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Vintage Ukraine XB3 B-39 3-speed

Old 01-25-16, 08:02 PM
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Vintage Ukraine XB3 B-39 3-speed

Hello everyone! I am a store manager at a Salvation Army Thrift Store in Ankeny, Iowa, and in need of a little help. I have attached the pictures of a bike that came in as a donation and I am wondering what we have here? I was only able to find a few online and came up with a "Vintage Ukraine XB3 B-39 3 speed" bike. Is this correct? Can anyone give me a little more insight and information on this bike? We have a bike collective here in town and they weren't able to give me a whole lot of information. Apparently the handle bars have something to do with the olympics? Not a lot of information here in Iowa so I am reaching out for a little help. Thanks in advance!

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Beautiful Headbadge!!
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There's a bit of discussion of Karkov ("XB3") bikes here.

And [MENTION=332743]yadder[/MENTION] is an occasional poster here who lives in the Ukraine. He may have some additional insight.
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you might like to visit these forum threads:

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...made-ussr.html

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...iet-union.html

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...o-project.html

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...erailleur.html
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The likely value of this bike is mostly in the novelty of it, which is considerable. It's in great shape too. Market it as cold-war relic of the old USSR, and you might get something for it. Big-city hipsters would love this thing. I could see it being the prized posession of some bearded young dude in Fremont (Seattle) or Williamsburg in NYC.

Have you got a big university nearby?
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That bike is cool! The coolness has to be worth something?
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Can I say another forum could be of help too, this one is more geared towards road bikes. There are a few out there.
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Thanks for the input everyone. Sorry if this was in the wrong sub forum. I'm not all that well versed in old bikes/road bikes but figured this was an awesome find. I'm looking to make sure it finds a good home and someone that would take care of it. I just really have no idea the price point here.
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The market for that bike will be small and finding someone off the street who wants it as a collectible is unlikely. You'll have to ebay it. I'd recommend a starting price of $50. If you are looking for a fixed price maybe $100. My assessment is based on the quality and value of the bicycle for what it is, a low end mass produced bicycle, not as a collectible which may warrant a higher price. The only way to really find out is ebay.

The handlebars have likely been flipped relative to their original position in order to get a lower riding position, likely by a youngster who wanted to go fast. I don't think they have anything to do with the Olympics. It's possible they are not original as they do kind of look like older style drop bars.
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Hi ! You have beatuful bike ""HVZ V39 Sputnik"" . Named translate fo english "Sattelite" . They produce in my city Kharkov on the ХВЗ manufacture. This model V 39 produced 1960-1970 years. Frame lugged. You have very good condotion. That rare.
Wheel 622mm . Congratulations. But how he going for USA??
If you have any questions- please ask me. I'm be glad answer you!
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Originally Posted by g_morris_24
Thanks for the input everyone. Sorry if this was in the wrong sub forum. ...
Well, there is a forum for appraisals; but this forum gets more traffic. I think you'll learn more if it doesn't get moved.

If you do put it on eBay, be sure to provide good close up photos of the details; the derailleur, the shifter, the brake calipers, the brake levers (I suspect these may be upgraded; they look like GB Superhood Rapide levers, made in England; but maybe Ukranian copies of the GB ones; either way, interesting). Do I see a mileage ticker on the front axle? Be sure to show a photo of that, too; with the mileage.

The wheel size that [MENTION=332743]yadder[/MENTION] mentions, 622, is commonly called 700c. Which is good; tires are readily available.
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Originally Posted by yadder
Hi ! You have beatuful bike ""HVZ V39 Sputnik"" . Named translate fo english "Sattelite" . They produce in my city Kharkov on the ХВЗ manufacture. This model V 39 produced 1960-1970 years. Frame lugged. You have very good condotion. That rare.
Wheel 622mm . Congratulations. But how he going for USA??
If you have any questions- please ask me. I'm be glad answer you!
Thank you for your helpful response, yadder. The story I heard was that a bike shop in the midwestern US imported perhaps a few hundred 3-speed and 10-speed Sputnik bicycles in the early-to-mid 1960s.

Capo bicycles, from Vienna, Austria, have a similar story. They are rare in the US because they were imported for only a few years in the early 1960s.
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Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman
The likely value of this bike is mostly in the novelty of it, which is considerable. It's in great shape too. Market it as cold-war relic of the old USSR, and you might get something for it. Big-city hipsters would love this thing. I could see it being the prized posession of some bearded young dude in Fremont (Seattle) or Williamsburg in NYC.

Have you got a big university nearby?
No beard, no big city, not actually all that young, but I'm pretty tempted.
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No beard, no big city, not actually all that young, but I'm pretty tempted.
Well, then embrace your inner hipster and ride an interesting-but-not-very-good bike. I think the thing is really cool, too, but...

You know how to get in touch with the OP.
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Originally Posted by yadder
Hi ! You have beatuful bike ""HVZ V39 Sputnik"" . Named translate fo english "Sattelite" . They produce in my city Kharkov on the ХВЗ manufacture. This model V 39 produced 1960-1970 years. Frame lugged. You have very good condotion. That rare.
Wheel 622mm . Congratulations. But how he going for USA??
If you have any questions- please ask me. I'm be glad answer you!
At this point my main concern is getting this bike to someone who will actually value the bike. Any idea on what kind of price to ask for it? We are a thrift store and 100% of our proceeds go to helping adult males who are in a drug & alcohol rehabilitation center (of which I came from). Not looking to gouge anyone or ask an exorbitant amount for it. I would just like to get a fair amount for it. Thank you!

edit: I'm also open to offers on the bike.

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Do I see a mileage ticker on the front axle? Be sure to show a photo of that, too; with the mileage.
In this case, I guess the word would be kilometrage.
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