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So what's a Vederlicht Union Sport?

Old 12-18-11, 04:45 PM
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So what's a Vederlicht Union Sport?

First off, sorry no photos, I only just got home and it's really not my bike for the photographing.
My father's been hankering for a rod brake bicycle for years and he finally found one here in Michigan with all the particulars he wanted.
I've been piddling about the internet but I haven't found much yet. It's a Vederlicht Union Sport with a 3 speed Sturmey Archer rod drum brake hub from '71 I believe he said. It's certainly curious so far. Clearly fully equipped as a dutch transport with a full vinyl chaincase, dress guards, a ring lock, bottle dynamo setup. I'm curious as to how such a bicycle ended up in Michigan. Anyone familiar with the brand at all?
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No doubt its Union Vederlicht Sport, wherein Union is the factory, 'vederlicht' is the Dutch term for feather light, and sport means sport.

Judging from what I see online, it's a bog standard Dutch grandpa bike; as there have been made millions. With feather light meaning something like that it weighs less than 20 kilos, and sport indicating it has gearing.
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I've done a bit more research. And the Union Vederlicht Sport de Luxe, with 26 inch wheels, is named as one of the more innovative models the Dutch bicycle factories came to produce in the late 1950s.

This looks promising, but tells nothing about a 1971 model of course. Because the same Dutch factories have a tendency to keep the names of their models the same, but change its looks and components from year to year.
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Here is the grandma bike fyi,
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