| Hoping someone can give me some info on a recently acquired Gitane. Has Shimano 600 rear derailleur and Durace front.Cranks have Tourney on them and centrepull brakes have Weinmann 610/Vainquer 999 on them. Bars are cinelli as neck.Has # G0679 stamped on dropout. Ken to know if this is a low end model or have i stumbled on something worth hanging on to. Shifters are on down tube and are Shimano 600 also. |
| Gitane made a wide variety. Check out www.gitaneusa.com and see if that helps you.|
| I've got a Raleigh Competition, circa 80's olympics. It is white with gray forks. It has shimano 6 series derailers and brakes. It has olympic stickers all over the thing, The name raleigh competition and the brake cabes are in yellow. I think the rim sticker says ukai. The bike is in excellent shape. I have the original dolphin seat nobody could take a ride on and survive the torture, but I don't have the original brake levers - they were upgraded. The pedals have built-in toe-clips. There a lever nounted on the angled tube behind the front wheel that flips down and locks the front tire straight - sort of a kickstand, obviously aftermarket. I've never seen it before. Bought the bike off a guy that had it hanging in his garage for 15 years. It was crusted in dirt and grease. It cleaned up to look like new. Anybody have any info on the bike and what it could be worth? I paid him $100 to get it out of his garage last summer and now ride it locally for pleasure. It is extremely light and nimble. The bike shop mechanics drool over it. Do they know something I don't?|
| I recently acquired a 1960 Dunelt Fleur-de-Lys with 531 butted tubing. It's a fine old bike but I would like to find a few things to improve it, to wit:|
Here’s what I seek for this machine:
1. period alloy crankset (did they make alloy cottered cranks?) with some decent interval between the chainwheels: the original Williams ones I have are 49/52 or some silly thing like that. 46/52 or even 40-ish would be better!)
2. frame pump. It’s 18 inches between the pegs and all my pumps are too short.
3. period wingnuts. This machine has acorn nuts, if you please. On a 531 butted frame. What were they thinking?
4. alloy UK-made pedals, if there is such a thing
5. Any information on Dunelt lightweight machines. I have never seen one before. How can I find out more?
Has anybody ever heard of a Dunelt Fleur-de-Lys? I have a couple of other Dunelts and have owned several in the past, but they have all been three-speeds, 24, 26, or 28 inch wheels.
Any guidance would be helpful. I have been using this bike and will continue to commute with it, but it would be nice to get some lighter cranks and a bit more low range gearing up front.
| I have recently acquired a Philips, woman’s bicycle. It has no nameplate, aside from the manufacturer. The logo on the head tube is a gold lion, against a red background, with the words “Renowned the world over”. Under that is the Philips name and Nottingham. |
The rear hub is a Sturmey-Archer 3-speed, with the date code 70. There are cable hand brakes, front and rear, with a cable gear changer. The serial number that I got from the seat tube is 158298.
Is there anything that anyone can tell me about the age and worth of this bicycle? It’s in nice condition, with only minor paint scrapes, and the tires are bald. There is also some minor damage to the seat.
| Hub is 1970, bike was probably made shortly after the hub. It's a standard Raleigh-made 3-speed. You won't make much money selling it; they're worth around $100 in areas where there's some demand for them. If you don't have one already, keep it and use it.|
| Thank you. The only reason I asked was because I was finding a lot of conflicting information on the internet. I am not a bicycle collector, I just found the thing in a trash pile, and was going to cut it up for scrap. I figured that I could get more by selling it than by scrapping it, so I started looking online. |
A lot of the sources I found didn't agree with each other. One source I found said that Phillips ceased to exist after Raleigh bought them and another said they stopped using Nottingham after 1967. I was also (and still) unable to find serial numbers that didn't have letters in them.
With the help of, mostly this website, and a few others I am able to conclude that my bicycle is a 1970 Raleigh built Phillips. I was able to disprove most of my other sources. Also the rear fender supports are attached behind the rear hub (as opposed to above, which if my source was correct, indicates a Phillips made bike).
Thank You Again For Your Help.
| I found up this Sears made in Austria 3 speed. Its very clean. Does anyone have any info about it? How I can obtain the age/value?|
| I have owned a few Austrian 3 speed bicycles. I find them to be the best made bicycle of its style to be found anywhere. The Steyr plant made them. Not worth anything to a antiques dealer but to someone who likes riding old bicycles like me priceless! I own a Steyr brand bicycle when they were made by Astro Daimler. Exceptional quality for a basic bicycle. The hubs were A1. The headsets are a special size. Go ride it, selling it is a waste of effort. Ed|
| Here's a top-of-the-line 56 model. Great bike! The later ones are a little cheap (no cable guides, ect) but still very good bikes.|
| You win! That is the best one I've seen. Ed|