We haven’t seen many classy, themed out, gas pipe rigs in a while, so I shake things up with a couple today.
My name is Darren W. and I live in Warren Michigan.
I just purchased this fabulous vintage 10-speed for $80 that was reportedly in storage for the last 30 years. The entire bike just came out of the box a few months ago! It is in pristine shape (absolutely zero rust and no scratches) and the tires look new, along with all other parts that could become cracked and brittle over time. I know, it’s an AMF product (not very desirable), but I like the bike a lot, as it brings me back to my teenage years.
The derailleur is an Shimano Positron with a date code CJ (October 1978?), which could be an early Positron II I think (it has only one cable attached). The only name on the derailleur is POSITRON. I don’t know when the Cherokee line was first introduced, but it has all the signs that it is from the late 70’s (the gaudy colors tell the tale!). I recently attached a mechanical speedometer I won on EBay, and it is also a vintage unit from at least the late 80’s, as it is made far better than the newer versions I found for sale. It is fairly accurate too – my wife clocked me in her car at 25 MPH which matched my speedometer reading.
I was hoping someone could nail down when it was manufactured. It rides beautifully and shifts flawlessly. It is a fair weather recreational bike, as I know it probably won’t hold up to demanding road racing or extended cycling trips. I look forward to any help I receive.