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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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What is this device attached to the seat-tube?

I dug out my late Dad's bicycle. Dad used the bicycle during his medical school days in the late 1940s ... or so. The bicycle has accumulated sufficient rust that it is impossible to identify the ...
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75-year old new rider needs advice

I'm just relearning to ride after a 30 year hiatus. I am physically in very good shape so I have good muscle tone but my balance is sketchy. Am okay on the straightaway but when I slow down I get very ...
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Is this a puncture protection thing?

I got a vintage bike to commute with (I wanted a heavy one for the exercise) and I was hoping for a flat so I would have an excuse to spend money on a puncture resistant street tire to replace the ...
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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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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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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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How to replace old style cotter-pin bottom bracket with a modern one?

I have an old 1950's English bicycle with cotter-pin style bottom bracket like this: I find the cotter pins fail fairly regularly and are hard to replace correctly. I was wondering if it's possible ...
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Can I fit a modern internally geared hub on an old bike ?

I have an old Hercules frame that I have no use for but don't want to get rid of - I am in need of a new "town" bike for running around on, however I need something practical with a nice gear range... ...
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How good are '80s Raleigh rod brakes?

I'm interested in getting an old roadster/Dutch bike and I came across a Raleigh Royal from the '80s: I like that it has rod-actuated brakes rather than coaster brakes, but how well do rod brakes ...
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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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How to improve/restore vintage Peugeot bike, or is it even worth it?

I've got an old Peugeot bike I've been riding, and I like it but I'd like to make it better for long rides. I'd like to replace some parts, the steel rims aren't good for braking and I'd like ...
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How to minimize damage from pitted cones?

While working on a old 60's Raleigh I found that there is slight pitting on one of the cones on the front hub (rest of the hub is good). Ideally I would replace the damaged part and move one, but ...
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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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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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How to assemble '70s-era center-pull brake

I've (supposedly) got a 1976 Motobecane Le Champion with what appears to be the original center-pull rim brakes, which unforunately are not in one piece and need to be re-assembled: As you can see in ...
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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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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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How could I find out about my bicycle brand/model?

I've purchased a bicycle on eBay thinking it was a Colnago as the stickers/item description would let you believe. Unfortunately, looking at the bicycle a bit more closely, I'm pretty sure this is ...
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What is this skip-tooth bike?

What kind of bike is this? What type of seat did it have? I only found a number stamped under the crank: 1620
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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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Are older road bike parts compatible with newer standards? How do older and newer bikes match up performance wise?

I'm a big mountain biker and looking to get into road biking. However, I don't want to drop $1,500 on a new or relatively new road bike without being sure I'd want to stick with it. Anyway, I found ...
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Are all vintage bikes difficult to work on?

I have had a couple of vintage bikes (from the '80s and earlier) and all have been absolute nightmares to work on: They always seem to have weird dimensions which aren't available anymore or in the ...
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Washing a vintage bike—special considerations?

I've watched several tutorials on washing bikes, and the general gist seems to be to use a degreaser on the drivetrain, then wash the rest with soapy water, and don't spray hard when rinsing so water ...
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Identifying small, moped-like bike

I found a very cool and bizarre-looking bike in Berlin (in Germany) and was very confused about what it in fact "is"; Has anyone got an idea? — To me, it almost looks like some sort of ...
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How old is this rear steer skip tooth tandem?

How old is this Tandem Rear Steer Skip tooth ??
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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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Can I use Shimano 105's brakes with vintage bike?

Complete newbie here, looking for better stopping power and less rusty calipers. I have a Nishiki Custom Sport with Dia Compe brakes and I was wondering if I could use the Shimano 105 5800's on them. ...
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Diagnose grinding sound from single rear cog

I've got a '70s-era ten-speed road bike with (what I think is) a Huret Eco rear derailleur which shifts well, but for some reason a loud grinding sound emits from the rear of the bike when using the ...
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New Brake Compatibility with Vintage Bike

I have a vintage Gitane Sprint from the early '80s which came with Weinmann 405s (single-pivot side pulls). I had been thinking about replacing the front brake anyway and then recently broke the quick ...
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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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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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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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Clear coat on top of old paint in order to preserve it/frame?

Using nail polish to touch-up scratched/rusted frames is more or less well-known (cf. Girls Biking to Work), but recently a hobbyist restorer of old bikes told me that you can "just apply clear coat ...
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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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How come my bike has such a short seat post?

The bike is a 1983 Dawes Galaxy and upon trying the raise the saddle this morning, I found this stubby little thing. Is this normal for bikes of this age? In either case, why so short?
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Does anyone know what kind of bike this is?

I found this bicycle a while back and have been planning on either fixing it up (if it's worth it) or selling it. All I have, really, is the frame. I haven't been able to find out exactly what it is ...
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Replacement for Suntour Superbe Tech Rear Derailleur

I recently picked up an 85 Cannondale ST500 with a Suntour Superbe Tech rear derailleur. The cage is bent and the bearings in the guides don't feel too fresh. I'm just starting to get into bike ...
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How do I convert a Shimano Selecta to something more modern and quality?

I have created a single speed bike out of a 1982 Helkama Kulkuri. The only part that is a mystery to me is the bottom bracket (BB). It seems it is an interesting and easy to work with Shimano Selecta. ...
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Single pivot brake with handlebar levers (Resurrecting an old Colnago)

I have an old Colnago I want to resurrect, which after some Google-ing I have discovered is very similar to the bike here (but in blue): I want to replace the drop bar brakes with "standard" brakes ...
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Were the 1970s bikes from Motoconfort the same as those from Motobecane?

I've got something called a Le Champion from Motoconfort dated to the 1970s which, aside from the different decals, is indistinguishable to me from Le Champion models from that era from Motobecane (...
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Old bike - Chainring bolts

I have an old "Favorit" racing bike from Czechoslovakia and I'm missing some bolts on the chainring. I went trough some bike shops and couldn't find a replacing one. The bolts diameter is slightly ...
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How to properly thread (textile) pedal straps

Is there a "correct" way to thread (textile) pedal straps for use with toe clips? In the photo above, I threaded the strap in the "opposite" direction to that of how Sheldon Brown threaded leather ...
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What are “M14/125” pedals?

While looking for replacement pedals for my old French bike, I've come across products which are labelled as having thread size "M14/125". Does this denote the "traditional French" threading of 14*1....
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How to install rear rack & fenders on a vintage road bike

How feasible is it to install a rear rack and fenders on common vintage road bike frames (e.g. Peugeot PX-8, Raleigh Record/Super Course etc.), and how can it be done, exactly?-- on my "true" ...
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Does anyone know the age of this Legnano Bike?

Does anyone know the age of this Legnano Bike? The frame number reads FC670 Thank you to everyone thats replied. I now nothing of the history of the bike or Legnanos in general tbh and certainty ...
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Bicycle frame identify HELP

A few day ago I got this bike from a friend for a restoration. He thinks it's bianchi but I am sure it's not. It has Wienman brakes, simplex derailleurs, 3ttt steam, ofmega hubs and ofmega crankset. ...
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Correct setup of Huret rear derailleur

I've got (what I think is) a Huret Eco rear derailleur which seems to somehow get "stuck" in an "open" position when shifting on the front chainrings, i.e. the return spring somehow stops "working" ...
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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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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:...