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1976(?) Austro Daimler Ultima(?) 58cm

Old 01-11-21, 01:58 AM
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This is my size, I want to buy this frame. I live in DC. Let me know if itís still available!
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We sold some AD & Puch Bikes back in the mid 70's. The Ultima and maybe the Vent Noir came in an aluminum case with a form fit Styrofoam liner. Very classy. We also sold GIOS frames that came in Styrofoam cases.

When I was visiting New Mexico back in 2014 I stopped by our old, long closed shop for sentimental reasons. There were still a few window decals on one of the panes: AD and GIOS were still there.

We were disappointed in the Puch bikes, even the top end models: little cosmetic details like cheap stamped steel fork crowns rather than investment cast or forged ones on comparable bikes in that price range.

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In 1978 it was time for me to upgrade my bicycle. On days too rainy to ride my father and I visited bike shops. I remember one bike shop in the basement of a two family house who had a Vent Noir in flat black with black anodized Dura Ace hanging on the white painted brick wall with soft gold pinstripe and the Auriol font lettering and gold chain and freewheel. My father, who owned a bright red Schwinn Paramount with full Campy Record at the time, admired the AD and the attention to detail. It looked like a bicycle from the turn of the century, something youíd see in a museum. It was full of mood and beauty. I couldnít stop thinking about it, but in the spring of 1979 I decided on a more modern looking silver blue Puch with the same black anodized Dura Ace. It has the same light but confident, comfortably smooth ride as every AD I have ridden, a ride I enjoy to this day.

This AD looks gorgeous in red and is tempting me to take it for a ride...
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