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    Steyr Waffenrad--Approximate Year and What's It Worth. Thanks!

    In addition to being a bike mechanic, I am a minister. As part of my ministry, I fix donated bikes and sell them at a very reasonable cost to needy people (I find that people respect their bikes more if it cost them something). Occasionally, I'm given a bike that has greater value. Recently I was given a Women's Puch Steyr Waffenrad. I would like help determining it's year and approximate value. When a bike has greater value, I sell it to help fund repairs on more appropriate bikes.

    The bike's paint is in very good condition. Many of the decals have deteriorated and are flaking off. The serial number appears on the bottom bracket. The fenders and chain guard are plastic. I don't believe that the bike is nearly as old as it is attempting to appear. There is an imprint that says that the bike is made in Germany. If I were to guess, I believe that the bike is worth a $100.

    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    Yes, I think you're on target. Nice, basic bike; appears to be very well made, but in no way fancy. Single speed with a coaster brake, no hand brake; maybe $100 is even a little high (but sure worth a try!). The reflector looks like 70's to me; I'd guess it's a late 70's specimen made on machinery that had been turning out the same bike, more or less, since the 40's.

    If the hub is a Fichtel & Sachs Torpedo, it may have a date code which you can look up on Hubstripping.com.

    "Made in Germany"? Not "Made in West Germany", or "Made in Germany - West" or the like? That may have some significance... but not necessarily. For some reason, I thought those were made in Austria. But no matter.

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    Thank you rhm for your response.

    I have more information to share. In my initial post, I should have stated that I replaced the front reflector. Also, the wheels are 700's. In addition, there are two places in which the bike says where it is manufactured. On the seat tube, it says made in Austria on a decal. However, on the frame (near where rear brakes would be mounted) it says made in Germany (Made in Germany is stamped on the frame). I have included pictures of the two locations.

    Once again, thanks for any help.

    Sorry for poor photo quality, but it does say "Made in Austria" on the first photo and made in Germany on the second.




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    Yes, that's what I figured. Esge is/was a German manufacturer of bike components, including frame components. You're probably familiar with their ubiquitous kickstands and "Pletscher" rear rack. This seat stay bridge was designed specifically to work with the Pletscher rack. Your Austrian bike manufacturer assembled the frame using, among other things, German components.

    Funny about the reflector! But I'd still date the bike to the 70's.

    I'm sure it's a lovely bike, but not worth a mint.

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    If you are like me, you like to know what something sold for. If interested, I sold the bike on ebay for $120.

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