| Years ago a friend gave me this bike.He found it in a dumpster,fixed it up, and rode it for a few years before giving it to me. It's very lightweight, fast, and squirrely. I took it into a bike shop to get a couple of adjustments. The guy in the shop offered to buy it on the spot. They were made in czechoslovokia, and he said it was probably made between 1944-47. When I got it, it had shimano deraillers, but I don't know if they were original.They were pretty well beat. I replaced them with a symplex set that works great to this day! I ride this bike every day. I'm just curious if anyone has some knowledge of these bikes.He said Favorit was the name on the imports, but I think he said they went under another name in Europe(?).Any info is greatly appreciated. Thanks.|
| Favorit were a Czech company and they made frames and their own components in the style of french and italian marques. Many of them were imported to Canada and I've seen dozens of them but never anything high end. I had a small supply of their chains which were very good quality and they also sold them under the name Velo.|
Frankly I'd be surprised if many or any bikes were made in central Europe in the 40's during WWII. Take that info with a grain of salt. Love to see good pictures of it though.
|I used to sell Favorit bicycles in the late 70's. We bought them from a distributor in Canada. I think Favorit was associated with the motorcycle company Jawa/CZ. They were a sturdy low end bike with a flashy paint job. We sold 3, 5 and 10 speeds. All of them had a derailler gear system even the 3 speeds.|
| Hi Guys,|
Picked up a fair to good condition Mirage (no other designation), decent white paint, lugged, labeled 1020 steel, with Weinmann rims, Suntour drivetrain, Nervar cranks. It's straight, all bearings smooth, everything works. Can anyone give me a ballpark on value? Thanks.
| I don't believe it's all that collectible or anything. I believe it was one step up from the bottom of the Motobecane line. I have an older...like from the 70's....Mirage. It's 1020 steel - and french components - and steel (rigida) rims - and steel bars. |
So far as value? You might check e-bay to see if anything similar has sold - and what it went for.
| Can someone run down the line of Schwinn lightweights for me, from high end to low end? I know about the Paramount, but my knowledge of other models is non-esistant.|
I'm primarily interested in higher end rides, what models should I look for?
I ask because I noticed my local used bike guy had a nice dark green Schwinn lightweight there, and from 40 MPH, it looked pretty nice. I'll stop tomorrow to see what it is.
| Of course I can't find my 1979 Schwinn catalog, but If I remember correctly the Super La Tour was near the top - |
U.S. made $250 new. Then came the La tour at about $180....Made in Japan ? Most of the Schwinn's from the 1970s into the early 80's produced in Japan with lugged frames were pretty nice bikes. The Electro-forged frame bikes like Varsity, Continental were very well made, but HEAVY and best for tough duty riding...back in the 70's a friend of mine set a ramp to ramp jump record on a Varsity, 31 feet ! He was crazy, but proved you can't hurt a Schwinn with a electro-forged frame.
If I find the Schwinn catalog, I'll post a run down of the top models.
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| I think over the years - some of the models changed positions in the hierarchy. |
Oh, from 40 MPH......
I've stopped to check out many bikes that I spotted while driving by......From 40 MPH you don't know if it's a Paramount - or a Huffy......but you just have to stop - because you just never know.
| Don't worry, Gralyn, there's a stop light right there, so I was able to get a better glance at it then I suggested. I went back later, it was a Varsity. Nice bike, but not what I was looking for, so I passed.|
Drew, 31 feet ramp to ramp!?!! Did you guys grow up in my neighborhood by any chance.... Thats an accomplishment.
Thanks for the input.
|here's a lug picture|
|here's a picture of the bike mentioned below - not sure how to post multiple pictures|