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Old 05-22-13, 03:41 PM
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AERO Bicycle..?

Does anyone know anything about the AERO bicycle? I got one last Fall and just recently got around to building it up. Actually, my son put the bike together with a bit of help from me, but he did most of the work on the AERO and the Velo Sport Aero. I know about the Velo Sport...



...but know nothing about the AERO. Any help would be appreciated...





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Both are entry level aero bicycles from the period 1981-1984. The Velosport can be narrowed down slightly to 1982-1984. The Aero looks like it may be an Araya frame. Serial number?
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Who made the dropouts? Dunno if that will tell us anything. Seat cluster is quite distinctive. No markings on it anywhere?
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I would agree, in part, with T-Mar regarding quality level. In part? The Velo Sport does sport all of the features one might find on an entry level machine, but the AERO seems to be something more than entry level - forged drops and nice matched component group...



There are no distinguishing marks on the AERO frame. The drops are forged but generic units bearning no made by information. I will check for a serial number today (should have taken a picture of the serial number already). Well, that last comment was stupid - I did take some numbers pictures, after all...



Araya frame - could well be. The bike is Japan made and the construction quality is good, but not necessarily great.
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Originally Posted by randyjawa
I would agree, in part, with T-Mar regarding quality level. In part? The Velo Sport does sport all of the features one might find on an entry level machine, but the AERO seems to be something more than entry level - forged drops and nice matched component group...
I disagree. I assume your matching component group comment relates to the fact that the Aero has Adamas AX derailleurs to match the hubs, brakes and pedals, while the Velosport has Altus AX? If so, the Altus AX are actually a level above the Adamas AX. Just take a look at the much nicer bottom pivot casting which is reminescent of 600AX. This plus the aero seat tubes are upgrades over the Aero and are a trade-off against the costs of the forged rear dropout, top mount shifters and aero headset. In the end, I think that things balance out quite closely.

BTW, that's not a Araya serial number. I'm not sure what manufacturer it is but it almost certainly represents August 1981.

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A very early aero style bike, I guess, That's when they were just sqashing tubes in the middle and using conventional lugs and BBs to connect them together....
I guess they had to start somehwere.....
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Originally Posted by Chombi
A very early aero style bike, I guess, That's when they were just sqashing tubes in the middle and using conventional lugs and BBs to connect them together....
I guess they had to start somehwere.....
It started with proper aero tubing but hey had to find some way so do it cheaply for the entry level price points and this was the solution.
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