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It's a shame this bike will exist longer than Sears as a company.

Old 12-05-21, 06:22 PM
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It's a shame this bike will exist longer than Sears as a company.

I just picked up this really clean Sears Sport Racer. The guys neighbor bought it new and put just over 300 miles on it according to the odometer and according to what the original owner said. I know they sold one like this with a 531 frame but I don't think this is one of those, not sure. Internal brake cable. It's pretty clean though. Made in Austria, even the original tires are from Austria. I'll probably let this one sit till spring, then I'll tear it apart and put new grease in.




Note the internal brake cable



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Gold anodized brake levers

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Old 12-05-21, 06:32 PM
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That's such a nice clean example of a boom bike with class. Even at the risk of a week in a doghouse, I'd buy it too
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nice find!

a Burgie in Roebucks clothing

looks like MCMLXV

remember, you've got a 26.0mm steerer there

the long item number stamped into the frame will commence with the 503 code indicating a product sourced of Steyr/Puch of Graz Austria


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All of the Sears 531 bikes that I have seen were a green/gold color.
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1. Should put it in the biggest gear before photograph.
2. Right shifter position doesn't match rear derailleur position.
3. Wing nuts on both axles? Wow!
4. Very interesting internal rear brake cable design.
5. Crank is pretty, but cotter pins say "replace me".
6. Mechanical odometer... that's right out of my childhood.

This will be a fun project with some interesting challenges. I'll watch for updates.
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
1. Should put it in the biggest gear before photograph.
2. Right shifter position doesn't match rear derailleur position.
3. Wing nuts on both axles? Wow!
4. Very interesting internal rear brake cable design.
5. Crank is pretty, but cotter pins say "replace me".
6. Mechanical odometer... that's right out of my childhood.

This will be a fun project with some interesting challenges. I'll watch for updates.
I hopped on it for a quick test and noticed it wasn't going into some gears. It probably hasn't had any adjustments, ever. It's gonna be fun to clean it up and ride it.
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I had its cousin, a Puch Bergmeister. A smidge heavy, but it rode like a dream. Cool bike!
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3. Wing nuts on both axles? Wow!
Nailed it. Rear wingnuts are verboten if you're going to ride it.
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Nailed it. Rear wingnuts are verboten if you're going to ride it.
Please explain.
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Originally Posted by 76SLT View Post
Please explain.
I think it's common that inferior wingnuts will eventually pull out of horizontal dropouts. You can't torque those wheels into place with your fingers properly, and if you use wrenches, the alloy often bends and breaks even if the inserts are steel or brass. I'd use hard nuts.

Rear facing track ends with axle retainers are OK with wingnuts but they should be steel imo. Then again I've seen a lot of nice bikes with GB wings on Sturmey rear hubs too. Hmmn
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Please explain.
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Hey 76:
There are hundreds of ancient SEARS catalogs digitally scanned and archived online where you can at no charge fip through and view them.

THIS SITE HAS A GOOD NUMBER OF Sears, Monkey Wards, and JC Penneys CATALOGS:
https://christmas.musetechnical.com

THIS OTHER SITE HAS A LARGE NUMBER OF Sears CATALOGS:
The Catalogs! ? WishbookWeb


--- If You've Got The Time, You Can Find Your Particular SEARS bicycle in the appropriate year(s) catalog ----
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I think it's common that inferior wingnuts will eventually pull out of horizontal dropouts. You can't torque those wheels into place with your fingers properly, and if you use wrenches, the alloy often bends and breaks even if the inserts are steel or brass. I'd use hard nuts.
I remember, when bikes like that used to come into the shop back in the 1970s, that grabbing the nut portion of the wingnut with a ViceGrip (i.e., not attempting to use the wings) was the best way to ensure that the rear wheel stayed in place and didn't slide forward in the dropout.
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I think it's common that inferior wingnuts will eventually pull out of horizontal dropouts. You can't torque those wheels into place with your fingers properly, and if you use wrenches, the alloy often bends and breaks even if the inserts are steel or brass. I'd use hard nuts.

Rear facing track ends with axle retainers are OK with wingnuts but they should be steel imo. Then again I've seen a lot of nice bikes with GB wings on Sturmey rear hubs too. Hmmn
My pimp Eroica Raleigh Gran(d) Sport(s) has some brass ones in the back.




I broke one once, used a replacement. It's very hard to tighten them enough so the wheel doesn't slip, but I've done a couple of Eroica Californias and Cino with them. They look really cool, and Eroica is part cosplay, so I use them, but I do carry a set of nuts and a wrench just in case.
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Originally Posted by 76SLT View Post
I hopped on it for a quick test and noticed it wasn't going into some gears. It probably hasn't had any adjustments, ever. It's gonna be fun to clean it up and ride it.
Huret steel mechanisms get arthritis. Back off the adjusters, kroil or other, work them limber, they don't look very rusty at all but they get that too.
This bike is pre boom. '65 '66?
before Sears found AMF for the adult bikes.
Before Ted Williams endorsements.
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Originally Posted by Vintage Schwinn View Post
Hey 76:
There are hundreds of ancient SEARS catalogs digitally scanned and archived online where you can at no charge fip through and view them.

THIS SITE HAS A GOOD NUMBER OF Sears, Monkey Wards, and JC Penneys CATALOGS:
https://christmas.musetechnical.com

THIS OTHER SITE HAS A LARGE NUMBER OF Sears CATALOGS:
The Catalogs! ? WishbookWeb


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Thanks for the links. I wasn't aware of them. They should keep me busy for a while.
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That internal cable routing is really interesting.
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Cool bike. What's not to love about a bike with cottered cranks, cottered cranks, and a frame made out of genuine "racing alloy" steel? I've never seen a GLR saddle. Gosh that bike is pristine, nice score.
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...the Sears bikes that were made from Reynolds 531 were all branded "Ted Williams", IIRC.

https://www.bikeforums.net/search.php?searchid=13125165
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In my highly biased opinion, Austrian bikes are great, although mine are from a much smaller company in Vienna.
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...the Sears bikes that were made from Reynolds 531 were all branded "Ted Williams", IIRC.

https://www.bikeforums.net/search.php?searchid=13125165
Your link isn't working and I'd love to see what it has to say.
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Cool bike. What's not to love about a bike with cottered cranks, cottered cranks, and a frame made out of genuine "racing alloy" steel? I've never seen a GLR saddle. Gosh that bike is pristine, nice score.
That saddle is very cool looking,, and really looks like a Brooks from a distance,, but it's made of hard plastic. I mean really hard.

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That would be awesome if it does, Sears has lasted somewhere like 130 years.
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Your link isn't working and I'd love to see what it has to say.
...it was a BF search link. I guess they expire after a certain amount of time. Anyway, try this old thread: Is this a 531 Ted Williams Free Spirit? AFAIK, these Ted Williams labeled bikes were the only Reynolds 531 bikes they ever sold at Sears.
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