I, for one, will always have a soft spot in my heart for my highschool Sears 10-speed of c 1968-70. Not until several years ago did I understand that the "Made in Austria" signified it's Puch manufacture. But I was proud of it's Simplex derailleurs, textured Rigida steel rims, Weinman brakes and Nervar cottered steel cranks. I did lust after the top of the line Sears 10-speed though. It was the blue one (mine, bronze) and it had quick-release wheels and center-pull brakes. Mine had wingnuts and sidepulls. But I did at least take all the pie-plates off of it and painted the scalloped lugs black and replaced the plastic tape with French cloth.
Les Connally Dallas, Texas USA Les.Connally@gmail.com Lots of bikes, none extraordinary
-typed half cross-eyed and with one finger on an iPhone. My apologies for any typos.