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I've got a vintage lightweight I purchased about 15 years ago and have had it stored in my garage since then. Last month I started riding again and my primary bicycle broke down so I pulled out this bike (Sun Wasp) and have ridden it ever since. I've put about 200 miles on it in now and I'm continually amazed at its light weight and smooth operation. It sure would be nice to know its origin and have it restored to its former glory. However, I'm not even sure it is worth the expense of a restoration.
I would be very interested in your thoughts on the origin of this bicycle. I could hardly find any information on the internet and all I have been able to put together is from one or two web sites. I contacted a gentleman in GB to see if I could purchase replacement decals and he thinks it may be a 1955 - 1962 Sun Wasp champ du monde model. I know it is in rough condition (that's how it was when I purchased it) and it has several components that are not original, but it rides great and many of the components are original. Any information or contact for individuals that could assist would be most appreciated.
I've put pictures out on a website where I have access. The URL is http://www.kp2.com/sunwasp/chadsbike.htm. I can take other pictures if that would help.
F. Chad Shepherd
St. Louis, Missouri, USA