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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Dropout damage mystery, how to fix it? [Photos and videos]

This is a 90's aluminium frame with 130mm spacing between dropouts which originally had a 7 speed cassette. 2 years ago I changed the rear wheel for a standard 135mm and put a 9 speed drivetrain. I ...
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Vintage Eddy Merckx identification

I have a vintage Eddy Merckx bike I bought about 5 years ago. The guy who originally bought it apparently rode it once, couldn’t get his foot out of the toe basket at a stop sign, fell over and was ...
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Can a Shimano 7 spd rear derailleur work with a Campy Athena down tube shifter?

Late 1980s vintage Italian steel bike with Campy Athena mech (7 spd rear derailleur). Need to replace rear derailleur (because of weak spring not taking up chain slack in small ring). My thinking is ...
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Vintage Basso and downtube shifters

A few days ago I was given a vintage Basso gap frame and I’m beyond excited to be riding again, however, I’ve only ridden modern trail bikes until this point. Naturally, I’ve been researching and ...
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Replacement damper for an old (2008) Rockshox Reba fork?

The damper for the fork on my 2008 Trek Elite 9.7 probably needs replacing but I have no idea how to do this given the fork is so old. The fork is RockShox Reba SL. Where can I find a replacement ...
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Replace vintage bottom bracket nut

I was cleaning up my vintage bike crank arms, and somehow ended up losing the nuts/bolts that would screw my crank arms back into the bottom bracket. Started asking my bike shops only to find out this ...
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Two ill-repair bikes into one?

I have started a new job, cycling roughly 17 miles (or 27 km) each day into work. Previously, it was a very short ride (less than 2 km) into university. I have two bikes that are currently falling ...
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Chain touches frame after re-installing crank

I'm restoring a vintage road bike. I had to strip the whole bike so I could get the paint off to re-spray so now I'm trying to put it all back together! I was lining up the new-old front derailleur ...
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Correct gear cable for vintage Shimano 600 derailleur?

I'm restoring an old bicycle and need gear cables for this derailleur (see photo). I found some specs here https://velobase.com/ViewComponent.aspx?ID=9422ABE1-A7B3-4622-9DAB-EF4DEC646ED5 but it doesn'...
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Removing and re-using a Shimano Tourney deraileur hanger - vintage road bike

I've acquired a Shimano 600 derailleur (see last photo) that's going to replace a Shimano Tourney derailleur (photos 1-3). I don't have the hanger for the Shimano 600 so I was thinking of removing ...
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Asking help if this is indeed a Haro elevated chainstay mountain bike

Dad bought this as a new old stock from a bike shop here in the Philippines. It had Suntour derailleurs but generic shifters. The front derailleur spring broke whatever shifter it had. I doubt that it ...
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What to do with a busted freewheel on a vintage road bike?

I have a 1986 Panasonic DX-3000 that I use to commute to work and for casual rides. The freewheel did not survive the winter and the bearing inside it is clearly shot and after changing the chain as ...
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Restoring vintage road bike - need help with brake choice/compatibility

I'm restoring this old bike that I found on the road side :). I can afford to get this one stolen.. unlike my beloved Trek Checkpoint. First thing is going to be the brakes. These look like side-pull ...
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How to replace a broken front hub on a vintage steel wheel from a vintage steel bike?

My mother's old bike is being used as a 'spare bike' for various of the kids. It's from the '70s, a steel framed, steel wheeled, dynamo lit, sit up and beg granny bike with a sturmey archer three ...
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Hi, what year were this two bikes made? serial number on seat clamp on frame is H180003 second one is M068662. thank you! [closed]

i need year they were made please!
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How can I add cable tension to a Shimano 600 sidepull caliper brake on a 80s vintage road bike?

So I wanted to add cable tension to my rim brakes because I want to reduce the travel. I have small hands and don't have too much leverage on the hoods so if they actuated more easily then I would ...
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Help me identify this Vintage Ganna (Italian) early 90s Bike

I just picked up this bike for little money because I need a street bike I don't care to look around and also a new project bike to work with during winter. This seems like a cool bike in my opinion ...
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Recently purchased 2001 Trek Navigator 400 for Commuter Bike

I recently picked up a 2001 Trek Navigator 400 with the intention of using it to commute the 15 miles to and from work a few days per week. I currently ride a Raleigh 7 Speed with 27.5x1.95 tires ...
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I have a Traveller 3. What year and where was it built? [closed]

I found the serial number (8H06331). I can't find any info on the bike. What year was it built? Where was it built?
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Vintage road bike with scratched-up bird logo

I recently bought this old road bike to fix up, but I haven't been able to identify it, as the brand stickers are partly scratched out.
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Help identifying a vintage Colnago frame

Can anyone provide a second (or third etc.) opinion on the type of Colnago frame? It looks to be identical to an early 80’s Super but has oval chain stay tubes, a braze on front derailleur mount and ...
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Old Motobecane pedals without bolt on axle - How to remove?

I took off some old pedals from a motobecane frame. I wanted to change the bearings but figured out there is no bolt. I have looked everywhere but can't find the model and how to remove it. I thought ...
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Campy cranks and pedals compatibility

I have a campy Super Record crank set from around the 1970’s stamped with 9/16x20F and campy pedals stamped with 9/16x20, but am met with lots of resistance when I try to install them. The cranks came ...
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Lugged steel frame ID

Can't find any sort of serial number stamped anywhere. I am going to strip it down and rebuild it. the downtube shifter cable clamps have 333 on them. Link to the imgur gallery
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Any Cranks/Bottom bracket that can replace syncros cranks/BB on a 2006 Santa Cruz superlight MTB?

My left syncros crank was recently backed into by a car. The cranks are 175 mm. The bottom bracket is also syncros brand, threaded, and the size is 68 x 110mm. I have a syncros triple chainring, 5 ...
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Is it worth buying a high end light bike (8.5 kg) from 80' vs recent mid range bike (10kg)

I want to acquire my first road bike with a limited budget (~400€) but I'm faced with a lot of choices, found an old vitus 979 equiped with campagnolo chorus, a little rusty but really pretty and ...
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I am trying to identify who made my bike

We bought this bike locally via an auction. The front hub appears to say "made in Germany" and has a cloverleaf symbol. One pedal is Schwinn, front tire is a Spitfire, Rear is a Lowell. Seat ...
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Vintage cup and cone bb

I am restoring an old bike and have got stuck, after removing the lock ring I attempted to remove the spanner fitting as seen on the photos, the fitting is very thin and so the spanner is slipping off ...
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HELP Identifying a vintage MTB frame

I only have three clues: "3.0 Aluminum" on the top tube Serial Number on the frame itself "Designed in the USA" flag decal Can anyone help me identify this vintage MTB frame?
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What model are these forks?

Recently, I picked up this set of threaded forks. I saw the chrome and it looked clean enough so took a better look and saw the make ‘campagnolo’ written on the stem. In the end I got them for the ...
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Headset replacement for 1976 Sears Roebuck

I am not a bike expert, however I enjoy working on modern single speeds and beach cruisers, and learning as much as I can along the way. I have tried to teach myself, via the internet and by asking ...
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Need help identifying this frame

I have this bike that I am trying to sell. I have trouble finding out the exact brand of the frame itself but I think I figured out some of the parts (please correct me if I am wrong) handle bar: SR (...
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Vintage Armstrong Bike - Garden fixure?

I live in Chatham Ma and have been looking for a cheap old bike to use as a garden sculpture. Today I purchased one but when I got it home I realized it seemed very sturdy and in fairly good ...
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Can anyone help identify a (presumably) vintage Battaglin bike for my uncle?

My uncle fixed a man's shed, and was paid with this bike. He knows the man was quite into cycling before he retired, so we're presuming its quite a good bike, but we can't identify any more than the ...
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Correcting An Inverted Recessed Mounted Caliper Brakes On Vintage Bike Frame

It seems like the previous owner of my bike installed the rear brakes backward. I figured I could simply mount the brake on the other side. Unfortunately, this is not possible since the recessed nut ...
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Does anyone know this brand? I’ve never heard about and couldn’t find anything on Google

It says “PRIMA CYCLE” but I’m not sure its the name of the brand. Any Idea?
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Cottered crank dimensions

I'm interested in the design of cottered cranks. The cotter-pin joint as seen in vintage bicycles is not a very widespread type of joint in modern times, so it's hard to find information about this in ...
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NOS vintage hub vs modern hub

I have an early 80s Schwinn Prelude. I need to replace the rear wheel. The question at hand is should I spend $300 on a pair of NOS (new old stock) Superbe Pro hubs, which have the original 126 mm ...
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Could you please help me identify my father's bike?

My father left me his old bicycle and I would like to restore it. The unique thing I know is that it comes from Switzerland and that maybe it should include a license plate. Unfortunately I haven't ...
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Replacement Rear Axle Sizes on Vintage Bike

I bought this 1990 Raleigh cheap on eBay. It had been sitting in a garage for decades and it was barely running when I picked it up. Surprisingly, given its age, most components were fine. But there ...
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Trying to identify vintage English bike maker

I’m trying to figure out the maker of my great grandmothers bike thanks for any help
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Correct tool to remove Uniglide freehub?

I have a coworker's rear wheel to repair. The freehub pawls ceased engaging, resulting in free-spin in both directions. A replacement freehub body is ludicrously expensive, so I want to remove the ...
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JC Higgins girls bike. Trying to identify year of manufacture [duplicate]

I have a JC Higgins girls bike (flightliner ??) with the serial number 502 45390 185598 that I'm trying to identify the model year. Any help?
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Looking for Bar-end shifters (Shimano Golden Arrow)

I want to use bar-end shifters instead of downtube shifters on my '85 Koga Miyata Traveller, but I don't know if it can be done easily. I believe all components are original, because the derailleurs ...
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Help identifying bike model and worth

I am fairly new to working with bikes, and I have this vintage Nishiki Meridian bike, with a Cunningham design. I have tried searching online for this specific bike model but I cannot find much. I am ...
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What era/country/manufacture is this vintage step through?

During my search, I’ve learned that this question can be very irritating for many. I think it’s because the asker is looking to make a buck or a fortune and their curiosity is empty. Although I’d love ...
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Cito bicycle history / old steel bike identification

I have a Cito Master Star bicycle but cannot find any info about it online. I think it is a 1969 model as it has a 69 stamped onto it. It also has aero coronado cranks but has some belt drive system I'...
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Free Spirit "Brittany Te12" Part Identification/Upgrade

i found this old 12 speed basically attached to a neighbor's back porch by vines, and aside from some superficial rust on the chrome, it seems to be structurally intact. the decals read as stated in ...
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Need opinion on upgrading groupset for my road bike [closed]

I just moved to UK for my masters and was looking for a road bike. I found a pretty old ribble 631 road bike taht was barely used. Its supposed to be around 20 years old but still has decals intact. ...
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Frame maker identification

Anyone know the manufacturer of this frame? Many thanks
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