• laverack

    In Communist country, bike rides YOU! Seriously, nice bike. I have never encountered 28″ tires before. Was that standard issue in the Eastern bloc? The geometry of that frame is pretty tight too. Plus, not much rake to that fork. I believe you when you say that bike is fast. Again, NICE ride!

  • edh

    Nice bike, now I have to quote Bill Murray:

    “C’mon, it’s Czechoslovakia. We zip in, we pick ‘em up, we zip right out again. We’re not going to Moscow. It’s Czechoslovakia. It’s like going into Wisconsin.”

    • Cameron

      STRIPES!!!!!!

      My third favorite movie from age 12-15 right behind Fletch and Strange Brew.

      Everything I know about Canada, I learned from Strange Brew. :)

  • http://hughsbicycle.blogspot.com Hugh

    Very cool frame, wheels tucked in tight. And the crank,chain-ring and guard look really interesting.
    Nice design. First timers are getting better all the time!

  • Bill

    In tha first pic it sure looks to me like the fork is bent.

  • Barry

    Yes it has a slight bend, an easy fix. A bike shop should be able to do it fairly cheaply.

    I bought a used Mercier that had the pedal come very close to the front tire, turns out tyhe fork was bent slightly as was the frame. Just the forks would have been fixable.

    Nice bike though.

  • http://OldTenSpeedGallery Wooden Shoe Biker

    Remove fork and check it out. It has to be bent. Nice winter bike. Eduard van Groningen

    • laverack

      Gentlemen, I must respectfully disagree.I do not believe that fork is bent. I think that the frame (and fork) have particularly tight geometry. That is why the owner finds the bike so fast and agile.

  • http://OldTenSpeedGallery Wooden Shoe Biker

    The owner says the pedals hit the front fender. The designer could not have done this, maybe a curb or tree> Nice polite comments here as compared to My Fixed Gear where they get nasty. Thanks Ed

    • laverack

      Not to belabor the point, but, 28″ wheels and tires + fenders + slight rake to fork could equal 1mm contact between fender and pedals, no? Perhaps we should all chip in, get the bike shipped to some meeting place acceptable to all and settle this most vexing and important question. Well, maybe not……..

      • Wooden Shoe Biker

        Good point Laverock, I assumed the fenders were original from the factory. I have one Raleigh Record with 630 mm. diameter bead to bead tyres and it pulls to the right. I acquired it used and suspect the fork is a wee bit bent, but maybe it was manufactured this way. My Japanese built Raleigh Super Record it perfectly straight. New tyres on both. I am from Holland perhaps we could meet in Groningen. But Curaco is warmer and more pleasant in February. We should ask the owner if it pulls to one side. Thanks Eduard

  • julie s

    I agree, the fork steerer tube is bent. Removeing the fork will make it clear. Core of the head tube isn’t always affected visably-tight geometry is for track and raceing bikes; this is a tourer-sould have lots of rake. Careful rideing , Pleeeeeeze!

    • Cameron

      Julie,

      Remember this bike was produced under communist rule. I don’t think they distinguished between race, track or touring. You get ONE bike, one geometry and it should do it all!

      Cameron

  • http://hughsbicycle.blogspot.com Hugh

    Maybe a little time in Siberia will convince you the fork is not bent!

  • http://OldTenSpeedGallery Wooden Shoe Biker

    This must be the most talked about FORK on the internet. Only the fork I eat with is bent., this one must be straight as Hugh convinced me. Thanks Comrade.

  • Flash

    In photo #5 the fork leg to head tube angle appears quite off. I used to have a Montgomery Wards 10 speed back in high school that featured a similar twanged fork, and we were all enthralled with its snappy handling.

  • http://OldTenSpeedGallery Wooden Shoe Biker

    Truly, the fork known around the World. I had a Montgomery Ward 10 speed for about 2 days that I bought recently on ebay for less than $6 (Six bucks) but shipping was about 70. I stripped it for parts. It was a 1976 or 77 and had the unusual FFS Shimani front freewheel with the freewheeling in the Crank not the rear hub as is conventional. The cassette was fixed. I tossed the frame after stripping the good parts. It was very heavy gas pipe type. The bars were good and diacompe brake levers and cool old big reflectors. I keep the fork too. Maybe some abstract sculpture someday soon. Thanks EDuard.

    • Laverack

      Imagine…. a humble bicycle fork bringing people from all reaches of this mortal coil together in polite discussion. There is, dare I say it, hope. Ah, the power of the old ten speed. Anyway, does anybody know if those old front freewheel bottom brackets will accept a one piece to European style bottom bracket adapter? Heavy as gas pipe perhaps, yet some were pretty nice frames.

  • http://link.marktplaats.nl/320432203 Jonathan D.

    Hi everyone
    Well i never expected all this debate over the fork in my rusty old OTS.

    Of course, i got curious because of the discussion.
    I checked the bike out very closely.
    Let me help you out, and finish some of the doubts.

    One thing i’m sure of, is that the fork crown and steerer tube are not bent.
    It is in exact line with the underside of the headset and frame tube. Steering is smooth as can be.
    The steerer tube is perfectly straight.
    What is the case here, is that the fork leg have moved a little inside the fork crown.
    The fork legs stick into the fork crown only 7 milimetres!
    The angle between fork crown and fork legs is different. It should be the same. I mean the straight upper part of the fork legs, were they “enter” the fork crown.
    It could also be that the fork legs themselves have been bent a little, but i doubt it.
    They have the same bend as my Peugeot forklegs, and those of my old Prisma 1-speed.

    check out the website. On the third pic, you can see how little the forklegs stick into the fork crown.

    Conclusion, forks are not bent, steerer tube not bent, but still, it isn’t the way it should be. So, most of you were right after all.

    By the way, the front fender doesn’t touch the pedals. There is about 2 milimetres space between them!

  • George

    Do you know where can I buy a bike like yours?

    • Bellmontregalia

      George, I have been trying to find some info on these bikes and came across this great forum. My friend took over his dads bikes shop and has a few of these from 73 still in the box up in the attic.. Email me for details if you are still interested in one.. Bellmontregalia@gmail.com

  • bbrbl

    Just to add to the fork thing, I have a Fovarit with the same Fork “problem”.The bike itself needs some fixing overall so I didn’t ride it yet. But reading this forum makes me think that it’s actually meant to be like this.

  • Otto Schlieder

    You have rare version of stickers on your Favorit. Only same export versions have it. I see this first.