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Vineta 3 Speed Bike brought to Boston from Germany

Old 09-11-14, 03:53 PM
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Vineta 3 Speed Bike brought to Boston from Germany

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While spending a half year living in Munich, I decided to buy a bike as its the normal way to get around in a nice and flat city. I loved the bike so much that I decided to take it back with me to Boston, where I'm studying. This is what I know at the moment.

- The frame is made by a company called Vineta. I tried to do a bit of research but couldn't find any info about the company. What I could conclude is that the frame is lugged rather than welded.
- 3 speed hub controlled by a Torpedo shifter. The shifter is made by Sachs, which is now owned by SRAM. Not too sure who the hub is from, but I' assume the same company.
- Dynamo light controls both front and rear lights. Not too sure if the cabling has been replaced, but the lights works perfectly.
- Tires are made by a company called Metzelder, who today still manufacture tires but for motorbikes. Also, they have odd dimensions, namely 28x1,75x2.

That's about as much as I can figure out. Id like to find out how old the bike is, what sort of availability the components have stateside (ie. tires, internal hub) and how much its worth. I have yet to see a similar bike in Boston which has a very large biking community.

Ive attached a few pictures of the joints, etc. Please let me know if any further pictures are required.
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name associated with the German city of Barth.

www.Stadt-Barth.de --- Vineta-City Barth

frame resembles those of the German bicycle brand Victoria as current in the 1970's and 1980's.

VICTORIA Fahrrad
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Thanks for the reply. So would you say its from the 70's?
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Originally Posted by Bike_guy_1512 View Post
Thanks for the reply. So would you say its from the 70's?
no. i should have added the sentence "your example clearly later" at the end of my message.

wrt tyre size -

if you check the tyre's sidewall and the rim you will probably find a three digit iso number; most likely 622. this refers to the wheel/tyre bead seat diameter in mm's. tyres will likely be something on the order of 700x38.

the bicycle's crankset is of a type call Thun, not seen very much in the U.S. but employed widely in Germany.

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other readers could probably give more/better information if you could upload some photos showing the bicycle's drive side.
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As recommended I attached a few pictures of the drive side for further reference. Cant seem to find any ISO number on it. Rims were built in W Germany which is pretty cool.


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From the photo of the tire, it would appear that it is on a 700C rim. The 1.75 would be about 44.5mm. The rear hub body should have a manufacturers name on it and a date code; it is probably Sachs. Your dynamo rubs the tire, so that is an easy replacement should it fail. I would try to seat a wide 700C tire on the front rim, just to see if it would fit. If it does fit, buy it as a spare.
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Thanks for all of the info! How much do you think its worth in Boston? Ive never seen something like this around and would assume it would be in quite high demand in such a bike friendly city.
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If you ever need to replace the shifter a typical Sturmey-Archer 3-speed unit will work. But the little cable coming out of the hub is hard to find, and while it resembles a Sturmey the threading on the end is smaller and will not fit. I have one of these hubs (said to be the best 3-speed hub ever made) and will have to get this little piece off eBay, as no one seems to have it in stock anywhere.

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