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Ever heard of a Bauer?(8 posts)

Ever heard of a Bauer?Suddha
Dec 12, 2002 8:03 AM
I found a Bauer road bike in the basement of an old building I was helping renovate a couple years ago. Looks like a nice bike. It has a nice lugged steel frame, indexed down tube Shimano shifters and derailleurs... The graphics are a bit dated. I am guessing early 80's.

Has anyone ever heard of this make? I can't seem to find any info on it. I am cleaning it up for use as a commuter/CX bike.

I would assume that it's the namesake of Steve BauerFrith
Dec 12, 2002 8:32 AM
The Canadian cyclist from the 80's (and incidentally my favourite... see favourite cyclist thread below.) There is one sitting outside my lbs that I just noticed recently. Didn't have time to spec it out but I bet the guys at the shop know a bit about it... I'm going to ask them about it and see if it's my size. If it is I'll take it for a ride and let you know how it turns out.
Don't ask Claude Criquilion (nm)gregario
Dec 12, 2002 9:12 AM
Thanks, let me knowSuddha
Dec 12, 2002 1:33 PM
I'll be curious to hear what you find out about Bauer at your LBS.

When I asked my LBS, I was told it was probably some off brand name made by someone else and it was a worthless bike. But it rides too well and seems to be built and spec'd nicely, so I doubt that assessment.
Check out this link about Bauer road bikesmuzza_b
Dec 12, 2002 4:03 PM

Let us know whether the bike you have found is from this auspicious family of bikes.
re: Ever heard of a Bauer? YEStempeteOntheRoad
Dec 12, 2002 5:28 PM
Over here in Quebec, the brand was sold through Sears or Canadian Tire... Honestly, unless some high-end models were produced at some point, those we had here where really more like some Huffy, or that song from Neil Young ("saw it on tv, bought it on the phone, now you're home alone with a p of crp")

Check to see if the seat stays are tack-welded. Look at the dropouts, are they only plates, or do they look like some forged or machined pieces. those are signs of some quality.

Otherwise, the Bauer bike we had as kids were just bunger 10-speeders... Worth a nice cheap commuter bike... I'd like to see yours if it don't seem to fit what I know of them. Give us a pic?
More likely from a Canadian sporting goods companyKerry
Dec 12, 2002 5:50 PM
Not having to do with either Steve Bauer or the German Bauer. Two big Canadian sporting goods companies are CCM and Bauer, and I would bet that this Bauer made/makes bikes just like CCM did. Or, perhaps more likely, they were sticking their labels on a bike imported from Taiwan like everyone else in the 70s/80s.
OK, it's a cheapie.Suddha
Dec 13, 2002 7:05 AM
Some of you have confirmed what the LBS told me then... it is a low end dept. store bike. Odd though - the geometry is aggressive, the shifters high end (for the era) and it rides nicely.