Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: San Jose, CA
Bikes: 1980s and 1990s steel: CyclePro, Nishiki, Schwinn, SR, Trek........
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My dad had one just like yours, stolen out of our open garage door in ~'72 It had a 24" frame, alloy rims, ten speed, Simplex derailleurs. We also had one which was red with a 22" frame that my brother and sister road; I have no idea what happened to that one.
The frames were nice looking, especially the drop outs. I believe that they were hi-ten steel.
The frame was much better than my similar vintage Sears 10 speed, made in Austria; lugged steel. The Wards cranks were also superior.
The wheel/tire combo was AWFUL - either the rims were a fraction too small, or the tires a fraction to large; which resulted in blow outs if you got with 10% of the max pressure on the side wall.
From a frame desirability point, I would rate them equal to the other better hi-ten steel framed bikes of the era such as Raleigh, Peugeot, etc.