I've been on the search for a vintage road bike that I can use for commuting, and low and behold, I found one in my garage just the other day, as I've been home on break!
It's fom a manufacturer called Liberia- I have tried some google searches on the manufacturer, but I can't really find too much, other than it's a French made road bike. The bike is over 30 years old- it must have been my uncle's- it has old college registration stickers from 1973, and I'm assuming the last time this bike was ridden was about 1990. The paint job is sort of a reddish-brown, and there's some surface rust at various points. I actually rode it around for a couple of miles (probably foolishly) after I put some air into the tires, and everything seems to be in working order. Does anyone have any advice or more information on such a bike? I'm intrigued to know a little bit about where it came from/ when/if it was popular, and so forth.
Thanks a bunch. I'll try to put some pictures up later if I can.
Liberia was another French UO-8 grade campus bike. I don't know who imported them but as an undergraduate I remember seeing enough of them around. Did you lose your virginity on one or something like that? Aside from the paint, these bikes were pretty interchangeable. On the hand, a French bike in the right shade of blue, with Simplex Prestige shifters, Mafac Racer brakes, Pletscher rack, and a gear chart written with a Sharpie on a 3x5 laminated card that hangs from the handlebar might elicit a sigh.
Libertas was another French brand of that period, with a somewhat wider range of products. One of my neighbors' winter bikes is a 531 double-butted Libertas that he built up from dumpster parts. Crazy thing has hardly no fork rake, but it's still a pretty decent ride.