I am trying to figure out more info about this bike. It was painted by a precious owner, not the person selling it. I have not seen the bike in person, nor do I know much about bikes, but it looks like it has friction shifters? So based on this I guess that means 80's or earlier?

Any help would be appreciated!


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    Stolen BSO of an unascertainable year. The paint and lack of provenance are a sign that it's likely stolen. In terms of frame, it's a BSO and those are undateable as even some 2017 BSOs have one piece cranks and friction shifters. Also, we don't do valuations. It's worth what it's worth to you.
    – RoboKaren
    Commented Jul 14, 2017 at 2:28
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    Possible duplicate of How can I tell what year my bike was made?
    – RoboKaren
    Commented Jul 14, 2017 at 2:31
  • Well, its got suicide levers on it, so I'd think that it'd be early 80s at the latest, probably some time in the 70s. But I agree its a bso.
    – Batman
    Commented Jul 14, 2017 at 2:34
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    I'd go 80's for a guess. There are some beefy tyres there that look much newer style. Its probably an 80s store brand bike that has had new tyres and either a new saddle or bartape fitted. Schrader valve wheels, sissy brake levers and clear/white wheel reflectors suggest the American market. Steel pedals not plastic ones so 90s is less likely. Steel spoke protector suggests a bit of quality to the build, but ashtabula one-piece cranks suggest not a lot of quality. The paint job might also be a face lift to sell it.
    – Criggie
    Commented Jul 14, 2017 at 7:11

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Given the bottom bracket type, the thin pressed dropouts and the type of seatbinding bolt used, this was not originally a particularly special bike.

It looks like a well-done refurbishment. Look after it, enjoy it, but if it gets bent or stolen, don't worry too much about saving it or restoring it again.

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