Panasonic Bicycle Company History and Facts

The history of the company behind Panasonic bikes goes all the way back to 1918 and starts with Matsushita Electric Manufacturing Works in Japan.  The company was founded by Konosuke Masushita who was adopted and raised by the owners of a bike shop.  His company began by making lightbulb sockets.  In 1935 the company wouldContinue reading “Panasonic Bicycle Company History and Facts”

1966 Schwinn Racer Deluxe 3-speed Bicycle

The Racer is a real classic Chicago Schwinn cruiser bicycle.  It is considered a lightweight touring model with a budget price by Schwinn.  Diamond steel frame with tubular rims, fenders, and foam-cushioned saddle.  These came in two sizes, 19” or 21” with the option of coaster brake, 2-speed, or 3-speed.  3-speed was the only versionContinue reading “1966 Schwinn Racer Deluxe 3-speed Bicycle”

Schwinn Varsity Guide and History

When I was a kid in the 80s, the Schwinn Varsity was the most popular 10 speed bike around.  And that’s what we always called road bikes, 10 speeds.  It was one of the best-selling models for Schwinn and has a long history.  It was never a top-of-the-line bike, but it was affordable, durable, andContinue reading “Schwinn Varsity Guide and History”

Shimano Road Derailleur Ranking Hierarchy Old and New Tiers

Shimano has been making road bike derailleurs for a very long time now, so long that there is some confusion about the hierarchy of their vintage components.  I’m going to try to cover all the old derailleurs I know of and give them a tier ranking of entry level, mid-level, or upper level.  I’ll beContinue reading “Shimano Road Derailleur Ranking Hierarchy Old and New Tiers”

1961 Schwinn Speedster Red

Here is a vintage Schwinn Speedster, a nice middleweight bike with a steel cantilever frame.  A super comfortable old cruiser bike.  This one has the 2-speed kickback rear hub and steel wheels. Original saddle would have been red/white and the original fenders painted red/white.  Here is the catalog image for 1961: This bike still ridesContinue reading “1961 Schwinn Speedster Red”

List of the best vintage road bikes from the 70s and 80s

Here is a list of some of the very best (most expensive) road bikes that were made during the 70s and 80s.  I’m sticking to the best 2 or 3 models from each brand by time period that were super bikes for the time.  These bikes are all lightweight for their time and use greatContinue reading “List of the best vintage road bikes from the 70s and 80s”

Raleigh Sports Bicycle Guide and History

The Raleigh Sports is one of the most iconic bicycle models ever made.  These were made in their legendary manufacturing facility in Nottingham England.  It was made for a very long time, so long I’ve not yet been able to determine for sure when they started making them.  The earliest reference I have found soContinue reading “Raleigh Sports Bicycle Guide and History”

1987 Trek 400T Elance Road Bike Dark Blue Metallic

This is a really nice example of an 80s Trek road bike.  Frame is made with legendary Reynolds 531 tubing with Trek investment castings and Dark Blue Metallic paint.  Shifting is done with Shimano Deore derailleurs and SIS shifting.  Drivetrain has 18 speeds with a triple in the front and 6 speeds in the back. Continue reading “1987 Trek 400T Elance Road Bike Dark Blue Metallic”

Vintage Univega bicycles history and facts

Univega was the creation of Ben Lawee in the 1970s.  He had a long history as an importer of bikes like Motobecane and Bianchi.  The first brand he created was Italvega and these bikes were made in Italy.   In the mid 70s he moved production to Miyata in Japan and the brand changed to Univega. Continue reading “Vintage Univega bicycles history and facts”

1954 Raleigh Sports 3-speed Bicycle Black

This is a classic vintage Raleigh cruiser, the Sports!  If you have never ridden a Sports, you should, they have so much charm and a smooth ride.  It has a lugged steel frame with 26” tires.  Raleigh’s were known as the all-steel bike, and this one is all steel with cottered steel cranks and rims. Continue reading “1954 Raleigh Sports 3-speed Bicycle Black”