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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Replacing vintage bike tyres

I have a 1980 Peugeot road bike and the tyres need replacing. The existing tyres say: 700 x 25c 25-622 Which I thought was pretty standard? Someone in the Decathlon bike shop told me this was niche ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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Steel vintage bike restoration and modification, troubleshooting help

I acquired a vintage 10 speed Healing Commuter made in New Zealand, rode it everyday and treated it pretty poorly. No regular maintenance, chained it on the street come rain or shine. Having grown ...
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tubular tire replacement

So two days ago I bought this Peugeot vintage bike (from the '80s) and it has tubular tires on it that aren't usable anymore. Is it possible to install a normal tire on the same rim instead? I'm a ...
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Do forged alloy crank arms suffer from age-related fatigue?

Alloy does have not have a fatigue limit. Does that mean that forged alloy crank arms have a theoretical end of life? Should I worry about 40 year old crank arms? Could someone with a little knowledge ...
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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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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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Flying Pigeon brake pads - change or not

I bought a Flying Pigeon 2 weeks back and am having a lot of fun here in Singapore. The bike was kept in a pretty good condition by the seller although he used it exclusively for photo ops. This meant ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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Does the front derailleur limit chain ring size?

Does the front derailleur have limits to which size chain rings can be used? I have a groovy old 1988 Schwinn Prelude and for the most part it does just what I need. However there are some steep ...
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How can I update the brake system on this vintage Universal La Riviera ladies bike?

I would be really grateful for any advise on how to go about updating the brake system on this vintage Universal La Riviera ladies bike. The brakes don't work properly so I can't safely ride it. The ...
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Is it possible to combine rod brakes with a coaster brake?

I'm restoring an old roadster bicycle with Westwood rims. I love how it looks but the braking is horrible, especially because I live in an area with a lot of downhills. I don't want to add cable ...
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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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Installing gear cable guide on 80s Holdsworth

I have this Holdsworth frame that I got repainted and am rebuilding with mostly modern parts - I recently realised that I'm not quite sure how to run the derailleur cables past the bottom bracket. I ...
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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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Shift Cable for 1963 Schwinn w/Sturmey Archer Shifter

This is the shifter on my 1963-64 Schwinn Racer: This is the old cable: I'd like to replace the cable and found this: It's hard to tell what the cable ends look like inside the packaging but is ...
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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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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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Can't get lowest gear and derailleur shifts on its own

I have a bike with downtube friction shifters and a 5 speed freewheel. When I bought the bike a while ago the shifters weren't connected so I did it myself. At this point it all worked fine. I took it ...

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