AGE / VALUE:   1969-1970 Columbia Tourist posted by: Kellie on 5/28/2008 at 3:50:42 PM
I recently was given a green Columbia Tourist. I'm not 100% sure on the year, that is just what the bicycle license located under the seat says. The seat looks original and the frame is in good shape. It does not have a chain on it. But I'm just looking for more information on this bike? If it's worth fixing up? Thanks for any information.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   1969-1970 Columbia Tourist posted by ken on 5/29/2008 at 11:32:26 AM
That's a very nice ride. It's not collectible or rare, but it's in real nice condition and well worth a chain and perhaps new tires (although some of us are happy to use tires until they fail). It will run forever with reasonable attention.
You can date it accurately by the Sturmey-Archer hub's code: see Dating at
and figure your bike was probably made a year or so after the hub.
Sherlock Holmes tells me your bike belonged to a left-handed person who was handy with a screwdriver.

WANTED:   Panasonic Catalogs & literature posted by: Darin on 5/28/2008 at 9:21:50 AM
Hi all,

I'm in search of old Panasonic bicycle catalogs, brochures, etc. for a web site project devoted to Panasonic bicycles. If anyone out there has anything please drop me a line. I would like to scan these items for use in the online archive. I'd be more than happy to borrow (scan) and return your literature to you if you don't want to part with it.

Any leads would be greatly appreciated as I'm having a real hard time coming up with these old catalogs and such.



FOR SALE:   XB3 Russian 4 speed Road Bike Soviet USSR posted by: Andre on 5/28/2008 at 9:12:34 AM
I have always thought this was cool but everyone else on ebay and craigslist begs to differ. All parts where made by XB3 in house. Might have been a 5 speed but is missing one cog and it is smaller than Suntour and Larger than Mallard. Anyone interested? It is a 54cm seatube and 59cm toptube.


   RE:FOR SALE:   XB3 Russian 4 speed Road Bike Soviet USSR posted by brandt on 5/30/2008 at 3:55:54 PM
Not looking for one, but I have had several Russian bikes like this, a 3-speed, 8-speed and 10-speed. These had 3, 4 and 5 speed free wheels respectively. I think they are realy cool bikes, but agree that there is not much interest on e-bay.

AGE / VALUE:   Raleigh ltd sc posted by: Mr. Mann on 5/28/2008 at 8:53:48 AM
I just picked up this bike for free. Its missing the shifter and needs a new tube for the back. How do I tell what year it is?

   RE:AGE / VALUE: Raleigh ltd sc posted by Gralyn on 5/28/2008 at 1:57:24 PM
I believe there is a retro raleigh web site and also Sheldon Brown web sites. Also - I believe the Ltd's were made in Canada.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Raleigh ltd sc posted by Warren on 5/28/2008 at 5:03:43 PM
Actually, I rarely see LTD's up here. Maybe once and I've seen hundreds of Raleigh 3 speeds. I thought they were a US model.

The canadian plant did manufacture (assemble?) some horrific coffee brown Sports models in the early 90's. Wire mudguard stays, crappy alloy cranksets and stems, garbage brakes , poor chrome etc. There were similar dark blue models as well.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Raleigh ltd sc posted by David on 5/29/2008 at 7:50:50 AM
The Sturmey hub is the place to start for a year of mfr. LTD appears in the 76 Raleigh (USA) catalog I have. It's a lower end Sports (like a Robin Hood e.g.) w/wire stays, clamp-on (not braze-on) chainguard etc.

AGE / VALUE:   Vintage Road/Track from 40's, 50's?? posted by: Andre on 5/27/2008 at 8:14:06 PM
I got this at a yard sale over the weekend and I am just wondering if any of you know what brand it might be. I can't seem to find those lugs on any of my searches so far. Any help would be appreciated.


   RE:AGE / VALUE: Vintage Road/Track from 40's, 50's?? posted by Gralyn on 5/28/2008 at 2:01:22 PM
How do you find stuff like this at a yard sale? It's amazing. I do keep my eyes open for stuff like this - but so far - I haven't found much at a yard sale.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Vintage Road/Track from 40's, 50's?? posted by David on 5/29/2008 at 7:48:02 AM
I can't ID it and the picture doesn't help a lot, but it looks to me like a Sports model that has undergone a lot of changes.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Vintage Road/Track from 40's, 50's?? posted by ken on 5/29/2008 at 11:54:16 AM
Not track, as dropouts, eyelets and brakes attest. Changes, for sure- no original components, perhaps. What about the brake calipers? Have you been able to identify them?