Classic & Vintage - Just bought a PUCH 27"
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03-31-06, 04:14 AM
I just bought a vintage bicycle by the brand PUCH. It looks like it's from the 80's and I want to try to restore it to it's original appearence (seems like some parts has been exchanged). Unfortunatly I don't have a camera, so there's no picture to show you. I've been searching a while now on the internet for some history background, a name or a picture of the same model as I have but with no result.
Since I just bought it, I haven't looked that well at it but I know it's a 27" and the bike has a white/cream/eggshell kind of color. On the frame its stickers with green and blue stripes with the PUCH logo. Also a sticker that says "EXCLUSIVE 27". A tiny text at the bottom said "made in Austria".
I would like to know what exact year it's from and if anyone else own's the same model and how it looks...but I'm just fine with any kind of information about it. If anyone knows anything about this bike...I would really appriciate it!
It's kind of hard to tell the exact year without some photos. I have a Pacifa (metallic blue) that says Austro-Daimler on the downtube, and I also have a Puch Marco Polo that is my everyday touring steed. Both have 27" wheels (not 700c). They are both from the 1980's. Austro-Daimler's are said to be more high end than the ones that just say PUCH, but my Marco Polo has a higher end frame than the Pacifica so go figure.
03-31-06, 09:40 AM
Check out this site for old catalogs, it may help. I have a 1983 Puch Odyssey, not top of the line, but it looks and rides great.http://www.bulgier.net/pics/bike/Catalogs/AustroDaimler/
03-31-06, 09:46 AM
Well, it's pretty tough to tell you anything without the model name. It ought to be on the top tube near the first brake cable guide. Is there a tubing decal on the seat tube?
As far as the differences between the Puch & Austro-Daimler branding goes, bikes with the A-D branding were generally marketed to the U.S and Puchs in the Euro market, although Puch branded bikes were widely available in the U.S. also. Both brand names were available in a wide range of qualities.
Check this site out, it's a wealth of Puch/A-D information. Thanks to Puchultima for putting it up!
04-01-06, 03:48 PM
Thanks for the advice and the links everybody!
After looking at the sites, I didn't found the same model as mine but I did find that the 1982 bikes had the similar decals as the ones on my bike. So I figured it must be a 1982 model.
Then I found this site about fixed bikes and found a picture of almost the exact same framework as the bike I have: http://www.fixedgeargallery.com/2006/jan/MauricioAlanis.htm
Only difference is that he has the men's frame and my bike is for women (sorry for my bad english).
He claims it's a PUCH Brigadier from the 80's...
It would be nice to see someone who had a picture of the original appearance of the bike. I will try to post some pic soon.
Austrian bikes are cool. :)
04-07-06, 03:16 PM
I took some pictures with my cellphone but how do I post them here? They're on my harddrive.
04-08-06, 07:33 AM
Upload them to a site like photobucket.com then copy the url into the insert image tool.
04-12-06, 05:04 PM
Ok, so here are some pictures (Thanks nick burns for the help). I tried my best to capture them with my tiny cellphone camera so don't whine about the quality.
the bike + closeup of the decals
more closeups + the PUCH logo
Anyone who has seen a bike similar to this one?
05-12-07, 08:10 PM
I still have my 1978 Puch Brigadier. Looks like it has the 100th Anniversary stickers on it. I'm the original owner. It was purchased from Campus Cyclery in Cincinnati OH. The frame has a lifetime warranty, although I have no idea where I'd send it now if it broke. I've ridden it so much that the front rim is getting thin from being worn out by all the brake pad action. The back rim was replaced about 10,000 mi ago. Now it's in need of a full drivetrain replacement. My guess is that it probably has 30-40,000 miles on it, most of it commuting mileage with sometimes ridiculous loads, although I myself am a lightweight. Surprisingly, the Soubitez bottom bracket generator still works although the steel roller has a groove worn into the center from tire contact.
I have the original manual and maybe the model guide, too, which I could scan and email or maybe post if you're interested.
old and new
05-12-07, 08:19 PM
I had a 1979 Puch for a spell, it was purple, mine was Japan made,it was OK. Your bike's very cool,looks nice. For a step-frame it appears strong and probably is. The europeans don't mess around when it comes to step frames,they take them seriously. Many,many folkes ride them, MEN too. Italy,Ireland,Germany ETC. and Japan.
07-04-08, 05:19 PM
Pictures and short descriptions of Puch models at that time.
Royal Force, Marco Polo, Brigadier, Cavette, Cavalier, Paladin, Toledo, Breakway, Rapier, Vitessa
6 pages + front and rear covers
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