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Old 03-11-11, 03:13 PM   #1
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Anybody know about browning bikes

I aquired a browning ten speed free from a friend last year for free with some other junk they were getting rid of. It isn't in the greatest shape with some paint blistering but not too bad. It almost looks gas pipe but it isn't all that heavy. It has simplex plastic RD so I wasn't terribly excited about it. But I noticed you can get decals for it so I'm wondering if they went to the bother to make repro decals is this bike worth something? Sorry I won't be able to get pics of it for a few months because it's still winter here in MN and I put the junkier bikes up above the garage in the winter to make room to park inside. Thanks for any insight on brownings you may have.
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Browning is Japanese make and mostly entry to, perhaps mid level. I have seen a few of these old bikes and they appear to be reasonably well made although, as you suspected, nothing really special.

That said, it is more than possible that they made some high end bicycles, also. If you take the time to learn how to determine the quality level of a bicycle, before buying a bicycle, then you might be able to understand your Browning a bit better.

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I like browning them with shallots, thyme, and olive oil. I often deglaze the pan with white wine and make a nice sauce.

Seriously though, I've encountered a few Brownings and I even remember seeing them in a sporting goods store that sold other Browning products (guns, fishing reels, etc..) back in the early 80's. As Randy said, they were decent bikes and I believe they were contract built for Browning.

The most recent example I saw was a 3-speed version in a style similar to a Raleigh Sports (fenders, chain guard, 3-speed, north roads bars, etc.)
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I had a low end model, Simplex Delrin, Atax stem, steel cottered cranks...very similar to a UO-8. I thought it was made in Belgium but it was a couple of decades ago and the memory is fading.
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The son of the owner of Browning Pontiac in Eminence KY asked me how he could get one once. That was about 1990. I think that's all you need to know about them. ;-)
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Based on this 1973 advertisement in Boy's Life, at least some of them were made in Belgium. The "Browning" was Browning Arms, the firearms company founded by John M. Browning who invented the Browning Automatic Rifle (B.A.R.) and the M1911 .45 semi-automatic pistol. I guess they were trying to cash in during the bike boom.

Coincidentally, Browning died in Belgium in 1926 at age 71.

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Browning had a model with Stronglight cranks and top Simplex gears, Reynolds 531, chromed fork and chainstays. Very PX10ish in fact. I saw one of those for sale a few weeks ago here in Brussels (missed it). Apparently, they only have been making bicycles for a few years, but check this. Automatic for the people!
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