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Old 11-09-05, 11:39 PM   #1
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Rixe Bicycles

I just got my first bike from the yellow bike project, and it says its a Rixe. I know nothing about bikes, so I've been google-ing Rixe, but I can't find anything on them other than mopeds and motorcycles.

Does anybody know anything about Rixe bikes? It says its from West Germany, looks like from somewhere around the 40's or 50's. Maybe a website or something? I'd love to know anything about it, when it was made, where it came from, what it looked like before it got buried in rust and dirt, etc...

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Old 11-11-05, 12:03 PM   #2
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A nice coffee bike. This is the style that was known as "Middleweight". Sort of a cross between a real ballooner and the English three speed commuter bike. They were popular in the 50's and 60's. This particular brand is apparently still in business, but all of the websites that I found are in German. I don't translate all that well...
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Old 11-11-05, 12:31 PM   #3
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one way cool rixe that I found - the Andre Bertin model...
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Old 11-11-05, 06:25 PM   #4
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cool, thanks for your help... atleast its more information than I had before.

Also, the body's in pretty bad shape. I was going to try to sand it down and maybe spray paint it. I don't know how well spray paint would stick to a bike though, anyone have any experience with it?

also, does anyone know where I could get some rixe decals to put over the paint job?
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mswantak is the expert at reproducing old decals -

http://home.comcast.net/~velographic/VGhome.htm.

as for paint, I think that we decided that, if you don't have a spray booth and spray gun, the thing to do is get some duplicolor spray paint from the local auto parts store...depends on how bad the rust is and what kind of a finish you are after, but if it's bad or you want perfect, chemical stripper removing all of the paint, and primer, then color, then clear, then decals, then clear makes a pretty good finish.

If you just want it to be respectably tatty, then sand the rough spots smooth, sand the paint to make it all uniformly dull, then prime, then paint. Good luck. Post us some pictures, 'k?
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cool, thanks so much for your help. will do.
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Old 11-12-05, 07:58 PM   #7
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Hello!

I`m located in Germany, so I hope i can help to contribute a bit here. As far as I know, Rixe used to manufacture bikes and also small motorcycles (mofa, moped) in the 1960s. I have no clue when they started, but your bike (to my eyes) looks like 50s/maybe soon 60s. At least not older thanmaybe 48/49 as it says "western germany". As it has a cable-operated front brake I guess it is a bit above the usual bikes used at that time here, which used a push-rod-front-bike and still can bee seen ridden by alternative students :-)
All that I know they are not in business anymore. Looks like Derby-Cycles (distributor) bought their name and maybe sells cheap warehouse bikes by this label?
If I can help with translating I will try, and If you desperately need spare parts try: http://www.velo-classic.de/

have a nice day, bavarese.
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Old 11-13-05, 09:03 AM   #8
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I had a Rixe 3-spd, which got stolen a few weeks ago!

It was a '72 from the S-A date stamp on the hub. Build quality was not as good as a Raleigh, but better than a Huffy. It had a wierd two-piece cottered crank like the new-style Dura-Ace, but of course it 's a boat anchor. It didn't say Rixe anywhere on the frame but it did have "Sport 2000" and "GX2000" foil decals in the frame and "made in W. Germany" on the seattube.

I made mine as a SS for awhile but it was just too heavy, despite the Cannondale aluminum fork and Sun AT18 alu rims, so I made it into a three spd again (it was my shopping bike).
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rixe tandem-know anything about?

need help finding info about this rixe tandem bike with deutch writing
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Cool bike. I'm the proud owner of her brother...
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Hi, I am from Spain and I found this old bicycle in my grandfather garage. Can anybody give me information about? I dont Know anything about the year, its cost. I would like to repare but Im not sure to invest

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