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Vintage is generally considered more than 50 years old, but in the bicycling world anything more than 20 years old is usually considered vintage as well.

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Bottom bracket tightening old Mercier bike

(I don't know much about bike repair and I may have gotten some words wrong!) I inherited this old Mercier. Everything else is good but the pedal spindle is quite loose. I want to tighten it but it ...
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Help me identify Italy frame

The frame has a Campagnolo carriage. The continuation of the upper pipe is also characteristic. I would be grateful for any advice. The text on the frame is extraneous, ignore it.
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What type of handlebar is this? what's it called?

What type of handlebar is this? Here are pictures: I know it's commonly known as "Japanese bike handlebar" or "cruiser handlebar" but I was wondering if what is the real term for ...
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"Vintage" internal cable routing to external

I have an "old" bicycle. The branding on the frame suggests it's a "Coppi", and I believe it to be from the 80s. There's a lot that I don't know about the bike, but for the ...
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Looking for name of Schwinn Le Tour variant above "Super" (mid 1980s)

I am looking for the name of Schwinn Le Tour variant above "Super" (mid 1980s). I remember perusing Consumer Reports (and ended up getting a Super Le Tour) c. 1985. At that time, there were ...
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Searching for vintage piece

I'm trying to repair my vintage gazelle impala bike and I'm missing just one piece :( Does anyone know where I can find the piece seen in the photo? It's part of the brake cable anchor bolt. Thank you!...
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Vintage Motobecane ID

I found this vintage Motobecane bicycle on Facebook for $60 so I picked it up as a project bike. Can anyone help me identify the year and model? I am fairly new to the cycling world. It has Abaresque ...
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Help identify early 90s Chro-Moly MTB

I have this Chro-Moly bike I bought in the early 90s in Chile branded as Oxford, but I believe the frame is an import. One mechanic said it is japanese, another that it's italian. The rear part of ...
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Vintage derailleur identification

I have a vintage Shimano derailleur that I'm trying to identify, specifically to figure out which jockey wheel set is compatible as mine badly need replacing. The derailleur is marked "Shimano ...
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Can anyone identify the vintage bike frame on this single-speed?

I want to know if anyone can identify this vintage bike frame. I really don't know much. It has a badge, but it just says [cycles limited].
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How to find out about my 1970's JC Penny 3 speed bicycle?

I recently got a 1970s jcpenney Lightweight 3 Speed bicycle but it doesn't have a brake on it whatsoever. I cannot find the specs or any information about this bike. Does anyone know where I could ...
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Broke old cable bottom bracket cable router and can't find like for like, can I buy another?

Unfortunately broke a Shimano sm-sp25 cable router for 90s Marin. It seems the spacing between the two cable is 25mm. Online I only find sm-sp17 and sm-sp18. Can I buy one of those? or any other? ...
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U-brake conversion from up pull to side pull (like bmx front brake)

I have an old steel Belgian bike from the 80s (I believe) which I am trying to restore to make it my daily commuter. I have to replace many things and every time I encounter that the bike is far away ...
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Need help to ID this old road bike - Bianchi?

I'm at a loss trying to ID the make and model of this old bike with Bianchi insignia, that I acquired recently for cheap. The seller had no idea, said it was a gift to him. It's obviously been (badly) ...
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My Upgrade Plans [closed]

About that Nishiki Sport, here are my plans for it: Phase 1: Upgrade wheels to 700c from 27". I already have them. Upgrade brakes to accommodate different size wheels. Modify to 7-speed ...
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Nishiki Sport - Year/Model Upgrade Restrictions?

How do I determine the year model of my Nishiki Sport road bike? I have had it since the 1990s when I bought it at a garage sale. I finally started riding it in 2008/9. I rode it in a 40-mile ...
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I need help identifying this "Mystery Bike" (could possibly be a real ferrari?)

New UPDATES below!!! Good day to everyone, So i have this really old bike. I don't know its brand and model. The paint is still stock, and it has a Ferrari sticker with the name "Michael ...
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Can age be determined by metals used on tricycle

I wasn't sure if I should add to my last question or start another. Sorry if starting another is an issue. But as I'm sanding down the entire Miami Sun tricycle to get horrible paint job and rust off ...
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How would I calculate age of this tricycle

I just purchased a Miami sun tricycle used and in very bad shape with rust. I'm starting restore process and luckily rust has not gotten to far into frame. I found a number under seat mount on bike ...
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Vintage 531 frame. Identify original make?

I rescued this bike from the tip a couple of years back and rebuilt it (in the UK). I am curious to know what the original make might be? The original frame had been badly repainted so no makers name ...
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Winter foot warmers for toe strap users?

I've used toe straps on my old Reynolds 531 bike for many years and prefer to use these over cleats. However, as I'm getting older I find my feet getting cold in the winter. Can anyone recommend some ...
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Can anyone identify this elderly tandem from the badge (pictured)

This is a tandem which I bought at least 20 years ago and it was far from new then. I have absolutely no idea who made it. This badge looks a bit like a bird or perhaps a dragon?
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Want to find out more about my Cannondale R900

I just bought what appears to be a Cannondale R900 polished aluminum road bike and am wondering about the year. Has the following ID on the bottom bracket: EI 08018 BE246 3BOW54 Also interested in ...
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Help identifying titanium frame based on serial number

I’m looking for help identifying the manufacturer of a titanium frame MTB, presumably from the 90’s. It has rim brakes, 26” wheels, and the bottom of the bottom bracket shell is stamped with “Made in ...
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What are the specs for a 1980 Schwinn Superior Road Bike?

Generally referred to as the Baby Paramount made with Reynolds 531 frame tubing and or Nervar dropouts and some of Campagnolo Gran Sport components and a Brooks saddle…
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Can I use substitute modern wheels for my vintage bicycle?

I have a 1970s Schwinn World Sport bicycle that has all of its original parts and in working condition except the wheels. The wheels it's designed for are 27s, circus tires. They are real hard to find ...
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What is the full name of this Cinelli bike model?

Tell me, does anyone know the full name of this Cinelli bike model? I will be grateful, thank you!
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Repair/Replace rim brakes with bottom cable routing

Ok people I need some knowledge around here. I'm working on fixing up my wife's bike. It's a wonderful classic Peugeot women's city bike. Mid 70s steel frame. I've run into the issue of the brakes. ...
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Help identify this very old bike frame

Few days ago I got as a present one very old bike frame which was almost completely stripped of paint few years ago and slight rust got on it on the surface. Only fork was in it’s original color, it ...
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Accomodating new wheel on old bicycle

I have a bicycle from the 1980s. Steel front fork. I am replacing the 27 1/4 wheels with 700cc. The new front wheel hub is 96mm wide between outer face of the bearing housings. The front fork has an ...
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Looking for information on vintage E-CO BMX

Does anyone have more information on E-CO BMX bikes? I don't even know their nationality. I know of two models, the Ultra and the Mega Performer. Any help or material will be great. Thanks.
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Diamond Back Ascent EX

I just purchased this vintage Gem, serial number 87H2509, I am planning to give a complete restore, with the exception of paint, paint is chipped a little but I really love the old school decals that ...
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Vintage MTB with Hollowtech II - FD doesn't reach outer ring

I'm using a vintage Miyata Sports runner as my backup + winter bike. Mostly for commuting (2 x 11 km/day). The original square tapered crankset finally gave up beyond fixing last week and I got a new ...
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Identify 2 Raleigh kids bikes - Boxer & Bullet

Hi, I’d like some help identifying the year of 2 Raleigh bikes I own. If I can’t identify the exact year I’d still like to know what year they started making and finished making these types? Just so I ...
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Removing a 1970s Schwinn Bottom Bracket

I am restoring a 1970 Schwinn Suburban and I am at a loss when it comes to removing this bottom bracket. The crank arms do not come off normally (no way to use a crank puller) and they won’t unscrew. ...
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Trying to match up a new seat for my bicycle and having difficulty finding one that will work

Could someone please help me identify this bicycle? I cant find anything that looks like this on the internet. The reason I'm asking is because it needs a new seat, as the plastic has broken off from ...
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Help identify this make model of this BMX?

I found this poor old bike in need of some TLC , when I moved into my new house she was just sitting out in the elements for who knows how long . Is there any saving it or should I let it go to the ...
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help me to find out what brand make this frame

i cant find what brand make this frame.. can you guys help me to find out what brand make this frame?
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Identifying missing small part Campagnolo brake lever

I'm missing a small part that guides the brake cable in my Campagnolo brake lever. Any idea how to find one of these? Update: This is what the part looks like (taken from the other lever)
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Theoretically, about weird but very interesting 3x9 setup? Some knowledge about gearing would be great :)

Is it possible to have a 3x9 setup - Triple 42T ( 42-32-24 ) x 9s ( 11-13-16-20-24-28-32-36-42T )? The main question is, what kind of 9 speed derailleur is compatible and how long chain need to be for ...
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Campagnolo brake spring too stiff

I'm overhauling a vintage Campagnolo caliper brake and the spring is extremely stiff. Unfortunatley I can't find new springs that fit (some almost fit, but are too short). Thoughts?
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Need help identifying this old Bianchi

Hi can you help me identify what this is ? I see the following on the frame: TRE TUBI RINFORZATI Bianchi Special Produzione Columbus The following is on Fork: Foderi Forcella Bianchi special Columbus
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Availability of Drop Randonneur handlebars Raleigh 72 grand sport?

Are new handlebars available that are the same, or nearly so, as the early 70's drop, Randonneur handlebars that were available on the grand sports models? From https://www.bikeforums.net/21414951-...
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Changing the crank set on an old roadbike

I recently bought an old (and cheap) road bike and I quickly noticed that the bike's crank set is "broken" because it had a weird bump when pedalling. I took apart the crankset, and noticed ...
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Braze on downtube with no square for lever stopper

I've got an hr bates bar frame with braze on boss for downtube shifters. I have some campag shifter but any I have Googled have a lever stopper that looks like it needs a square section to fit over ...
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Looking for year and model of this Bianchi

Cleaning out a storage unit of my father in laws. Anyone know about this bike? Looks like it’s a late 80s model.
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Where to get a crank puller for a vintage bicycle?

I'm trying to restore vintage bicycle I happen to own. I came to the stage of pulling cranks off and it apperas that I can't find the appriopriate tool to do that. Could anyone advice me on this? I ...
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Acquired an old bike with a house purchase; does it have value worthy of restoration?

Just wondering if someone could help me out. I bought a house about 5 years ago and this bike was a feature in the garden. I've tried to research about it but nothing comes up for "copper city&...
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Can anyone tell me anything about "The James" bicycles?

Recently we were donated a bike with a logo stating "The James." I am trying to find some information on this bike. It is a three speed bike. The gear system says "Sturmey Archer." ...
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Help in identifying JC higgins year?

The markings are MOD 502 42430 120647
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