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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can you help me identify this old bike?

I've had this for about a year. The former owner said he thought it's German (possibly former DDR). Looks 1950s era to me, but hard to say. Only identifier is the brand 'Elite'. I can post more ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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Steel (531) road bike conversion to disc practicability

Are the stays on an old PX-10 frame (531) sturdy enough for disc brakes? I ask this, because this frame has nice, wide stays for wide rims and tires for use as a bad-weather bike. I would consider ...
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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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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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Does this abandoned 1976 Murray Alpine 26 I found have any significance or worth?

So earlier this week behind a local school I discovered something remarkable. Someone had put a old, wrecked women's bicycle in a pond. The wheels toast, the chain rings are useless, rust in many ...
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Restoring Aluminum Cranks

Is it all right to strip and then anodize (at a shop, I suppose?) aluminum cranks? I'm trying to build a bike and I saw second-hand cranks on eBay. They look like they're fine except for the ...
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Updating brakes on a vintage tandem

I have a 25 year old Colnago road tandem on which I would like to update the brakes. The problem I am having is that they are 27" rims and I can't find a proper brake setup that will work. What ...
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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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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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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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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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Salvaging valuable parts from a broken vintage bike

I've got a 1971 Motobecane Club frame which is now about 1cm shorter than it used to be due to an unplanned merging of the front of the bike with the hood of a car which was in the process of turning; ...
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Replacing old brake blocks with modern pads

I'm looking to freshen up a 60's Raleigh Sports that has the old standard brake blocks on it. If I able to put modern pads (http://www.koolstop.com/images/ks-bmxdl_art_lg.jpg) from a cantilever brake ...
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Why are my quill pedal cages “wobbling”?

The plates and connectors on my old quill pedals "move around" in relation to the pedal axle itself: In the photo below, I'm pushing the pedals to opposite sides to show how the pedal cage "distorts". ...
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Help to find the history of my 1900's Armstrong cycle :)

Pretty new to the whole vintage bike thing so would love a bit of help finding the history of the bike I bought in Walthamstow, London, last year. It's marked to be an Armstrong Cycle, Birmingham, ...
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Unknown Balfa Road Bike

I have a Balfa road bike which I cannot find any information on or pictures anywhere. I would like some help identifying the bike model, the original parts, and the frame. What I have found so far: ...
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Finding a serial # 1952 Schwinn Panther

I believe I have a 1952 Schwinn Panther. Trying to find the serial numbers but very rusty. Where exactly should I look and will a wire brush help or hurt the bike?
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Information on Peugeot Anjou model?

I am about to buy a second hand Peugeot Anjou bicycle (probably a 89 model) I found on Wallapop but I cannot seem to find any information on the internet on it. Any help? Mainly what I am looking ...
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Converting 80s bike to indexed shifters

I've just bought an early 80s steel framed bike with unindexed stem mounted shifters. As I plan to use the bike for commuting, I'd like to change the rear mech to use trigger shifters. I'm not so ...
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What kind of bike is this

Good day. Need help regarding a bike I found. No idea what kind of bike it is, does it have value or not, and could I have it restored with its current condition? Any idea/information about this bike ...
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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 “two-tone” tubular tires called? [duplicate]

What are those old "two-tone" tubular tires actually called?-- You know, the ones with the "natural-rubber" color on the sidewalls?
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Modern gumwall light touring tires?

Are there any modern road/light touring tires which look like the gumwall tires of yesteryear? In particular, I'm looking for all-weather road tires with serious puncture resistance, i.e. a more-or-...
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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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Saving frayed cables? [duplicate]

I've got a '70s road bike with shift cables which work quite well and so I see no immediate reason to replace them, but the cable ends were not crimped with end caps and so they've frayed out to ...
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How to remove pedal bolt with round, smooth head

I'm trying to take the reflector off of some old French track pedals but can't remove one of the bolts holding the reflector on because the bolt holding the reflector onto the pedal rotates with its ...
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Old bike compatibility with direct train bike trainer?

I'd like to get a direct train bike trainer (wahoo kickr) to exercise on. My current road bike is a Schwinn le Tour circa 1980, and does not have the 10 or 11 speed required to run on most direct ...
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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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Feasability of repairing '70s-era welded-steel luggage rack

I've got a '70s Motoconfort (Motobecane) with the original "French randonneur-style" front luggage rack (it looks like a very small porteur rack): In the photo above, the rack is mounted to the bike ...