OOPS, I DIDNT REALIZE THIS WAS A SINGLE SPEED THREAD. APOLOGIES, IGNORE, DELETE OR WHATEVER. THOT WE WERE IN CV.
The Puch I built in Portland, ME and rode for 30 yrs, with stints in VT and NYC. My "UN" bike with a mix of Austrian, French, English and Japanese parts. Are Altenburgers German? Weinmann is French, right? I remember the joy of working with Japanese components -- everything would just FIT. Not so with Euro and US parts.
And it's current reincarnation, the 85 Raleigh (USA). Coming back to road bikes for city riding after churning thru 3 MTBs that just didn't feel right. Road bikes are simply lighter, faster and tighter all-around. Just right whether it's 2 blocks or 20 miles. A 10 year technology leap with dual pivots brakes and SIS! LOL! I should be catching up with 2012 by 2040, if I'm still around.