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Can anyone identify this elderly tandem from the badge (pictured)

That's the remnants of a Raleigh headbadge.
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How to find out about my 1970's JC Penny 3 speed bicycle?

You can have whatever brake will fit. The only reason for installing the original brake is if you're after an as-original rebuild. Consider brakes in the `70s were probably single pivot calipers, ...
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How to find out about my 1970's JC Penny 3 speed bicycle?

The JCPenny catalogs are available at the Catalogs & Wishbooks site. to look through and identify your bike. Here is an example from the 1971 JCPenny fall / winter catalog. Here is the men's ...
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I need help identifying this "Mystery Bike" (could possibly be a real ferrari?)

Few facts: Michael Schumacher was at the Ferrari F1 team from 1996-2006, so this bike very likely dates from this period. Even if it is a custom-made one. A quick web search shows that such MSC ...
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What is the full name of this Cinelli bike model?

A-ha! but it's not a Cinelli. A frame builder has built this using commercially available lugs and shells including the very famous Cinelli bottom bracket shell. The frame builder is most likely to be ...
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How old is this rear steer skip tooth tandem?

This bike is much older than anyone has guessed. It is likely 1890s to early 1910s, if not a bit older. It is what was known as a "courting tandem," whereby the lady sat in front and the ...
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Vintage MTB with Hollowtech II - FD doesn't reach outer ring

There are two main things I see: You are using an MTB shifter with a road front derailleur. The cable pull ratio is different making them incompatible. The chaineline is off. Your FC-MT210-3 has a ...
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Can I use substitute modern wheels for my vintage bicycle?

Assuming the frame in question is steel, you have four options. Theoretically it is possible to cold set (bend) the drop outs (the parts of the frame and fork where the wheel is set) so they fit ...
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Can I use substitute modern wheels for my vintage bicycle?

Rather than replace the whole rim and wheel to use modern tyres, consider that 27" tyres are still made and can be purchased new. Downsides are there are still at least two sizes and the ...
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Can anyone identify the vintage bike frame on this single-speed?

Avon - see the following image search.
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Vintage derailleur identification

I think, by the period (85-89), speeds and the SIS label (indicating "Shimano Index Shifting"), you can narrow it down, it could be Dura-Ace 7400 - 6/7/8-speed 600 EX - 6-speed Ultegra 600 (...
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I need help identifying this "Mystery Bike" (could possibly be a real ferrari?)

Coming at your question from the other angle, there is a Filipino bicycle manufacturer called MOB for "Men on Bikes." They claim to have been selling since 1998, so there's some overlap with ...
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Can I use substitute modern wheels for my vintage bicycle?

I ride more or less this bicycle (1980s Raleigh, nothing special, but same problems from the dimensional point of view). I cold-bent the forks (eventually) with an improvised jig---before then I just ...
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Vintage 531 frame. Identify original make?

The Reynolds 531 designation is sadly only the name of the steel tubing used in the frame, and has no relation to a frame builder. Same goes for the dropouts which are stamped as Campagnolo. In the ...
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Repair/Replace rim brakes with bottom cable routing

It sounds like this bike has single pivot calipers, and that the rear brake has the cable entering from below and clamped on top - ie the cable mount part is upside down. Something like this: Power ...
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Can I use substitute modern wheels for my vintage bicycle?

You’ll need to measure the distance between the dropouts (OLD) to figure out what sort of hub you need. A regular tape measure or ruler is fine. https://www.halowheels.com/frame-spacing-hub-o-l-d-...
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Want to find out more about my Cannondale R900

I had a polished R900 I bought from my employer once. I think it was a 1994 model, with cantilevered dropouts. Original equipment was a full Shimano 600 (6400) 8-speed group, including hubs. You can ...
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Accomodating new wheel on old bicycle

Assuming the old bike uses a normal steerer diameter, buy a new fork. An alloy or steel 700c fork can be had for less than a hub (as cheap as $40USD new, cheaper used). Even if you could find a hub ...
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Broke old cable bottom bracket cable router and can't find like for like, can I buy another?

Any will do, it doesn't have to be made by shimano. I suggest you liberate one from a scrap bike rather than buy new.
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Can anyone identify the vintage bike frame on this single-speed?

Avon Cycles Limited started in 1948 making brakes and saddles. Their current logo bears resembles the older version of the logo on the pictured bicycle. Head badge I could find nothing on their site ...
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What is this skip-tooth bike?

Frame The double top-tube frame looks very much like this bicycle, reportedly a BSA Gent’s Heavy Roadster from the 1930s. BSA was making bicycles like that at least as early as 1917 and well into WWII....
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How old is this rear steer skip tooth tandem?

That is an Iver Johnson dates from late 1800's-early 1900's From: https://www.henrysheldonmuseum.org/pedaling-through-history From: https://velocipedegallery.com/museum/iver-johnson-tandem-iver-...
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How would I calculate age of this tricycle

I see cottered cranks, suggesting the bike is 1970's at the latest, and could be anything up to 70 years older than that. Clearly your bike has had at least one repaint too - I'd guess the red is an ...
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Nishiki Sport - Year/Model Upgrade Restrictions?

That appears to be a lugged steel frame likely dating from the 1980s. The crankset is newer and appears to be late 90s. If you find a model/part number that can date it more accurately. The tyres ...
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Need help to ID this old road bike - Bianchi?

I think it is most likely to be a Bianchi. When people clone decals onto repainted frames, they hardly ever include the tubing sticker and probably never the bottom of the range sticker -- which I bet ...
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Need help to ID this old road bike - Bianchi?

Thanks so much for your input, everyone! It helped point me in the right direction. I managed to finally ID the frame after tons and tons of digging around the internet (ashamed to say how much ...
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Broke old cable bottom bracket cable router and can't find like for like, can I buy another?

A search on eBay yielded a few SM-SP25 cable guides for sale. Typically found at vintage bike parts stores on eBay. They are a bit pricey it seems, perhaps owing to it's all-metal construction. The ...
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Need help to ID this old road bike - Bianchi?

The left chainstay says Aspid (SX?), I think. A bit of googling shows that this seems to be a MTB model in more modern days. I can't find the Aspid on their product pages but there are a lot of hits ...
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Nishiki Sport - Year/Model Upgrade Restrictions?

Coming from a different angle than the other answers... You obviously have a long relationship to your bike. I assume, the main aim behind new/modern wheels and even fitting 11-speed components on an ...
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Can age be determined by metals used on tricycle

Not really possible to date a frame based on metals used - steel bikes have been made for a hundred years, whereas aluminium have existed in some form since the 1930s, and carbon bikes first appeared ...
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