| I STARTED COLLECTING BIKES ABOUT FOUR YEARS AGO. I AM 40 YEARS OLD AND I LIVE IN THE BOSTON AREA.I COLLECT OLD BANANA SEAT BIKES,MUSCLEBIKES,AND NEWER STYLE CHOPPER BICYCLES.I FOUND MY FIRST BIKE IN THE TRASH,AND THE HOBBY BEGAN. I HAD SOME OF THESE STYLE BIKES AS A KID BUT MOST LIKLEY DESTROYED THEM.THE BIKE I FOUND IN THE TRASH WAS A 1960S TYLER,GIRLS FRAME ,WHITE SEAT ,BLUE FRAME . A REAL PIECE OF CRAP,BUT I KNEW SHE STILL HAD SOME LIFE IN HER YET.I STARTED LOOKING IN THE WANT ADS,AND CAME UPON A 1970S GIRLS ROLLFAST,PURPLE WITH PURPLE SPARKLE SEAT.I GOT IT FOR $40.RIDING THIS BIKE AROUND ONE SUMMER ,ALOT OF PEOPLE WANTED TO TALK ABOUT THE BIKE AND THE MEMORIES IT BROUGHT BACK.IT WAS PRETTY COOL.I STARTED LOOKING FOR MORE BIKES,AND FOUND A 1970S IVERSON CHARGER,I PAID $150. IT WAS IN OK SHAPE,BUT I HAD TO GET IT,IT WAS THE FIRST BOYS FRAME THAT I HAD FOUND.MY NEXT FIND WAS A 1985 KIA LIL SCAMPER,PINK,GIRLS FRAME.I FOUND THIS AT AN ANTIQUE STORE AND GOT IT FOR $20.IT IS PRETTY NICE I GOT A GREAT DEAL ON THAT ONE.THEN ,I DISCOVERED THE INTERNET AND FOUND VINNY AND THIS SITE,OLDROADS.I BOUGHT A 1979 SCHWINN STINGRAY,MADE INTO A LOWRIDER,FLAMBOYANT RED PAINT ,ONE OF MY FAVORITES.I THEN FOUND A 1999 STINGRAY REPRO ON EBAY, I PAID $200.FOR IT IN 2001.I THEN GOT A GREEN 2004 LOWRIDER BIKE FROM THE LOWRIDER COLLECTION,ALSO FROM OLDROADS. I HAVE A 2004 BLUE LOWRIDER/CHOPPER 20 IN REAR TIRE,16 IN FRONT KRATE STYLE.I HAVE TWO OCC STINGRAYS,ONE BLUE,THE OTHER FIRST ISSUE CHROME/RED.I HAVE A HUFFY WESTCOAST CHOPPER BICYCLE.I HAVE A 2005 GIANT STILETTO,CHROME/SATIN BLACK.I HAVE TWO OTHERS,GIVEN TO ME BY A FRIEND.ONE IS A BOYS VISTA JOCKEY MAROON PAINT.THE OTHER IS MY PRIDE AND JOY.A 1976 SCHWINN STINGRAY.IT WAS IN ROUGH SHAPE WHEN I FIRST GOT IT.IT WAS TERRA COTTA IN COLOR,WITH BLUE RIMS, AND RED KNOBBY TIRES.(ALL WRONG)I TOOK THE BIKE TO MY FRIENDS AUTOBODY SHOP WHERE WE WET SANDED THE COMPLETE BIKE,FRAME,CHAINGUARD,AND FORKS.I REPLACED THE FORKS WITH A 26 INCH SPRINGERFORK,WITH A 16 IN BLACK FRONT TIRE.NEW TUBES, TIRES,AND CHROME SKULL VALVE CAPS. I GOT NEW 18 INCH APEHANGERS, WITH BLACK SPARKLE GRIPS. NEW SEATPOST,36 IN SISSYBAR,BLACK VELVET BANANA SEAT.NEW REAR SLICK TIRE,RIMS,TIRES TUBES.I KEPT THE ORIGINAL REAR DUCKTAIL FENDER,KEPT THE ORIGINAL CRANK.NEW PEDDLES,CHAIN.I PAINTED THIS BIKE ORANGE FLAME PEARLCOAT.(THE COLOR OF THE DODGE PROWLER) IT IS AN AWESOME LOOKING BIKE ,DEFINATLY ONE OF MY FAVORITES.ANY WAY ,I AM ALWAYS FINDING NEWER BIKES THAT I WANT EVERYDAY,ON THE WEB AND OTHER PLACES,BUT $ IS MY BIG ISSUE.THE KIND OF BIKES I LIKE RANGE ANYWHERE FROM $100.to$2500. all the schwinn repros,and newer style chopper bikes,and those hard to get original krates. I WAS JUST BORED TONIGHT AND FELT LIKE LEAVING MY STORY,I LOVE COLLECTING BIKES AND TALKING TO PEOPLE WHO DO THE SAME.SO KEEP ON BIKING AND ENJOY THIS HOBBY.I AM OUT!|
| just found a raleigh chopper with no wheels. i know what size they should be but i am not sure what model sturmey rear hub it should have. can anyone help?? |
| hey moose!|
(I had a friend in school named moose, but I digress..)
Depends what type of chopper you have - there are 2 types, mk1, and mk2 - but as I assume you're in the usa, you'll most likely have a mk1.
thy mainly came with the bog standard 3 speed awt sturmey archer rear hub, but also had 3 speed coasters, 1 speed coasters, 3+2 sturmeys, and derailleur shifters also!!
If you could email me a picture, that would help - or if you could state the frame colour, the decal colour, and what the shifter looks like that could help.
otherwise - feel free to drop me an email - cheers!! - kev
| hey kev! thanks for the reply! half of the frame has a bad spray paint job (ran out of paint i guess). the other half is green, the decals are mostly peeled off but the remaining pieces seem to be white. the shifter is a sturmey archer console model. i will e-mail pics tommorow. |
| forgot to mention i am in the u.s.. thanks again!|
| ok moose! - congratulations!!|
- that will be a mk1 chopper you have - could be dark green or a real nice lime green.
sturmey made the consoles for all the choppers, even the ones that didn't use their hubs!!! (the derailleur bikes)
so I'll have to have a look at the console to determine what should be on it!!
hope to hear from you soon - I guess I should have checked my email 1st!!
| HEY KEV, JUST MAILED SOME PICS. THEY MAY TAKE A WHILE. |
| just in case anyone was wondering - it turned out to be a lovely dark green mk1 - high loop sissy bar - nice!!|
it was originally a TCW - 3 speed coaster - so if anybody has one of these hubs, 36 hole, and in the date range 69 - 71, maybe you could let moose or myself know!!
| i cant find any pics of this bike and dont know where to look. can anyone help mefind out what i have? thank you!|
| I think I saw one of these in here somewhere |
| Hi, have no idea if this is a good deal or not, found this on craigslist in the San Francisco bay area. |
I'm an english roadster guy so sorry if this is way overpriced or anything else.
| it's not a mk2 - it's a mk1- with the american spec low sissy bar- nice bike in my favourite colour - but I think it was on ebay a while ago??|
| all prices are negotiable, if interested or for pics email me at firstname.lastname@example.org|
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