I have a 1974 Hosteler Mixte bike, which I bought new for $149.95 that year in Duluth, Minnesota. I haven’t found very much at all about Hosteler bikes online. I’d love to know how many were sold in the U.S. in the 70s.
This may not be a detailed-enough picture–if not, let me know and I’ll take more.
I’ve ridden it a lot, but not much in the past 10 years. The longest ride I’ve taken with it is 50-60 miles. It’s never been left outdoors–always garaged. I’m thinking of changing the handlebars and seatpost, and I’d love to repaint it, but don’t have a clue as to where to start! I’m also wondering whether it would be worth it to change the derailleur and make it an 18-, 21- or 24-speed?? Any other ideas for refurbishing it would be welcomed! I ride exclusively on pavement–city streets, country roads and paved bike paths, and live on a steep hill and in an area that is quite hilly.