DRF aka Thrifty Bill
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: The NC Mountains
Bikes: 86 Katakura Silk, 87 Prologue, 87 Cimarron, 14 frame school custom, 73 Paramount
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High tensile steel = Bottom end typical boomer bike. Does it have steel rims, cottered cranks, turkey levers, nutted axles and stem shifters? Is so, there is basically no value. Just ride it and enjoy. There were thousands of bike brands during the boom in the 1970s. There were not thousands of manufacturers, rather, there were several private label companies that would put custom labels onto their bikes so you could sell them as your brand.
The bike companies often use model names that are the opposite of reality. Names such as "Elite", "Pro", "Master", "Racer", "Lite Weight", "Grand Tourer", and so on are commonly used on bottom end bikes. Its too bad there is no logic to the process.