My Craigslist Oma

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Re: My Craigslist Oma

Postby wa_desert_rat » Fri Oct 28, 2011 2:20 pm

I didn't think it was too heavy. If you remember, one of the first things I did was to lift it. No one is going to mistake it for a carbon-fiber Trek Madone, mind you... but I thought it was reasonable.

And I used to be a weight-weenie; believing that any bicycle that came in over 25 lbs was too heavy for reasonable use. LOL. :P
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Re: My Craigslist Oma

Postby repkovalev » Sun Nov 27, 2011 5:55 pm

In response to Steady Eddy's comments I want to correct some of his errors. First, I'm sure your bicycle is not an Azor, for two reasons. First, the dead giveaway is that Azor bicycle frames all use a uni-crown construction. To give you some good examples, I dug up this http://lovelybike.blogspot.com/2011/04/ ... -fork.html This is a nice little photoblog with information on uni-crown forks. Yours looks like a lugged crown fork. Just Google "lugged crown" for photos and you'll see the difference. Second, Azor is certainly not the only company to put a bend or dip in the section of fender support that loops around the back of the rear fender. Gazelle, Pashley and many others have used this style. Here's a mid 90's Gazelle, notice the dip: Image
Azor bike frames are manufactured in Assen and Hoogeveen in Holland (the western part, but that's another story) in the Netherlands. They are about 14 years old and manufacture frames for many companies and off brands including Workcycles and bakfiets.nl. They do make there own complete bicycles. I own one. Many of their Oma style (the Dutch inspired "loop" frame) are manufactured in China because that is the most popular frame style they make. They can't keep up with them all in their main factory. They do manufacture all of their other frame styles in their factory, and they have a ton of styles. Here's a link to their website and a nice little slide show about their manufacturing plant http://www.azor.nl/index.php?page=tijdlijn&jaartal=montagea
Lastly, Azor is not the only company to internally route lighting wire. Many European manufacturers do, they also all use a lot of Japanese parts. Many companies do (just like a Volvo car is made up of a lot of German [Bosch] parts). It's just the industry. You won't find a bike made in the Netherlands made from all Dutch parts.
I think your bike is possibly a Gazelle and could have been made for some other off brand. Gazelle does this too since they've changed ownership several times.
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Re: My Craigslist Oma

Postby steady eddie » Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:14 am

repkovalev--

"After further review" I can see now that SGB's Craigslist Oma has a crowned front fork and not a Unicrown front fork, like the Azor bikes. I also see that no late model Azor bikes have the rear kickstand that her bike has. The only thing for sure is the fact that the Original Owner claimed that this Oma came from Germany. It does have many parts on it that are identified as being Made In Taiwan, not Japan. There is a difference.

But no headbadge identifier. So her bike's exact pedigree remains a mystery. But I agree, it is most likely a Gazelle..

I am just green that both you and SGB have these swell bikes.. :mrgreen: ..
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Re: My Craigslist Oma

Postby wa_desert_rat » Mon Nov 28, 2011 2:00 pm

steady eddie wrote:I am just green that both you and SGB have these swell bikes.. :mrgreen: ..


Trying to keep up with SGB when it comes to buying things off of craigslist, eBay, Goodwill or Value Village is an exercise in futility. In fact, I just ask her to look out for things and she comes up with them; usually at $1.99. She was the Goodwill Queen in college and hasn't slowed down with two kids, either. Her brother is going to be a daddy in February and she found a $200 stroller for $40 and gave it to them... along with a baby carrier she probably bought for $5.

Once she decides what it is she's looking for then she bides her time until it shows up and then, like a cobra, she strikes!!! :D
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Re: My Craigslist Oma

Postby sibergirlblue » Fri Dec 02, 2011 12:35 pm

I'm actually not sure what it is..becides an OMA with taiwan parts.. the bike guy said it looks good and true, better than alot of the Electras he gets in. So I can just live with that.. It will need a new handle bar..as I can't get that darn bolt out and will have to hack off the handle bar to adjust it to my height. :(

Eddie..there is still that fab X frame Gazelle in Corvalis listed on Craigslist..and he lowered the price. It is an step-through but with the x frame (designed for more cargo strength) it dosn't look as Fem. as a loop frame. has all the dutch goodies though..wheel lock, basket, rack and Light system.
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Re: My Craigslist Oma

Postby sibergirlblue » Fri Dec 02, 2011 12:37 pm

wa_desert_rat wrote:Her brother is going to be a daddy in February and she found a $200 stroller for $40 and gave it to them... along with a baby carrier she probably bought for $5.
:D


Actually it was $40 for the stroller AND carseat :mrgreen:
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Re: My Craigslist Oma

Postby steady eddie » Sun Dec 04, 2011 9:29 am

sgb--

I have made my decision to go with a Schwinn..probably the dark colored (black?) Men's Wayfarer from K-mart. It is an upright bike, and has the smooth riding Hi-Ten steel frame.
Schwinn/Pacific sells at least 4 bikes with this same frame, one is the "Willy" for $440.

28" (700c) wheels, alloy QR hubs, and etc. Oh, and it has the 7-speed with a fairly straight chain line. I plan on towing our Cannondale trailer behind it. So I want the gears.

Besides the frame, it also has a bunch of steel parts, so it can go on an immediate diet.

It should be a terrific bike project.
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Re: My Craigslist Oma

Postby wa_desert_rat » Mon Dec 05, 2011 9:16 am

Sue (the DW) and I had instruction in just how woefully unstocked our local WalMart stores are when it comes to bicycles. We picked up the new-to-us RV and spent Saturday night at the RV park run by the "Angel of the Winds" casino near Arlington, WA. Sunday morning we drove to the WM Superstore at Smokey Point and they had 2x the bikes (including two Deceptions and a couple V2100s). No Dutch bikes though.

Sue wants to get something for paved trails so we looked at those. I think something like what SLB got might be perfect for Sue, too. No money right now though. LOL
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Re: My Craigslist Oma

Postby wa_desert_rat » Tue Dec 06, 2011 6:36 am

sibergirlblue wrote:Actually it was $40 for the stroller AND carseat :mrgreen:


I rest my case! :D
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Re: My Craigslist Oma

Postby wa_desert_rat » Mon Apr 16, 2012 8:04 am

After SGB tipped me off to a craigslist oma in Portland my wife and I saddled up the Kia with a 2-bike hitch rack and headed off to buy it. Turned out to be an interesting journey on a reasonably nice weekend (for a change).

The bike (and I don't have a photo of it right now) is an Electra Classic Amsterdam with a dropped bar (female version). It's missing the generator and light but has saddlebags, a remarkably loud bell (loudest bell I've ever heard on a bike), blinky-light pedals, and a cute basket (which fell off with our smallest Jack Russell Terrier (Teka) inside it and had to be tied into place to make it secure). It's equipped with a cool bike stand that kicks up like a regular "lean-it-over" bike stand but when it's deployed it separates into two pieces and holds the bike upright for loading. Not too heavy either. Up 'til now all I've seen were the rear-mounted full support bike stands. This is, I'm pretty sure, much lighter.

It's white in color so it makes a nice contrast to SGB's bike. It's also a 3-speed Shimano hub shifter. Nice leather handlebar grips.

We had a nice introduction to "Portlandia" (a cable television series) in NE Portland which abounds in bike shops, cooperative bike shops, bike mechanics, bicyclists, and bikes of all sizes and shapes both parked and in motion. The area reminded me very much of the 1970s "hippy" movement and the areas they congregated. The guy who sold us the Electra (for $399) is kind of a bike mechanic and we got the impression that he either made his living restoring and rebuilding bikes or spent a lot of time doing it. He said that bike mechanics there made very little money as there are so many of them. LOL

He did tip us off to the "CCC" bike cooperative on Alberta Street. Took us a while - and a few questions - to find it but once we did it was a remarkable place. At the back of the store, on a large covered patio, were 25 or so people receiving instructions on basic bicycle maintenance. Inside the store were bins of parts; pedals, shifters, derailleurs, etc. I asked one of the employees if they had shock pumps and he disappeared for a minute but returned with a bin containing a dozen assorted shock pumps. I selected one that looked like it would do 300psi (at least the gauge went up that high) and asked the price: $10!!!

So now I can pump up the DW's (Dear Wife's) rear shock on her FS Trek and cut way back on "Bob".

We then continued 100 miles west to visit with DW's parents for two days. The DW got a nice long ride on her new bike with Teka in the front basket (well secured). Teka was a little unsure of a second go in the basket after it fell off the first time but she was a trooper.

One thing I discovered was that I am woefully out of shape for riding after the long winter and crappy spring. And, of course, today it's raning. :(

Pictures when it's sunny and the saddle bags and basket are back on. :)
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