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Old 05-26-14, 04:36 PM
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Ross bicycle information.

Alright, I purchased a used Ross bicycle. Gran Tour, I think anyone with information?
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Old 05-26-14, 04:40 PM
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Alright, I purchased a used Ross bicycle. Gran Tour, I think anyone with information?
Ross was the trading brand of Chain Bike Corp, of Brooklyn NY for many years. At some point they took advantage of incentives and built a new factory near Allentown, PA where they stayed (and grew) for some years before going bankrupt.

You can search for more info, under either Ross Bicycles or Chain Bike Corp.

Other than that, if you have specific questions, ask based on the specific components of your bike.
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I started a post yesterday asking about Ross dating by serial number and so far no one seems to have a key. I have a Central Park single speed I just refurbished and posted in the Beach Cruiser forum. What type of bike is a grand tour? Here's some Ross company history I got off Wikipedia:


Ross was a bicycle brand that manufactured over 15 million bicycles in the United States[3] between 1946 and 1988. The company, which competed with domestic bicycle manufacturers as Schwinn and Huffy, was widely noted for its pioneering marketing of mountain bikes.

Ross was started by Albert Ross as Ross Galvanizing Works in 1940[4] "manufacturing and galvanizing pipes and pipe fittings for the fencing industry and later galvanized steel parts for military ships during World War II."[5] After WWII, it was incorporated as Chain Bike Corp. in 1946,[2] and changed the name to Ross Bicycles Inc. in 1982.[6] Its headquarters were in Rockaway Beach, Queens,[7] and manufacturing was in Allentown, Pennsylvania.[8] Ross moved bicycle production to Taiwan in 1986 and filled for bankruptcy protection in 1988.[1]
In addition to bicycles, Ross manufactured ammunition boxes for the US government at its Lehigh facility and cited the government contract as the source of its financial difficulties at the time of filing for Chapter 11 protection.[1]
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Not all companies followed a sequential serial numbering system back in the day. There wasn't the threat of recall/lawsuits that exits today. So companies would do model production runs (as in frames) as the forecasting and demands suggested. A certain amount of finishing was done, often including serial numbers, then sometimes things would stagnate. Orders would evolve, parts on hand would dry up, marketing would change specs/colors. There's a number of reasons that frames would be built up and shipped in less then prompt schedules. Then there's the issue of differing production locations that some companies had... Andy.
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I remember Ross bikes from the 1960's. They were basically good, inexpensive transportation - making a range of styles that were quite similar to Schwinn bikes of the day. Huffy's were known to live up to their name: They weighed a ton and made you catch your breath on the smallest rise.
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Information - the bike is nothing special and the parts are generic. Ride it, fix it like any other bike.
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Originally Posted by cny-bikeman View Post
Information - the bike is nothing special and the parts are generic. Ride it, fix it like any other bike.
This is accurate. I had a Ross Gran Tour, bought in 1985 for $200. Straight-gauge 4130 chrome-moly main triangle, Tange hi-tensile fork. Seat stays and chain stays were probably hi-tensile. Mine was black with white pinstriping around the lugs. Shimano Z-series and Sugino components, stem shifters.

Mine looked good, rode fine for what it was. The components were low-end, but they worked fine. The downside was that the old American-made frames had the thicker-walled head tubes and seat tubes so it came with a 24 mm steel seatpost and a 21.15mm quill stem. This made it hard to change out parts for fit or upgrade reasons.
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I'm trying to find the value(if any) of a Ross, Central Park ladies bike, chain bike corp # 0677244445? Yellow, single speed.. Thank you. Think I posted this wrong place. Still trying to figure it out
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If it's basically OK and doesn't need work besides maybe tires, it might fetch as much as $100 at a yard sale or in Craig's list. If it's not in running condition it's nearly worthless since the cost of repair is too high, and the parts aren't worth much to anybody.

If you can clean it up, and do some tuning to get it ready for your own use or for sale, do so. But don't spend much because it's not worth it.
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There have been some Ross threads in the C&V section of these forums.
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I'm trying to find the value(if any) of a Ross, Central Park ladies bike, chain bike corp # 0677244445? Yellow, single speed.. Thank you. Think I posted this wrong place. Still trying to figure it out
Welcome to BF ! Here's my blue Central Park....now living the college life at NCSU. My daughter had a nicer bike stolen from campus last year and since it has to stay out in the elements anyway - the old Ross works fine and isn't much of a target. Lets see a picture of your yellow one if you can.

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my friend had a ross
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http://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...oss-bikes.html
This one is really good, all about the history of the company.
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