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Any classic or vintage bicycle people here?

 
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Any classic or vintage bicycle people here?
Hey everybody!

Do we have any old bicycle enthusiasts here?

I picked up this bike a couple of years ago, but it might be time to sell it! My wife hates it but I think its a pretty cool old bike! I found some serial numbers and so forth...here they are:

PO785525
AMF L.R. ARK
PO1601-2-K-24

I get that the bike was manufactured in Little Rock but cannot seem to figure out how to read or understand the rest of the info.

Here's a pic:

:AMF Roadmaster:

Anybody know where I can get info on this bike?

Thanks in advance!grinning
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I have an old tandem bike, it's fabulous!

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I have an old tandem bike, it's fabulous!

cool2
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What year?

I literally pulled this one out of a wrecking yard - all I did was clean it up and put some new tubes in it! I've owned the thing for about 5 years but today was the first time I road it - I was very surprised by how nice the thing was to ride! Very easy, very smooth ride - thing coasts forever!
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I have an old tandem bike, it's fabulous!

cool2
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What year?

I literally pulled this one out of a wrecking yard - all I did was clean it up and put some new tubes in it! I've owned the thing for about 5 years but today was the first time I road it - I was very surprised by how nice the thing was to ride! Very easy, very smooth ride - thing coasts forever!
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Good question. I got the thing used. Probably a few/many owners before me. I'd guess late 60's or early seventies.

The one you have looks nice, good condition. I'd hang on to it, but I like old stuff like that.
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Cool bike , my buddy is a vintage bike person, I am not, but do bike everyday on my lovely trek versus 3 hybrid! Also pull a custom built trailer I use to haul my deer home.
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I have an old tandem bike, it's fabulous!

cool2
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 5926873


What year?

I literally pulled this one out of a wrecking yard - all I did was clean it up and put some new tubes in it! I've owned the thing for about 5 years but today was the first time I road it - I was very surprised by how nice the thing was to ride! Very easy, very smooth ride - thing coasts forever!
 Quoting: jdb


Good question. I got the thing used. Probably a few/many owners before me. I'd guess late 60's or early seventies.

The one you have looks nice, good condition. I'd hang on to it, but I like old stuff like that.
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Yeah I'm with you on liking the old stuff! Don't really understand why, but the old stuff - almost any old stuff, really warms my heart! Older the better...including houses! I'd take an old house with a squeaking floorboard here and there over a new home any day! I wonder what it is about old stuff that I enjoy so much?
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Cool bike , my buddy is a vintage bike person, I am not, but do bike everyday on my lovely trek versus 3 hybrid! Also pull a custom built trailer I use to haul my deer home.
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Yeah, it's nice. The seat and paint seem to be in good shape, and the reflectors are on the spokes. Looks like it's been well taken care of.
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Cool bike , my buddy is a vintage bike person, I am not, but do bike everyday on my lovely trek versus 3 hybrid! Also pull a custom built trailer I use to haul my deer home.
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Thank you! for the last couple of years I've been thinking about getting into biking for cardio health - I'm (God willing) gonna do it, but, I'm vacillating between road vs. mountain biking - what say you? Also, what might be a *legit* good entry level bike either way? I'm 6'1" 207 if that matters!
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Cool bike , my buddy is a vintage bike person, I am not, but do bike everyday on my lovely trek versus 3 hybrid! Also pull a custom built trailer I use to haul my deer home.
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Can you send the pic to your buddy and ask if he knows anything about this bike?
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I have an old tandem bike, it's fabulous!

cool2
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 5926873


What year?

I literally pulled this one out of a wrecking yard - all I did was clean it up and put some new tubes in it! I've owned the thing for about 5 years but today was the first time I road it - I was very surprised by how nice the thing was to ride! Very easy, very smooth ride - thing coasts forever!
 Quoting: jdb


Good question. I got the thing used. Probably a few/many owners before me. I'd guess late 60's or early seventies.

The one you have looks nice, good condition. I'd hang on to it, but I like old stuff like that.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 5926873


Yeah I'm with you on liking the old stuff! Don't really understand why, but the old stuff - almost any old stuff, really warms my heart! Older the better...including houses! I'd take an old house with a squeaking floorboard here and there over a new home any day! I wonder what it is about old stuff that I enjoy so much?
 Quoting: jdb


Yeah, I'm the same way. If I see an old radio at a flea market I usually pick it up if it is priced right.

I can't explain it either..
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Good luck on your quest for info, OP!

Off to get some sleep. hf
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Cool bike , my buddy is a vintage bike person, I am not, but do bike everyday on my lovely trek versus 3 hybrid! Also pull a custom built trailer I use to haul my deer home.
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ok...looked it up - so your a mountain bike guy...yes?
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Good luck on your quest for info, OP!

Off to get some sleep. hf
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Thank you - peace filled night to you!
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the cheapest transport for the mile but for those who can't pedal up hills a little 2 stroke hooked up to the sprocket makes it easy, its like having a pocket rocket.
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the cheapest transport for the mile but for those who can't pedal up hills a little 2 stroke hooked up to the sprocket makes it easy, its like having a pocket rocket.
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I've wanted to do something like that since I was a 9 year old kid!

Really starting to get the bug though - want to get into it for cardio - freaking *hate* running! Never stopped me...but I just don't want to run anymore!
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Hi JDB. Is it a Roadmaster Voyager? Here's a pic if the link works:
[link to www.google.com]
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Re: Any classic or vintage bicycle people here?
OP, try this thread

Thread: Anyone else notice how cyclists are getting more entitled?


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Re: Any classic or vintage bicycle people here?
Hi JDB. Is it a Roadmaster Voyager? Here's a pic if the link works:
[link to www.google.com]
 Quoting: Nine's


Hey Nine's - how are you?

The pic is close, but mine is a "Pacemaker" - wadda ya think? So far around here I'm the only one that thinks its a pretty cool bike!
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I hear ya, but, as much as I can keep it together, I work hard at not being rude to others...I won't be "that guy"!
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I've got an old peugeot 10 speed from the 1960s.

a real classy bike.
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I've got an old peugeot 10 speed from the 1960s.

a real classy bike.
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can you post a pic?
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Hi JDB. Is it a Roadmaster Voyager? Here's a pic if the link works:
[link to www.google.com]
 Quoting: Nine's


Hey Nine's - how are you?

The pic is close, but mine is a "Pacemaker" - wadda ya think? So far around here I'm the only one that thinks its a pretty cool bike!
 Quoting: jdb


Doing good;thanks for asking and hope you're the same.

I think it's an awesome bike. Probably much more comfortable than some made today. Wonder if it's a town/commuter bike.

Mine is a town/commuter bike and it's totally awesome. Comfortable, versatile, you can pop a wheel off real easy and could ride all day with one gear.

Hope you keep this one and enjoy it!
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Hmmm...

I get the love of nostalgia, but some of the pre-mid-1970's bicycles had stamped lug frames. That was a very weak frame and prone to poor welding too.

Nishiki and Batavus began importing better bicycles into America about this time. They were much stronger bicycles versus say an old Schwinn.

I don't know, but I would think that any old bikes would have to be totally restored mechanically from tremendous wear. Even a bike that's two years old can be abused.

On the other hand, sometimes one can pick up a very good mountain bike from some place that caters to tourists, do some minor repairs, and have a bike for about half the cost.

Restoring an old bike with authentic parts from prior days with their heavier frames, well doesn't make a lot of sense to me, but if you have endless money to burn, whatever floats your boat.

A lot of technology occurred since those early days with composite materials.
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Hi JDB. Is it a Roadmaster Voyager? Here's a pic if the link works:
[link to www.google.com]
 Quoting: Nine's


Hey Nine's - how are you?

The pic is close, but mine is a "Pacemaker" - wadda ya think? So far around here I'm the only one that thinks its a pretty cool bike!
 Quoting: jdb


Doing good;thanks for asking and hope you're the same.

I think it's an awesome bike. Probably much more comfortable than some made today. Wonder if it's a town/commuter bike.

Mine is a town/commuter bike and it's totally awesome. Comfortable, versatile, you can pop a wheel off real easy and could ride all day with one gear.

Hope you keep this one and enjoy it!
 Quoting: Nine's


Thank you sister!hf
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The tail end of the "bike boom" occurred in America around 1973. See:
[link to en.wikipedia.org]

Some think because of the oil crisis. Breaking Away was made in 1979.

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Hmmm...

I get the love of nostalgia, but some of the pre-mid-1970's bicycles had stamped lug frames. That was a very weak frame and prone to poor welding too.

Nishiki and Batavus began importing better bicycles into America about this time. They were much stronger bicycles versus say an old Schwinn.

I don't know, but I would think that any old bikes would have to be totally restored mechanically from tremendous wear. Even a bike that's two years old can be abused.

On the other hand, sometimes one can pick up a very good mountain bike from some place that caters to tourists, do some minor repairs, and have a bike for about half the cost.

Restoring an old bike with authentic parts from prior days with their heavier frames, well doesn't make a lot of sense to me, but if you have endless money to burn, whatever floats your boat.

A lot of technology occurred since those early days with composite materials.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 41713542


Thank you for your reply!

looks like I'm leaning towards a hybrid at this point - but can a hybrid hold its own on trails? Was thinking about putting beefier tires on the hybrid if I could use it to keep up with my mountain biking buddies!
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Nice thread, OP. Not certain about your bike, but she looks great. Nothing better than a coaster brake bike.

I'm a vintage Chicago-made Schwinn guy and there's a number of sites that break-down the serial number codes that list the month and year the bikes were made. Perhaps the AMF bikes and serial numbers have a similar site where you can pull LIttle Rock made AMF information.

From the picture you posted I can't see a name on the chain guard, but you might have a circa '60s Roadmaster. Is there a "Roadmaster" logo anywhere on the bike?

In any event, good luck with the information hunt. It's a great looking bike and I wish you miles of good, healthy riding.

On this end, I have t a '64 Schwinn Tiger, a '71 Typhoon, and a '71 Racer. I fix them up, ride 'em, sell them and then seek out new ones (I do the same with vintage turntables and tube amps excepting the ride them part).

Sure beats playing the ponies.

All best to you.
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Keep your old bike. You'll need it sooooooooon!

Everybody should have a bike and get a simple stupid bike you can fix and put the chain on yourself. Make a bug out for your bike. Extra tubes. Chain links and a spoke tightener is a good place to start. Don't get more than a 3 speed. Make sure you get an extra shifter for it.

I like the no speeds myself with a big comfortable seat.

Just aquired a 1912 Raleigh gents 28 inch. Solid Steel mixed frame bike. Have many mixed frame bikes from the 50's and 60's. They will be worth their weight in gold coming Soooooooooon.
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Nice thread, OP. Not certain about your bike, but she looks great. Nothing better than a coaster brake bike.

I'm a vintage Chicago-made Schwinn guy and there's a number of sites that break-down the serial number codes that list the month and year the bikes were made. Perhaps the AMF bikes and serial numbers have a similar site where you can pull LIttle Rock made AMF information.

From the picture you posted I can't see a name on the chain guard, but you might have a circa '60s Roadmaster. Is there a "Roadmaster" logo anywhere on the bike?

In any event, good luck with the information hunt. It's a great looking bike and I wish you miles of good, healthy riding.

On this end, I have t a '64 Schwinn Tiger, a '71 Typhoon, and a '71 Racer. I fix them up, ride 'em, sell them and then seek out new ones (I do the same with vintage turntables and tube amps excepting the ride them part).

Sure beats playing the ponies.

All best to you.
 Quoting: BxMac


Thanks BxMac!

The "tag" in front of the goose-neck(?) says "Roadmaster"!

If I can figure out how to start finding old stuff like this, I will start trading in "old stuff"! Someone once said something about "doing what you love to do...you'll be successful at it!" I love dealing with old stuff - interesting how it never occurred to me to get serious business wise about it! Maybe a paradigm is changing!

Where do you sell your stuff? Online? Local?
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Keep your old bike. You'll need it sooooooooon!

Everybody should have a bike and get a simple stupid bike you can fix and put the chain on yourself. Make a bug out for your bike. Extra tubes. Chain links and a spoke tightener is a good place to start. Don't get more than a 3 speed. Make sure you get an extra shifter for it.

I like the no speeds myself with a big comfortable seat.

Just aquired a 1912 Raleigh gents 28 inch. Solid Steel mixed frame bike. Have many mixed frame bikes from the 50's and 60's. They will be worth their weight in gold coming Soooooooooon.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 47060380


WOW on the 1912 Raleigh...can you PLEASE post a pic of it?

I think your offering good advice btw!





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