Jeff V is no newcomer to the OTSG, but his latest offering certainly is. This OTSG First is a German made Diskus Prolog. This bike is an interesting mix of contradictions. First the name, Prolog, seems like it would be a more “race inspired” model. Then the touring bars with downtube shifters. Then the front fender is chrome and the rear is aluminum. Then the cottered crank with 700c wheels. Then the gorgeous sleek chrome fork and the ridiculously plush springer saddle. All this makes for one sweet ride.
I think this may be an OTS first. It is a DISKUS Prolog 10 speed. I am the 2nd owner, This bike was purchased in Frankfurt, Germany in 1983 and brought to the US.. It has 700 rims (yes, I know, but being an imported foreigner, I hope OTS can look past this), and I’ve added wide 38C cream sidewall tires.
It has a wheel operated generator headlight and taillight. The front fork is brilliant chrome, as is the front fender, but the rear fender is aluminum. That’s how it came from the bike shop the original owner claims. Even the front and rear rims differ, with the front one having the spoke nipples recessed in the rim.
The spring suspension seat is very comfortable, as are the textured hand grips. The frame has welded on tabs for a pump along the top tube, and there is a bracket welded on the left side seat stay with words indicating it is a bracket for a lock. . The headbadge even displays a figure of a discus thrower (German spelling is Diskus). Note the “double duty” bolt for the handlebar which is used to clasp the handlebar from moving up and down. No, this is not up to Schwinn quality, but it’s not quite down to Huffy standards either. Jeff V
Thanks again Jeff