Here is Bob R’s one owner 1969 Sears (Puch) 10-Speed Racer. I love purple bikes.
Distributed by Sears in the late 60s and early 70s, I purchased this bike new in 1969 and to this day take it routinely on 40-50 mile rides. Over the years I’ve gained expertise with the original Simplex front and rear derailleurs and operate them with ease. I’ve replaced but retained the original French “Rigida” 27” chrome wheels; the original Weinmann center pull brakes – Vainqueur 999 front and 800 rear – with upgraded cables are likewise original components. The fork and lugged steel frame and original Nervar Crank (all considered lightweight components in 1969) appear indestructible. Its profile, steeply raked fork and original San Marco saddle give it a distinctive flair and combined with the Sears identification make it a conversation piece wherever I go. Deceptively fast yet comfortable and maneuverable I have no problem keeping pace with or leading my riding group.