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07-27-21, 11:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 12,545
Posted By T-Mar

I wouldn't have thought 1984 based on the serial...

I wouldn't have thought 1984 based on the serial number. Photos of the bicycle would be appreciated.
07-27-21, 11:36 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 12,545
Posted By T-Mar

That head tube decal also appears in the 1986 and...

That head tube decal also appears in the 1986 and 1987 catalogues and may extend beyond that range.
07-27-21, 11:05 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,136
Posted By T-Mar

It looks mid-1990s to me. Campagnolo introduced...

It looks mid-1990s to me. Campagnolo introduced their dual pivot brakes for the 1994 model year and Chorus went 9 speed for 1997. The graphics are typical of the Carrera-Tassoni team bicycles of the...
07-27-21, 10:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 256
Posted By T-Mar

I'd agree that the frame appears to have been...

I'd agree that the frame appears to have been modified. Given the clamp style gear cable tunnels, long dropouts and exposed nut brakes, all the braze-ons, with the possible exception of the chainstay...
07-26-21, 06:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 316
Posted By T-Mar

The decal scheme indicates 1988-1989. Again, I'm...

The decal scheme indicates 1988-1989. Again, I'm not seeing a CdM decal, so it would appear to be a 1989 model. The Columbus decal appears to have a silver background which would indicate a Cromor...
07-25-21, 06:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 316
Posted By T-Mar

Regarding the green bicycle, I don't think it is...

Regarding the green bicycle, I don't think it is quite as bad as it's being represented. The Bianchi Special CrMo tubing was typically economical, seamed, Tange tubesets and far from gas pipe....
07-25-21, 05:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 316
Posted By T-Mar

The subject bicycle is Japanese manufactured...

The subject bicycle is Japanese manufactured entry level model. Based on the decal scheme it should be 1983-1984. The Cyclone rear derailleur would appear to be owner upgrade, as the Cyclone...
07-25-21, 06:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 199
Posted By T-Mar

Here's a better image of the exploded diagram and...

Here's a better image of the exploded diagram and a re-post of the bearing removal instructions.
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07-24-21, 08:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 377
Posted By T-Mar

As noted by Insidious C., the serial number...

As noted by Insidious C., the serial number format is consistent with Pacific Cycles of Taiwan and. indicates a 1987-1988 model manufactured in 1987.

The 26.8mm post size is interesting. It's one...
07-24-21, 07:35 AM
Replies: 342
Views: 114,460
Posted By T-Mar

The serial number indicates that it manufacture...

The serial number indicates that it manufacture during a year ending in "6" by Merida of Taiwan. There were no production ATBs in 1976 and Shogun was virtually non-existent in 1996, it should be...
07-22-21, 12:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 326
Posted By T-Mar

Matrix/Cromor pretty much split the difference...

Matrix/Cromor pretty much split the difference between SL and SP. It used an SL gauge seat tube and fork blades, with an SP gauge down tube. The top tube had SL gauge butts with an SP gauge centre...
07-22-21, 10:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 319
Posted By T-Mar

+1, you required non-folding, wire bead tyres....

+1, you required non-folding, wire bead tyres. The beads in folding tyres are too flexible and require a hooked rim to to aid in seating
07-22-21, 09:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 326
Posted By T-Mar

I wasn't expecting Matrix, as the decal...

I wasn't expecting Matrix, as the decal background in the original photo looked more gold than the silver used for Matrix. Matrix was a mid-range tubeset introduced for 1986 but was subject of a Trek...
07-22-21, 07:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 352
Posted By T-Mar

Not that I recall. However, even when they were...

Not that I recall. However, even when they were present, it rarely meant anything, as the vast majority were simply rebranded tubesets, in an attempt to increase brand prestige in the eye of the...
07-21-21, 06:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 425
Posted By T-Mar

I was referring to the 1974 Peugeot catalogue of...

I was referring to the 1974 Peugeot catalogue of my original post, In that original post I also mentioned that most manufacturers subsequently went to more realistic weights using more...
07-21-21, 06:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 425
Posted By T-Mar

I always thought that the reference that had to...

I always thought that the reference that had to be made in a U08 mention was it being indistinguishable from a PX10. To this end, I knew a guy who was incapable of feeling the weight difference...
07-21-21, 06:25 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,091
Posted By T-Mar

Campagnolo binder bolts were the worst. We got...

Campagnolo binder bolts were the worst. We got generic, Japanese, CrMo bolts that were far superior. When we couldn't get them, we used Sugino bolts and filed the key, when necessary.
07-21-21, 03:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 394
Posted By T-Mar

My recollection is that most chains for...

My recollection is that most chains for derailleur equipped bicycles were 114 or 116 links when I started in the industry, in the early 1970s. That was still the standard when I bought my last lot of...
07-21-21, 03:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 425
Posted By T-Mar

I doubt either of you are riding the smallest...

I doubt either of you are riding the smallest frame size, which was likely the basis for the claim. It also wouldn't surprise me if they took the additional advantage of rounding down to a full pound...
07-21-21, 11:02 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 425
Posted By T-Mar

I've always operated on the premise that if the...

I've always operated on the premise that if the accessories (i.e. racks, lighting systems, fenders, etc.) were factory installed, then they are included in the claimed weight. There may be some...
07-21-21, 09:12 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 86
Posted By T-Mar

Record did not go 9 speed until 1997, so 8 speed...

Record did not go 9 speed until 1997, so 8 speed would be correct for 1995. That year, there was option for Ergopower brifters or traditional brake levers and down tube shift levers. The brake...
07-21-21, 08:13 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 326
Posted By T-Mar

The Columbus SL model of this era was generally...

The Columbus SL model of this era was generally called the Benotto 3000, while the Columbus SLX model was typically the Benotto 3500. However, I have seen different model numbers for the SL bicycles,...
07-21-21, 07:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 352
Posted By T-Mar

That would be in the high tensile steel range

That would be in the high tensile steel range
07-21-21, 07:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 326
Posted By T-Mar

Welcome to the forums. Shimano Sport LX would...

Welcome to the forums. Shimano Sport LX would place it 1988-1989 and upper entry level but the frame appears to be significantly higher grade than the components, indicating a rebuild. It has...
07-21-21, 07:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 352
Posted By T-Mar

A 25.4mm post is a relatively heavy gauge steel,...

A 25.4mm post is a relatively heavy gauge steel, as it would translate to 1.5mm wall thick thickness, allowing for a standard 0.2mm diametral clearance. Generally, bicycles with seat posts in this...
07-20-21, 07:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 188
Posted By T-Mar

Rock Shox was a popular brand and there are...

Rock Shox was a popular brand and there are aftermarket rebuild kits for many of their models.
Replies: 17
Views: 502
Posted By T-Mar

It's got remnant's of a Piaggio decal, so it's no...

It's got remnant's of a Piaggio decal, so it's no newer than 1984. Serial number will be carried on both sides of the seat lug and tell us the year. Dropout eyelets suggest a lower mid-range while...
Replies: 6
Views: 258
Posted By T-Mar

It should be a 1986, based on the graphics....

It should be a 1986, based on the graphics. Non-drive side photo, probably to hide the claw mount Shimano Light Action rear derailleur and Z-series front derailleur. However, you can't hide the...
07-19-21, 03:57 PM
Replies: 2,429
Views: 853,382
Posted By T-Mar

It's a European market model manufactured by...

It's a European market model manufactured by Kawamura of Japan and almost certainly built in 1983, which would make it a 1983 or 1984 model. Kawamura wasn't using an alpha character for the year in...
07-19-21, 03:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 358
Posted By T-Mar

It's a 1977 model manufactured during June 1977...

It's a 1977 model manufactured during June 1977 at Peugeot's Romilly-sur-Seine facility.
07-19-21, 10:43 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 358
Posted By T-Mar

I went back and double checked the literature....

I went back and double checked the literature. The first catalogue to mention 22mm extractors is #26, which is reportedly for the 1982 model year. The cranksets in this catalogue appear to be a mix...
07-18-21, 05:56 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 358
Posted By T-Mar

As late as catalogue #26 (1982), Stronglight...

As late as catalogue #26 (1982), Stronglight shows only the #82 and #87 crankarm extractors, both of which are labelled as 23.35mm (see attached). The #87 professional extractor dates back to 1976...
07-18-21, 05:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 164
Posted By T-Mar

Nivacrom is a super strong...

Nivacrom is a super strong niobium-vanadium-chromium steel alloy. Niobium was originally called columbium, which would have made for an interesting alloy used in a Columbus tubeset. In the case of...
07-18-21, 06:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,818
Posted By T-Mar

Zombie thread. Based on the Tim Gould moniker,...

Zombie thread. Based on the Tim Gould moniker, I'm assuming these are UK models. The combination of Altus C20 and HLE would make them entry level and circa 1993.

The 1993 Canadian and USA market...
07-18-21, 05:26 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,150
Posted By T-Mar

The Campagnolo Daytona on this bicycle was a 3rd...

The Campagnolo Daytona on this bicycle was a 3rd tier group and the Piuma frame itself was 3rd or 4th tier in Marinoni's lineup during Daytona's era, depending on the exact year. So, not as close as...
07-18-21, 05:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 258
Posted By T-Mar

I'm pretty sure that I've commented on this...

I'm pretty sure that I've commented on this bicycle in the past. A Marinoni Piuma with Columbus Foco would be very late 1990s to very early 2000s but the Campagnolo Daytona, if OEM, would a narrow...
07-17-21, 11:32 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 119
Posted By T-Mar

The green Vista is an early 1990s version, while...

The green Vista is an early 1990s version, while the blue and white version is older, from the late 1980s. XCM was typically found on entry level models and intended to compete directly with Shimano...
07-16-21, 07:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 208
Posted By T-Mar

SunTour XC was available for the 1985 model year...

SunTour XC was available for the 1985 model year and was spec'd on that year's Gran Turismo. Based on the crankset, I believe this to be a 1985, as the 1986 was spec'd with a Shimano Bio-Pace...
07-15-21, 08:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 174
Posted By T-Mar

I believe that you are mixing two different but...

I believe that you are mixing two different but similar brands. The Canadian brand was Off-Road Toad, the house brand of Mountain & Beach Specialties in Vancouver. One was on my short list in 1988....
07-15-21, 07:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 258
Posted By T-Mar

All three of my Marinoni have had the serial...

All three of my Marinoni have had the serial number on the underside of the bottom bracket shell. The characters are smaller than normal, so they don't stand out as much. The first character...
07-15-21, 07:01 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 971
Posted By T-Mar

Not sure whose left you are referring to, the...

Not sure whose left you are referring to, the rider's or the viewer's? Regardless, I'm not seeing any cable hanger. There does appear to be a yoke but without any brake or yoke cable attached. I...
07-15-21, 06:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 398
Posted By T-Mar

The serial number should help narrow down the...

The serial number should help narrow down the model year. The fork's steering column may also have an alpha-numeric date code, which may help to determine if the fork is OEM to the frame itself. The...
07-14-21, 10:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 158
Posted By T-Mar

The Peugeeot will be inferior in just about every...

The Peugeeot will be inferior in just about every way. The Miyata will be a couple of pounds lighter, will brake better due to the combination of cantilever brakes and aluminum rims, and shift better...
07-14-21, 10:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 317
Posted By T-Mar

It's designed for an optional rear disc brake, so...

It's designed for an optional rear disc brake, so it's likely not C&V. Probably contract built in Asia.
07-14-21, 07:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 302
Posted By T-Mar

I'm pretty sure that this is a 1982. That was the...

I'm pretty sure that this is a 1982. That was the 1st year for Motobecane's inexternally brazed frames and the only year that they used a set screw for the seat post on traditional round seat tubes,...
07-14-21, 06:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 326
Posted By T-Mar

Agreed the frame appears to legitimate, with the...

Agreed the frame appears to legitimate, with the unfortunate addition of seat tube binder ears. However, I would question the authenticity of the fork. While it is a is a track fork, it would not...
07-14-21, 06:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 225
Posted By T-Mar

I can corroborate that this device was intended...

I can corroborate that this device was intended to provide tool-free adjustments for handlebar stems and seat posts. Generally seen on folding bicycles, it was originally offered in 5 diameters and...
07-13-21, 12:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 302
Posted By T-Mar

While the model name decal does not appear to...

While the model name decal does not appear to have been tampered with, it does more closely resemble a 1982-1983 Mirage Sport. Motobecane wasn't very widely distributed in Canada compared to the USA,...
07-13-21, 08:54 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 971
Posted By T-Mar

Follow the brake cables and they are not attached...

Follow the brake cables and they are not attached to the front caliper, unless one is entering at the non-drive side brake pad

Also, the dive side fork blade appears to be missing above the...
07-13-21, 06:30 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 3,232
Posted By T-Mar

My all time favourite bicycle is Italian but...

My all time favourite bicycle is Italian but mid-range Japanese C&V bicycles generally offer the best value. Having said that, the nation which would win from a count of the number of their bicycles...
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