WANTED:   1970s Raleigh Sprite posted by: Kris on 9/22/2008 at 2:03:26 PM
Ok, I'm all new to this. I've always had newish mountain bikes. I'm a full time student who really wanted a girls step through bike, but had a hard time finding one (even new) because I'm 6'1". This past weekend I purchased a Raleigh Sprite which has a lot of great features, but is a bit surface rusty and has a bent back wheel and fender. I probably paid too much, but was so happy to find a girls bike tall enough for me.

I don't want to put a lot of money into it (i.e. student), but would like to give it some TLC. Here is the link of what my bike looks like: http://genetics.mgh.harvard.edu/hanczyc/sprite27.html

First thing, I don't have the chain guard. This would make me so extremely happy, but I've spent hours over the last couple of days searching the internet and cannot seem to figure out where to find one of these. Anyone's help/suggestions would be great. I am in Seattle if you know of any place here.

Second, any suggestions on easy repairs (rust from paint, removing dent in fender, or making her shift easier) would be great. Is it taking anything away from the bicycle by doing some new upgrades?

Thanks so much,

AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Varsity posted by: lynne on 9/21/2008 at 4:32:49 PM
could some one please help I tried to identify the year by the chart but I can't find the model number? model number I found on the bike is dj513873 does that sound right?
year and value as I am thinking of selling


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Varsity posted by Patrick on 9/22/2008 at 2:25:14 AM
It should be an April 1973 bike.

AGE / VALUE:   Hello, I picked up this Moser 16 speed today at a yard sale. Can anyone give me infor posted by: Uni on 9/20/2008 at 7:03:26 PM
Is it a F.Moser bike? There is not a trident on the bike, but there is a arrow symbol on the lower tube lug near the headset tube and also on the main tube lug that connects to the seat stay lug. And this arrow symbol is cut-out on the bottom bracket. See the Moser Bottom Bracket Cut Out picture. I think this arrow symbol is the key to identifying this bike. There is some other symbol between the seat stays in front of the rear brake, but I do not recognize it. It can be seen in the seat stay & lug picture if you use the enlarge button above the picture. Notice in the rear wheel picture, the left rear wheel stay is painted, but the right is chromed. I think it may have been customized (contract bike?) for the previous owner. I was told it cost over $1000 new. I think this is a 1980’s era bike (?). It has some serious surface rust now, and the braze-ons on the top tube are rusting off. Should I sand down to bare metal in the rusted areas & spot paint or will this reduce the “collector’s value”? I really do not want the frame to rust through.
Thanks in advance for your help.

Here is a link to pictures:



Moser Frame
The Continental 700 x 23 C tires are sew-ups
Columbus Front Fork
Dura Ace Brakes
Forma Handlebars
Dura Ace shift Levers
Concor Supercoursa Seat
Dura Ace Crank & Chain Wheel
Shimano Front Derailleur
Dura Ace Rear Derailleur
Campagnolo Dropouts
Mavic Rims


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Hello, I picked up this Moser 16 speed today at a yard sale. Can anyone give me in posted by David on 9/21/2008 at 9:47:14 AM
Moser isn't going to get the kind of excitement that Cinelli, Colnago, Masi, etc bikes will. I think you should deal with the rust and not worry about the authenticity. You might want to go to a framebuilder and discuss it. I'm sure you got a good enough deal that a modest investment in, at least, stabilizing the condition is worthwhile. Nice bike. Good luck

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Hello, I picked up this Moser 16 speed today at a yard sale. Can anyone give me in posted by Keith Body on 9/21/2008 at 1:19:16 PM
Looks like a Moser, could have been $1000 retail. You might be able to research a likely builder. I have 2 Mosers built by De Rosa, but would not fetch anything like the same bikes badged De Rosa.
It needs a new top tube, but I think that could be more than its worth. A cheap bodge up would be to braze in a sleeve, no frame builder would advise this, but its a case of value. It would be interesting to see the ends of the top tube when removed from the lugs, the quality of the mitred ends would tell you a lot about the builder.
I'm not convinced the the front forks are original.
Chain stay chromed one side because paint gets knocked off under the chain.
Get some decent light tubular tyres and feel it fly.

MISC:   SHOGUN 500 18 SPEED posted by: BILL on 9/19/2008 at 5:34:13 PM
I just picked up a bike at a yard sale. seem to be having trouble getting any information on it. It is a shogun 500, 18 speed bike. perfect shape. brought it home and got a bucket of soapy water and can't even find a scratch in the paint! took it for a test ride. This bike will keep up with anyone it seems. easy and very comfortable to ride.
Is there anywhere to research these bikes? I have seial number and can provide any pics if you can help. interested in specs and spare parts available (the 6 speed cassette is a bit worn and could use replaced)thanks

CUSTOMS:   Looking for some info/history on a 1960 Paramount track frame posted by: jordan on 9/19/2008 at 3:14:45 PM
I am trying to gather some information on who did the drilling/history of this Paramount Track frame. It production year is 1960, with a serial number of C55, though the drilling was probably done in the 70's. It is a 56cm.
Check out these pictures

Any, information would be helpful.

thanks jordan