MISC:    posted by: mike on 3/28/2005 at 5:16:57 PM
i need a rear slick off of a murray eliminator or jc penny muscle bike. if you have one email me at sickcycles@optonline.net

   RE:MISC:    posted by carlos on 4/4/2005 at 9:19:41 PM
do you no what size and design this slick had or if u have a photo that would be good to. i think i might have 1 or 2.

WANTED:   '73 Krate Disc Caliper needed posted by: Bob on 3/27/2005 at 4:38:27 AM
Looking for a working disc brake caliper that is complete, and in condition 7-10.

   RE:WANTED:   '73 Krate Disc Caliper needed posted by Kurt K. on 3/27/2005 at 2:02:45 PM
Keep your eyes out at all the little 'hole in the wall' bike shops in the nearest neighboring small towns near you.

Just yesterday, I discovered a fellow running a small bike repair service out of a 'U-Store It' - turns out he had a complete Schwinn sprocket/hub/disc/caliper setup sitting in his rear hub parts bin, and a lightweight Schwinn with a Bendix two-speed kickback hub (red-band) laced into the rear rim.

But no...trying to get him to sell that would have been harder then pulling teeth. Funny thing though, even though he horded these old Schwinn parts, it was apparent that he had no idea how valuable these parts actually are.

I'll be taking a trip back there in May possibly...see how much more I can twist his arm ;-)

Take care...


WANTED:    posted by: mike on 3/24/2005 at 9:52:20 PM
i need a 5 speed schwinn stik shifter. condition doesnt matter as long as there is no pitted rust. if you have one email me at sickcycles@optonline.net . wiil buy or trade????


WANTED:    posted by: mike on 3/24/2005 at 3:11:44 AM
Hey Shannon can you give me a correct email address. i am interested in buying those murray eliminator tries and fender. you posted a incorrect email address.

AGE / VALUE:   What's your take on the "new" Raleigh Chopper? posted by: Larry "Boneman" Bone on 3/23/2005 at 1:49:59 AM
Seeing as they are showing up on Ebay now...


Was just wondering what the consensus is on this machine. Looks to be very true to form except for the seat... which to me seems rather strange.

Pricing isn't too bad.



   RE:AGE / VALUE:   What's your take on the posted by Kurt K. on 3/23/2005 at 2:24:58 AM
They've been showing up for a long while on eBay, Larry!

They are not much in person. Gone is the beauty and romance of the Raleigh lugging, and in with the big 'ol "grapevine welds." Down tube is oval, and ridiculously oversized, possibly the most obnoxious part of the bike, rendering the frame mostly useless. The old spot where the console used to go on is now a plate of metal brutally welded in place.

Handlebars have become simply a cheap Chinese-type deal, with ugly, ghettoish 90 degree bends to it - no angle to the rise at all, which, in my opinion, makes or breaks a nice-looking ape-hanger bar. Stem is a junk-pile alloy BMX piece with quad-allen heads - other then the disgusting down tube, this, and the seat are probably the most tasteless features of this re-design.

The Sturmey hub is simply the grey alloy (not polished) cheap deal found on the Wal-Mart NEXT cruisers, with some meaningless (and rather long, for a fitting such as a hub) writing about Sturmey-Archer being only the best since 1902.

Everything else on this bike is cartoonish - the fork, the Heron chainwheel, even the "Chopper" decal looks foolish.

The rims are standard Wal-Mart fare: Peaked-center, un-polished alloy trash (the rims that like to tear open now and then), and the beautiful chrome side-pull Raleigh calipers are now just your everyday V-brakes.

Oh, and did I mention that the color choices are abselutely pitiful?

In fact, now that I realise it, I can only think of one positive comment: Nice red-line tires...for a custom project only! (Even the tires aren't even close to correct!)

Just my 2 1/2 cents.

Take care,


   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   What's your take on the posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 3/23/2005 at 4:00:12 AM
Ah... so.... basically they are kinda like the Roadsters that are built in India, China, etc... well... at least those are lugged frames...

No workmanship.... a damn shame... and they continue to "milk" the Raleigh name. :-(

Kind of a shame.... and sooooooo typical of the "bottom line" mentality. Back in the day, all manufacturing was "Engineering Driven". Now... it's all "Beancounter" driven (no offence to any accountants here).

I'll just keep lookin'. You can still come across this stuff at garage sales and thrift stores.

And I still think that two-piece seat is the epitome of "Hokey".



   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   What's your take on the posted by kim on 3/23/2005 at 12:37:30 PM
I've never seen one before that photo.
I dunno, it does look like a Raleigh Chopper to me!
Just swap out the seat and chainguard and you're back in 1971.

   RE:AGE / VALUE: What's your take on the posted by mike on 3/23/2005 at 11:35:03 PM
i think they are pretty ugly. nothing compared to the originals. i saw a few at my local bike shop. the one that is supposed to be chrome is more like polished aluiminum.