Posted by: sean TITLE: MIDDLEWEIGHT: a little help with identification
hello everyone. i recently bought this bike and i don~t know what make or model it is. if anyone could help with that information, i would greatly appreciate it. there don~t seem to be an marks or numbers on it. also, i need to buy a chain for it. i don~t know if i should take it to a bike shop and have them look at it, or if there is a way for me to derive the size on my own. thanks.
Posted by Joel
I think that~s a Murray from the 50s. The sprocket and truss rods are Murray.
Posted by Spike
Not an expert but it looks a lot like a Columbia that I have.Look for a serial number.Numbers appear in a number of places at different times on the various makes.The rear drop outs(where the rear wheel mounts,the bottom bracket(where the pedals go through),the head tube(where the handle bar stem goes through),The seat tube up near the seat.Tire size may help date it as well.I~ll be glad to look at some pictures of details on the bike.Just email.Chain is an easy fix if you can handle tools.You can get the chain at walmart,a bike shop,kmart etc. It is called 1/2 X 1/8 chain.usually labeled for single speed and 3 speed bikes.The other common chain is 1/2 X 3/32.This is for multi speed bikes like 5,10 speed etc.The department store chain will come in a length of about 100 pitches(links)you will need a chain break to make the chain the right length simply put it around the gears/sprockets and remove links to the proper length with the chain break.It comes with a master link hook it up and adjust it to about 1/2 inch deflection slack.
Keep in mind as it wears the chain will stretch.
It appears to my limited expierence that bike chain is only available in the bike world and not readily available at industrial warehouses that supply chain and gears to the world. Spike
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