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Old 09-19-08, 04:00 PM   #1
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Oddity of the day, Volkscycle Mark100, full old school Dura-Ace, lots o' pics

picked this up last week, never seen one before. Thought y'all might be interested:

















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Nice find. Old Japanese brand. This must have been one the last ones they made before they disappeared. It's kind of hard to imagine a Japanese brand disappearing duing the boom. Most of the pieces seem period correct, excpet for that seat post, which is a latter addition. Stil find it a bit strange seeing a Dura-Ace set-up on a touring bicycle. You need to fix that rear valve before it shears itself.
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Old 09-19-08, 05:26 PM   #3
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My Volkscycle, don't remember the model right now, that I bought new in 1972 is still hanging in my father-in-laws rafters. It is yellow and had I think suntour shifters on the stem .
I keep threatening to bring it back to life and finding a home for it.
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Old 09-19-08, 05:50 PM   #4
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Nice find. Old Japanese brand. This must have been one the last ones they made before they disappeared. It's kind of hard to imagine a Japanese brand disappearing duing the boom. Most of the pieces seem period correct, excpet for that seat post, which is a latter addition. Stil find it a bit strange seeing a Dura-Ace set-up on a touring bicycle. You need to fix that rear valve before it shears itself.
That front valve stem looks a bit tipped, too.
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funny detail: DuraAce levers with "turkey legs", never seen those before. It's a real time machine, I had a Nishiki from the same era that had similar kit: 27" wheels, radonneur style handlebars, barcons, and big "GT" gears with RD but a standard 52/42 chainwheel crank...and Nishiki called it a Semi-Pro. This is the nicest Volks I ever saw, must be top-of-the-line. Did you ever see one that was made in Germany? Apparently there were some, though in Cali the only ones I ever saw were Japanese imports.
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Old 09-21-08, 07:57 AM   #6
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I'd been searching for a likely fixed project candidate many years ago and found an old bike in a thrift shop with layer upon layer of paint; a real beater. Have ridden it ever since and love the fit and light feeling but could never find anyone able to identify the mystery bike. It must be a Volkscycle with those seat stays, lugs and geometry. Does anyone know what sort of tubing they used? A real comfortable frame.
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Old 09-21-08, 01:46 PM   #7
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I have those brake calipers on my bike.
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Sorry to drag this one up, but I am excited, hehe. I may be picking one of these bikes up this weekend, in my size. The only difference is the color, a medium metallic brown. It looks 100% original down to the tattered cloth wrap. Aside from a little storage dirt and a few specs of rust, it looks almost this nice. A little polishing/new grease and tires, and maybe a set of fat 27's with fenders. Hope the deal goes through, they're so unusual!,,,,BD
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I passed on one last summer (ding in the frame) but it was a nice riding and pretty darn light. It had a 531 frame and seemed to be pretty good quality.

edit: I can't find the info that I had, that I thought stated 531 tubing. Might have just been double butted chromoly of some other breed. I hate it when I remember things wrong, or can't find the data to confirm I am right.

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I didn't know that 531 was used on Volkscycles. The only tubing sticker that I've seen on any of that marque was the proprietary JWB one. The OP's Mark 100 has one.
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Cool....didn't know that there were DA centrepulls....but I guess that makes sense.
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I had a black one with chrome lugs, the RT was tacoed though.

Very Similar build, early Dura Ace bar ends?

I stripped it and will be using most of it on the UniVega I just got.

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Here's mine. The seller wouldn't hold it so I had to make the 3 hour round trip to go snag it. That included talking bikes and looking this one over. From a few remarks he made, I gethered this man had a collection that made mine look like a bunch of Huffy's, lol. We're talking Bianchis as old as the hills, hehe. I pointed him this way, and he was surprised about how many people were into old lightweight bikes. I hope he joins!

I believe it's a 74, from a number stamped on the BB, and a registration sticker.

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I absolutely LOVE those early Shimano barcons! I just bought a pair of them from bigwoo on ebay, I plan to substitute them for some of my SunTour barcons. They have a counter spring in them similar to Simplex Retrofriction shifters.

I saw a Volkscycle like this at a swap meet, but the owner wanted some ridiculous amount of money for it. I laughed and walked away!
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It's suspended from the ceiling and the bars are turned ( Optical Illusion) Not bent!
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It's suspended from the ceiling and the bars are turned ( Optical Illusion) Not bent!
Any response to my first accusation?
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It's suspended from the ceiling and the bars are turned ( Optical Illusion) Not bent!
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You are seeing what is left after moderator editing. A forum member was trying to sell his bike in this thread.
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A forum member was trying to sell his bike in this thread.
Correction. A newbie leech was bumping up an ancient thread for his own profit.

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Thanks guys for all the PR .... SOLD..... WINK, WINK, ;>)
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Correction. A newbie leech was bumping up an ancient thread for his own profit.

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Yep, and he sold it. Ouch.

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Newbie + smugness = idiot.

Yes, that's what I said. You barged onto this forum, broke its rules, bumped up an old thread, attempted to circumvented the $25 BikeForums membership (which would have allowed you to list your bike in the Sales subforum and also allows the site owner to keep it afloat), and forced a moderator to intervene.

Now that you have money jingling in your pocket, you find joy and amusement in your actions. Pretty small.

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