Hello Fred & members:
I too am interrested in Armstrong bicycles, partly due to the fact that I have what is aparently a '40's Armstrong men's three-speed. This bike has a seat tube decal depicting a racer on a bicycle with his arms in the air signaling victory, and I believe there are some world championship stripes bordering the rider (it's in storage, so I am working from memory). It is the decal that got me interrested in learning more about Armstrong bicycles, because it obviously wouldn't have been a 3-spd. that brought about the use of such a decal on production bikes, and the racer decal, although perfectly original, seems out of place on my 3-spd. Does anyone know if there was a time in history that Armstrong bicycles were popular racing bicycles? Did any famous riders ride Armstrong bicycles?
"Bicycle Mark" Perkins Fresno Cycling Club - Historian Fresno, California, U.S.A.
On Mon, 25 Mar 2002 07:25:44 -0800 (PST) Fred Rafael Rednor
> Martin's description of the bike he's selling brought to
> mind a couple of questions regarding Armstrong bikes. I was
> under the impression that they were a brand that Raleigh used
> for selling less expensive bikes. Yet it seems from Martin's
> description that 1) there were some nicer Armstrong bikes, and
> 2) perhaps they weren't always a part of Raleigh.
> In fact, my first derailleur bicycle was an Armstrong, circa
> 1965. The frame looked great and was actually relatively light,
> considering that it was built from really ordinary tubing.
> The parts, of course, were a different story - heavy steel
> wheels, Phillips brakes and Huret Alvit derailleurs. Be that
> as it may, the bike was attractive enough to attract a thief,
> despite the use of a substantial lock.
> Anyway, what is the real story of this marque?
> Best regards,
> Fred Rednor - Arlington, Virginia