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1972 Batavus Voyageur 3 Speed

Old 09-28-20, 12:22 PM
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1972 Batavus Voyageur 3 Speed






Hello all. I recently found this 1972 Batavus 3 speed in a junkyard in Worcester, Mass. It was in really good overall condition and I should have it on the road by this weekend. I was wondering if anyone had any information on these very popular Dutch bikes. I want to list it to sell but I'm not sure what it is worth.

Any information would be appreciated.

Thanks.

Kevin

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Would love to see pix! Is it like the ones shown here? Does it have a Shimano or a Sturmey-Archer gearhub? I would think pricewise it would be comparable to a 70s Raleigh Sports. My memory is that Batavus had very good, durable paint. I suspect the frame is comparable to the ones they used for the Champion, Tour de l'Europe, Monte Carlo, etc. - some sort of seamless generic stuff, comparable to a Raleigh Grand Prix. If it has the 27-in wheels and a generator mount, maybe worth a bit more, and possibly a good dropped-bar conversion candidate for someone building a commuter.
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Yes, this has a Sturmey-Archer hub and the 27 inch wheels. Incredible shape for a junkyard find. Hub was rusted solid but I have freed up the internals and am reassembling today. I agree that it is probably worth what a Raleigh is. It's a cool looking bike because it is so tall​​​​​​​.

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Nice find! Not many of these left, I think. These came in three-speed and five-speed versions, the latter with a Shimano Eagle dérailleur and a 14-28 freewheel. A very nice vintage sports bike, no more, no less.

As to its value: that depends very much on your local market. If nicely presented and in good riding condition I would want at least $150 for it, or I'd keep it. But that's me.
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there were also some tenspeed models which came in this pale yellow/creme colour at this time

recall their WECO hubs and pedals...


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You know, I was thinking the same thing. But I have 5 bikes hanging in the garage that I hardly ride. If I don't get the right price, it'll be #6 . Thanks!
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You know, I was thinking the same thing. But I have 5 bikes hanging in the garage that I hardly ride. If I don't get the right price, it'll be #6 . Thanks!
​​​​​At least now you know why I have a lot more than six bikes.
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​​​​​At least now you know why I have a lot more than six bikes.
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Have always imagined non-fixie's home to be much like Dr. Who's Tardis - vastly larger on the inside than it appears on the outside in order to accomodate all of those fiets.


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