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Old 05-01-12, 12:51 PM   #1
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Cresto Build, A prewar Finnish Bike

I dont like to double post but this is an exception.
I found this bike abandoned at the local train station,
the lugwork just said "save me"
over the last 4 years I slowly collected some bits, 2 chaingaurds, an old swedish leather seat, the same stem with better chrome, Now when I got a simmilar bike with f&R drum brakes I started seeing it as a whole

this is what I am assembling- I cant say restoring as only think that is going to be new is
new paint on the rims to match, new chain, new spokes.



I just love the lugwork
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so which chaingaurd should I use?


this is the period correct rims- take a close look at the blue wheel stripe job-


this is the front donor hub, made in norway


on the back is a Sturmey Archer AB 3 speed drum-see another thread...

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...rum-brake-hubs

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yesterday I picked up a nice shifter for 30€!!

http://www.ebay.de/itm/ws/eBayISAPI....SA:MOTORS:1120

Rudi offered to dig and delve in his private stash for some correct brake levers for my build....
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So very cool! Top tube and skirt guards or rather overcoat guards in this case...very classy! Are those lugs or some type of bi-laminate sleeve construction.
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Looks like this is going to be a very cool build! I'd use the top chain guard, though both of them are nice...
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right click and open the first 2 pics bigger, the lugs are I guess laminated.

here is the one in the museum the frame is the same-just black-





now I have another simmilar frameset/rack and fenders if anybody wants it for free!
its destined for de dumpe ...I cant save them all.
google pics for "mummopyörät" translated-grannybicycle- to see other simmilar.




pm me if you even consider it

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What rim size are those? I understand that the utility bikes from Scandinavia use 650b rims with balloon tires.
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28", I got a nice set of useable USSR gray tyres for it!
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That is a very interesting machine! Are the head tube and bottom bracket typical sizes?
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I have not opened the headtube or BB yet, but for Scandanavian bikes I believe it is common- as now many components were purchased from subcontractors.

-update-

just returned from a 2 day trip and found in a junk shop this dynamo,
paid 10 for the dynamo and a cheap wooden chess set.

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made in Germany D.R.P.
The "D.R.P." is a tight dating information - it's an abbreviation for "Deutsche Reichs-Patent". That means it's patented between 1936 and 1945- I have heard that some manufacturers continued into the 50's without retooling or remarking the product


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-update-

I must thank my new friend in Finland Mikko Raberg aka "mr velo"
here is his website on vintage bikes
http://www.mrvelo.com/about/

for helping me out- He noticed I need a headbadge on the Finnish clasic website

http://retrokilpurit.freeforums.org/index.php

and sent me a usable headbadge as a gift!
I am happy people help each other out when in need.
My Cresto now has his soul back.

it will be soon time to get this project moving again.
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Great save!

Kind of hard to imagine somebody abandoning this bike. Even a non-bike person should have seen the craftsmanship in this bike and the age of it should have made it obvious that there was some kind of value to it. But hey, not everyone thinks like a C&V'er!

I've never heard of this marque before, what kind of value does it have?

BTW - both chainguards look great and either would look good on this bike...

I'd love to take the other frame off your hands, but I wouldn't know where to begin and I've got no more room right now...
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the world was filled with little bicycle companies that nobody has heard of.
unfortunatly big business and industry killed off the little guys from making a profit.
-its value? when it is together with all the used parts-not much at all, its just a cool old very uncommon bike.
the other frame-its still there..I cant promise how long. people abandon really nice bikes all the time, we are all lucky when we can save some of the few vintage bikes from time to time.
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Hello,
Newbie on the forum.....
I googled Cresto, since I bought one of my own last autumn. Only a few pics available on the net, and most posted by You.
My bike is a black, never painted (but the chain-guard) and in remarkable good used-condition. Torpedo-center stamped "40" but most likely the bike is assembled by late 30's parts. (?) Now bike and all bearings are cleaned and re-assembled and awaiting nicer biking-weather!

Best regards,
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Welcome, Micki! That is a very nice bike to bring along on your first visit. Thanks for sharing it with us.
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