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Just picked up an Austro-Daimler. Where can I learn more about it?

Old 07-13-19, 09:52 PM
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Just picked up an Austro-Daimler. Where can I learn more about it?

Hey folks,

New the forums, new to bicycles in general. My wife has been wanting me to get a bike for some time now. Being a freshman to this lifestyle, I hadn't wanted to spend a tremendous amount of money on a bike. I like to know how something works and so I found this neat bike on Craigslist in Virginia.

Guy listed it for $100 but it was in a worse mood than he would have liked in the 10 min he was showing it off. It locked up after I rode it, and I turned him down. He dropped it to $40, and I decided it was worth at least getting something to learn to work on a bicycle with. It needs some work on the brakes, the gears and some sprucing up of the finer details, but the bike seems skookum and was fun to ride for the 3 min I spun it around the block.

I am trying to learn more about AD, but it's tough to find good resources. Is there somewhere I can go to easily find out information about this? Any threads I've missed on these forums? Also, if you know anything about these bikes I would love a quick run down on what I should know, look out for, avoid doing, avoid replacing, etc..

Thanks! I'll post some pictures after I make my 10 replies, I guess.
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Old 07-14-19, 04:47 AM
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Welcome, @TR202. There's a nice site on AD bikes. Right here.

Does you bike have any model name on the top tube? Try uploading pics to the Gallery, so we can see them. Seems you don't need 10 posts for that.
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Thanks for the welcome, non-fixie!

It is a basic AD-S. Serial number 6213243. I had a chance to poke around it a bit today and took some decent photos but still cannot figure out how to upload them to the gallery. I have just uploaded a few to my personal instagram, and my handle is russbowlesmiller if you'd like to check them out there for now.

Once I get permissions I will start posting better, more informative photos of the various parts and serials from them. It seems to be largely original, with a few contemporary aftermarket parts parsed through.
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I had an AD-SL in high school, the bicycle was circa 1980 when their marketing changed the all European tag so all the component groups were mixed French on the low end and Campagnolo on the high end, although my frame had Shimano dropouts. The main differences from an AD-S were Reynolds 531 main tubes and higgher grade Huret derailleurs (think Austrian Super Course). There were also several higher end models with full Reynolds frames and higher end French and Italian parts.
Austro-Daimler was part of Steyr Daimler Puch which at that point also made Puch bicycles and Mopeds, Puch Pinzgauer off road vehicles, Mercedes G-wagens under contract, Steyr heavy trucks and Steyr guns, plus they used to license build Fiat 500s.
The bicycles and mopeds faded from the US market in the late 80s and the conglomerate started to break up a few years later.
As an aside the US Army's LMTV trucks use the cab from Steyr's last independent truck design before they were swallowed up by MAN and Steyr used to build Chrysler minivans for the European market.
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Welcome to the forums. Nice looking bike.
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
Welcome to the forums. Nice looking bike.
Of course it's a nice bike -- it's Austrian. (My three come from the other end of the country, Vienna.)
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Yes - Welcome to BF. Nice bike. I'm a Fan of the Brand.

Here's the serial number database thread:

Austro Daimler Serial Number Database

Lightweight Classic Vintage bicycles has a 'Registry' serial number database on the AD page.
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That's a nice looking bike!
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The nicer '70s models are some of my favourite from the era. The only problem is that my parts bins are more focused on the mid '80s and beyond.
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