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Posted by: leighann TITLE: AGE / VALUE:    Need help with bike identification
This last weekend my son and I were at an auction and this bike came up for bid. The owner of the auction bid on it and told my son that he had to take this bike. He just kinda took to my son and every time there is a bike for sale, he sometimes makes him take them even if he don~t want them. But this one was different. I looked on the internet and I cannot find any that look like our. Is it wrong? Or does it just have the wrong part? Is it rare? Is it worth anything? Would my son be wise to fix it up? Would it be something worth selling?


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Posted by ken
Same here. At a recent garage sale I started a respectable Varsity at $40... wound up taking ten for it at the end of the day. On the other hand, I had a Roadmaster 10-speed with no derailleur hanger; decent 27" wheels, all alloy components- I put the small chainring on the outside of the crank, centered the hub for a bmx freewheel, and singlespeeded it with 1/8 chain, and sold it for $75. It turned out nice, weighed about 22 lbs complete.
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Posted by gmain
i buy and sell, and repair used bikes. collecting the good ones myself. Its about time for the annual Huffy Toss, where i strip all the cheap bikes and haul them in for scrap. nothing sells here. bicycles are dead in central michigan.
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Posted by jj
Sorry to hear that.
Do you deal mostly in the antique and collectible side?

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Posted by gmain
I should have been more subtle, but I am having the worst year of my life in the bike business. And reality is where i am at you couldnt give that away, if you put 2 new tires on it.
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Posted by ken
Mike, I thought maybe Huffy.
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Posted by ken
That~s cold, gary, even if true. I say any bike you can ride is worth cabfare... wonder if the tires hold pressure.
OP never answered about the hub.
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Posted by gmain
the rack is worth abouth 5 bucks, the shifter cable and hardware about the same. the bike is worth .02 per pound
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Posted by mike
The front of bike says thunderjet, and the serial number is 6137199. Is this a Ross bicycle, or some other make?


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Posted by ken
It~s not valuable or rare, and it~s rusty. The handlebars are wrong, and possibly the saddle. The luggage carrier is aftermarket. The cable from the three-speed shifter is supposed to pass over the pulley under the seat on its way to the hub. It looks like a Sturmey-Archer hub- hard to tell from the photo. Is it? If so, you can determine its age here:
http://sheldonbrown.com/english-3.html#sturmey
You can get the gears working following Sheldon Brown~s directions. The cable won~t reach to the end of those handlebars; either slide the shifter down or find some regular roadster bars. Regular bars would work better with the existing brake cables too. Some local bike hoarder (like me) will have some.
If the chain isn~t rusted solid you may be able to oil it and get some more miles out of it.
Wise to fix it up? Yes, but don~t expect to make money on it. Ride it or give it to someone who will ride it.


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