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Old 10-06-11, 01:01 AM   #1
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What is this?!

Hi I'm trying to figure out what I have here! I think it's a single speed Road bike. It has a label on it that says Montgomery Ward. Anybody have a clue what kind it is or how much it's worth? It has a small poke in the seat but otherwise is in good condition.
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Old 10-06-11, 02:06 AM   #2
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It's a department store bike (think JC Penney). Worth very very little.
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Old 10-06-11, 05:04 AM   #3
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Think lower end than JC Penney. Only value is to you, to have something to ride.
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Old 10-06-11, 10:40 AM   #4
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the OP states it says Montgomery Wards on it which I believe makes it a early '70s at best. I do agree it is not a great bike on par with a Huffy or Maurry. the OP also states it is a single speed so either he does not know much about bikes or the shifter cable is seixed.



it also looks like maybe 26x1 3/8 wheels. I agree stay away from that!
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Old 10-06-11, 11:31 AM   #5
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Thanks Bianchi!!! You are correct I don't know anything about bikes! lol This one was given to me and although I can ride it once I get on it, it's a little tall for me. I'm short and have stubby legs and not only is it a little tall for me but it's a boy's bike so when I stop I have to lean a good amount to let my feet touch the floor. lol I'm going to try and sell it and some other items to get another cheap one that fits me. lol Thanks so much for the info guys!!!! I'll take whatever info I can get! Can you tell me what a shifter cable is??
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Old 10-06-11, 11:48 AM   #6
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If you get off the seat, can you stand over the bike? If so, it probably isn't tall for you; you're just used to being able to reach the ground while sitting (which isn't necessarily the case with a properly fitted bike).
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This may not be the best diagram to help you, but it's pretty good.







To answer your question, the "shifter cables" (not specifically labeled here, but look for "cable housing") is what connects the shifter "levers" (located on the "stem" on your bike) to the front and rear "derailleurs." The derailleurs move the chain to the different sized "chainrings" on the "crankset" and cogs on the "cassette." SO, if the shifter cables are seized, they cannot move the derailleurs, which therefore cannot move the chain.

Learning how your bike works can be a lot of fun--almost as much fun as riding, in my opinion. This thread in the bicycle mechanics forum lists a lot of good resources to help you learn. Feel free to ask questions as you go, but try to gain as much knowledge as you can on your own first. Good luck and have fun!
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Old 10-06-11, 02:56 PM   #8
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on a side note, why do people put drop bars in those positions?

everytime i see it, i have to stop myself from going on a shooting spree
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wow! Thanks!!

Okay, first I'll answer the question, When at a stop and I get off the seat and stand over the Top Tube (thanks for the graphic otherwise I would have called that the frame. lol) I can't reach the ground. I have to tilt the bike to the side so I can put one leg down. This is causing a problem because I'm riding with my kids and one of them tend to panic and bail off so I'm literally jumping off mine, tripping over the top tube and we all come crashing down. lol No bueno. I think it also has to do with the fact that it's a boys bike right? The same size for a girl and the top tube would come down at a slant and I wouldn't have that problem right? Is that how you tell??
2) Thanks for the graphic! That was awesome!!! I'm gonna try and print it out so I can go over it some more!!! Thanks so much!!!
3) I thought the handles were weird! I told my husband I remember my uncle used to ride bikes but his handles curved underneath! lol I just assumed this one was made different. lol Thanks!!!
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The OP's bike is entry level, at best, and though rideable, would not offer a very rewarding ride quality, in my opinion.

Being new to vintage bicycles can be confusing. I publish MY "TEN SPEEDS" to help new people come up to speed quickly with the hope of helping them avoid costly mistakes.

I do hope you take the time to visit and learn how to tell a good bicycle from a not so good one...
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Okay, first I'll answer the question, When at a stop and I get off the seat and stand over the Top Tube I can't reach the ground. I have to tilt the bike to the side so I can put one leg down.
The frame is definitely too big then.
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