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Old 06-09-11, 07:54 PM
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Vintage Silk 10 Speed

Ok here's what I have its a Silk 10 Speed
it has a 1 inch offset on the forks just below the fork tube
it has a Shamono Lark derailer on the rear Serial # PO 18893
on 1 side of the seat tube and 6397 on the other
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Originally Posted by Rcycle View Post
Ok here's what I have its a Silk 10 Speed
it has a 1 inch offset on the forks just below the fork tube
it has a Shamono Lark derailer on the rear Serial # PO 18893
on 1 side of the seat tube and 6397 on the other
Any help Thanks
A Silk? - it could be of significant interest but we need some good clear pictures to say much more, including any frame labels that might be extant. Our resident expert (living in Japan) just completed a rather wonderous restoration on an all-chromed model.

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Old 06-10-11, 12:44 AM
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If the derailleur is a plain Lark (no W, SS, etc. on the nameplate) then the bike is late 60's or very early 70's. I think Lark production stopped around '73, as it was gradually being replaced by the Eagle.
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Old 06-10-11, 12:50 AM
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I must be brain dead I cant upload pics
ok here they are
can be seen @ facebook.com/resurrection.cycle
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Old 06-10-11, 12:58 AM
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I try the pics again
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Old 06-10-11, 01:11 AM
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I have talked to 1 older bike mechanic he was thinking it was late 50s early 60s
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I've never seen one of these before, a Dia-Weinmann. When did Weinmann first license to DiaComp? This would probably help date this bike.



This is on Sheldon Brown's site:

Originally Posted by Sheldon Brown
Dia Compe first made a major impression on the bicycle industry in the late '60's, by inventing extension levers for drop-bar brakes. At that time, Weinmann was the leading brake manufacturer. Dia Compe's extension levers were so popular that Weinmann entered into a licensing agreement with Dia Compe, allowing Dia Compe to copy Weinmann's brakes in return for letting Weinmann copy Dia Compe's extensions.
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I have talked to 1 older bike mechanic he was thinking it was late 50s early 60s
I would have guessed late 60's myself given the headset mounted lamp bracket (which is installed upside down).
Also, Diacompe copied Weinmann designed brakes and manufactured them under license. I typically never see the hypenated brand name on later 70's issues. Still, the backside of the calipers might lend a clue as to its age, as most are dated.

I would think this is pretty early to see a Silk bike in the US. Based on the plain lugs and what looks like a stamped fork crown cap, I would say this was an entry level bike, not to the standard of their later offerings. The level of components if they are original supports that, and the black repaint devalues the bike. In its current state it has very little value.

If you are inclined to work on it it might clean up alright, but it will be a lot of work, and you will have to spring for a new saddle, chain and FW at least. Before you even consider it make sure the stem and seatpost are moveable.
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What are you talking about I pulled this bike out of a scrape pile
cleaned the wheels up a little greased wheel bearings, bottom bracket
head set put new tires tubes and cables threw a couple of
used brake pads that were missing and a new chain
It took me all of three hours to make it ride-able then proceeded
to take it on our monthly 10 mile Vintage bike cruise with not as much as a chain slip
and by the way the black repaint you say it has well like
Henry Ford once said and I quote You can have it in any color you want as long as it is BLACK
which is the original color
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Heres some pics of our Elk Drug Dropouts Monthly ride
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Silver on black derailleur would be '69-'72, and the rest of the equipment bears out that age.
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What are you talking about I pulled this bike out of a scrape pile
cleaned the wheels up a little greased wheel bearings, bottom bracket
head set put new tires tubes and cables threw a couple of
used brake pads that were missing and a new chain
It took me all of three hours to make it ride-able then proceeded
to take it on our monthly 10 mile Vintage bike cruise with not as much as a chain slip
and by the way the black repaint you say it has well like
Henry Ford once said and I quote You can have it in any color you want as long as it is BLACK
which is the original color
from your first few posting we had no idea you had actually worked on it or ridden it. I thought perhaps nyou were still considering buying or had just bought it.

good job on getting her ridable. now the fun part comes, rust removal
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Wow! You rode on that saddle with the handlebars/brake levers in that position with the shift levers that low on the downtube for 10 MILES???

Now that's impressive!
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Wow! You rode on that saddle with the handlebars/brake levers in that position with the shift levers that low on the downtube for 10 MILES???

Now that's impressive!
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Good job getting the old girl back on the road. Now spend 30 seconds and get those handlebars set straight
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I just put everything back on it the way I found it
at one time the handlebars had water in them and froze
the only thing that keep them from splitting all up was the tape
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I just put everything back on it the way I found it
at one time the handlebars had water in them and froze
the only thing that keep them from splitting all up was the tape
This keeps getting better... And you felt it was safe to ride it like that for 10 miles?
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Ok so I did turn down the bars and located a saddle at the Swamp Stomp swap meet
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