We carry NOS Campagnolo NR/SR headsets, bottom brackets, cranksets,
pedals, brakesets, derailleurs, hubs, seatposts, and more.
"Why pay outrageous eBay prices?"
Bicycle Classics is a long-term seller of Brooks saddles and
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It's a fabulous website chock full of vintage lightweight bike
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8820 Jackson Road
Dexter, MI 48130
Fax: (734) 426-4336
is by far the best way to reach us - it's quick, and
we can accept PayPal (which is the preferred method),
a check, or a Money Order as payment. Please see the
Ordering Info. page for more details.
We answer all non-spam e-mails,
except valuation requests or questions relating to
non-lightweight bikes. (To establish value, we recommend
searching eBay for similar items that have sold recently
with the aid of good, clear photos). If you don't
receive a response to your legitimate e-mail, you
may have a spamblocker or filter of some kind that
needs to be adjusted!
also don't know anything of significance about balloon-tired
bikes, muscle bikes, mountain bikes, Campy parts newer
than about 1987, index shifting, clipless pedals,
or repainting / re-decaling bikes, sorry....
(chief geek, mechanic, CEO, and stockboy)
A note from the owner:
I purchased a fairly dormant Bicycle Classics in 2003 not
for 'mercenary' reasons, but to escape the Corporate world
after twenty-plus years, help fill a need that I felt was
largely going unmet, and, hopefully, to have a much cooler
job. This is a real LLC that pays real taxes, insurance, legal
fees, banking fees, NBDA dues, etc., etc. Bicycle Classics
will never be very profitable, but that's OK by me. Our 'mission
statement' is very narrowly-focused. We don't manufacture
things ourselves (yet!), or sell anything made of carbon fiber,
or that was made in China. We sell top-quality items with
craftsmanship and lasting value. If we can survive, and help
a few more folks keep their vintage 'old-skool' skinny-tired
road and track bikes rolling along smoothly and safely each
year, I'll be very happy. Additionally, at least five percent
of the sales of this business (not of the profits, which can
be 'cooked' to come out any way you want) go to worthy organizations
such as: Doctors Without Borders (MSF), Habitat For Humanity
(HFHI), KIVA ZIP (a major Microloan underwriter), Keep a Child
Alive (an Anti-Retroviral Medication provider), and Food Gatherers
(the #1 rated Food Bank in the USA). Food Gatherers just happens
to be right near Dexter, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which AARP
recently voted America's healthiest city for old folks like
me, and Forbes Magazine even more recently voted the fourth
most liveable city in the USA....
P.S.: I am always looking for more cool (and appropriate)
vintage-themed bike parts to stock. Suggestions / requests
are always welcome!
Note: NOS means "New, Old Stock." These
are parts that are new and unused, but are out of production.
(Contrary to what you might see on eBay, NOS does not mean
Nice Old used Shyte)! All items for
sale on this Website are either new (current production) or
N.O.S. unless otherwise specified.
available - Brooks seat bags!
have both the "Challenge" and "D-Shaped" models, in Black
and Honey, as well as the awesome Tool Roll. Please see the
Saddles Page for details. These are really beautiful bags!!!
available - Brooks mudflaps (for front or rear mudguards)!
are nicely embossed, coordinate with the saddles, and include
attaching hardware. Available in black, honey, and brown.
NOS Raysport "Super Corsa" full-531 vintage framesets!
Caliente! FSET-RSPT (SOLD OUT)
tuned for more (current, but retro-themed and USA-made) silver-brazed,
lugged steel, NOS Reynolds 531-tubed, non-oversized Heron
framesets - due in 2015. Prototypes are undergoing real-world
testing currently, and the design is firming up. Please check
our Heron Bicycles division's website soon at www.heronbicycles.com
for further details. Should we go with Silver and Red, Silver
and Blue, or Red and Blue, as the two color options? Let us
know your thoughts!!
Bicycle Classics is a dues-paying member
of both NBDA and Bikes Belong. Share the road!
Now available! USA-made cotton bar tape!
We now have many colors of Newbaum's cloth bar tape. These
are very high-quality earth-friendly products, and each roll
is 45 cm. longer than Tressostar's tape (305 cm. vs. 260 cm.)
so you can wrap really wide bars with just two rolls of this
tape. Price is 45.00 for ten rolls, the same as the French
Tressostar/Velox. So far, we have black, white, red, orange,
yellow, gray, pink, medium blue, dark blue, Herse blue, Bianchi
Celeste, and eggplant. Try it!! We have had much positive
feedback on this excellent-looking USA-made product.
available - IRD Defiant track cranksets (vintage Campagnolo
Record Pista copies)!
are nicely made clones of the old 144 mm BCD Campagnolo Record
track cranks, and are available in 165, 167.5, and 170 mm
lengths, with a 46-tooth chainring for a 1/8" chain.
Silver in color. 149.00
available - new Sun XCD Touring derailleurs, front and rear!
are very nicely made long-cage derailleurs (rear has a 34-tooth
max., front has a 16-tooth max. capacity). Rear is 109.00,
matching front is 69.00. Matching downtube shifters are also
available, which will index for 7/8-speed or go friction.
See Derailleurs page for more details.
NOS Robergel "Trois Etoiles" Stainless Steel double-butted
15/16/15 spokes still available!
These are currently available in 305 mm length. They are
NOS in the oh-so-retro-cool yellow triangular box, 100 spokes
per box. Includes 100 nipples. Top of the line!
SPK-RTE305, 59.00/box of 100 (or buy 3 boxes
for 150.00) . Some other lengths are now available, but in
the 75-spoke boxes, for 49.00/box, or 3 boxes for 120.00
Note: Typically, 305 mm works for large-flange
vintage Campagnolo or equivalent hubs, 36-hole, laced four-cross,
with most 700C rims.
Note: we also have some NOS chrome-plated double-butted spokes
(typically Berg-Union of Germany) in several other lengths,
in 100-packs, for the same price as the Trois Etoiles 100-packs
(49.00). Please inquire. All spokes include the OEM nipples.
Vintage Reynolds 531 standard-gauge double-butted
tubesets still available!
These are NOS from 1974, and were properly stored indoors
after being coated with Cosmolene, so there are no condition
problems. Includes all eleven tubes to build a road frameset.
Top tubes are .8/.5/.8, seat tubes are .8/.5, down tubes are
.9/.6/.9 mm. Fork blades are the early "Imperial Oval" (29
x 16) size, are about 370 mm long, and are pre-raked for about
40 mm of finished fork offset, but can be raked further. Chainstays
are round-oval-round, non-indented, 22 mm at the BB end. We
are currently the 531 tubing supplier to several framebuilders
around the world that produce some great frames with brand
names like Heron, Toei, Grand Bois, and several others that
wish to remain anonymous.
Item # FTS-E531SET (please specify):
Small (180 mm steerer),
Medium (220 mm steerer), or
Large (260 mm steerer).
Full 11-piece NOS tubesets: 299.00/set
(Limit of two sets per customer)
Note: All orders include the NOS tubing
decals at no charge (A 29.00 value per set).
(For Prugnat type "S" pressed and welded lugsets (3 pcs.)
plus a (very basic) BSC BB shell, add 35.00. For a Campagnolo
#1060 vertical dropout set (4 pcs.), add 25.00. For a basic
road fork crown, add 30.00. For Campagnolo above-BB braze-on
cable guide pair, add 10.00. For all of the above, plus a
pair of shifter braze-ons, a pair of water-bottle braze-ons,
top tube brake cable braze-ons (3), a chainrest braze-on,
and a braze-on chainstay stop, add 80.00 for 'the works').
(The decal sets are the early, 1965-1977 pre-TI era "Reynolds
Tube Co. Ltd." ones. They are the genuine NOS Reynolds dry-fix
"transfers." They should always be applied over the final
clear coat) . These are also available separately for $29.00/set
NOS forged Campagnolo adjustable road dropouts (full sets
of four, with adjusters) are also available for 69.00/set.
We have the 1010/B (short, no eyelets), and the 1010/A (long,
no eyelets) versions in stock currently. Model 1010 sets (long,
with eyelets) are sometimes also available, please inquire.
Now available! High-quality reproduction
NR/SR rear derailleur pulleys by SOMA!
These are like the originals, but without any logo, CNC'ed,
and black in color. Complete sets (8 pieces total, pulleys/sleeves/sideplates).
Now available! Water bottle cages and mounting brackets!
We have the Nitto R-Model and T-Model brazed Stainless steel
cages, modern (not vintage, sorry!) TA chromed steel cages,
and more. Please see the Accessories and Hardware page for
Now available! Phil Wood and Soma track
cogs in 1/8" width!
The Phil hardened stainless cogs are gorgeous. The black-oxide
treated SOMA cogs look more "vintage." Both are very high
quality. Pricing is 54.00 for the Phil, and 19.00 for the
SOMA. Available in 15-20 teeth.
available! The best Rivendell, Grand Bois, Challenge, Panaracer,
Vittoria, and Veloflex 700C, 650B, and 27-inch tires! No goofy
tread colors, no weird sidewall colors, yay!!!
We have the Rivendell Roll-y Poly 700 x 27 and Jack Brown
700 x 33 (Green) tires for 50.00 each, as well as the Grand
Bois 700 x 26, 700 x 28, and 700 x 32 tires for 57.00 each.
Some 'Extra Leger' GB 700 x 23, 700 x 26, and 700 x 28 are
also available for 76.00 each. We have the Rivendell Ruffy-Tuffy
and Roll-y Poly 700 x 27 tires also, for 50.00 each.
We also stock the Panaracer Pasela folding Tour Guard in
27 x 1-1/4, 27 x 1-1/8, 700 x 28, 700 x 32, and 700 x 35 sizes
(35.00 each, or 2/65.00). The wire-bead Paselas are available
in 27 x 1, 27 x 1-1/8, 27 x 1-1/4, and 700 x 32, for 22.00
The Panaracer 650B x 38 Col de la Vie tires are also available
for 24.00 each, as well as the Rivendell Maxy Fasty 650B x
34 for 50.00 each, and the Pacenti Pari-Moto 650B x 38 for
55.00 each, or 2/100.00. We also have the Grand Bois Hetre
650B x 42 in the red (tread) for 59.00 each, as well as the
Compass 559 x 47 (26 x 1.50 inch) tires for 57.00 each.
In tubulars, we have the 'most excellent' Italian Veloflex
Criterium 700c x 22 mm hand-made sewup tires (129.00 each
or 2/219.00). We also have the Challenge Parigi-Roubaix 27
mm tubulars (89.00 each, or 2/160.00).
Now available! "The Golden Age of
Handbuilt Bicycles" coffee-table book!
This is a very fine 167-page large-format hardcover book
containing a not-so-brief history of "constructeur"
(fully-integrated) bikes from 1900 to the present. There are
many museum-quality photos of all kinds of top-notch hand-made
randonneuring bicycles and tandems. Fifty such bikes, from
the workshops of René Herse, Alex Singer, Barra, Reyhand,
Hirondelle, Goëland, Gilles Berthoud, and many others,
are profiled. These are the First
edition, printed in France, with a real cloth binding, and
are now unavailable elsewhere. Just a few copies remain.
Now available! "The Competition
Bicycle" coffee-table book!
This is a very fine 176-page large-format hardcover book
containing profiles of 34 racing bicycles dating from the
1880s to the 1990s. There are many museum-quality photos of
all kinds of top-notch hand-made racing bicycles and tandems.
Bikes from the workshops of De Rosa, Colnago, René
Herse, Bianchi, Cinelli, Rochet, Peter Weigle, Oscar Egg,
and many others, are profiled. Bikes that were actually raced
by riders like Fausto Coppi, Gino Bartali, Eddy Merckx, Greg
LeMond, Alice B. Toeclips, Andy Hampsten, Sean Kelly, Tony
Rominger, and many others. This is the companion book to the
Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles.
Now available! "Rene Herse - The
Bikes, The Builder, The Riders" coffee-table book!
Jan Heine's new masterwork about Rene Herse is just stunning.
Many years in the making, this huge book was painstakingly
researched and is brilliantly written and organized. The massive
quantity of vintage black-and-white and color photographs
is awesome, all by itself, but the book really delves into
the man and his creations in a thorough and logical manner.
With Herse coming from an early aerospace machinist's background,
it is now more obvious (to me, anyways) why his products were
so thoroughly engineered, well-thought-out, and flawlessly
Now available! SKF super-durable high-quality
cartridge bottom brackets from Germany!
We now have the new bottom brackets from the wizards at SKF
(Tullio Campagnolo always spec'ed their bearings, even though
they were not an Italian company, because they were the best!).
These were designed from the ground up, using a roller bearing
on the drive side, stainless steel almost everywhere, large
ball-bearings on the non-drive side (that run directly on
the spindle), and sturdy seals. Life expectancy is ten years
or 100,000 Km for these BBs. Various lengths, mostly BSC,
but some Italian-thread and French-thread options as well.
These are 139.00 - 159.00 complete. See our Bottom Brackets
page for details.