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Old 04-04-08, 09:27 PM
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Bang & Olufsen Bicycle

Today at work a coworker gave another his old bike. Bang & Olufsen is a Danish electronics company. This bike was a sales contest prize from the mid 80's. The original owner said it is heavy as hell, needs a thorough lube and cleaning, and could use new tires and tubes. I snapped a couple of pics while I had the chance.

The full bike shot.

The top tube decal.

The head tube badge. The bike has cheapy Falcon derailers on it.
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Great electronics, but bikes?
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Only time I've seen the Randor badge, it was on an inexpensive road frame:

Marked "10-Speed System" and "Triathlon" on it - sans any other 3rd party labeling such as your machine. Made it into a quick (and fun) fixie. Not the highest-end machine, but it was absolutely ideal for the fixed-gear conversion. Don't know what the origins were - fellow was dumping it at a garage sale.


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That would not have had me out killing for a sale. About the only thing I link with B&O is that the bike is orange, and a B&O stereo was seen in Clockwork Orange.

And my house is wired with B&O stuff, just looked so good, sounds reasonable, takes up little room, RF remote provides from any room control, but I digress.
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Used to work in various electronics-stores during over 20 years and can tell you this much : B&O stuff was full of Philips and other cheap components and sounded so-so, making it WAY overpriced, but at least it looked special and different, which is more than can be said for the bike (no offence, really )
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These promo bikes are fun from a collectible standpoint, for sure.

It is hard to tell from the photo, but it looks like a typical cross bike of the '80's before they called them cross-bikes (really at a time when cross would have meant going FROM comfort To mountain bike instead of the other way around).

Actually, the geometry on these bikes are exceptionally comfortable and nice to ride.

From the photo, the bike itself does not seem to be of particularly good quality, so if you are looking at it for a high-end value, sorry-no. Ashtabula crank, flimsy horse-shoe brakes, plastic pedals, steel (?) rims, plastic and steel saddle made for discomfort, "made in Taiwan" in the '80's (the great hope of a second Japan that never transpired). Generally, the more rust you see on an old bike, the more steel/cheap parts.

It's best value is from it's nostalgia and the fun you might get out of riding it. This is the kind of bike you can jump curbs and giggle about it.

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My buddie's got a Hi-C Orange bike. He thinks it started as a Japanese Schwinn. It's his fixy now.
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It would go with my turn table nicely.
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