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Old 04-10-17, 08:53 PM
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Vintage Sicur folding bike questions???

So I came across this bike about a month ago. It looked pretty unique, so I bought it. It's a folding 3 speed Sicur made in Italy. It also appears to have been hand painted. Can anyone please fill me in on the details surrounding this bike. Google has not been too helpful this time around. Production year? Price? Market? Thanks to everyone. : )
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Hello Jobax,

These Italian folders are nearly all identical regardless of how badged. They have a poor ride, poor salability and poor value. Are you sure the brand name is Sicur? Have seen the name Sicur on the hinge fittings for the frame and the quick release fittings for handlebars and seats.

Have often wondered if the major Italian brands which offer a folder in their lineup of models actually manufacture the bicycles. There is such a sameness to them across brand names that it makes one wonder if there might not only be two or three actual makers.

The cycle merits little in the way of work or investment.

It sounds as if you may have purchased it as a curio. If so, its functionality may be of secondary importance. If however you have need of a folding/collapsible cycle there are quality ones which are honest products and give good service. One such brand is BikeFriday. Even the Dahon is far superior to this bicycle. bikeforums has a separate forum for folders here in case you may wish to learn more about them:

http://www.bikeforums.net/folding-bikes/

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Old 04-11-17, 05:42 AM
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Originally Posted by juvela View Post
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Hello Jobax,

These Italian folders are nearly all identical regardless of how badged. They have a poor ride, poor salability and poor value. Are you sure the brand name is Sicur? Have seen the name Sicur on the hinge fittings for the frame and the quick release fittings for handlebars and seats.

Have often wondered if the major Italian brands which offer a folder in their lineup of models actually manufacture the bicycles. There is such a sameness to them across brand names that it makes one wonder if there might not only be two or three actual makers.

The cycle merits little in the way of work or investment.

It sounds as if you may have purchased it as a curio. If so, its functionality may be of secondary importance. If however you have need of a folding/collapsible cycle there are quality ones which are honest products and give good service. One such brand is BikeFriday. Even the Dahon is far superior to this bicycle. bikeforums has a separate forum for folders here in case you may wish to learn more about them:

Folding Bikes - Bike Forums

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I am seeing weinmann on the breaks, sturmey archer on the rear wheel, and guizzardi on the handlebar. It has absolutely no rust on the gears or chain. And the seat is in mint condition.
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Thanks by the way for prompt reply and added information. I really appreciate it.
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As stated by Juvela, this style was produced under a wide range of brand names over a long period. The best clue as to manufacturer and exact age may be the serial number.
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