Friday, April 3, 2009

Yet More of Chicago's Old Bikes

Okay, this is the last of 'em. Mostly a mish-mash. Captions above images.

I can't believe I don't remember what kind of bike this was on.

Antenna-looking shifters on a Schwinn -- very cool.

I hope nobody rides this crashed Raleigh, but I think they do. Yikes!

Signs with bicycles on them do not a bike-friendly city make.

Executive 3-speed, made in Austria.

Starjet Sports Tourist, 3-speed. Never heard of it.

What's wrong with this picture?

Yup, you guessed it: the banana in the basket has gone bad!

13 comments:

  1. Ha! I enjoyed the photo tour.

    A close friend always urged us to move to Chicago as it would fit our personalities more. I didn't know about their bicycle culture though...or that Schwinns used to be manufactured there.

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  2. This has been a great series... thanks for all the legwork you obviously put in!

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  3. That Executive may be made in Austria, but looks American in every way, especially the handlebars.

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  4. They make me want to get the Columbia finished! In taking it apart, I found out that the original owner was named 'Caroline' as someone had engraved her name on the bottom of the BB. The bike now has a history!

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  5. @ Adrienne Johnson: A history and a name, perhaps?

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  6. Thom, looks like you have a good time in Chicago. Thank you for that wonderful posts!

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  7. I have an Excutive 3 speed girls bike I'm getting ready to restore/repair from the early 60s I think . Also made in Austria possibly by SDP " Steyr,Daimler,Puch " ? The woman who gave it to me called it Lance as it is yellow .That one is way newer .
    randomray

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  8. hi i recently got a vintage yellow Executive bike at a second hand store. I saw it and was like oh it shouldn't cost much to fix it. Looks much newer than the one in the picture above. I'm new with bike and don't know much so excuse me if I say something wrong or silly. I'd like to know more about Executive bikes. Are they any good? Does anyone know anything else I can send pics. Would it be worth fixing up? And how much does it cost to get a bike fixed? I went to the bike store to ask and they said around $85-$100 is that right? I know it needs new tires. I looked online for more info on Executive but could not find anything. Thank you!

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  9. @ Anonymous: If you send some photos, I'll post them and see if there's any response. Until I took these photos, I'd never heard of Executive either, so I have no idea if it's a quality machine. Depending on what it needs, I'd say $85 to $100 is reasonable for an overhaul of an old bike.

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  10. HI:) I'm the one that posted the comment above about my yellow Executive bike. How can I post pictures on here?

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  11. Hi sweetie_pie, if you click on my profile at right, you can send me an email with the photos attached. Looking forward to seeing them!

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  12. Regarding the Executive 3-speed, contact me if you need some parts. I recently was given a step-through frame(ladies)in black paint and a 3-speed Sturmey Archer AW rear hub. Altenburger is the make of the side-pull brakes. The handlebars,front wheel, and gear selector are missing, though oddly the brake levers are still attached to their cables and complete. The cranks are an odd affair; cottered on the non-drive side only. Fenders, headset, chainguard, etc. are all in good shape. The frame is such heavy steel, that I thought noone would be interested in the frame and stripped the parts for donation to my bike co-op. Ted

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  13. Does anyone have any information on executive 3-speeds,who made them,years ,serial numbers,etc.?I have one just like the orange/copper colored one in the pictures.

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