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Old 07-09-09, 02:47 PM   #1
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Another Austrian Sears 3 speed: Worth a darn or not?

Found another Austrian Sears ladies bike, fairly old by the look of it. Black paint, EA3 rims, and a three speed hub that states "SEARS Model # 305.21 - 3 SPEED Made in Austria" . Now, I know Sears didn't make the hub, as they outsourced alot of their stuff and had the manufacturer inscribe SEARS on it. But what has me stumped is what brand hub it is. I didn't know Austria made hubs. It is a chain pull type of actuation (like Sachs or Sturmey-Archer), and it has deep grooves in it.
I don't need another bike, and I really don't have any room for it. Plus, it is a fairly rusty. But if that hub is any good, I'd grab it for the $15 they were asking and cram the bike somewhere. Just didn't want to toss $15 out the window for something that's really not worth anything. What to do?
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Old 07-09-09, 03:04 PM   #2
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I found this thread: Sturmey Archer clones
Apparently it's clone of a Sturmey-Archer, made after the patents on the AW expired. I recall hearing somewhere that these Sears bikes were well made.

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Moving to the appraisal sub-forum.
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Moving to the appraisal sub-forum.
Appreciate the move to the appropriate forum. Was not really looking for a $$$ worth, but rather was the thing worth my time. Thx.
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If it wasn't very rusty & could be restored for a reasonable price, I would get it. If the rust is too bad, Nope.
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I found an actual PUCH 3-speed in Vermont that I suspect is Austrian - not the PUCH-Japanese models that SEARS sold (which were very good). This says US Series on it and came through New Jersey. The 3-spd. hub is Shimano. I've been upgrading a bit...

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Panthers007, I miss the oven mitt.

Where'd you get the basket? Who makes it? I'd like to get one like that for my wife.

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