MISC:   Sam Fitsimmons posted by: Henry Santoro on 7/21/2008 at 12:05:33 PM
I'm an old pal of Sam's and would like to reconnect with him, if anyone knows where he might be. Hello -- Sam -- are you out there?...Somewhere?..Anywhere???
Please email Henry Santoro at HenP3@comcast.net


AGE / VALUE:   AMF Roadmaster Lightweight posted by: Rich on 7/20/2008 at 3:52:37 PM
I recently picked up an AMF Roadmaster with a men's style frame and what appear to be brass handlebars with its chrome flaking off. On the front head it has the the standard AMF sticker saying it was made in Little Rock, AK, but on the seat post pillar it has an AMF sticker with a yellow, blue, and red stripe with checkered lines between them and a big AMF in the middle. I have a picture if needed, and just for other info the serial number is R179235. R wouldn't be for "race" would it? The bike is black in color with white pinstriping and a BMA/6 sticker. What year could this bike be from? 70-73? The front wheel is Rigida and the rear is EA3. Any help would be appreciated as I have no clue about these things.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   AMF Roadmaster Lightweight posted by David on 7/21/2008 at 5:35:42 AM
I'm sure the handlebar is steel and not brass and the R does not stand for racing. I doubt that anyone can help with the serial number. Doesn't AMF still exist - maybe someone can tell you when they made bikes in Little Rock.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   AMF Roadmaster Lightweight posted by Brian on 7/21/2008 at 3:08:37 PM
Chrome has a base coat of brass to make it adhere to the metal, then a layer of Nickel, then a layer of Chrome. Thus the term "Triple Plate". A lot of people, platers included make a big deal out of their triple plate process but it is the way it is done. What you are seeing is the brass base coat.


   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   AMF Roadmaster Lightweight posted by Brian on 7/21/2008 at 3:11:09 PM
meant to say COPPER not brass basecoat

   RE:AGE / VALUE: AMF Roadmaster Lightweight posted by Rich on 7/23/2008 at 12:30:42 PM
Ok, I always thought of copper as being an orange/bronze kind of color, this is yellow like a trumpet. The bike also has a Harley Davidson #1 sticker on the rear fender centered in the white pin striping, and Roadmaster on the chainguard. I never imagined it was a racing bike, just curious as I don't know anything about these bikes. So far I have found little in the way of info on it. Thanks to all for any help.

AGE / VALUE:   Universal Riviera Sport posted by: Emma on 7/20/2008 at 12:28:47 PM
I bought a bike today (just for pottering around on) and I'm curious to find out how old it is. It seems in fairly good condition but rather old fashioned!
It's a Universal Riviera Sport with a Sturmey Archer gear box (3 gears) and there's a black sticker that says BS6102 Rayleigh, Essex. There is also a code printed under the handle bars that says 09.11.266324 if that means anything to anyone?
There is a very similar one on ebay which I have posted a link to below.
Any help to satisfy my curiosity would be much appreciated.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Universal Riviera Sport posted by ken on 7/23/2008 at 10:21:24 AM
You can date your S-A hub: see
The bike is often a year younger than the manufacture date of the hub.

AGE / VALUE:   1988 peugeot chorus posted by: john ross on 7/19/2008 at 5:54:46 PM
I am searching for a bike and the search has lead me here. The bike is a 1988 peugeot chorus. The components were all Campy Chorus and the frame was Reynolds 753. I purchased one new that year in Burlington Vt where I went to school. During a lapse into absolut studidity I sold it a coulple of years later and have regretted it ever since. I have be searching the internet and have found next to nothing about this bike. I found one photo of a similar bike but that one was made of Reynolds 531 not 753. The colors were Jamacia Blue that faded into white with red lettering. Both the seat and the handle bar tape were also white. Ultimatly I would like to purchase another but right now I would be happy just get some info and or some photos. I have not been able to locate a 1988 catalog on the internet but in 89 there was a 753R (I think that is what it was called) that was similar but was not Campy. Thanking any and all in advance both for reading this and any help you can give. Regards, John

AGE / VALUE:   Basso Cinelli SC posted by: Jonn Public on 7/18/2008 at 9:11:23 AM
I have a near perfect condition bike I purchased at a storage lien auction that's got me confused.
It's stickers and all the markings id it as a Basso Gap. Then I flip it over and stamped in the frame it's marked Cinelli SC made in Italy, and number 58. Everything else is Campagnolo. I attached a link to album with some pictures. I'm going to sell it, so information about history or what it's worth would be great help.


   RE:AGE / VALUE: Basso Cinelli SC posted by Warren on 7/18/2008 at 3:42:24 PM
Well it is a Basso, with a Cinelli BB. It's not a Cinelli SC...that is a very specific and collectable bike. Yours is nice too. Identify ALL of the parts...the campy stuff will have dates on it. Take close up pics of all parts and you should do very well with that bike. It's a sweet classic ride and close to top tier.

But it's no Cinelli SC....

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Basso Cinelli SC posted by David on 7/21/2008 at 5:32:48 AM
Lots of Italian and other bikes have Cinelli parts in them. Although Cinelli makes frames as well as parts, this one is a Basso. Nice bike and you shouldn't have trouble selling it.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Basso Cinelli SC posted by JonP on 7/21/2008 at 8:15:05 AM
Thanks for the info. What's a BB? What's the number 56 stamped onto it. Guessing it's the size or serial number. Thanks Again.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Basso Cinelli SC posted by Warren on 7/21/2008 at 6:41:07 PM
A bottom bracket contains the axle (or spindle), bearings and bearing cups. Your bottom bracket shell is made by Cinelli. It's the most common shell on high end road bikes.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Basso Cinelli SC posted by David on 7/23/2008 at 8:58:47 PM
And the 56 was probably stamped into the bottom bracket (BB) shell by the builder to indicate the nominal frame size (56cm); standard Italian practice.