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Old 02-18-13, 08:33 PM
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Old Rapido Favorit...

More buried treasure from the basement. I know these things are popular in England and I'm wondering if they have any appeal over here. It appears to be well-made and I wish it were a man's frame, but it is what it is.

Again - someone bought this bike or got it as a present 30 years ago and did not ride it.

Is there any interest in this type of bike beyond just basic transport ??

Lots of proprietary bits: I'd like a dollar for every time the bike has the word "Favorit" on it.

Favorit aluminum alloy 27 X 1.25" rims
Favorit aluminum alloy flanges
Favorit aluminum alloy handlebar
Favorit aluminum alloy handlebar stem
Favorit aluminum alloy front derailleur
Favorit aluminum alloy rear derailleur
Favorit aluminum alloy rear brake calliper
Favorit aluminum alloy front brake calliper
Favorit aluminum alloy brake levers
Favorit aluminum alloy safety levers
Favorit aluminum alloy gear selection levers on downtube

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Old 02-18-13, 11:44 PM
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I think you could get $11 for it

Even though this bike is basically NOS, I still don't see more than $50-75. It's a couple steps above a department store bike of the time, and the woman's frame doesn't help. This is probably one of the cleanest ~40 year old bikes I've ever seen. Too bad it's not a PX-10 in that kind of condition. That would really be a jackpot.
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Old 02-19-13, 06:37 AM
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The moment I saw the thread title, I figured it was one of your bicycles. Rapido had a small presence in southern Ontario, bit is virtually unknown elsewhere. Both Rapido and Favorit were Czech companies. Favorit was known for making very cheap imitations of Campagnolo. Neither had a good reputation and were sold at near bargain basement prices. You could try for $100, but given the off-branding, you may have to settle for less. Is there a distributor's decal? BTW, I just got back from your neck of the woods.
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The moment I saw the thread title, I figured it was one of your bicycles. Rapido had a small presence in southern Ontario, bit is virtually unknown elsewhere. Both Rapido and Favorit were Czech companies. Favorit was known for making very cheap imitations of Campagnolo. Neither had a good reputation and were sold at near bargain basement prices. You could try for $100, but given the off-branding, you may have to settle for less. Is there a distributor's decal? BTW, I just got back from your neck of the woods.
Yeah - I do tend to find weird stuff. I may have a couple of other Rapidos as well. Southern Ontario was flooded with unusual stuff back in the 1970s & 1980s when the Italian banks got soft. I still see the occasional Cagiva, Moto Guzzi, Ducati, Bennelli, Gilera, Lambretta or Aermacchi at garage & estate sales. I believe that the psychologically safest way to deal with temptation is to yield to it immediately, before the stress builds. I even had a Vespacar for awhile.

You could have stopped in for a coffee. We brought 4 kilos of Serrano coffee beans back from Cuba.
Luckily, I am close to The City Canada Revolves Around, so even something as obscure as this Rapido will be appreciated by somebody. Maybe it will appear to someone from Czechoslovakia who had a Favorit back in The Old Country. It helps that it is in such fine condition and looks like a new bike. I am constantly surprised by the condition of antique bikes that get hung up and forgotten about for decades.
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thank you for posting michael. your machine was interesting to see as it is about a decade newer than the favorit/rapido bikes i have had the opportunity to view previously.
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I have picked up three Favorit bicycles and several Rapido bikes in my time. The Rapido bikes have all been donated to Bicycles for Humanity and all were of roadster design. Two of the three Favorits I have found were in stunning condition and slightly higher end than the Step Through presented by the OP.

The bikes are not sophisticated, by any means, but I do like the propriety theme...



Anyway, have a look at the Favoeir and it sold in Toronto for approximately $250.00, or so I have been told...
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