AGE / VALUE:   Woolco Timberline posted by: bob on 8/13/2008 at 6:45:27 AM
I'm trying to find the age and value of the Woolco Timberline 3 speed, male bike

AGE / VALUE:   What is it? What application? posted by: john on 8/12/2008 at 1:42:06 PM
Saw a guy with a lot of older bike parts today. Didn't have my camera so couldn't take a photo so will try to describe. Looked like typical Weinman brake side or center pull center section (on which the levers ride), but where this part would go thru the fork and on which you would put a nut was hooked (half circle). This half circle was pretty beefy as if it would be attached to a chain stay or something. My description isn't very good but perhaps someone might know what I'm talking about. Thanks. john

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   What is it? What application? posted by David on 8/12/2008 at 6:06:49 PM
Are you referring to the aluminum spacers with the half-round hollow that fit over the round bridge on the seat stays?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   What is it? What application? posted by JOHN on 8/12/2008 at 6:56:36 PM
No. What I meant to say in my original post was the pivot bolt which is usually threaded on both ends, has a thread on one end and sort of a hook shape on the other that looks as if it would attach to a seat stay or the bride between. Never seen anything look this and I would like to know it's application. thanks. john

AGE / VALUE:   Univega gran turismo posted by: Jason on 8/11/2008 at 10:02:11 AM
just watched an mid 80's univega go for 385+60 shipping on epay.
i have one, and its a great bike, especially since I only paid 30 for mine.
why would one go for that kind of money? Sixteen bidders says that it is desireable, but...
I have no intentions of selling mine, that just seems steep for something that old that is not a real collectable bike. Am I wrong?


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Univega gran turismo posted by David on 8/11/2008 at 12:49:42 PM
It does seem steep. Maybe a couple of bidders were desperate to get the bike they owned when younger.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Univega gran turismo posted by jason on 8/12/2008 at 12:03:16 PM
I thought that, but there were five bidders past the 250 point. three at the 350 point. crazy.

It might be that there are a lot of bike shops that are simply out of inventory at the moment, and the new commuter craze is going to drive things up artificially.
my dad tells me about people on the street offering him double the new price for his and my mothers varsitys in the seventys. of course as soon as that gas crisis ended he could leave them unlocked.

MISC:   Soma "Competition" road bike posted by: Scott on 8/9/2008 at 3:24:32 PM
I just picked up a somewhat vintage Soma "Competition" road bike on ebay, made of Tange steel, with Shimano 600 components, and made in Japan. I don't know if this is the same "Soma" as in Soma Fabrications, or not. Anybody ever heard of these bikes?


AGE / VALUE:   Ross Centaur posted by: Gralyn on 8/7/2008 at 7:03:20 PM
I believe it has literally been years since I have spotted an old lightweight bicycle in a thrift store. I do believe it's been 2 or 3 years at least since I have spotted an old lightweight. The exception being a Raleigh Sportif I spotted at a yard sale a couple months ago. So today, I'm in a thrift store - and I just turn around and right there in front of me is old lightweight road bike. Also, the price on it was unbelievably less than I would have imagined. It was like going back in time about 7 or 8 years. Well of course, I grabbed it and rolled it to the register.

It is a Ross Centaur. 22 1/2 inch frame. I'm almost certain it's all original, including the tires. My best guestimate is that it's a 1988 model.....based on dates on some of the components. Hubs, stem, brake levers, indicate 1987 dates.

It's pink / white (pink seat and head tubes - white everywhere else) ChroMo lugged frame with forged dropouts, integrated der. hanger, micro-adjusters, braze-ons for the down tube shimano shifters. One interesting item which I don't have on any of my bikes......the braze-ons for the rear brake cable routing (routing for full length of cable housing) are spaced along the underside of the top tube - rather than along the top. Ross-branded alloy racing bars, alloy stem, Weinmann 590SQ alloy brakes, alloy drilled levers with Weinmann hoods (non-aero), Shimano via alloy cranks with alloy bio-pace chainrings, Alloy seat post with Vetta saddle, Shimano front der, and light action rear der, Joy Tech alloy hubs with QR, Araya 27 X 1 1/4 rims, Ross-branded Cheng Shin 27 X 1 1/8 tires.

I knew the bike had to be from the 1980's.....but wasn't sure whether early, middle, or late. It's obviously from the late 1980's based on component dates......however, there were some things that threw me off.....some things that would have indicated to me more the early 80' the foam rubber handlebar covers....I seemed to remember that was more from the earlier '80's. has non-aero brake levers with the safety levers......which I thought had pretty-much died out in the late 70's....but a few bikes had them in 1980, 81, 82.

I'm thinking of re-building it mostly original except for maybe going with aero brake levers.

Does anyone know if there are any scanned catalogs on-line anywhere - or any information on the internet for Ross bikes? I could find very little information.