Hi all! I've been away since the weather got too cold but I'm back again and have I ever got a question for y'all!!
My mother and sister found the coolest bike I've ever seen in an antiques booth and bought it for me for my birthday. I just brought it home last night. They told me they did a dozen searches on the Net and came up empty every time. I plan on searching myself but I lost alllll of my links when our hard drive went kaput on us just before Christmas. I wasn't sure if the classic bikes forum was best or this one so I'm starting here.
Here is what I do know:
This bike is older than 30 years because it has an Indiana bicycle license tag on the rear fender that expired in 1976. It is an Original Falter, made by Faehnrich of West Germany, and also says "Super Star" on the front of the seat post and the downtube. Every decal has a gold butterfly on it. The tires are 26 X 1 3/8 and may or may not be original (they are a bit cracked and may say someting in German or Dutch on the sidewall, I can't tell for sure, but they don't look 30+ years old). The sparkly hand grips are original, and are the same pretty dark metallic blue as the frame.
It has a very old Union pedal-powered headlight that could be original to the bike - there is a special place to attach it that is part of the bike frame (the whole thing is on the front tire, nothing running to the back). It is a single speed with a front hand brake only, and it has a pedal brake as well (in reverse, I forget what you call it lol). The brake says Altenburger Synchron in white on a small red badge. The back of the seat says "Royal System" with the word "Patented" above "System" and "Made in Italy" under the world "Royal."
Here's something I've never seen before: Both the seat and the gooseneck can be moved by turning a large white heavy plastic wingnut. There are also smaller white plastic wingnuts that hold the frame together when the bike is ready to ride; you remove the wingnuts, fold the bike in half and then replace the wingnuts on the welded-on screws until you're ready to ride again. The bike is made of pretty sturdy stuff, including the fenders, and I'm just guessing but I'd say it weighs about the same as my 1970's Schwinn.
I have alot of pictures, which I've uploaded below; sorry about the quality of some of them, my camera isn't the best indoors w/o the flash but sometimes the flash is too much. Some of these pics are fairly large so be patient while they load =0)
Any and all information you might be able to give me, especially websites and original/reconditioned Falter photos links, would be much appreciated!