I'm 54 years old, and have enjoyed riding bikes since I was a kid. Unfortunately, I'm now a big city street rider. I miss the streets I used to ride back in my small hometown in Ohio. I already posted my introduction in the Introductions forum, so I won't repeat it here.
My current ride is an Austro-Daimler Pacifica 10-speed road/touring bike, which I purchased new in the mid-1980s. I can't remember exactly when I bought it, or how much I paid, but it's been a good bike. Here's some info I've been able to get off the bike.
Frame Serial Number: 7025645
Frame: Puch-Original 2700 Chrom Molybdan Tubing
Front Fork: Puch-Original 2500 High-Tensile Fork Blades
Handlebars: Friko Touring Super (drops)
Brake Handles: Weinmann with rubber boot
Brake Calipers: Weinmann Type 500
Derailleur Front and Rear: Sun Tour ARX
Derailleur Shifters: Sun Tour Power Shifter
Crank Nut / Chainring: SR (Probably stands for Sakae Ringyo)
Cranks: Sistar 170 SR (or SA) 53 (Probably SR for Sakae Ringyo)
Pedals: U44 W. Germany
Toe Clips: (Brevet) Mini Christophe (Made in France)
Front Sprocket Chainrings: 52, 40
Rear Sprockets: 14, 17, 21, 26, 32 - Maillard (Made in France)
Rims: Weinmann 17x630, 27"x1.14" [edit on closer inspection the rim is marked 1.14" not 1-1/4"]
Hub Front: Maillard (Made in France) +04 32
Hub Rear: Maillard (Made in France) +20 82
Quick Disconnects: Spidel
Tires: Continental Sport 1000 (Not original - These replacements were installed 3/2000)
This could have been one of the last Austro-Daimler bikes produced. According to someone who had worked for Steyr-Daimler-Puch of America from the late 1970's through 1980, the bicycle division of Steyr-Daimler-Puch went out of business in 1987. The bicycle inventory, and the name Puch bicycles, was purchased by Bianchi of Italy. Steyr-Daimler retained the Austro-Daimler name. Here's a link to the info from Sheldon Brown's web site.
If anyone knows more about this bike, and could help me date it, via the frame serial number or other means, I'd appreciate the input.
As I mentioned in my introduction, I've been thinking about getting an upright rider. My long, old back gets a little grumpy after holding those drops a while. Also something with more gears would help me negotiate some of the steep hills I have around here. Any suggestions?
That's probably enough for now.