Another Cottered Queen comes our way today, this Concord Gran Fury is courtesy of Bricknd the Amazing Shrinking Man in Ohio.
Model: Gran Fury
Year: Maybe 80’s something? Maybe older?
Manufactured: Made In Japan
Color: Rusty/Orange color
Rims: 27” Araya Aluminum
Tires: 27 x 1 ¼ Bell (Not original)
Front Derailleur: Thunder Bird II (Shimano)
Rear Derailleur: Eagle II (Shimano)
Crank set: rusty 3 piece
Brakes: Center pull Tourney (Shimano)
Frame markings on the bottom of the crank area: S7 7 578
This OTS has spent most of its time upside down hanging from garage rafters. I bought this OTS back in ’94 from a friend of the family (The bike was at that time at lease 10 years old). The bike was then hanging from the garage rafters. The bike had been her daughter’s bike. The bike had been in a fender-bender in prior years, but I could see great potential. I had the rims trued and I bent back various other parts. I rode the bike for a while then hung it from my garage rafters shortly after with my other bikes. Through the years, I had been tempted to put this bike to the curb with others on several occasions so as it wouldn’t be such an eye sore in my garage.
This year, I needed to drop some weight (pushing 270). Not much scenery on an elliptical or treadmill, so I dropped down my OTS. I greased the bearings, took off the 27 x 1 1/8 tires and replaced them with 27 x 1 ¼, and was on my way. I lost 40+ pounds from Memorial Day to Labor Day riding 15 to 25 miles a day on this OTS. I also found my Schwinn Le Tour (Recently garbage picked, rebuilt, and submitted to OTS Gallery) while on my daily ride. Now this OTS is back hanging from my garage rafters once again while I continue my daily rides on the Le Tour. When snow starts to fall soon, I’ll drop another OTS down (Huffy with wider tires) to keep the great daily work-out rides going. Goal is 20+ more pounds to lose by spring…maybe then I’ll hang up the cargo shorts and get some of those biker outfits.