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Austro Daimler for $175?

Old 04-30-10, 08:40 PM
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Austro Daimler for $175?

Ok, on my budget road bike search I ran across a guy that called me with this thing, although I dont know much about it. Its an Austro Daimler with Shimano 600 components. It has (according to him) the Reynolds frame. It had new tires as well. The bike overall looked to be in good shape, just in REALLY bad need of a good cleaning. Chrome was all dull, paint was dull, and the gear set was caked in grease/grime. Everything worked, shifted great, rims looked straight. He said it was like a mid 80's.

Worth another look, or pass?
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Old 04-30-10, 09:01 PM
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Worth another look? Absolutely.

Worth buying, well that depends on who is going to clean it up/tune it up. Given the description, I would look to pay less than that amount. Few buyers want projects. Use that to your benefit. As long as the paint is all there, it will probably come back fine with some polishing compound. I would assume a bike in that condition will need a complete service: cables, housings, bearings, grease and adjustment. As long as you are willing/able/interested in doing that work, it won't cost you much to rehab it (except for time). Take it to your favorite bike shop, and such a thorough service could cost you quite a bit.

Which 600 stuff by the way? It really changed over the years. Depends on the version. Still, $175 for a Reynolds frame bike with 600 components is pretty reasonable. Its all about condition. Look for rust, stuck seat post and stem, and frame damage (dents, and bent fork)
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Any AD in Reynolds is worth more than that - buy now, ask questions later.
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I'm by no means an expert, but sounds pretty decent to me based on what I've been reading here. Check for devaluation factors: frame damage, paint damage, missing/downgraded components, wheel damage...
Should be some experts chiming in shortly.
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Does it fit you well?
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Not a shockingly good deal on the lines of USD 5 thrift store deals, but assuming the frame is commensurate w/the components and no tubes are bent/dented, you are not making a shockingly flagrant mistake. The bike is worth it. Is it some sort of steal for either party (by today's standards/prices) - no. So, if you want the bike, buy it, but if you can find a better Austro Daimler, buy it too.
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It looked to be in good shape, with no rust, no frame damage, didnt check the seat post. It fits me well. The main thing is that it needs a pretty big cosmetic tune up. The seller said he rode it for an hour yesterday and was just fine and it rode great. My main thing is that I dont want a project, I want a bike. I could get it, and take it to a bike shop for repairs, but then at the end of the day, I still have a cream colored bike. I told him if it werent for the color, I would buy it right now.
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Look man, how bad can you get ripped off for USD 175? Bikes ok? buy it if you like it. If you don't like it, sell it on CL for $175 to some other guy.
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I'm mainly asking about the bike in general, not the price.
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Make sure it fits. Good luck, and let us know how it goes.
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Brandon: Austro Daimler frames had their good and their bad. Some of them were spectacular machines and some were gas pipes with pedals.

Based on some information that you've given us including the fact that the bike has chrome and the components are Shimano 600, I say buy it. Is this a CL ad? See if he'll take $150 (in person) and if he won't, then buy it for $175. It'll be a good deal and you can clean her up and turn her into a looker.

Plus, if you're new to the C&V scene, cleaning the bike will give you some good insight. In essence, do it.
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Originally Posted by Brandon1 View Post
I'm mainly asking about the bike in general, not the price.
If its a lesser model its an Inter-10 which is a wonderful bike that is Full 531 Frame and Forks...its its a higher model it could be a Vent Noir which is a kick-ass and well regarded go-fast bike. The bikes are as easy to work on as a Japanese bike, all the parts are English/ISO ...no odd threading or strange sized this and that. I;m very happy with mine.
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Most vintage bikes when acquired are projects. They come after sitting neglected for many years/decades. So if you want a vintage bike, either you find a partial project (one that has been stored well but neglected), a full project (one that has been stored poorly), or a recent rehab, usually sold by a flipper at full market price.

Even a bike that is super clean but has not been ridden in 15 years will need new bearings and grease, the chain cleaned and lubed, the freewheel flushed thoroughly and relubed, and new cables.. This means disassembling the crank and bottom bracket, pulling both wheels, adjusting the cones, etc. All of what I describe is not difficult and is not expensive if you do the work yourself. So if the bike is original (paint, decals, etc), and the paint is in good shape, go for it.

But if you just want a bike to ride, a modern bike (2 to 5 years old) will usually not require any work, and be ready to go.

I just like the vintage stuff, so I accept the need for basic maintenance as part of the package.
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After some research and searching forums and google, it appears that the bike is an Olympian. It matches up with all Olympian pics. I figure if he will take less than $175 I may go pick it up, may be a fun project.
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Thrifty Bill how far are you from Brandon? perhaps you can help him out, either check out the AD or help him find something else in his price range.
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[QUOTE=Bianchigirll;10750359]Thrifty Bill how far are you from Brandon? perhaps you can help him out, either check out the AD or help him find something else in his price range.[/QUOTE

About four hours away. But he is right above Raleigh, NC. There are several C & V'rs in the Raleigh area. Good idea.
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Well?
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Yeah, well?
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