Does anyone have info on Bauer?


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carrotsnax

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jul 1, 2012
50
38
Richmond, VA
#1
Hey Guys,

I am realllllly outside of my realm of knowledge with this Bauer bicycle I inhereted.

It belonged to a very good friend that was stationed in Germany in the late 70’s. He found on a curb on trash day as a frame and added the wheels and I guess maybe the bars too.

Has beautiful lugs, and a neat spoke/wheels lock, on the rear triangle. Also there are two nipples on the left side of the seat post for a bicycle pump.

The bike has been fitted with alloy wheels with a built in generator front hub and an Early twin stick internally geared 5 speed sturmey archer hub.

I apologize this is the only photo I currently have of the bike right now. It was a bit of an emotional day pulling the bike from its resting place. Any information or possible build date would be appreciated.

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morton

I live for the CABE
Nov 9, 2007
1,500
1,755
York, United States
#2
Don't know the make but tell us about the gearing? Downtube shifter on right for 3 speed internal (Sachs?) and shifter on left for derailuer shifting? How many total speeds?
 

carrotsnax

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jul 1, 2012
50
38
Richmond, VA
#4
The hub is a sturmey archer internally geared 5 speed. There is one cable on each side of the hub, and from my understanding this hub is just like a 3 speed unit, but has 2 more sets of planetary gears inside to make it a 5 speed. Or maybe it’s a 2x3 set up so maybe it’s a 6 speed? I’m not totally sure. The bike has sat for a while and the hub needs to be serviced. So the bike is pre 68, that’s cool. Also this bike doesn’t have the 50th year badge on it, it is an earlier badge. I’ll get some detailed pics this weekend. Thanks for the help!
 
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dweenk

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 13, 2014
120
120
Maryland
#5
There should be a date on the hub shell. The first digit(s) are the year, the second digit(s) are the month.
 
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Oilit

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 30, 2015
578
414
Concord NC
#6
That's interesting! I didn't know anybody used the Sturmey-Archer 5 speed hub except Raleigh. But considering how many companies used the 3 speed, there had to be more.
 

carrotsnax

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jul 1, 2012
50
38
Richmond, VA
#7
Where would the date be in the hub?

My friend added the wheels, so I am unsure of what the original drivetrain may have been. I am unsure of what all is original or not on this bike.

My friend found it on trash day on a curb in front of a house in Germany in the late 70’s. Asked the homeowner if he could have the bike and the guy looked at him crazy and said yes. To my understanding the bike had no wheels, and may have been missing other parts that he later added. My friend then opening and operated a bicycle shop for 25 years once he came back to the states.
 

bulldog1935

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 21, 2013
3,671
5,147
Bulverde, TX
#9
Weimann dual-pivot brakes
Nice effort on the lugwork.
Looks like they also sold the frame built with a Huret 5-sp rear - though could be an English shifter boss: Cyclo
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