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Old 07-20-07, 10:11 AM   #1
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another question regarding an old bike

after browsing the forum for a few weeks, and seeing all the talk about all the diferent types of hardware being used, it made me curious about the old bikes that have been around the house for a long time...

we've had an old one speed in the family for probably 25 years or more... i can remember it being several colors and going thru several modifications... its been a community rider for years... whoever needs it uses it...

i was curious as to what company manufactured this bike as i know its withstood all types of treatment and doesn't seem to care... it must be a really really stout bike...

there's no sign of any mark anywhere on it except the rear hub has the word Sach or Sachs stamped on it... i've never seen this anywhere... what is it?

i remember it being purchased at a run down junk store way out in the country... picked out of a truckload the guy had...

its probably going to be around long after i'm gone... its a very hardy frame... the wheels are tired, they have some wobble and the tires have dry rotted... i may update these and use it as a changeup from the new one i just got...

any idea on Sach? Sachs?

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Old 07-20-07, 10:18 AM   #2
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Post a photo on the "Vintage" section of the Forum, and someone will be able to tell you everything about your bike. Sachs made hubs, with their three-speed hub being fairly common thirty years ago.

If you a wondering about the quality of your old bike, a good clue is the design of the "drop outs"...the part of the fork that the hub fits into. The best old bikes had thick, beefy, strong drop-outs (Schwinn being the best example). The department store bikes had thin, flimsy drop-outs, made by simply "crushing" the tip of the fork. The old-time Schwinn one speed frames and forks were so tough that the pioneer mountain bike builders were using Schwinn frames that were twenty, thirty, and forty years old.
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