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The exact model is Start Shosse from Kharkiv Bicycle factory (ХВЗ Старт-шоссе) Wikipedia link about factory. This particular bike was a dream of many soviet youngsters, but in reality it is not anything special, as Soviet Olympic team rode on Colnago bikes. It is quite popular trend here (in Latvia, ex USSR member country) to make a fixed gear bike from ...


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You have asked two questions. Is it feasible? Yes. Yes it is. As has already been said, many people rebuild old frames like this with newer parts to create unique rides. I don't know much about xUSSR bicycles, but I would guess that a lot of the parts are copies or near-copies of popular nonUSSR components. To my eye, this looks like a knock-off of ...


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The "Lunartic Cycle" Here you go: http://www.yankodesign.com/2010/08/13/no-spokes-cycle/ Complete with movie. As for your extra reading material: http://bicycledesign.net/ Hope that helps!


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Astra was the Beacon Cycle house brand, according to Sheldon. As @Blam and @Daniel R Hicks say, it's a mid-range 80s bike (that's a compliment)! The lugs, while nothing special, aren't drainpipe thick - this is a good thing. It was probably built well. Crankset may be Stronglight, and the derailleur and front mech are probably Sachs-Huret. Basic components ...


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Going out on a limb I'll say it's a Haro Escape frame c2002 - 2005 with donor parts from a c2001 Fuji. Haro's have a decipherable serial number for BMXs so MTB might be similar check here to see if that is any help in confirming. If it was the Haro Escape it could well be a good frame to rebuild with a 150mm fork for a fun AM/FR hardtail.


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The usual method of identifying a bike is what you've done. The brand and model are usually part of the decals on the frame. My bike, for example, says Scott on the downtube, and CR1 Pro on the toptube near the headset. It is Swiss made, and the model stands for comfort road 1, and Pro tells you what parts were on it originally. If there are no ...


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Those wheels are worn. That would need to be a $700 bike new to be worth $250 in that condition. Pictures don't show detail on the items like brakes, bb, crank, wheel, hub, and chainring that would give a clue. If you are not finding mid range name brand components that bike is not worth $250. A lowest end bike is under $100. This is picture of $300 ...


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That looks a lot like the bikes in some bike-sharing programs (take a look at this one, from Stockholm City Bikes). The two "prongs" at the end of the front "basket" would be used to lock the bike in place at one of the stations. The panels in the back are often used for advertising.


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That is a 'Bicycle Shaped Object' with any-old name plastered on the frame. It is 'off-brand'. Years ago it was possible to identify bikes by the quality of the welds, shapes of the lugs, shapes of the dropouts and choice of components. However, with 'Bicycle Shaped Objects' this is sadly not possible. There are probably countless variants of this exact ...


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'Gran Touring' alludes to 'Gran Sport' and 'Gran Turismo'. These were Campagnolo names used in former times for their derailleurs. I am not old enough to remember when those former times were, but they were decades and decades ago! The brand means nothing if this is a department store bike. That means you have free reign to do what you like with it. You can ...


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I think those are McMahon Racing Components, possibly their "Power-Link" model. See: http://mombat.org/MOMBAT/BikeHistoryPages/McMahon.html http://www.blackbirdsf.org/brake_obscura/mtb.html


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It looks like a Bobbin Kingfisher: http://www.bobbinbikes.co.uk/wordpress/bobbin-kingfisher/ Linus and Public also make very similar bikes. Public ships direct, I am unsure about Linus and Bobbins.


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BikePedia has an entry about a bike that looks to be the same as what you posted. It's a Cannondale Adventure 400 femenine model. It appears that this came with a front shock initally, but may have been fitted with a rigid front fork (or there were alternate models without the shock). These appear to have been produced for several years, with a mostly ...


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That bike is a Swabian brand from Konrad Kotter (who had until 1982 and again in 1987 the professional racing team Kotter's Racing Team) that later went over to Albuch The Albuch Kotter logo now looks like this:


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There was a time when bikes (and cars, and food mixers, and whatever) were manufactured to last, and the same model would be manufactured and sold, unchanged, for many years. From somewhere in the 90's, there seems to be an obsession with the NEW, so now bikes (and cars, and cell phones, etc you get the picture) change their designs overnight, so people ...


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"Experienced and/or interested": Not for real world use. The regular spoked wheel is a very good and optimized solution to the "wheel" problem: light, stiff, low rolling resistance. The shown wheel is more of a curiosity, something to startle people. But, for sure, it is a good way to create potentially useful space "inside" the wheel...


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Too bad the first picture is so backlit. I can't zoom in very well- amazed you have determined its a Columbia! The chain guard is by Wald, purchased sometime in the distant past from an IBD. The fork has most certainly been damaged from a frontal impact. The pedals were most likely installed after 1973; the year the CPSC mandated pedal reflectors. The frame ...


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Your bike is a JC Higgins sold at Sears stores. Not exactly sure of the year but I think most Komet hubs were used in the late 50's into the 60's. Just Google JC Higgins bicycle and I'm sure you'll find a picture of one just like yours. Good luck and don't give up on it. When she sees it looking like it did when she was a kid, it will bring back many ...


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I had a very similar frame on a tandem from Craigslist several years ago. That was a Schwinn. The frame is terribly flexible, you can't put an adult on the rear seat.


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Thank you for all of your help and encouragement. When I arrived home from work I flipped the bike over, got some of the serial numbers. From what I can tell the bike seems to be a 1956/1957 Schwinn Spitfire Ladies - Model F71c. Below is a 1956 Schwinn Spitfire - Model F71c. I have come to this conclusion on two parts... 1 - the Serial Number The ...


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Sorry for an answer that should be a comment (need to get my bicycles.SE rep up before it'll let me do it right). I see (open the asker's image to view larger)... A Marzocchi Bomber fork, construction and decals look like a late-90s Bomber Z1 (http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=198026, though slightly different from the pictured "bam" model). ...


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I was searching for bikes and I found one identical to this one: it was a VINTAGE 1959 MURRAY SEARS FLIGHTLINER, all it was missing is the little silver bar that goes above the front fender that clips into that little silver clip on the bottom of the headtube. Some may have had headlight tanks, the one I found didn't. So it could be a 59-60?


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They finally replied to my email i send before starting this question. SE is simply the 1, from the last collection. They changed the names from SE, SL, etc... to 1, 2, 3, 11...


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I think Candy 1 SE is a special edition where colors are changed from standard Candy 1 as you can see in the links provided. Candy 1 SE is not even listed at Crank Brothers website. So if you fancy a more exclusive color set and it's cheaper go for the SE!


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Based on this picture, it looks like it was most likely purchased at a department store. I am not sure how knowing the brand will help you decide whether or not you will get a new bike. IMO the main criteria for determining this would be function and comfort.


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An excellent resource is Bikepedia.com, they have listings for a wide range of bikes.It is very useful when looking at used bike ads as they may list stock components and suggested retail price new.The newer the bike is the more information they seem to have.It is useful when looking at used bikes to determine age by what years components were offered and ...


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Bicycles of this type are churned out by the many thousands and simply "branded" to various distributors. They are invariably very cheaply made; often with all-steel components and the lowest-possible level of brakes,shifters, and other components. They are as alike as peas in a pod otherwise. Other than doing the normal sort of maintenance, lubing the ...



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