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Old 09-08-14, 08:46 PM
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Norwegian bikes?

This popped up on my local Craigslist. I'm not in the market, but it just surprised me. I never knew there was a Norwegian bike industry. The marque is Dem Best Sickel, which I'm guessing translates into The Best Cycle. Anyone ride a Norwegian bike?



DBS Ladies 5 Speed made in Norway 1971
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Wikipedia informs me it is actually spelled Den Beste Sykkel
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There was bike industries everywhere. DBS is still around, but I don't know how much manufacturing that still goes on in Norway.
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DBS

I doubt they manufacture any of the models in Norway anymore.

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That one on CL is in fantastic condition.
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Great thread, and a real education for me. I'll have to tell my Norwegian friends about this.

I wonder what BB threading, tube diameters, etc. they use in Norway -- English/ISO?
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..I have a 23" mens frame that is pretty much the equivalent of that Golden Star.

Mine has a three speed, coaster brake hub, and I used it as a college bike for a while.
Roughly the equivalent of a Raleigh Sports, but with a welded frame and better wheels,
mine has an Ashtabula crank, and IIRC, better brakes than the Raleighs of the era.

I bought it from a thrift store here in California, and have no idea who imported them.
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Originally Posted by John E
Great thread, and a real education for me. I'll have to tell my Norwegian friends about this.

I wonder what BB threading, tube diameters, etc. they use in Norway -- English/ISO?
For $75 you could find out!
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Originally Posted by icepick_trotsky
For $75 you could find out!
If they offer free lutefisk with the bike, run. Run away fast...
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the DBS factory is/was in Sandnes on Norway's southwest coast.

they made everything from juveniles to folders to road bikes with 531c tubing frames. owned one of the latter from about 1967.
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I have a '68 DBS frame and fork, not built up right now. Reynolds steel, nervex pro lugs (except fork crown), huret dropouts, and English thread.
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Originally Posted by juvela
the DBS factory is/was in Sandnes on Norway's southwest coast.

they made everything from juveniles to folders to road bikes with 531c tubing frames. owned one of the latter from about 1967.
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I have a '68 DBS frame and fork, not built up right now. Reynolds steel, nervex pro lugs (except fork crown), huret dropouts, and English thread.

...I've only seen one of these better DBS road frames, and the one i saw looked to me like it was a rebranded French production frame. I could be wrong.
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Short Oegland history.* Oegland bicycle factory 1949

Bike Europe - Cycleurope's Øglaend DBS Ceases Production in Norway
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Great info here, in Swedish:
DBS - Racermodellerna
In "English" with Google Translate:
https://translate.google.se/translat...com%2Fdbs.html
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thanks for these links 3alarmer and 1987!

excellent finds.

the one in my stable resembled the 1971 Competition in 1987's link. frame was nearly identical right down to the colour but she was differently kitted. had Stronglight 55 chainset with hollow spindle. Huret forged ends with Huret gears. the same Titan stem and bar set. Atom 440 pedals. Weinmann centrepull brakes. that's about all i can recall; about thirty years back. was able to date as ~1967.

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