Classic and Vintage Bicycles: What's it Worth? Appraisals and Inquiries - Identify this bike
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09-16-12, 04:54 PM
273220273221Anyone have any info on this bike. I cant seem to find anything on it. I purchased it new from a local shop around 1986 I think. I have changed a few things, handlebars, seat, lots of tires, and the usuall parts that wear out. Thanks, Phil
09-16-12, 06:22 PM
A local shop where? US? Canada? UK? Europe somewhere?
Is those two pics all the info we get? What does it say across the top tube (the horizontal tube running from the handlebars to the seat). The shifters look like friction type and judging from the bolt on rearwheel I guess it is a lowerend bike. If I knew for sure it was a US market bike I might say a Ross or maybe a St Tropez.
09-17-12, 03:32 PM
Hope these pisc help. I lived in Virginia at the time I purchased the bike. I still ride this once in a while. Its been a good bike.273410273411273410
09-17-12, 04:51 PM
I never heard of it but that means little. You bought it new from a bike shop? It looks pretty lowend to me, maybe it was a line sold by one of the shops suppliers that didn't have a major line. Jamis kind of started that way. Univega also used to have a cheaper side line called Sterling and trek had one too called Jazz.
Lower end store brand bike. Except for a few special exceptions, even the LBS branded MTBs from that era have minimal value. The value in a bike like this is riding it and enjoying it. Vintage MTBs get no respect from buyers (I love them, but can't get squat for them).
I think they represent tremendous value for the average recreational rider, or for commuters as well. But the market does not agree with me.
09-17-12, 06:49 PM
I know its a low end bike. I just couldnt find any info on it. Im looking to get something else, but Im going to keep this one. It just rides too good to give it away to somebody. Lots of memories with this bike, been lots of places with it. Rode dirt bikes for 35+ years, along the way I bought this to keep my legs in good working order.
09-17-12, 07:05 PM
Well you certainly took good care of it, it looks like new!
The bicycle was manufactured by Ming Tien Hang, a Taiwanese company. They started contract manfacturing of bicycles in the mid-1970s and brought out their MT Racing brand circa 1982. They were known primarily for their BMX bicycles. By the 1990s production had shifted back primarily to contract manufacturing and circa 2000 manufacturing was shifted to a new factory in Vietnam.
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