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Questions tagged [vintage]

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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Fixed gear bike: when I stop the bike completely I can move the pedals back and forth very slightly is this normal?

As the title shows I have a fixed gear bike, not sure if this is right though: even when the chain is tight as possible there will be what seems a loose spot and it makes it so that the pedals move ...
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Shimano 105 RD-5501 on a six speed freewheel?

I was doing a cleanup at the storage room and found a box of mint 105 parts (brakes, FD, RD, triple crankset and BB). Based on the newspaper inside the box, the parts were laying there for at least 10 ...
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What is the “clip ring” part on my hubs?

I recently bought a vintage Japanese Zunow road bicycle from the 1980's. The Sunshine hubs comes with small little rusty “clip rings” on both sides. Any idea what is the purpose of those clips?
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What type of frame could this be?

Recently purchased this 1x11 rebuild. Decals have been removed and it has a fresh powder coat. The stripes are coloured electrical tape so don't go by that... I've heard it could be a Miyata or ...
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Please Assist in Identifying This Frame!

I ran across this site and thought someone may be able to easily identify this vintage racer. My neighbor passed and left it to me and I was hoping to at least know what it was. He worked on bikes for ...
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How to create tension in old upright handle bar levers / U brakes?

I have an old bike with a front brake "Weinmann Symmetric". It was not working very good as it stood in a garage for 20 years. I bought a new cable and new brake pads. I tried to pull as much as ...
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Unusual bottom bracket shell

I broke my bottom bracket axle a few days ago, and when I removed the crankarms I discovered my old bike is using a cup and cone bottom bracket but more importantly the bracket shell is a bit odd. It ...
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Was the freewheel ever unidirectional?

A follow up to What is this device attached to the seat-tube? Having got the rear wheel down, I see the freewheel only rotates in one direction. In the other direction I expected the freewheel to ...
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Old Peugeot brakes not working in rain

I have an old Peugeot bike that's pretty awesome but the brakes are bad. In good conditions they are weak, and when wet they stop working entirely. I wasn't sure what the issue was with this, and ...
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Is this a real Concorde or just a replica?

I'm confused with this, the lugs in this bike look identical with another Concorde but the tubing sticker clearly says "Reynolds". (Concorde only uses Colombus, right?)
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How to hold brake

How can I hold this brake? I can’t hold it on the holds because of the angle of the brake and the nature of it being an old brake. I know that the suicide levers are dangerous so I’m confused about ...
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Help Identifying Italian track frame

Hi I would like to know the maker of this bike I brought back from my stay in Italy. It has been repainted, It isn't the original fork, and the serial located on the top of th bb is :1148591 Any clue ?...
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Please help identify my 1940's (?) Tandem Bicycle

Please help me identify this tandem bicycle. Here's what I know: I'm pretty sure it's not a Schwinn, as all Schwinn bikes had straight frames without curves. From what I can tell, Hawthorne used ...
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Caliper adjuster for Shimano 600 brakes

I have a pair of 1980s Shimano 600 brake calipers that look very similar to this From https://www.picclickimg.com/d/w1600/pict/253060189019_/SHIMANO-600-BR-6207-etriers-de-frein-brake-caliper.jpg ...
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Can I use fiberglass cloth and resin to fix tiny holes in fenders?

I'm trying to restore an adult tricycle and the fenders have multiple very small rust holes in them. Can I cut fiberglass cloth and make a "sandwich" with them with the fender in the middle and then ...
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Can anyone id this adult tricycle?

Can anyone id this tricycle? It has been painted over. It used to be a sky blue color. The tires are 24"x 1 3/8ths". My friend who gave it to me said it's at least 20 years old, but I think it's ...
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Find my frame game :)

I need a little help to find out what brand this frame is. Components info: Complete Shimano Dura-ace black first gen (GA-200) except front and rear hub from Campagnolo. Wheels are old Weinmanns. ...
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Looking for information about older bikes [closed]

Does anyone know of any good web sites to do research on older bikes? Been fixing bikes for a few years but just recently got into vintage bikes. I want to find out all i can right down to frame ...
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Metal sheet inside bottom bracket on frame: can I remove it?

I have an old frame (60's vintage), into which I'm trying to install a modern sealed cartridge bottom bracket. I've got a bog-standard Shimano BB-UN55 with diameter 68mm, which should fit the frame. ...
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Is cranking bigger gear from dead stop bad for your legs?

So I don't have lots of money and just recently the bb on my vintage tube shifter 2x6 road bike broke and I have to make do with a slightly too long bb and mtb cranks because it's what I have. Anyway ...
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Will a 60cm seat tube bike fit a 5"11 male adult?

I got my eyes on this Raleigh: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VINTAGE-RALEIGH-WINNER-ROAD-BIKE-LOOK/352239962812?hash=item5203234abc:g:7YkAAOSwJH1ZLcwa Yes it's a little expensive but I like the blue ...
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Identifying 1970s-80s Motobecane Special Sport

I'm trying to identify the exact year/model of a Motobecane called the "Special Sport", which was bought in France. I don't know if the parts are all original, however: It has a Huret Svelto rear ...
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Carbon frame that is designed for strength and durability rather than lightness?

Are there such brands who have overbuilt carbon frame that is intended to last longer? Most if not all frames nowadays seem to always talk about being lighter stiffer, but I never seen one made to be ...
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Help identify mid-90s steel MTB frame

If anyone knows what this frame is and could help me identify it, I would be most grateful. Distinctive (or not) details of the frame: Seat tube top: is concave, curved in. Rear brake cable routing:...
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I have a vintage Pinarello with a crooked fork

I have a vintage Pinarello road bike with a bent fork. Like if I am riding the bike and let go of the handle bars the front wheel turns to the right. Usually if you let go of the handle bars the ...
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Can anyone identify this badge?

I’m in the process of restoring my Dad’s bike so that I can start riding again. All the badges are intact but I can’t find any information about the bike. He’s had it for as long as I can remember (my ...
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Need help getting the right derailleurs for a vintage 12 speed double

What derailleurs do I need? 2x6 speed 52 and 42 tooth up front. Crank set is Shimano 600 I believe the bike is a Raleigh Road Ace. I came here a month ago asking to identify the bike and now I'm ...
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Where is my Record Luxus Racer bicycle from?

I just bought a bicycle on a classified ads platform in France. I don't know anything about the brand and I couldn't find much information yet. It is a Record Luxus Racer, as shown on the pictures ...
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Help decoding a J.C. Higgins frame number on a vintage cruiser

The serial is 502 46560 887408. The bike is complete, I may fix it up as a cruiser, or completely restore it depending on parts availability, but for now I'm trying to find out the basics. I can see a ...
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Help identify this loop frame bike

I'm trying to find out more information about this old loop frame bike I'm planning to refurbish. I haven't found any other marks that may be identifying, if there's anything else I can take a photo ...
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Tying tether on old luggage rack

I've got a bike with an ultra-old luggage rack which isn't of the kind which has a cheap spring-loaded "clasp" but rather an elastic tether which is permanently attached to the frame at the front and ...
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Can someone help identify my vintage bike frame?

I don't know a lot about bikes and bought this frame about 5 years ago in Montreal. It was repainted and looks like an old touring frame. It is very light steel, very low (close to the ground), doesn'...
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My vintage Raleigh [duplicate]

I was given an old Raleigh, don't know much about it. I believe it's from the mid 70s, maybe 1978. Does it have any value? I would sell it if it were worth much? Thanks
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Trying to identify an old rusty bike in my dad's shed…any ideas most welcome?

No idea how to identify what this bike is, how old etc. Have spent hours trawling websites, and nothing found thus far...getting frustrated. Single speed, large sized frame, back pedal brake. The ...
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Fork Failure on Vintage Steel Tandem Bikes - Any insights?

I'm wondering if you guys can share any knowledge regarding fork failure on old steel tandem bikes. I just bought a 1988 Santana Elan tandem. It's in beautiful condition. I contacted Santana to ask ...
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What is this hook near the cantilever brakes?

I just bought this old school brazilian mountain bike, and it has this little hook thing near the brakes, front and rear. Anyone knows what these are for?
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Judging a bicycle show

At the end of the month, I'm helping out at a Car Show that has a new Bicycle division. They want me to judge because I work in the bike industry. I've never done this, and any recommendations would ...
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What are the steps required to revert from STI shifters to friction shifters?

I'm curious about trying friction shifters out for my commutes – especially since I had a shifter cable mishap recently that cost me a lot more time than it should have. My commuter is a '70s road ...
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1970-80's Roadmaster bike makes a clicking noise when turning right

A 70's/80's Roadmaster Pursuit bike makes a clicking noise when turning right. It doesn't make any noise when riding straight or turning left. It doesn't seem to matter how close the turn is. I have ...
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What should I do when my rear derailleur cable guide is too narrow?

I am installing a modern groupset on an old frame. The frame has a rear derailleur cable guide like this: The problem is that the gear cable housing ferrules are too large for the braze-on, causing ...
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Diagnosing faulty circuit in vintage incandescent headlamp

I've got a steel-framed bike with incandescent lights, probably from the '70s. Unfortunately, despite all my efforts to get it working, the headlamp refuses to work. History About six months ago, ...
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When was the last Chicago built Schwinn

I have a 1983 Schwinn Sierra, one piece crank, badge # 2733. Frame seams appear Chicago. Any thoughts?
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Will there be compatibility problems for crankset and bottom bracket for vintage motobecane?

Most concerned about compatibility of bottom bracket/crank area. Not sure of model and year, any ideas? Some specs...1020 tubes,forks and stays, weinmann 610/vanqueur 999 ...
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Diagnosing buzzing sound when riding over uneven terrain

I've got an old steel-frame road bike which has started making a very unpleasant and worrying buzzing sound when riding over rough/uneven terrain (e.g. roads with lots of fissures/cracks, cobblestones ...
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Different types of down tube shifter mounts

I wish to adapt down tube friction shifters to my frame. As shown in image 1, the frame is equipped with eyelets for this purpose. Image 1 My down tube Image 2 shows the shifter in question (I ...
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Preventing downtube cable stops from sliding out of place

I've got a vintage road bike with no braze-ons for shift cables: Instead, it's got a cable stop holding the cables against the downtube and parallel to the chainstays. Unfortunately, it seems to slide ...
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Name for bracket used for holding shift cables in place on down tube

I've got a '70s-era Motobécane† road bike which doesn't have any actual eyelets brazed on for guiding shift cables but instead has a strange chromed "bracket" which attaches onto the down tube ...