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I've been trying to find out about the provenance of a vintage bike.

It is fitted with:

  • a USA Sturmey Archer 4 speed FW.63
  • Wagner Werdermann front hub
  • The brakes are Weinmann.
  • Cranks are Williams.

The wheel chain is either a triangle or a pine tree.

On the frame, there is a double ram horns

Wheels are 27x 1 1/4 or 32-630

And on the fork, there is a light bracket.

The plaque has been removed. No markings anywhere visible.

It seems to be hand painted.

It looks better than in the pics.

Thank you for your help!

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    I'd guess its a 60s or 70s bike based on the cottered crank. The 4 speed hub probably dates it best of all, assuming that was original. The weinmann caliper brakes are about early 1980s based on other bikes I've seen with them. Sorry - no idea on maker or brand. – Criggie Sep 24 '18 at 9:24
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    To my shame, I had to look the word "provenance" up to learn it is "origin". Otherwise I thought it was a brand name and thus had to be written from a capital letter… – Grigory Rechistov Sep 28 '18 at 14:29
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I might have found its provenance from the net. Pinterest lugs

Amstrong.

Your points of views? Thanks

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    Those two chainrings are so close in size that it hardly seems worth having two! – David Richerby Sep 29 '18 at 19:01
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    @DavidRicherby look up half step gearing for explanation – ojs Sep 30 '18 at 13:53
  • @ojs Thanks for making sure I learnt something new today. :-) – David Richerby Sep 30 '18 at 18:33
  • Easier to shift up to the big ring as well. – Criggie Sep 30 '18 at 18:53
  • @ConnoisseurEquator Great finding - thank you for coming back and providing closure too. Do mark this answer as "accepted" by clicking the tick/checkbox on the left side. – Criggie Sep 30 '18 at 18:54
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The lugs are Oscar Egg Super Champion, see http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/components/oscaregg.html, which doesn't narrow down the maker in any way but does suggest a frame of at least reasonable quality.

Also the front hub says "Made in Jermany" not "Werdermann". Possibly pre-war as I'd expect "West Germany" after, but given the mis-spelling I'd put a low confidence on this. Also this article https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=de&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=https%3A%2F%2Fosthessen-news.de%2Fn11570883%2Fvon-der-jagdwaffe-zum-ventil-fahrzeugteile-von-wagner-stecken-in-jedem-auto.html suggests it would have been "Luck & Wagner" pre-war.

  • Great finding! To clarify, these lugs were available as parts, and could have been used by a number of different framebuilders. – Criggie Oct 12 '18 at 4:07

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