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Old 10-11-19, 06:04 PM
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Anyone Recognize This Bike?

For some reason I am intrigued by this bike that I am considering buying. Maybe it is the color or the chrome. I am guessing that it weighs a ton. The seller doesn't know the brand. Are there any guesses as to the maker of the bike?

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POSSibly a Puch (Bergmeister) or something else Austrian? I think maybe a step UP from Bergmeister if it is a Puch/Steyr/A-D product due to chrome and a nicer fork bend...but has some distinctly "Austrian" details

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I think it's a Puch Bergmeister. Notice the comparison?

1970 Puch Bergmeister | Old Ten Speed Gallery

Looks like it would make an awesome randonneur.

EDIT!! Looks like unworthy1 had beat me to it.... Sorry for the repeat.
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Old 10-11-19, 06:27 PM
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That’s definitely a Bergmeister - head lug, fork crown, seat stay ends, seat lug, crankset. The nds will show you the internal top tube brake cable routing. I had one for a couple of years. It’s a bit heavy, but man the ride was smooth. Long wheelbase, low trail. I loved it.
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They were also distributed badged as Sears & Roebuck bicycles...sometimes "J.C. Higgins"

The forum had a wonderful thread begun by a first-time restorer who took in a Sears badged example from 1967.

This person did marvelous job with both the bike and the documentation of the process.

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-v...ighlight=sears

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Spanner twistin' tip -

These machines have one odd dimension. The steerer is 26.0mm OD. This means headset is special. This size is sometimes referred to as "Austrian size."

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Thanks for the information. It looks like this 1964 J.C. Higgins bike.

https://www.pedalroom.com/bike/1964-...ins-puch-27895
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Good deal, so if you're in luck this MIGHT be a "ted Williams" model and have some 531 tubing, but even if it's gaspipe it has loads of style and looks to be in very good shape for a 1964 relic!
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That's a sweet looking bike! I love the early 60's graphics.
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I'd have a hard time turning this down if it showed up locally. This is a cool looking bike.
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