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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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
    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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    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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    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.
    Last edited by sonatageek; 03-18-09 at 05:33 AM.

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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.

    NOICE.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by strom19 View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by DiegoFrogs View Post
    Any response to my first accusation?
    Yes indeedy! *wink*
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    Quote Originally Posted by strom19 View Post
    It's suspended from the ceiling and the bars are turned ( Optical Illusion) Not bent!
    ??????
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    Quote Originally Posted by mkeller234 View Post
    ??????
    You are seeing what is left after moderator editing. A forum member was trying to sell his bike in this thread.
    Laterally stiff yet vertically compliant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
    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.

    (Yes, I'm getting tired of them).

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    I just report them when I find them. The mods take care of the rest.
    Laterally stiff yet vertically compliant.

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    Thanks guys for all the PR .... SOLD..... WINK, WINK, ;>)

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    Quote Originally Posted by cudak888 View Post
    Correction. A newbie leech was bumping up an ancient thread for his own profit.

    (Yes, I'm getting tired of them).

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    Yep, and he sold it. Ouch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strom19 View Post
    Thanks guys for all the PR .... SOLD..... WINK, WINK, ;>)
    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.

    One more for the "ignore" list.

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