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Old 05-10-07, 08:27 PM   #1
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Steyr 3-speed pics What is this thing??

Ok, am I an idiot for buying this bike? It’s a Steyr. Possibly related to the gun manufacturer?? Made in Austria. The Sturmey Archer hub is stamped ’56. It’s got red decals on the down tube that say “Tourist de Luxe”. I was real intrigued by all the little frame oddities that I have pictured. Like the little lube port on the bb. The bad news is the obvious green re-spray. It appears the original color is gold. So what do I have here? Oh, I paid $15.










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The rest of the pics:




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Neat Bike!

You did great at $15
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Looks like a fun project bike. Almost any bike that is nearly ridable is worth $15, and a 50 year old like that is a fine purchase.
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Lesson #1-

Earl Scheib is not where you want to have your bike painted. Just like cars, they paint everything!


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Yep, same company that still makes guns. That looks like it might be an ignition port on the bottom bracket, but I'm pretty sure it's for lubrication.

That's also about the most industrial looking joinery I've ever seen on a bike. The suface texture of the paint leaves a lot to be desired, but John Deere green seems like a completely appropriate color.
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Looks like someone dipped it in a vat of green paint.

I like the chainwheel. Cool design.
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That is the bike Steyr rebadged for Sears in the late 60s-early 70s.
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You got a cool, old, cheap bike with a hub worth more than you paid that desperately needs to be stripped of that rattlecan mistake.
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How about a photo of the 3 speed hub shell? I wonder if it is the S-A knockoff they used on the Sears bikes.
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I wouldn't mind betting it was a Styria hub on that thing. It looks like a three speed Waffenrad.
Incidentally, the company that made them was parcelled out upon privatisation. Puch bicycles was bough by Bianchi (later Cycleurope/Grimaldi). General Dynamics bought the military vehicles division. The automotive side of Steyr Daimler Puch because Magna-Steyr, an Austro-Canadian company owned by Franz Stronach, and which is rumoured to be interested in buying Chrysler. And the firearms side is independent.
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Here are some mid project photos. I am really loving this bike more and more. I’m having a hard time getting the paint off the frame, so I am leaving it as is. I think it looks pretty sweet!!



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[QUOTE=acorn_user]I wouldn't mind betting it was a Styria hub on that thing. QUOTE]

The front hub is a Styria, as is the headlight. BTW, the headlight and generator work well.
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oh yeah......there appears to be this really cool logo on the seat tube where the workstand is clamped onto the bike..........but no matter what i used to remove the green paint the image comes up. Any ideas???

I've searched online for info in this bike but haven't found anything!!! I'm curious to see what its supposed to look like without a mask of puke green paint. Both front and rear fender are chrome and had red pin striping. The fork has gold and red pin striping. the top tube has a red strip around the front and rear sections. There also appears to be a sticker near the top of the seat tube. I was hoping it might identify the tubing, but I cant make it out. I love the “Tourist de Luxe” logo!!!

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Thats awesome, you got a steal of a deal. So, is it made by the infamous arms manufacturer?
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The clean up is looking good! Try using some Goop off on it. I used it to get paint splatters off of my Superbe with good results.

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they even sprayed the spokes!
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Have you tried mineral spirits? That should remove that green topcoat without taking off great gobs of what's underneath.

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Here it is about 99% done. I still need some salmon kool stops for the front, a proper saddle, and a tail light. Front hub is also stamped 57. That makes this my oldest bike by 2 years!!! Rides real nice, and I love the look.

Does anybody have a old beat up brooks saddle they want to sell?








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I am glad you were able to expose the downtube decals, head badge, and most of the components. With a 1956 rear hub and a 1957 front, we at least know the approximate year of manufacture. You did great for $15.
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I wonder if Arnold the Governor of California rode a Steyr-Puch? That could have been HIS bike!

Funny story I read in his autobiography that when he first lifted weights at age 14 he was so sore he couldn't ride his bicycle so he had to walk it home.
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Thanks Neal for the hook up on the B66 saddle.

I rode the Stryr over to a friends house last night to help with rototilling a spot for a garden. We tilled past dark. As I was leaving, I engaged the generator on the Stryr, and had trouble free light back home. What a great bike!!! If only the tiller had a headlight!!!


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That's a nice piece of work, man.
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Such a cool bike! Glad it is back on the road. Someday I'll find something that unusual...
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Very nice! I like the progress photos. I'm wishing there was a chain guard. I wonder if you can find old photos of the bike with chain guards on.
I'm cruising around the usual used places for a nice 3 speed. But most of them are a bit too large for me (I need about a 27-28" clearance from ground to TT)
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