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    Need help identifying 50's bridgestone bicycles

    Hi, posting here to find help in identifying my bike, a local (small town) bike shop said it was from the 50's. It is a bridgestone, I can find no identifying numbers, etc. The main reason I'm trying to identify is that the tire tubes are very unusual, they have a metal value stem that can't be aired up with custom air pumps. If anyone thinks they can help, I will attempt to post a photo here or by email, thanks, Eddie
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    Those valve stems are likely Woods valves: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/gloss_w.html#woods
    You can inflate them with a presta-valve chuck.

    As far as the bike, pics are needed!

    Neal

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    You are right on the value stem, I've posted photos

    Is there an adapter that I can buy or do I need to buy the actual pump? Also, should the tubes not hold air, can these be replaced? I'd like to keep the bike original as possible should I decide to sell it, I'm not even sure what it would be worth. Thanks for your help, Eddie

    I clicked on your link, you have some really nice old bikes! I don't collect old bikes, although you wouldn't know it with all the grandkids bikes in the carport!
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    Eddie, you can substitute standard Schrader valve tubes as the opening in the rim for the valve is the same as with those Woods valves. Then just save the original tubes in case you want to sell the thing in original condition.

    Neal

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    Very interesting. Give us a pic of the drive side, please.

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    I've added a photo of the other side of the bike.....msg

    I also have photos of the stickers on the bike should you want to view those, just let me know and I'll post, thanks, Eddie

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    and here I came looking for Paul Bunyan's bicycle.

    Looks really nice though.
    The search for inner peace continues...

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    ha! I messed up the title, should have been 50's bicycle and not 50' bicycles, makes quite a difference! Eddie

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    Quote Originally Posted by eg_ortega View Post
    ha! I messed up the title, should have been 50's bicycle and not 50' bicycles, makes quite a difference! Eddie
    fixed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lotek View Post
    fixed.
    not to be the English professor here but 50s would actually be "fixed"

    sweet ride, beautiful racks, a real find!
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    Hey, some of my best friends are English professors--and, gulp, so, sort of, am I!!

    Neal

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