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Old 09-09-16, 09:18 AM
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Originally Posted by big chainring View Post
I had a Rickert track bike and road bike. Rickert was famous for introducing the high/low flange rear hub at the 1972 Olympics. His bikes were ridden by Rudi Altig, Patrick Sercu, Danny Clark and many others. The track bikes are really gems.

I have my eyes open for a vintage Rabeneick. The old ones have multi color chromovelta finishes. Red, black, gold chrome combos.
Rabeneick was one of the big factories around Bielefeld. Also one of the first german bike manufacturers to conduct business with Campagnolo - until then, componentry was usually bought from the own country.
They did the "Rabeneick Campagnolo" which was fully equipped with Gran sport and was also available as a very expensive upper-class gents bike with fenders and straight bars.

Frame was made from "Libellula" tubing (and no, it isn't "Falck Libellula") and has the charaacteristic stamping.

1960 Rabeneick Prospekt_05 by fahrradjusti, auf Flickr

Especially racers are not rare to find in Germany, output must have been comparatively high, but i don't know about Exports.

I've seen them in green/red, blue/red, golden/blue, black/gold and a few other color options, some very pretty. Unfortunately, the chromovelato isn't there to last.

I rode an Eroica on mine. It did well on the unpaved roads but it is neither as light nor as supple as contemporary Italian racers.

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Originally Posted by martl View Post
Depends on which vitage you're thinking. Dürkopp was top of the line for racers before and after the war. For utility bikes, before the war a Brennabor was the thing to get (my grandpa told me).
Diamant was a benchmark, too.

After the war, many companies made fine racers - Stollenwerk, Express, Patria, Adler, Bauer, Panther, Rabeneick, Enik, Schauff, Kotter etc. A lot of interesting small frame builders built nice bikes from the 50ies on - Rickert, Flema, Altinger, Redl, Pyttel and numoerous others. Diamant continued to build racers in the DDR limited by the usual communist-stlye lack of everything, so Diamants between 1945 and 1989 are interesting, but typically very crappy. Textima, also in eastern germany, supplied the top athletes with some groundbreaking material mostly for track use, and are highly sought after.

For availability in north america i'm no expert. There were at least some Dürkopps and also Rickerts being brought over the pond, Puch/Austro Daimler has been mentioned before. (I'd have a close look at any Puch buying, conditions in the factory were so messed-up at times that someone wrote a book about it. They still are absolutely iconic for any austrian).

The german equivalent of the "bike boom" half racers are usually german only in name (manufactured in cheap-labour eastern europe) and suffer from the same flaws as their siblings from other countries. I'd stay away from those.
Thank you for your very informative post, Martl. I drive German cars (VW/Audi) and ride Austrian bicycles (Capo), which pretty much sums up what is available in the US, where German bicycles are pretty rare.
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If you're looking to do a fixie conversion you could always buy this one and strip it down...

Steel Vintage Bikes - Rabeneick Modell 120D Campagnolo Classic Lightweight 1950s

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Thanks so much for all the replies! I am very pleasantly surprised at all the enthusiastic posters and am enjoying seeing all these German bikes! If we could keep this going as a thread for people to post their German bikes that would be awesome!
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Kunsunoke there's alot more to canada than ccm... classic. but a ccm would to well getting us from igloo to igloo :0
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