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Old 10-28-15, 12:59 PM
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Originally Posted by camilotorres6
Hi,

I'm Camilo, from Colombia.

This is my granpa's bike. He used it to go to work and to get the materials to build the family house in the 50's.

I haven't find another bike like this in my country and know very few about it.

I'd like to lnow more about it.

Thanks!
Welcome, Camilo! Interesting machine, definitely a 'Luxus Herrenrad'. Can't help with the ID, but looks to be in great shape. Take good care of it, it's worth it.

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I haven't been able to find any reference to a Lord bicycle company, but I did find one for a Lord's Bicycle Club in the UK., an older club. However, I doubt that people would put their club badges on their bikes like that. If they had club badges...

The word "herrenrad" means "Gentleman's bicycle", according to one of the comment at:
https://oldbike.wordpress.com/1939-f...renrad-german/

I ran herrennrad through Google translate and it does turn out to mean 'gents bike' in German.

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I have been looking for more info about "spring wheels," as shown here on a 1905 Victoria 12 bicycle, used in WW1 as a military bike:
» WW1 Herrenrad Victoria The Online Bicycle Museum

At least one design for spring wheels was granted in England in the 1880s or so, but the pneumatic tire was also introduced at around the same time. Spring wheels were used in Grmany during WW1 because rubber was in short supply.
I see at least one company put a plastic version of the spring wheel on the market this past decade as an 'airless tire' for mountain bikes. However, they want something like $2,200 USD for a pair of their tires at this time.
I'll pass... :-)
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western german bike

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Just wanted to pick your guru brains here. I'm looking for a vintage bike and I'm wondering what German brands are out there that I can look at. My searching came up with Kalkhoff but that's about it. Was there anything decent from Germany back in the day?
i know that your post is old but was wondering if you was still looking
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i have a old 1980s Western german made racer in very good condition
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i have a old 1980s Western german made racer in very good condition
Pictures?
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Pictures?
hi how do i add pictures ?
private message me and ill whatsapp you some over
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Patria WKC for sure. They made nice bikes. I have one that is just a tad too big for me.
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Originally Posted by puchfinnland
My girl rides a HANS LUTZ.

I can say it is a nice frame and she loves it.
bike has been through alot of upgrades since this picture.


Nice canoe beside your daughter - glued strips or planks and ribs?
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Old old thread, not sure why it got bumped.

But a few brands failed to be mentioned.

Dürkopp. Bauer. Hercules. Express.

I'm especially fond of Express (Express Werke, Nürnberg) because their bikes have an excellent running dog emblem over the front fender.
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Wheeler is a German brand, I think

From what I can tell, Wheeler is a German label, although the frames are Asian-imported.

I looked at a Wheeler last weekend. Seemed like a good deal from the ad copy, but the seller neglected to mention that the frame had been crashed (significant top tube damage). Too bad, as the frame is Tange Prestige (Taiwanese-made).

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If you mail them to nonfixie@gmail.com I'll be happy to put them up.
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For reference purposes, a bunch of German head badges spotted in Ghent last week:

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Originally Posted by dunnndusted
i know that your post is old but was wondering if you was still looking
Naw, probably not but I would like to see it.
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Originally Posted by CO_Hoya
From what I can tell, Wheeler is a German label, although the frames are Asian-imported.
According to german Wikipedia, it is a label of the swiss company "Intercycle".
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Hugo Rickert from 1959.


Frame repainted approx 25 years ago.

Saddle and stem height correct for me in this pic. Can't wait to ride it. Parts sourcing in progress.

Mounted with 25mms above, and clearance for 33s w/ knobs (and axle can still move rearward in drop-out.

Rollers for derailleur cable routing

Ambrosio stem is a good length for me. Cleaned up after this pic and much better looking now.

Nice lugset - possibly Nervex Pro, still investigating. (I'm slow)


after initial wipe-up and light cleaning with BlueMagic*.
Will be on bike showing minimal stem height, as in second pic this post.

edit: Looks like the 'first parts build' Will be:
French Huret derailleurs
Italian Universal/Galli brakeslevers, Ambrosio stem, 3ttt bars
German crankset
Wheels are Japanese Sunshine hubs, Ambrosio rims, 25mm Vittorio's - glued
BB & headset are no name, but quite functional.
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That collection of head badges caught my eye. Kinda surprised me to see that one of the top dog racing models, Rabeneick. I am lucky enough to have one, a 1958 Rabineick 120d, commonly referred to as the Rabeneick "Campagnalo".

As tested...


Ready for art...


And, of course, head badge installation (more professional looking when I get it back on)...
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Stollenwerk before I cleaned and repaired it for the son of the first owner. Approx. 1950





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That's a beautiful machine, martl . I wouldn't mind seeing more pictures of it.
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