Friday, September 11, 2009

Gary's German 3-speed

I thought I'd share the newest addition to my 3 speed bicycle collection, a 1971 dated 3 speed made in Germany
with a Sturmey Archer 3 speed rear hub and shifter. I brought the bike home as shown in the pictures, having done nothing to it at this point. The paint is almost flawless, no noticeable rust and the chrome shines brightly. The only
issue that is apparent is a brocken plastic fulcrum for the shift cable, an easy repair.


The brand of brakes are unknown to me; Altenberger Brillant. The tires, Continental white walls in size 26" x 1-3/8", state they were made in Germany and appear to be original to the bike. The crank set, stem and handle bars and aluminum fenders have no markings that I have found. The SA hub is dated 71 as the year and 7 as the month; July of 1971.

The decals on the bike have not provided me with a definate answer as to its brand or model. Is it a Sport 70 Super Deluxe or a Super Deluxe Sport 70? Perhaps someone seeing these pictures can shed some light on this bike for me.

My current plans are to dismantle the bike to the frame, clean and polish, replace if necessary and relube all bearings,
replace all cables and housings, replace tubes, replace the tires with suitable white wall tires, [keeping the originals] and to adjust the SA hub if needed and lube, and reassemble. Oh yeah, clean and polish. Ride like it was meant to be!!

More photos here.

Gary
O'Fallon, MO

3 comments:

johnfmccann said...

The Altenburger Brilant brakes are common, German-made components. I've got one on a 1972 German folding bike (klapprad): www.flickr.com/photos/39389118@N07/sets/72157621474584178/
Interesting that your German bike has English-made Sturmey Archer hub as opposed to a German Fischtel-Sachs hub.

michael said...

I have a similar era single speed bike called the Executive. The badge says made in "Western Germany"

Marc Moomaw said...

Gary, I have a similar bike. The brand name on mine is "Jet". I'm not sure you even still have thus bike after 5 years. I have been able to find nothing about the brand or where it came from other than West Germany.