Why waste time on this ? OK, it’s not exactly high end or even middle of the road, and I have now read heaps of insults on chat forums while researching the brand – not that I normally go there to listen to anonymous know-it-all avatars!
I suppose its “modern” equivalent would be the Huffy suspension MTBs that Big W sell now… yet this seems much more interesting and unusual – thanks perhaps to the passing of time…
I’m guessing it’s late 70’s to early 80’s given the almost comical 70’s style “king’s head” decal. It’s in great condition for its age, with very little use, almost perfect paintwork, minor surface rust on the chrome (easily removed), the wheels are straight, tyres inflated (???!) and it should really only need relatively little of my time (and hardly any money) to become a useful ride.
It’s probably one of those 10 speeders that gave 10 speeders a bad name, but I’m not bothered about that. I think it’s really a heavyweight roadster half pretending to be a racer, and looked at that way doesn’t seem quite so disappointing!
I reckon it could be made into something tolerable, if correctly serviced, and I don’t want to play racer on it – also, most of my other bikes are at least as heavy. So what to do with it?
The Good Points :
It was free.
Lots of shiny bits – hardly anything made now is chromed and I miss that.
27″ Taiwan steel rims – well, i like steel rims.
I don’t have to worry if I want to alter or improve things – it’s not a valuable classic.
Nice looking (if heavy) lugged frame and forks.
Or, useful for parts if things don’t work out.
The Bad Points :
I like to ride upright and this isn’t.
Nasty looking period vinyl saddle and bar tape – but easily changed if i want to.
Loose and cottered cranks – I’m not a fan of cotter pins.
No mudguards – a bike needs mudguards to be a proper bike, and they’re not cheap.
Pretty ordinary side pull brakes.
Not sure how easy or reliable the stem mounted friction shifters will be to use…
…..so there are a few things to ponder on!