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Old 11-04-15, 09:04 PM
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I want to see the neatest bikes in town.. IN-COLOR! Browning content

https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JEZt9qstLJ...cle%2BAd_3.jpg

1975 was a good year for bicycling and bicycle ad copy.

You buy a bike for fun, right? Sure, who doesn't.

And doesn't need a lot of fixing. Yeah, that's right! No fixie for me!

You want a Browning "Grade I" ten speed. Grade I; that's so "Me Generation" awesome.

It has safety levers so you don't always have to bend down to stop. Yes, because "bending down" is too much like exercise.

The rims are tough chromed steel, so you don't have to worry about bent rims.
Why didn't I think of that... I'm throwing out all my aluminum ones, they bend!

And, the "Grade I" has a kick stand, so you don't always have to search for something to lean it up against.
Leaning you bike up against something is for Communists.

It's below 30 lbs! Wow, it's below the thirty pound "serious bike" threshold!

... A five speed for sister. Yeah, because she's a girl and probably couldn't handle ten speeds. Plus, being female, she isn't worth it.

Also available in Super Grade I, III, & V ten speeds. What happen to the II and IV? Or are the "Super Grades" even gooder? Doesn't matter, assigning them Roman numerals is a classy move, and that's good enough for me.

want to see the neatest bikes in town? ..in full-color, no less.
Uh, hell yeah. Mom, I need a stamp and an envelope. And a dollar.


SQUIRREL!!!!!!!!!!!

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I always suspected those aluminum rims were a big scam
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Browning made great shotguns. Their bikes? Nah.
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Browning is a hallmark name in any length barrel, er tubes!
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Even model numbers are a communist plot.
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Originally Posted by uncle uncle View Post


It has safety levers so you don't always have to bend down to stop. Yes, because "bending down" is too much like exercise.




It's below 30 lbs! Wow, it's below the thirty pound "serious bike" threshold!
Safety lever? Bending down? I don't get it..

And the ad says "down to 30lbs" not under 30lbs. So it's probably more like 35lbs
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Browning made great shotguns. Their bikes? Nah.
Tell that to the BEAST








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Welp, that's new to me.
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Most Rube Goldberg indexed shifting mechanism ever.

Looks like they hired the imbeciles responsible for HR Puffinstuff to create their advertising.
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Can I put a bullet in the top tube and shoot something with it? Where's the trigger?
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... A five speed for sister. Yeah, because she's a girl and probably couldn't handle ten speeds. Plus, being female, she isn't worth it.
Don't forget about the 3 speed models for Mom and Dad. Old people certainly can't handle a 10 speed.
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Nice artwork, looks like Peter Max run through a Muzak algorithm.
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Boys Life 1974 - Browning advert

More wonderful ad copy from the Browning Advert Staff.

Get to school faster. Take any hill you can find. And get in shape for the team... or just keep clean-and-jerking the Grade I, that probably works too.

... with Super Shifters (capitalized) mounted high on the stem, close your hands. Close to your hands, that's what ups them to super status, right?

Dirt can't get into the strong, one piece wheel hubs. I don't know about you, but this is my #1 concern and worry on every
outing.

The backbone of your Browning bike is a top quality steel frame with brazed lugs... that work so much better than unbrazed lugs. I wholeheartedly agree.

The Grade I has reflectors on the front, back, spokes, pedals. In the seventies, it was all about being seen.

(This great bike also comes in a girls 5 speed model with easy to use trigger shifter...). Easy to use... right up a girls alley. Why overtax them with 10 speeds (seems like I already covered this?).
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After seeing the grade I Browning, I don't think I'd even want to think about buying the grade II Browning . . .
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I don't think you can buy an II, you have to go directly to the III (see first ad). Unless, you can prove there really was an II... that would be spectacular. I really was wishing on a star that someone would show up with pictures of their Browning bicycle.
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A Japanese built, Browning Grade I project in waiting...
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The rims are tough chromed steel, so you don't have to worry about bent rims.
Why didn't I think of that... I'm throwing out all my aluminum ones, they bend!
They forgot to mention how much more exciting even routine stops in the rain are with steel rims.
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A Japanese built, Browning Grade I project in waiting...

Nice way to revive a slumbering thread!
Welcome back.


Were Browning making bicycles (even low volume) for many years? Or only the Boom 70s?
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After seeing the grade I Browning, I don't think I'd even want to think about buying the grade II Browning . . .
Better off with a Perazzi.
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A Japanese built, Browning Grade I project in waiting...
When did they leave Belgium?
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When did they leave Belgium?

The Browning Grade I was made in Japan. Not sure about the top of the line Grade V, but the Grade III was made in Belgium, and had French components.


I was 14 in 1974 and wanted a "ten-speed" in the worst way. My father was totally against the idea, even though I was spending my own hard earned money. He thought any bike with gears was just a stupid idea. "One more thing to go wrong" was one of his pet phrases.


Luckily the LBS sold Browning bikes, and he decided anything with that name had to be okay. So, my first road bike was a Browning Grade I.


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Originally Posted by SJX426 View Post
Browning is a hallmark name in any length barrel, er tubes!
Browning is just above "entry Level" when it comes to High end Shotguns. They just don't compare well with High end Italian or English Guns. English for SXS's and Italian for Single Shots and Over & Unders.
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Not to mention German Guns such as Krieghoff.
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We're still missing the II... the mystery continues.
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We're still missing the II... the mystery continues.
If the type I's were Japanese, I guess mine was a II (or an earlier I)...typical circa 70 boom bike with gas pipe and Simplex/Mafac/Atom but for the alu rims. No pics long gone. A dead rider.
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