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1977 Austro-Daimler Vent Noir

Old 06-11-24, 07:17 PM
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1977 Austro-Daimler Vent Noir

I've been off of the bike for the last 2 months, and I really wanted to give myself something to look forward to when I started being able to ride again. This is it!






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Pictures from the seller.










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Got it the rest of the way together this evening and took it on it's maiden voyage!





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Austro Daimler made some great bikes, and that's definitely one of those.
Congrats on the present to yourself!
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Mighty fine AD! Congrats and great job getting back on the road!
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i had one around the same year when i was in the AF stationed in New Hampshire.. fabulous machine! i still have it! (but it's too small for me now.. in my young 20's then so didn't know jack about proper frame sizing and the local bike shop only ever had one in stock so i bought it!) it was my first quality bike and first shall we say less than accurate representation to the wife about bike costs. daily rides through portsmouth and then out to newcastle coast guard station and smoked a doober on the fort wall and ate my daily banana, then raced around past wentworth by the sea and back to the base.no longer have the same knees and hair! and wife.
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congratulations on finding an early one

seventy-six was the nominal launch year for the marque

pedals evidently a replacement/substitution as they are not the Mikashima URK2 called for on the spec sheet

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this set dated 1977

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Those black accents on the bits are really doing it for me. Well done.
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From the catalog - 27” tubulars? I thought all tubulars were 700c?
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Originally Posted by RustyJames
From the catalog - 27” tubulars? I thought all tubulars were 700c?
According to Sheldon Brown, all full sized tubulars are the same diameter, even though they may have different markings:
  • Full-sized tubulars fit rims of the same diameter as 622 mm (700c) clinchers. This size is sometimes referred to as "28 inch" or "700". It is also, confusingly, sometimes referred to as "27 inch." The "27 inch" designation is inaccurate and obsolete, but you'll sometimes run into it in older printed material.In clincher tires, there is a real difference between "700c" and "27 inch" sizes, but for tubulars this is a false distinction. Whenever you see mention of "27 inch tubulars" the writer is actually referring to standard full-sized tubulars, as used on most racing bikes. https://www.sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html#tubulars
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Tell me more about the tires -- I can't make out the labels. Size? Brand? Pressure rating? They look too fat for my close-coupled Bianchi, but they might be great on any of my other classic road bikes.
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Originally Posted by RustyJames
From the catalog - 27” tubulars? I thought all tubulars were 700c?
Yes, but ... those rims and tires have been called 27", 28" and 700c a long time. Going back to the days of small shops all over England making rims, others making tires and standardized notations not yet dreamed up. Pretty sure I've seen all three of those designations on current day tubulars. (I'm back on them but I pay no attention! The tires are important. The glue even more so. The label?)
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Originally Posted by Pompiere
According to Sheldon Brown, all full sized tubulars are the same diameter, even though they may have different markings:
  • Full-sized tubulars fit rims of the same diameter as 622 mm (700c) clinchers. This size is sometimes referred to as "28 inch" or "700". It is also, confusingly, sometimes referred to as "27 inch." The "27 inch" designation is inaccurate and obsolete, but you'll sometimes run into it in older printed material.In clincher tires, there is a real difference between "700c" and "27 inch" sizes, but for tubulars this is a false distinction. Whenever you see mention of "27 inch tubulars" the writer is actually referring to standard full-sized tubulars, as used on most racing bikes. https://www.sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html#tubulars
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Yes, but ... those rims and tires have been called 27", 28" and 700c a long time. Going back to the days of small shops all over England making rims, others making tires and standardized notations not yet dreamed up. Pretty sure I've seen all three of those designations on current day tubulars. (I'm back on them but I pay no attention! The tires are important. The glue even more so. The label?)
I’ve seen 28” (clincher and tubular) but in my limited exposure I’ve never seen 27” tubulars. Thanks for the ejumukation.
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Originally Posted by billytwosheds
Those black accents on the bits are really doing it for me. Well done.
Same for me as well! Still trying to decided if I need to track down a black Crane rear derailleur or to get a freewheel that makes use of the Crane GS's range.

Originally Posted by RustyJames
From the catalog - 27” tubulars? I thought all tubulars were 700c?
I had the same thought! I had it in my head that I wanted to fit 700c to the bike , and by looking at the for sale pictures and the brake adjustment, I wasn't going to be able to retain the original brakes and adjust any further down. Fortunately the tubulars fitted to the bike were indeed 700c.

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Tell me more about the tires -- I can't make out the labels. Size? Brand? Pressure rating? They look too fat for my close-coupled Bianchi, but they might be great on any of my other classic road bikes.
They are Panaracer Gravel King Slick tires in the limited Ginger color. 700x32 rated for 95 psi max tubed or 60 psi tubeless. I'm running them at 65psi with tubes as a 215lb rider. Can and will run less pressure depending on where I'm riding. The Ginger color comes in 700x38 as well. (which will fit this frame ) It's been my favorite non-racing tire for the last few years and I have many bikes running different sizes and colors. Although I say non-racing tire, these are fast and take on many different surface types without any trouble! (Just not as fast as the Continental GP5000 I run on my plastic bikes)
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