AGE / VALUE:   What year is this Motobecane? posted by: RickART on 6/10/2008 at 4:06:14 PM
What year is this Motobecane Mirage II, anyone?
And do you know what size the headset and the bottom bracket is?



   RE:AGE / VALUE:   What year is this Motobecane? posted by David on 6/13/2008 at 3:51:32 PM
Did Mirage II follow Mirage? Or was Super Mirage the successor? Check the BB threading - it's either French or ISO/BSA/British. If an ordinary Japanese adjustable cup threads in easily, it's relatively new and all ISO. If it won't go, BB and HS will be French threading.

MISC:   What is this bike? posted by: pete korhonen on 6/10/2008 at 4:18:53 AM

Can anyone identify what frame we are talking about here? A friend sold it to me and said that it is most likely Italian, but couldn't tell the manufacturer - any ideas?

Thanks in advance,


   RE:MISC: What is this bike? posted by Warren on 6/10/2008 at 4:41:00 PM
It's a typical mass produced frame from the bike boom era. Early 70's I'd think. Real long reach brakes are needed if you want to use 700c wheels. I had one just like it, same lugs and had campy Valentino Extra gears and Balilla brakes but I can't remember the marque. Not would make a nice fixed gear/singlespeed conversion.

   RE:MISC: What is this bike? posted by Pete Korhonen on 6/11/2008 at 3:34:37 AM
Yeah, I think it will have Weinmann brakes installed as we speak. It will be a single speed monster after all. Perhaps later on when it has been identified I could try to restore it closer to the original. =)

Thanks Warren for your input.

- pete -

   RE:RE:MISC: What is this bike? posted by Warren on 6/12/2008 at 7:24:30 PM
I remember now...mine was a Winthrop. Realize that these bikes were made to be rebranded so the frame could be identified as one of numerous second tier marques. Look for signs of chrome under the scratches...mine was full chrome under the paint.


AGE / VALUE:   Davidson Discovery posted by: Robert Hall on 6/9/2008 at 3:45:35 PM
Looking for more info on Davidson road bikes. My neighbor offered me her "old" road bike and it turned out to be a Davidson w/Shimano 600 component group.

AGE / VALUE:   Warm Weather Cycling posted by: Gralyn on 6/7/2008 at 4:37:07 PM
We've been having somewhat of a heat wave here in North Carolina the past few days. I believe it was around 95 degrees yesterday....maybe 98 today....and they say it could possibly reach 100 tomorrow. Well, I hop on a bike and go riding - regardless of the heat. My family thinks I'm crazy. I tell them it doesn't really bother me. I use a hydration pack - and keep myself hydrated. I tell them - I'm making my own breeze - so it's not that bad. Does anyone else enjoy riding in these temperatures? (and I'm serious - I really do enjoy the ride - even if it's over 95 degrees).

AGE / VALUE:   Old Schwinn Super Sport posted by: Gralyn on 6/7/2008 at 4:15:59 PM
I was just browsing around on ebay the other day (Haven't bought anything lately - been out of work since Feb. 6 - due to down-sizing) - so I was just browsing - looking at bikes. I saw an old Schwinn Super Sport - probably very early '70's - red. It had 25 bids and sold for $218 plus $87 shipping. I was really surprised at that. I have an one - it's yellow. I took the wheels off and hung them up in the work shop - and the rest of it is hanging in the back of the garage. My plan for it - was to re-build it and sell it (since I have an early '70's Sports Tourer I still haven't re-built - but I plan to keep it for my "collection" ). So, maybe I should fix up the old Super Sport!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Old Schwinn Super Sport posted by David on 6/9/2008 at 8:09:53 AM
A Sports Tourer sold on Ebay for more than that last week, but they often go for next-to-nothing. It all depends on who happens to be watching. I'd keep the ST and sell the SS (which I've already done once!)