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What do ya know about Puch bikes?(6 posts)

What do ya know about Puch bikes?mr tornado head
Aug 13, 2001 12:02 PM
I noticed that they had a frame that was made by Bianchi... were all of 'em, or was it a one-off deal? Good, bad, ugly?

Thanks for the help!

mr t h
the story:alex the engineer
Aug 13, 2001 12:12 PM
Puch bikes WERE made by the Austo-Daimler Puch corporation, an Austrian company, formed partly by Daimler Benz, but sold off some time ago. They make all kinds of things, such as motorbikes, military vehicles, washing machines, etc., and used to make very nice bikes. I am surprise to hear that Bianchi (an Italian company) made the frame, but in this day and age, nationality is almost gone in bike components. As far as I know, Puch bikes haven't been made in a few years. Chances are, this was one of the later models, and is probably nothing too valuable. The early 1960's ones are quite valuable, though.
the story:mr tornado head
Aug 13, 2001 12:16 PM
Thanks... I dunno if all the frames were made by Bianchi or just a specific model.

Appreciate the help... I've a lead on 2 for $20 each. Sounds like they could be at worst, good cruisers.
the story:grzy mnky
Aug 13, 2001 2:00 PM
Ahh correction, at worst they could be total junk. While they did make some nice stuff for the day, their low end stuff was just that, low end. How much is an old Raleigh Grand Prix worth? Not much. Realize too that getting parts for these older bikes can be a real bear since they used a variety of different sizes for just about every component. You're forced to either rumage through junk bins or buy very high end parts (i.e. Campy & Phil) to get the correct threads. I've got several old Motobecane bikes that put me in this realm.
Puch: Junk or Jazzy?mr tornado head
Aug 13, 2001 5:15 PM
Ah, Grz, was hopin' you'd weigh in!

Good point. I guess I was hopin to score a good, ultra cheap runaround bike. Hmm... which now begs the question: If I'm not familiar with Puch, how do I tell the good from the bad? Would components be a good indicator? Say, Campy stuff on the good and Weinmann centerpulls/Simplex der on the low end?... was weight a determining factor back then?

I've already got a pair of 27" tires hanging on the bike rack just waiting for thier turn... butI don't want to buy strictly on impulse, either.
Puch: Junk or Jazzy?Cliff Oates
Aug 14, 2001 4:40 AM
When in doubt, check the Sheldon Brown site: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/vrbn-a-f.html#austro-daimler