AGE / VALUE:   Romana, Italian Vintage Road? posted by: Hunter Dickerson on 9/27/2008 at 4:45:32 PM
I got this frame the other day from one of my friends who buys and sells vintage road bikes. It has a decal that says 'Made in Italy' and 'E.B.M. Exclusive U.S. Importer'. I have done a little research and have not found anything. The bike is called a Romana LX-23. Any help you can give me would be great. Below is a picture of the original decals (rough).


MISC:   West German Bikes??? posted by: Ed on 9/26/2008 at 9:27:56 AM
I have an old men's 3 speed bike that has the name metal plate w/ name "Marathon" on the front, and says made in W. Germany. Looks like it was made in late 1970's. I can't find any other indication of the manufacturer. Any ideas? Looks similar to a Raleigh from that ERA.

MISC:   Trade sturmey hubs? posted by: nikos on 9/26/2008 at 7:43:37 AM
Hello all,

Would anyone be interested in trading a 1950's AM hub in an alloy AW shell--complete with both indicator rods and wing nuts (!) for a functional FW with the index rods, shell type doesn't matter. Would be great if it had a working trigger as well.

Just a thought. I have a few AM's laying around and really want an FW for a bike. I can send pictures later too.


AGE / VALUE:   Apollo Criterium posted by: Tuesday on 9/24/2008 at 10:47:55 AM
Hi! I recently picked up an old Apollo Criterium roadbike. I've been trying to find info on it, but I've been coming up with nothing. Does anyone know anything about this bike?

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:

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,

   RE:WANTED:   1970s Raleigh Sprite posted by David on 9/23/2008 at 11:25:15 AM
If it's a 10-speed Sprite, it never had the chain guard, rather an outer ring on the chain wheel that would help a little to keep your cuff clean. Aftermarket chain guards are available. You should be able to find a better rear wheel without too much trouble. Call the bikestop in Arlington.

   RE:WANTED:   1970s Raleigh Sprite posted by Kris on 9/24/2008 at 3:30:45 PM
Thanks David. It is a 5-speed. I found a photo of one identical to mine that has the chain guard. Here is the URL:
I was just guessing this was original... anyone know?

   RE:RE:WANTED: 1970s Raleigh Sprite posted by Warren on 9/25/2008 at 3:48:48 PM
Many or most Sprites didn't have the chainguard...I believe later model years did. As David noted, there was also an outer ring to offer some protection.

The chainguard that you found on the white Sprite can be found on ebay on a fairly regular basis. Finding one your colour may be difficult.

    1970s Raleigh Sprite posted by ken on 9/26/2008 at 10:59:28 AM
A clean derailleur, a clean cable and the correct tension on the friction shifter will improve your shifting. Any decent 27" wheel with a 5-speed freewheel should be close to the correct spacing and easy to mount. Check Sheldon Brown for details. It will ride better. You wouldn't hurt the value at all. Likewise, chainguards bolt on, and off again. You could keep your trousers clean with any old chainguard while you watch for the perfect one. People like us have chainguards lying around in our basements.
I've had good results with car wax or just a little light oil to keep paint looking good and not rusting any worse. Just cleaning and rubbing will make a difference.
There are machines for rolling the dents out of fenders, but it's possible to cut pieces of wood to the inside and outside shapes of the fender, and then knock the dent out by putting the fender between the forms.

   RE:WANTED:   1970s Raleigh Sprite posted by Jim on 10/5/2008 at 7:52:02 AM
Your Sprite should have a steel Huret derailleur. If so, it is probably early 70s vintage. In that case, they came with a partial chaingaurd to allow for the movement of the chain as the gears shifted. The "hockey stick" style was for the internal hub gear varieties. Sprites in the late 60s did come with 5-speed internal hub gearing. If that's the case, "hockey stick" chaingaurds are OK. Some are selling on e-bay. You can use a rounded hammer to tap out the fender dents. Place a block of wood on the other side of the fender before tapping, and do so lightly. Naval jelly, Brillo pads, and chrome cleaner can help remove rust from chrome rims, etc. Try using a toothbrush to scrub the parts with. WD40 and motor oil will lubricate the moving parts. Also, try getting some oil into the cable housings.