Shimano Ultegra RD-6600 Rear Derailleur Images and Manual

The Shimano Ultegra RD-6600 rear derailleur for road bikes.  This is an older model and at the time it was the second-best road derailleur in the Shimano line up right behind Dura ace.  I’m not completely sure about production dates for this model, but the one pictured came on my 2008 Fuji Cross Comp.  StillContinue reading “Shimano Ultegra RD-6600 Rear Derailleur Images and Manual”

Schwinn Approved Le Tour Complete Guide

1974 Le Tour Schwinn started offering the Le Tour in 1974, and it was a little different for the iconic Chicago based bicycle company.  The Le Tour was made in Japan by Panasonic, with Schwinn approved branding.  So, it’s branded by USA Schwinn, made by Japan Panasonic, and it’s got a French name.  How coolContinue reading “Schwinn Approved Le Tour Complete Guide”

South Shore Cyclery Bike Shop and Museum Cudahy WI

Last week I found myself in desperate need of a 25.4mm seatpost preferably in silver.  I looked around at all the websites for the local shops and found that South Shore Cyclery in Cudahy had one.  It’s a little bit of a drive so I called ahead, and somebody answered quickly and confirmed it wasContinue reading “South Shore Cyclery Bike Shop and Museum Cudahy WI”

List of Vintage Bicycle Manufacturers and Brands

USA Coast to Coast – Marquis brand.  Private labeled bikes for Coast to Coast hardware.  Generally budget bikes.  Ross made some of the early models.  Out of business. Colson bicycles – Ohio company that began making bicycles in 1917.  Made Firestone and Goodyear branded bicycles most notably.  Stopped making bikes in 1962. Huffy – foundedContinue reading “List of Vintage Bicycle Manufacturers and Brands”

Vintage English Bicycle Head Badges

One of the things I love about the old English bicycles are the really cool badges they all had.  Here is a collection of some of these badges and a little info about the company: Raleigh Founded in 1887 and started with a small shop on Raleigh Street in Nottingham, England.  They would go onContinue reading “Vintage English Bicycle Head Badges”

Antique English Bicycle Wrenches

I’ve been looking for a good deal on some of these old English bicycle wrenches ever since I got my Raleigh bikes and finally found some.  Check these out: From my vast amounts of research, I have found out that these are basically old school multi tools you would get with your bike purchase.  EachContinue reading “Antique English Bicycle Wrenches”

A simple and brief early history of bicycles

The history of the bicycle is traced back to 1817 when German Baron Karl von Drais invented the running machine called the Draisine, or velocipede.  This was a steerable, human propelled machine nicknamed the hobby-horse or dandy horse.  It didn’t have a chain or pedals you sort of sat on it and walked or ran. Continue reading “A simple and brief early history of bicycles”