Classic & Vintage - A bike called -"FRAMEWORK"
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A co-worker went to a garage sale and bought a bike for $5. She said it had 700c tires. Here is some of the e-mail she sent :
"I searched all over and could not find anything on the bike. The name on the frame says FRAMEWORK and says it is Made in Germany. I have discovered that there are not many bikes made in Germany these days. I found one company that does custom bikes. But, I donít think that was the bike company. It has been kind of interesting searching for info on it. But, so far, I have had no luck."
So does any fellow C&V members have any ideas.
05-07-08, 05:36 PM
Do you mean the word "Framework" is in large letters on the downtube like it was the brand or model of the bike? There are probably other texts or numbers on the forks or drops or cranks or something. Let us know.
Sure will. She said she would e-mail pictures tommorrow. I will, with her permission forward them on to this forum.
Got pictures , moments ago - Here they are I hope:
Also it is a 21 speed w/ a chain case. .
FWIW- It came over to my garage today for some work. The pictures do not do this thing justice. It has nice tubing , w very well finished tig welds. I am really wondering what this bike is. Anyone spent time in Germany?
05-10-08, 10:35 AM
I love a mystery. I've done some searching, and I am becoming convinced that this bike is a "public" bike or rental bike from modern Germany. The term Framework appears to be the name for a bikeway network system. Denmark has them too. The seat has an adjustable lever for frequency of rider changes. There is a cable lock system built into the bike for locking it at a train station so it is there for you when you get back. There are some links that give me this idea, and this is one:
I have been Googling for a matching picture, with out luck. It does seem plausible it was a “public bike” at one time. The lock that is on it is easily removable from the quick release seat binder bolt. It does take a key to remove the cable from the mount, but the whole mount and cable is easily removed buy unscrewing the seat binder bolt.
The bike has older components on it, but new enough to have a cartridge bottom bracket. It seems to be in good shape but has a broken R shifter , and is missing its L crank arm . Oh the bell is broken also.
As to a mystery : How did a German made , European City Bike get to a small town in Eastern Kansas?
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