| this isn't really a lightweight, but thought I would try for some opinions here.|
I have a old puch mountain bike, a meteor mountain. 80s style, with the bullmoose bars, suntour thumbshifters and cantys.
it says made for puch, which I guess means in tiawan or some such. it has no lugs or obvious welds. how can I tell what method was used to build the frame?
I have ridden it as a mountain bike fairly hard, so its pretty tough, and I am thinking about making into a touring style machine. does anyone know anything about puch mountain bikes? jason
| It was probably made by Giant of Taiwan. If the frame is steel (most likely), it was probably TIG welded and then sanded, although I suppose fillet brazing, as on the older Schwinn Superiors and Super Sports, is a possibility.|
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| I've got a couple tubular wheels, the rigida rims look pretty beat up to me, but they are true. the front hub is a peugeot racing(thats what it says) and the rear is a ALFA? thats what it looks like it says.|
I have no interest in dealing with sewups on the roads around here so I am thinking about using the hubs on another project.
has anyone heard of ALFA? or am I reading it wrong? jason
| Alfa is a Spanish marque who made copies of Zeus/Campagnolo components. My first road bike ('72) was a spanish Orbea had all Alfa components. They worked quite well. If yours is alloy, it may be worth rebuilding. If it's steel, maybe not. It's just a hub.|
| thanks for the info Warren. Yes, its just a hub, but with my self imposed rule of spend almost nothing(OK, it's someone elses rule that I follow)on the bikes I ride a decent hub is hard to find. jason|
Whenever I got in a tizzy about the latest vintage bike I'd found, my bike mentor would look me in the eye tell me, "It's just a bike". Don't worship it, use it. It's in that spirit that I refer to your hub. Enjoy it.
| well I got them into 27" rims and on my favorite old bike. now I can point them out to the guy on the sunday ride on his new Orbea and say, hey, I got something new to. jason|
| On a Schwinn Super Le Tour 12.2 does the 12.2 refer to anything or have any menaing??|
| Yes and no...12.2 refers to bike wt like sister model 11.8. Obviously a marketing gimmick but nonetheless decent japan-made Schwinns. |
| Weight? How could that be? Pounds is totally absurd and if the numbers referred to kilograms it's nothing to brag about.|
| Mass in kg is indeed the correct interpretation of the model name. For folks familiar with Varsinentals or even Super Sports, this was a big deal.|
| Thanks for the information. 12.2 kg would be about 27 lb. which is an OK weight for back in the 1970's.|
| I was trying to find some information on a Schwinn World Traveler. I must not be looking in the right places. I couldn't find much. I have a World Traveler....looks to be from the 70's, Taiwan made. It has the one-piece crank, stem shifters, side-pull brakes, suicide levers, steel bolt-on wheels. I found some information on the Travelers.....and up to Traveler III. But I didn't find anything on the World Traveler. I was just trying to see if I could figure out what model year bike it was. |
| I don't know about Taiwan made and Schwinn branded, but Schwinn imported a World branded Traveler model from Japan in late '72 and '73.|
The Taiwanese (Giant built) Schwinn World line that came in the '80s didn't appear to have a "Traveler" version. There was a stand alone (non-World) "Traveler" model for years.
Did you find any serial number info?
| Well, I remember right after I got it - I checked the head badge for a stamped serial number....nothing.....then I checked on the head tube (as on the older early 70 Schwinns) - but nothing. |
It is Opaque Blue, though.....and looks to be maybe an early 70's bike....maybe 73 or so. It has Shimano stem shifters, Schwinn approved ders and brakes and stem.