[CR]Re: Astra (Dave Whitney)

Example: Racing:Roger de Vlaeminck
Date: Thu, 1 Jul 2004 13:22:12 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Dave from Maine" <davefromainetoo@yahoo.com>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
In-Reply-To: <CATFOODpMNFLCiy7D470000270f@catfood.nt.phred.org>
Subject: [CR]Re: Astra (Dave Whitney)

Lou - I have a 1971 Astra "Tour de France" I bought new. It's got Huret Alvit derailleurs, Weinmann brakes, and weighs about a ton. I love it. I recall I bought it at an automotive tire-type store. Sheldon Brown revealed the Motobecane connection to me. The fork has the Motobecane "M" in the chrome crown-cap, which I never knew about.

A neighbor up the street is selling a 5-speed just like it with fenders and moustach bars - I'm hoping to go grab it this weekend

Dave Whitney - Portland, Maine

Has anyone ever heard of a Japanese "bike boom" era 10-spd named "Astra"?

I believe that Astra was made in France by Motobecane for Beacon Cycle. Should be easy enough to tell whether this is the same Astra as mentioned, just check the threading.

Lou Deeter, Orlando FL