Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Florence, KY
Bikes: 1954 Hetchins M.O., 1959 Viking Severn Valley, 1970 Raleigh Pro, 1972 Fuji "The Finest", 1974 Raleigh Superbe&Comp, 1976 Raleigh Team Pro, 1996 Giant Iguana, 2000 Bob Jackson Arrowhead
Let me start by saying that you'd never catch Ivan Basso riding one of those. It was Sears' branded bike during the bike boom. They felt they needed to have a bike to sell when bicycles were taking off in the 70's and that's what the boys in marketing came up with. They sold quite a lot of them, mostly to people who didn't know, or couldn't afford better.
I've heard that some of them were made by Puch in Austria. If you have one of those, it's halfway decent. If not, the best way to age it might be to leave it outdoors and let Mother Nature perform her magic on it.
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