AGE / VALUE:   Need help to identify bicycle posted by: Andre Desaulniers on 6/29/2008 at 5:28:40 AM
I am looking for help in order to identify a bicycle that I have found in the attic of my garage.
The particular thing about it is that there is an indian head on the front mudguard.
There is no brand name anywhere on the bicycle.
As for the badge in the front of the bicycle steering, we can read "Majestic" then the stylized "M" and finally "Montreal, Quebec". I can see also a lion on two bicycle wheels. I think it may refer more for the dealer than to the maker.
The wheels are 26" x 1-1/2".
Do you have any suggestion of what the maker could be or could you suggest me a reference that could identify the maker?
Thanks in advance for your comments.
Best Regards,
Andre Desaulniers


   RE:AGE / VALUE: Need help to identify bicycle posted by Warren on 6/29/2008 at 10:08:00 AM
Majestic was a Canadian manufacturer out of Montreal that made bikes for at least a few decades. I've seen a number of their single speed roadsters. They also made some high quality components...I have a Majestic coaster hub. It's of equal quality to Perry or CCM in terms of fit and finish. The 26 x 1 1/2 inch tires will be difficult to source. They are a British F12 size...they have the same diameter has the Trade bike 26 x 1 3/4 with a slightly narrower rim. They will fit in a pinch.

I've never come across a history of the company.

AGE / VALUE:   decals of Centurion Semi-Pro posted by: C. Roberts on 6/28/2008 at 7:26:18 PM
I recently picked up a Centurion Semi-professional that is roughly from the mid '70s.
Does anyone have any pics of the decals?
Thanks in advance.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   decals of Centurion Semi-Pro posted by David on 6/29/2008 at 7:02:01 AM
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MISC:   Larz Anderson Bicycle Show & Swap Meet posted by: Peter Naiman on 6/28/2008 at 9:15:17 AM
As posted before the Larz Anderson Bicycle Show & Swap is coming again this year on Sunday July 20th on the grounds of the Larz Anderson Automobile Museum, 15 Newton st., Brookline, MA 02445.

Entry charge for adults is $10, for children $5.00. This covers entry into the show with bikes etc. There is no additional charge for entering bikes into the show or swap meet spaces.

The Museum has a new staff on board headed by Tyler Burns, Assistant Director, as of a few months ago, and for everyone involved in the show it brings a breath of fresh air to the Museum and our show.

Friend Maurice Bresnahan, and Co-Chairman of the show & Tyler Burns of the Museum have worked out an agreement so we can now bring back the swap meet this year, so we can now revive the show to its original format. There will be no charge for the swap meet. We ask that everyone try and pre-register for the swap, although folks can show up the morning of the show to register. Set up time for the swap starts at 8:00AM.

We have about twenty table that the Museum has on hand, but once those are gone we will be renting the tables from a local supplier. There will be a $10.00 per table charge to rent a table once the initial supply of the Museum are all signed up for.

Set up time for the Concourse or bike show will begin at 9:00AM, but for those attending the Vintage Ride, staff will be on hand to register the bikes by 8:30. Pre-registration is not necessary for the Concourse, but we would like to know what you are bringing so we can publish it as a preview to the list.

As we do every year, voting for the Concourse will be by "Popular Choice" voting of everyone attending as ours is not a Concourse de Elegance". A list of awards available will be posted in a few days.

VCC Member Chris Barbour will be leading a Vintage Ride departing the Museum grounds promptly at 9:00AM. Please be prepared uneven city pavement and crushed-stone carriage paths in the city’s 19th Century parks… 28mm tires minimum are recommended. The pace will be easy and unhurried, suitable for all bikes and riders. Meet at the Museum’s building entrance.

Also, for visitors who will arrive in Boston on Saturday and wish to have a bit of sightseeing, the Veteran-Cycle Club is happy to offer a more substantial ride that afternoon. Again, it would be unhurried and suitable for all bikes and any level of fitness. Anyone interested should be in touch with Chris Barbour at his email address by Friday morning, up to noon, July 18. This will be arranged by e-mail @

To log onto our website for the show, please click onto the URL below. .

linked to the site is the "registration form" (which can be downloaded for printing) for the Concourse and the Swap Meet, plus links to many photo albums from prior shows, plus directions and contact information. If you want any additional information please write to me by email at my Yahoo address above or contact Susan at the Museum @ 617-522-6547.

Also as an addition for the show will be a display of extenct and rare automobiles which in prior years has included a few Stanley Steamer, Stutz Bearcats etc. This should all make for a very fun day for all.

Best regards,
Peter Naiman


AGE / VALUE:   My Cannondale Experience - update posted by: Gralyn on 6/27/2008 at 9:07:15 AM
Being kind of a "collector" (anything I collect has to be something I can ride, though), I had decided I wanted a Cannondale. I had never spotted one at a thrift store, or a garage sale, etc. - so I looked on e-bay and found a frame. I built it up - but turns out - the frame was much bigger than indicated - far too large for me to ride. So, I have been wanting to sell it or trade it.
Meanwhile, I kept searching e-bay for a Cannondale frame that would fit me. I found several - but couldn't afford them and was outbid, etc. Finally, I landed one at a price I could afford. I guess I didn't pay enough attention, or didn't ask enough questions - but when the frame arrived - and I began to install 700C wheels - and found they would not fit! Turns out it would only accommodate 650C wheels - and it was a Triathlon frame! I decided to try and build it up I searched and searched until I found a set of 650C wheels within my budget....then the tires and tubes.....I decided to build it up as a more "modern" racing bike with drop bars and STI shifters, etc. Then I found that the steerer tube was 1" rather than 1 1/8".....which limited me on finding a carbon fork with threadless headset, etc. I wasn't able to find shifters at a price I could afford - so I went ahead and built it up with down-tube shifters. I rode it a while.....and it actually rode better than I thought it would. In spite of it's geometry - the ride wasn't too rough.
The whole time - I'm thinking this bike is very late '90s or early 2000's. Well, I found this web site: and tried to find information on it. Per the head badge - it indicated 1990 - 1996. So, I looked through those catalogs - and I found it: it is a 1993 R700 Triathlon bike. I was disappointed it was that old. (but it is still a great bike!). Mine was the same color as the one in the catalog.....and at least now - I know what components it had, etc.
So now, I'm trying to build it up as a Triathlon bike. One thing I noticed when I installed the front derailler - the indention left in the paint from the original der. was much higher up on the seat turns out - it originally had a 56 T chainring! (the largest one I have is 53 T).
I put some bull horn type bars on it, and clip on aero bars, and put bar-end shifters on the ends of the aero-bars. At least now - it looks like a Tri bike. Now I'm trying to find a 56 Tooth a price I can afford.

I still have the tall (63 - 67 cm - depending on how you measure) Cannondale SR600 I would love to trade for a smaller size. If anyone is interested in a tall Cannondale, or would like to trade, or if anyone has a 56 tooth chainring - let me know.

AGE / VALUE:   Mercier 19" racing bike posted by: D on 6/26/2008 at 3:42:36 PM
I have a Mercier 19" racing bike that I purchased brand new in 1974. It is a 10 speed bright lemon lime color. I have the serial number for it. It hasn't been used in years. Just hanging up in the barn. Needs new tubes and tires. Could someone tell me how to determine it's value? Mercier isn't listed in the menu to find pricing.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Mercier 19 posted by David on 6/27/2008 at 6:37:06 AM
You'll need to educate yourself concerning its features. If it is a high-end Mercier, made of 531 tubing and has good quality European components, it could be worth upwards of $500. If it's low-end, made of ordinary steel and with low-quality components, you'll be lucky to sell it for $100. Check prices on ebay ("completed auctions") and look for bikes like yours.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Mercier 19 posted by John E on 7/2/2008 at 8:46:30 AM
Mercier was a decent French marque. As David mentioned, you first need to determine whether you have a Peugeot UO-8 class basic 10-speed (likely) or a high-end full-Reynolds 531 frameset (unlikely statistically and given the green color -- the high-end Merciers I have seen have been white, the most popular French racing color). David's price estimates are probably about right, but condition has a huge impact.