AGE / VALUE:   Exxon Graftek posted by: Lindsey on 9/16/2008 at 2:33:10 PM
I have a mint condition Exxon Graftek bicycle with ORIGINAL tires, handlebar tape, etc. Can anyone tell me the estimated value. I bought the bike in 1976 from the original owner and the bike has been hanging in my garage since then. I would like to see the bike go to a collector who can appreciate the history of this first-ever graphite bike. Thanks!

AGE / VALUE:   Maillard Freewheel removal tool posted by: Gralyn on 9/16/2008 at 1:54:23 PM
I have an old Maillard freewheel that I would like to remove from the wheel. I don't have the tool needed for this job. I can't even dis-assemble it - to get the cogs off it - and remove it that way. I think normally, there is a ring with a couple indentions - you can unscrew the ring (reverse thread) - then take off the cogset - and bearings go everywhere....then you can get the rest of it off with a pipe wrench. I see a couple indentions at the end - but they are mostly covered over by the smallest cog. I tried 2 chain whips - but could not get the smallest cog off. I think what I really need is the removal tool. Are these still available?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Maillard Freewheel removal tool posted by Gralyn on 9/18/2008 at 4:33:27 AM
Well, I gave it one more try with 2 chain whips - and was able to get the smallest cog to unscrew......then I removed the lock ring to dis-assemble it - and used the potentially-destructive method (pipe wrench) to unscrew the body from the hub. I had checked the Park Tool site - but I didn't find a tool there that looked like the correct one.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Maillard Freewheel removal tool posted by Patrick on 9/18/2008 at 3:37:22 PM
Hi, Is this on a Schwinn? Is there a round splined ring, about 29 mm in dia. around the axle? This would take the VAR-405 removal tool. If its about 19.5 mm in dia. you could use the Park Fr-4 removal tool. The Park is still available in bike shops. The VAR-405 can usually be found on e-bay. Good luck.Patrick

AGE / VALUE:   WANTED: 60's Schwinn Traveler Chainguard - Coppertone posted by: Nathaniel on 9/12/2008 at 11:03:29 AM
I have a 1964 Schwinn Traveler. Single speed coaster breaks. I'm looking for a Chainguard from any 60s Schwinn Traveler in COPPERTONE (orange/gold-ish color). If you have one for sale, let me know. Thanks.


WANTED:   Advice posted by: Bruce on 9/10/2008 at 7:02:46 PM
I recently purchased a nice 79 Trek 710 with a campy headset. I have never had the opportunity to have a frame built with whatever I desired before. I plan on installing nitto bars, stem, bottle cage with a brooks saddle. I have checked gear inches and a double with 46/34 seems to be a good choice of gearing for the relatively flat terrain I travel. I also have a new set of 30mm tires for it with tan sidewalls. I would prefer to keep it looking somewhat period correct and have flirted with installing mostly Campy components but I thought I should get some input before I did anything rash had to redo it later. Free advice gladly accepted as I am not even sure what all the components are called on a bike. Thanks

   RE:WANTED: Advice posted by Warren on 9/11/2008 at 3:51:28 PM
I don't know your fitness level or age but 46/34 are climbing gears. A standard 52/40 with a 6 speed cluster would be nicer.

30mm tires are for touring...road bikes would have between 19 and 23mm tires as a rule.

Why not spend some leisure time reading all about old road bikes here...

It's is a wonderful website designed by the late Sheldon Brown. Enjoy it.

MISC:   Cignal Road Bikes? posted by: BGarcia on 9/10/2008 at 6:20:27 AM
Why is it so difficult to find info on Cignal bikes? All i can find is what is on this website and I'm pretty sure that the one shown is the bike I'm buying off a friend. What else can you tell me about these bikes. are they quality, i see the pic here has been decked out. why cant i get more pics of these bikes off the Internet? is this a good find for $50? It has everything with little rust. thanks for your help, links, pics and info a greatly appreciated since i am a newbie. this will be my first road bike for personal fitness and commuting. Are parts easily changed on this bike for the better ones like shown in this site? thanks!!!


   RE:MISC: Cignal Road Bikes? posted by Warren on 9/11/2008 at 4:29:33 PM
It's difficult to find because they were a small maker for a short period of time. Can't tell if your $50 bike is worth it without detailed information and pictures. If it's not a good frmae then it's not worth swapping for good parts. It will be cheaper to just buy a good quality bike to start.