Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals.
Reload this Page >

1973 Volkscycle Mark 100 Made in West Germany Rare find All Original.

Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals. Use this subforum for all requests as to "How much is this vintage bike worth?"Do NOT try to sell it in here, use the Marketplaces.

1973 Volkscycle Mark 100 Made in West Germany Rare find All Original.

Old 08-27-14, 01:06 AM
Senior Member
juvela's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Alta California
Posts: 9,472
Mentioned: 265 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2113 Post(s)
Liked 328 Times in 290 Posts
never had any information on this company. it seemed like their products were only around for about three years.

the sticker on the frame's head tube states that the volkscycle corporation was located in los angeles, california.

a web search turned up this record stating that the company was created on october 19, 1971 and is no longer active.

it gives an address of 3600 wilshire boulevard, los angeles, ca 90010. this is an expensive office/retail area so the address is probably an accommodation one; perhaps that of the company's attorney.

Volkscycle Corporation in Los Angeles CA - Company Profile

do any readers know who manufactured their made in japan models?
juvela is offline  
Old 03-28-15, 08:07 AM
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 1
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Johnson, I have read mostly disparaging remarks on the Volkscycle line calling them low end, barely better than Wards, Sears etc. But as you state the equipment even early is decent enough. Japanese products, early prototype by the 70's, were at least functional and simple maintenance. I bought one from a returning soldier at Ft. Hood in 1974 and have had it continually, commuting to college 5 miles each way, a couple of short road races, and carried two kids 4 years apart through the steep rolling hills west of Austin for 8 years. The bike goes into storage 4 yrs at a time and always come back with minimal service of tires, tubes, cable adjustments.
The weight of the German only badged ones, does not have a USA label or on front logo, is exceptionally light compared to crap it gets compared to and I concur with the weight with my shop scales. I have been a JAPANESE motorcycle mechanic for 40+ years and see the quality in the life of mine. I trade out bikes, very often and this one has been a keeper. We sold the Yamaha moto-bikes and later a line of early ATBs that were 2x heavier, so I have good idea of the weight differences.
My shifting has always been precise and light touch with only complaint loosening of the free ball bearing race at crank, and pedal cinch bolts. I was going to sell and build up an urban bike but am converting this instead. Surely sentimental but mine has been excellant and absolutely "good enough" even when sniffed at by a he condescenti. Happy pedaling.
darmah is offline  
Old 06-25-20, 03:52 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jun 2020
Location: Oregon
Posts: 54

Bikes: Flex, Volkscycle MarkX

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 23 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 6 Times in 4 Posts
I have one of these bikes ( Mark X)and bought it new about 45 years ago. I can't comment on the parts because I have extensively upgraded mine over the years but it's a good bike and I was happy when I got it. It came with side pulls and steel wheels.
quindecima is offline  
Old 06-25-20, 08:16 PM
Inoxidable Moderator
cb400bill's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Kalamazoo MI
Posts: 17,976

Bikes: Fuji SL 2.1, Cannondale Synapse, Raleigh C50, Trek 710, Raleigh Granada, Legnano Pista, Viscount Aerospace Pro

Mentioned: 39 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1891 Post(s)
Liked 1,197 Times in 749 Posts
I picked up the Volkscycle Mark XV years ago. It was a high tensile steel frame but was equipped with Shimano Arabesque components. Long since sold off.

cb400bill is offline  
Old 06-26-20, 06:03 AM
Senior Member
bikemig's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Middle Earth (aka IA)
Posts: 16,998

Bikes: A bunch of old bikes and a few new ones

Mentioned: 139 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4511 Post(s)
Liked 801 Times in 569 Posts
Originally Posted by johnson430 View Post
FYI, most of the work is done. =)
I think it is a thing a beauty. Waiting on bearings to come in for the rebuild.

Congrats; you did a nice job on this bike. You'll have fun riding it. There is nothing better than riding a bike that you totally fixed up.

I almost bought one of these on Craigslist a few years back but I missed out on the sale. It might have been a higher end model though because it had a lot of early dura ace parts on it (not just the brakes).
bikemig is online now  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals.
06-02-19 08:43 AM
Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals.
08-18-17 02:20 PM
Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals.
07-26-17 10:29 PM
Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals.
06-13-17 08:15 PM
Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals.
03-28-17 05:23 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.