Foo - Does anyone recognize this bike?
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07-14-11, 07:43 PM
I'm thinking about buying this bike, but cant find ANY info on it.. Anyone have any ideas?
Don't pay more than $20. It's an early 1980's big box bike.
07-14-11, 08:12 PM
Very early '80s. There was a promotion in the Bay Area by a home-electronics store, "Matthews, top of the hill Daly City!!!!" that gave away that bike (or MTB version) with every $40 or more purchase. If they're making money on the electronics AND giving away a free bike, you can imagine how good the bike was.
Anyway, I bought $40 worth of stereo equipment for the dorm room and got the MTB because I needed a bike to get around school anyway. It came in at a helfty 38.5-lbs with all steel parts. Not a scrap of alloy on it anywhere. But it was bulletproof and held up for my 6-years of abuse and neglect without any problems and minimal maintenance (other than oiling the chain, adjust the derailleurs & brakes).
Yeah, don't pay more than $20 for it and you better be good mechanic. It may require $100 or more in service from a bike-shop.
Siu Blue Wind
07-14-11, 09:56 PM
A FIRENZE!! I remember those!! I lived not far from that place growing up and I remember seeing a ton of them already built up at the old B of A building across the street. I was soooo jealous that I didn't have one of those bikes. But I was a kid and to us kids that was a grown up bike (figuring all we saw were grown ups on them - of course, only grown ups can afford to buy expensive electronics!)
Dang. If I could get onek in good shape for 20 bucks, I'd get it just for the sake of childhood memories!! And finally getting that FIRENZE!!! Hehehehehe!!
07-15-11, 09:06 AM
Thanks for the info..good stuff
07-15-11, 04:12 PM
Interesting, I remember the theme music. I grew up in Nebraska. There were two Furniture/Electronics stores that used that tune, one in Lincoln and the other in Omaha. No idea if they were part of the same company or not.
Neither ever gave away a bike though that I know of.
Call Itchy to test ride/appraise it,lives around the corner from you.
(likes Natty Light beer)
07-16-11, 11:13 AM
I like how the commercial says "walk in, ride out" while they show someone loading the bike in the trunk of a car.
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