Re: [CR]Volkcycle?


Example: Racing:Jacques Boyer

Date: Tue, 08 Jun 2004 11:36:38 -0800
From: Chuck Schmidt <chuckschmidt@earthlink.net>
To: Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: Re: [CR]Volkcycle?
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Chuck Schmidt wrote:
>
> Chuck Schmidt wrote:
> >
> > stephen fredette wrote:
> > >
> > > http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=7298&item=3681848611&rd=1
> > > now this is peculiar:
> > >
> > > >" It is a rare find and this was the same bike that world famous
> > > >tri-athlete Jack Johnstone rode to glory. Although it would seem German
> > > >from the name, it's actually made in Japan where so many of the best
> > > >bike's of that era were built."
> > >
> > > it is ihe only bike i've ever seen with dura ace centerpulls as standard
> > > equipment. dura ace high flange hubs and a crane GS long cage
> > > derailleur. very odd. i remain, respectfully
> > > yr obdt svt
> > > Stephen Fredette
> > > Hull, Massachusetts
> >
> > I once heard from someone on the list (I don't remember who) that told
> > me in utmost secrecy, that he had it from good authority, that Volkcycle
> > Co. was started in pre-WWII Germany with a subscription scam and that
> > the company was transferred to Japan as part of the pact between
> > Germany, Italy and Japan (The Axis). Made with slave labor he said. He
> > said it was all tied together because none of the Axis could come up
> > with a cheap car to compete with Henry so they tried the bike thing instead.
> >
> > I dunno... sounds pretty farfetched to me. What do you guys (and gals)
> > think? Geo-political ramifications? What about the discrepancy in
> > height between the European members of the Axis (Germany and Italy) and
> > the Asian member (Japan)? Did Volkscycle have to modify their frame
> > geometry to accommodate the Asians? Has anyone compiled a list of
> > serial numbers with dates? Maybe Dale can put this on his web site? I
> > think there was something about this in the archives wasn't
> > there????????????????????????? (nod to e-RICHIE®™©).
> >
> > Chuck Schmidt
> > South Pasadena, Southern California
>
> Oooops! Make that "on good authority" not "from good authority." The
> rest of the post is the gospel from a FCRLM (former CR list member) on
> the east coast.