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Austro-Daimler Puch Olympian - Anyone ever heard of it?(4 posts)

Austro-Daimler Puch Olympian - Anyone ever heard of it?KDS
Jun 4, 2001 2:51 PM
Picked up one of these on Saturday at a garage sale. Looks to be in excellent shape, lugged Reynolds double butted 531 frame & fork (off white pearl with blue pinstripes around lugs), Huret friction downtube shifters & fd, shimano 700 rd, Normandy hubs, Weinman rims & brakes. After some cleaning and minor shifting adjustments, etc., I took it out for a ride, and it seems to work perfectly. Just wondered if any of you folks had any info on this bike(I usually hang out on MTBR.com, and don't know much about road bikes). Thanks for your help.
Kevin
re: Austro-Daimler Puch Olympian - Anyone ever heard of it?grandemamou
Jun 4, 2001 3:17 PM
check out www.cyclesdeoro.com and go to their classic bikes section. There should be some info there.
re: Austro-Daimler Puch Olympian - Anyone ever heard of it?The General
Jun 4, 2001 5:19 PM
Kevin, I just had to replace my old Austro-Daimler. It was stolen out of my truck. It was a great bike, one of the most comfortable ones I have ridden. In fact a few years ago when I though of upgrading I couldn't find any other frame I liked better. Check out Sheldon Browns web page on the history of the bike it is pretty interesting. Bianchi bought them out in the late 80's.

FYI: I had the Ultima which had Campy Record on it, the insurance replaced it for $4000.00. All the bike shops quoted it compared to the likes of a Independent Fabricator, Co-Motion & other high end steel frames.

Take care,
Richard
Just saw one at my LBS today...vram
Jun 6, 2001 12:48 AM
Somebody had brought it in for repairs/tuneup. It is a small-tubed steel bike w/campy components from down-tube shifter era. Dark burgundy. Pretty old. If I got one at a garage sale it would be my perfect beater bike for commuting and winter workouts. My current beater bike weighs a couple of tons more compared to this bike. Happy riding!!