My 3-speed. It was a Phillips, that had languished in our basement for years, and belonged to our neighbor in the apartment upstairs. It had the S-A hub, black paint with gold pin-stripes, a fancy crest badge, a marvelous Brooks mattress saddle, and a fine responsive and balanced feeling.
After riding a balloon-tire and a 2-speed middleweight (gawd how slow that felt!) that my dad had had refurbished for me (LBS, Gary's Cycles in Chicago, still in business, same family!!), the "3-speed racer" hooked me with its performance! I bought it from that boy for about $13 (Bar Mitzvah money), and got a steel drop bar put on at Gary's. I rode that until my junior year in high school, when I got a new Falcon, the Ernie Clements with straight-guage 531 throughout as a reward for bringing my grades up to Dean's List. It cost a skoshe more than a Super Course at that time, but was not quite as pretty. It had a Campy Gran Sport derailleur set, an odd and weak riveted cottered crank, and a Brooks B5 saddle.
Ken Freeman Ann Arbor, MI
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What bike did you sell that you should never have sold. Charles Nighbor Walnut creek, CA