Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-13-11, 06:46 PM   #1
cjm604
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Bikes:
Posts: 1
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Old Apollo Deelite ID?

I just picked up an Deelite Apollo on craigslist and was wondering if anyone could help me ID it.

It has the Fred Deeley "Deelite" front badge and decal on the seat post but it doesn't seem to have a model name on it anywhere. The only thing it says on the top tube is "Ten Speed".

It has Dia Compe Brakes and Suntour Shifters like the MK IIs but without the branding I have no idea. The serial Number is MA00651.

Any ideas? Model? Year? Anything?

I want to figure out what this mystery bike is before I start swapping stuff out

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...y/IMG_2803.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...ront-plate.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...pollo-logo.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...ck-sticker.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...y/tenspeed.jpg

Thanks for any ideas you guys have.

C.
cjm604 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-11, 03:34 AM   #2
randyjawa 
Senior Member
 
randyjawa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada - burrrrr!
Bikes: 1982 Tomassini, 1963 Peugeot PX10, and eight special issue Canadian lightweights...
Posts: 7,345
Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 75 Post(s)
Apollo bikes, of Japanese origin, were built by Kuwahara, I believe, and imported into Canada by Fred Deeley, on the west coast.

The one you show is an early example. Though I have owned one, and seen a few others, I really do not know too much about them.

The Apollo improved, over the years, finally offering some pretty nice machines. Many, such as the Sport 10, or 12, were of entry level nature. Others, like the Custom Sport, Club Sport and Grand Sport. The nicest one I have owned had to be the Apollo Gran Touriste, a really well made and beautiful to behold touring bike. Wish I still had it...
__________________
Learn how to find, restore and maintain vintage road bicycles at... MY "TEN SPEEDS"
randyjawa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-11, 07:36 AM   #3
Ex Pres
#39
 
Ex Pres's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: the 35223 (AL)
Bikes:
Posts: 6,279
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 22 Post(s)
It appears to have forged rear drops, which is a good thing, but the lugs are a little cheesy and the components appear lower end. for an initial read on the tubing quality measure the OD of the seatpost, then get back to us with that. (You'll need to be accurate within about 0.2mm for the best interpretation)

And I can't tell if the rear wheel is nutted or has a quick release. Some lower/mid-range bikes had the q/r on the front only.

Edit: and you may be able to find some date codes on your components. On the Suntour it will be a two letter code, like "DF".

Last edited by Ex Pres; 04-14-11 at 08:59 AM.
Ex Pres is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-11, 08:42 AM   #4
randyjawa 
Senior Member
 
randyjawa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada - burrrrr!
Bikes: 1982 Tomassini, 1963 Peugeot PX10, and eight special issue Canadian lightweights...
Posts: 7,345
Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 75 Post(s)
Quote:
It appears to have forged rear drops, which is a good thing,
The drops look to be pressed steel to me. I think this is an entry level model, and predecessor to one like this...

Attached Images
File Type: jpg Apollo_Sport10_48_Red_Full_Side_3.jpg (110.0 KB, 25 views)
__________________
Learn how to find, restore and maintain vintage road bicycles at... MY "TEN SPEEDS"
randyjawa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-11, 09:00 AM   #5
nlerner
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 10,071
Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 126 Post(s)
I had one Deelite, a lower-end version than yours, which I bought on eBay as a frameset, recoiled in horror once it arrived and I saw how heavy it was and sold off locally built as a single speed. Cool headbadge though:





Neal
nlerner is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:15 AM.