008 at 12:04:22 PM
There is no serial no. anywhere on the frame. I think you're right about the very small shop, like a custom build or something, maybe?

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   McKinley Criterium built with Tange Champion tubing early 80's? posted by ken on 2/19/2008 at 2:04:53 PM
I have a set of 600 calipers if you want to complete the package, although it's true you'd notice some difference (not as much as you may think) in braking. Note to Warren - the cranks are shimano 600 'arabesque'.

   RE:AGE / VALUE: McKinley Criterium built with Tange Champion tubing early 80's? posted by martin on 4/27/2008 at 12:20:32 AM
hey guys, i was doing some research on mckinley made bikes when i ran across this thread. i happen to own a mckinley that i still train on road with. mine came with a complete set of old school dura ace groupo. i still ride it the way it came except for the brake levers, pedals and the high flange tubular wheel set. (all of which i still have stored away). great riding bike. i also have a vintage eddy merckx with super record. not sure how to post pics but if you email me at ill forward you a whole album of pics that i have of it. looking forward to hearing from you. martin

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   McKinley Criterium built with Tange Champion tubing early 80's? posted by Tian on 5/24/2008 at 12:19:00 AM
Hi there, I just recently bought a McKinley bike from sportchek. I tried looking up the name but I couldn't find it.. nothing came up except for this thread and some sites about the McKinley Mountain Bike Races. Here is the link:

I believe the bike is made in China, I'm not sure but is McKinley even a good brand? I feel like I made the wrong purchase,... let me konw. Email me!


MISC:   Wastyn Special posted by: Tim on 2/11/2008 at 3:22:51 PM
Here are pictures of the Wastyn Special that I recently found. I will be putting this up for auction at the end of this month or early March. I recently had these pictures looked at by Scott Wastyn of Wastyn Cycles and he confirmed for me that this was a bike that his Grandfather Emil Wastyn built.


   RE:MISC:   Wastyn Special posted by Tim on 2/11/2008 at 3:28:27 PM
picture of the Wastyn Label