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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Can I change a 26“ to a 24” tire on a Huntington Schinn Women's tire?

I recently purchase a Huntington Cruiser by Schwinn. The standard tires are 26". I am new to cycling and am having a hard time finding information regarding tires and frames. I would like to change ...
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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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How old is this rear steer skip tooth tandem?

How old is this Tandem Rear Steer Skip tooth ??
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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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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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How to remove old kickstand

I'm trying to cannibalize an old bike but am having trouble removing the kickstand: I've tried screwing the bolt counter-clockwise†, which indeed made it looser, but it's not getting loose enough to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to attach bell with metal bracket

I've got a big old "ding dong" bell which has got a metal bracket and a screw for affixing it to the bike rather than the more modern "clamp"-style attachment: How does one attach this properly to ...
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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 ...
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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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broken hub dynamo lights 80s Triumph

Trying to fix up my 80s Triumph bike which has a Sturmey Archer 3 speed dynamo hub. The hub has two screws which connect to two cables. I think the hub generates an AC supply and powers a front and ...
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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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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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Is it possible to fit twist grip gears on vintage drop down handlebars?

I have a bit of a Frankenstein bike made from odd parts and it has straight handlebars with twist grip gears fitted to an old road bike style frame. I hate the straight bars but love the twist grip - ...
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What's the best strategy to preserve vintage headset life?

I recently purchased a complete Dura Ace 7400 set (8 speed, downtube shifters so 7402 parts) with the 7400 headset as well. It's the improved one with the silver race and not the gold one prone to ...
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Why are post ~'80s bike finishes so “dull”?

It seems that (with some notable exceptions) bikes from about the '80s and earlier seem to have more pleasing finishes than later bikes-- is there a verifiable reason for this, either economically or ...
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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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Where to get replacement bolt for rod brakes

Well, I did it again: While working on a bike with rod brakes I lost the bolt which connects the two "actuating" rods to each other (I have no idea what these parts are even called; The measuring tape ...
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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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Chain skip options on vintage 'frankenbike'

I have a late 80s Bianchi Volpe which came with Sakae Ringyo SX cranks and bb, SunTour barcon shifters and derailers, and SunTour chain. The freewheel was aftermarket 7 speed and never rolled well ...
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What are the hallmarks of 90s cycling? [closed]

I just asked a different question about a very 90s GT rage road bike I picked up- polished aluminum and all. I might have to trash it and so I'm looking into other frames for the components. The other ...
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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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Pitted rust on frame [duplicate]

Hello I have some small pitts of rust on my 1980 Raleigh royal frame. I don't want to strip the paint and sand blast it are there any non invasive treatments? Some of the chrome surfaces also appear ...
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Where can I find a compact/ultra 7 speed freewheel?

Does anyone still make these? I'm aware that I could coldset my frame for a wider spacing, but I'm interested to know if it's still possible to buy a compact freewheel (apart from via e-bay or ...
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Can anyone help me identify my bike please?

Can anyone help me identify my bike please? It has a slight story attached as it was one of the bikes in the new Lance Armstrong film. It was badged up as a Gazelle TVM (and as far as I can see, re-...
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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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Can you help me identify this bike?

I'm planning to buy this bike that the owner claims is a bike from 1940's with all original parts except the seat. I'm going to purchase this for $70 CDN, if you guys could help me identify the bike ...