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how do i find the make of my new bike

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my new bike is called f.s. elite platimun. how can i find the make of my bike. i have a bad hunch that i essentaily bought a 90 dollar bike that used to cost not more than 150.
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my new bike is called f.s. elite platimun. how can i find the make of my bike. i have a bad hunch that i essentaily bought a 90 dollar bike that used to cost not more than 150.
I just googled "Fs Elite bicycle" and got a forum where a guy said he just bought a Barrington F.S Elite from Sears. So maybe it's a "Barrington"????? Does this help?
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that **** had retail written all over it. i dont blame the guy for putting on such a high price because he was an utter NOOOOB! he didnt know what suspecion is. where did he even get the number 90. i mean did he just pulled it out his a**?

ok i shuffling through sears and realized that a new scwin costs 130 bucks.
post #4 of 19
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ok. is there a way i could read the serial number or something and then contact the something like FDA for the bikes or the gov't equivalent and know who made it and when was it made.
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no one? its untracable?
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no one? its untracable?
Serial Numbers on bicycles are pretty much untraceable. They vary between the manufacturers and often do not mean anything to anyone other than those who manufactured them.

If anyone can help you with what you are looking for, it would be Sheldon Brown. His website is http://sheldonbrown.com/articles.html. You might find what you are looking for in one of his articles or you might try e-mailing him. Good luck.
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Originally Posted by garegin
my new bike is called f.s. elite platimun. how can i find the make of my bike. i have a bad hunch that i essentaily bought a 90 dollar bike that used to cost not more than 150.
Honestly, your description is too sparse ...

Post a picture of the bike ...

Also, post a picture of the headtube where there is more-often-than-not an emblem which will often identify the manufacturer.

FWIW. Most of the time, you can judge the quality of a bike by simply looking at the components that it has (because, most people don't change them) ...

BTW. There is often nothing wrong with a $150 bike, per se, if you realize that it is just that AND don't expect it to be as good as a $2000+ bike.
post #8 of 19
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thanks guys. when i get home (2 hours later) ill post the picture
post #9 of 19

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thanks guys. when i get home (2 hours later) ill post the picture
BTW. If your bike is a MTB, then I reckon F.S. stands for full suspension (suspension fork + rear shock) ...
post #10 of 19
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no its not full suspension. only front shocks
post #11 of 19

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From what I can gather from a quick web search F.S. Elite is the brand and Platinum is the model of the bike - I found a lot of craigslist ads for other F.S. Elite bikes - "Grand Teton" and others. The look like they are probably low to middling mt bikes, so your particular bike might have been anywhere from $150 to $300 and up new but so far I haven't seen your particular model, so I don't know. I'll do a little more digging.

*More* - someone on this forum posted that they had a "Roadmaster" f.s. elite bounty hunter. Roadmaster is a box store brand - you'd find them in stores like Target, Wal-mart
post #12 of 19
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if you guys wanna the entire shot of the bike ill post that too.

http://gagarigs.com/press/wp-content.../_img_0067.JPG
http://gagarigs.com/press/wp-content.../_img_0069.JPG
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I can't really help you with identifying the bike in question. But now I am wondering, what is that apparatus that appears in the background of the photographs???
post #14 of 19
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just bikes and a shoping cart. the one in the background is a bike without the back wheel.
post #15 of 19

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just bikes and a shoping cart. the one in the background is a bike without the back wheel.
OK, I see that now. For a moment I thought that you had some kind of weird recumbent going on there.
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