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Old 04-02-19, 02:00 PM
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Volkscycle?

First one I've seen (on Detroit CL). Looks like a bike boom product. Nothing special but thought I'd post.
https://detroit.craigslist.org/okl/b...849232498.html

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Contract built in Japan for company based in Los Angeles.

Badge only seemed to operate three to four years.

Appears ~1975.

Several models were offered.

This one appears roughly parallel to the Schwinn LeTour of the same time.

Next model up was called Semi-Pro.

@T-Mar can give more & better information...


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Old 04-02-19, 10:43 PM
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No meat on that bone.
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Old 04-03-19, 05:04 AM
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We recently saw one which, based on the derailleurs, dated to 1975-1976. It had different graphics, so I say this one is slightly earlier. Characteristics are upper, entry level.
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Old 04-03-19, 05:16 AM
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That's a long top & down tube - I wish it was closer
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Originally Posted by Deal4Fuji View Post
That's a long top & down tube - I wish it was closer
A lot of that is an illusion due to the photo angle and a short focal length. Look at the relative diameter of the front wheel, which is distorted more horizontally than vertically and appears about 50% larger than the rear wheel in the horizontal plane. The length of the top and down tubes suffer from a similar optical distortion. The brain will compensate for this to a degree but it will still appear longer than actual.

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Several years back we had a yellow one posted to the forum which bore a "made in Germany" message on its head emblem and transfers.

One could tell from some of its fittings that it really was produced there.

Must have made just a few there the first year or so.

IIRC business papers were filed in late 1971 or early 1972 so 1972 would have been the first year for the badge.

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we would see these in the shop occasionally in the '70s. All of those were low-end bike boom bikes.
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The Semi-Pro model had a DB cro-mo frame with forged ends and the first generation DuraAce chainset.

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I bought a Mark 100 in Florida, tasty G1 Dura Ace build. Paid $100 for it.

The one above? Nothing special.



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Old 04-03-19, 12:46 PM
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Volkscycle was a full range brand and did have high end models. However, like a lot of boom era marketing brands, many dealers did not stock the full line. Most cyclists willing part with a few hundred or more dollars preferred to buy a highly recognizable brand with their own manufacturing facilities. Consequently, the high end, boom era was dominated by models like the Peugeot PX10, Raleigh Professional and Fuji Newest. High end models from a marketing brand were a harder sell and many dealers wouldn't risk stocking them, so something like a high end Volkscycle are more rare and I can appreciate that many members may not have seen one.
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
I bought a Mark 100 in Florida, tasty G1 Dura Ace build. Paid $100 for it.

The one above? Nothing special.
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Thanks very much for posting!

There is the model name I had wrong.

Been so long since I looked at one me dull "braine" failed me.

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