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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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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Lubricate cotter pin taper? Why or why not?

The main source material I've used as a guide for cotter pin related matters is Barnetts, which sticks hard to its recommendation to fully degrease cotter pin taper surfaces and their spindle mating ...
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I need help identifying this womens bike frame, please

It's nearly 70 years old. I've narrowed the potentials down to Sears, Schwinn or possibly J.C. Higgins. I did just order the wheels for this and it takes 26" schwinn apparently as opposed to ...
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Where to find a replacement bolt for this vintage bike?

My vintage bike has some problems. The bolt in the photo (click to enlarge) is on the verge of death. I need to buy a new one, it is about 42mm long. I have no idea where to buy it. Are there ...
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Can anyone help me identify this vintage bike?

I have the serial number, but I’m having a hard time cracking the code.
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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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