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Beaver Bicycle Co

Postby garybbentley » Sun Nov 10, 2013 11:40 pm

So i posted this in the road bike thread but realized it should probably go here.

I purchased an older model, prob 70's steel frame road bike, cottered cranks, DT shifters, the head badge says Beaver Bicycle Co. made in Taiwan. It also has a Schwinn of Madisonville sticker. I can not find any information on the Beaver Bicycle Co
ROAD: Giant OCR1, Shimano 105 Rear 11-25t, Shimano 105 52t Single Ring Front, Shimano WRS-10 Wheelset
Mountain: Mongoose Hex 29er, Race Face 36t Crank, 18t Rear, American to English BB
Fixie: Raliegh Record 52t front, 15t Rear, Retrospec Wheelset
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Re: Beaver Bicycle Co

Postby steady eddie » Mon Nov 11, 2013 10:51 am

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Re: Beaver Bicycle Co

Postby garybbentley » Mon Nov 11, 2013 6:44 pm

I found that photo, but no. Mine is a touring/road 10 spd. I saw today under the badge in small print it says "EE Company" still no luck. Oh well, photo's soon and it will make a cheap commuter/cargo bike.
ROAD: Giant OCR1, Shimano 105 Rear 11-25t, Shimano 105 52t Single Ring Front, Shimano WRS-10 Wheelset
Mountain: Mongoose Hex 29er, Race Face 36t Crank, 18t Rear, American to English BB
Fixie: Raliegh Record 52t front, 15t Rear, Retrospec Wheelset
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Re: Beaver Bicycle Co

Postby garybbentley » Tue Nov 26, 2013 1:26 pm

So this is my new build. it will be a geared road/touring bike. I will set it up to conquer the Kentucky Century Challenge. I have it tore down to bare frame. I will be installing new bearings for the headset all the way to updated wheels and brakes. Here are the before photos.

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ROAD: Giant OCR1, Shimano 105 Rear 11-25t, Shimano 105 52t Single Ring Front, Shimano WRS-10 Wheelset
Mountain: Mongoose Hex 29er, Race Face 36t Crank, 18t Rear, American to English BB
Fixie: Raliegh Record 52t front, 15t Rear, Retrospec Wheelset
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Re: Beaver Bicycle Co

Postby Renaldow » Tue Nov 26, 2013 2:31 pm

Your images aren't coming through on my work computer (may or may not). But reading the full description above, of it being a 70's 10 speed with cottered cranks made in Taiwan, I'm wondering if it's a rebadged Firenze? Firenze's were POS bikes from the 70's and 80's that were imported and then found to be too dangerous to actually sell as a bike. Most of them ended up as promo giveaways instead, for people buying couches or TVs. Something about no liability if they were given away, not sold. Pretty much all the horror myths of big box bikes were reality for the Firenzes. Mismatched parts, bad welds, falling apart as they were being ridden, etc.

I'll see a lot of these pop up on CL for either around $25 if someone knows what they have and that they can't fit new parts on it, or $400 if someone has one and thinks it's an actual vintage Italian bike.

Google Firenze and you'll get some images of the styles they had.
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Re: Beaver Bicycle Co

Postby garybbentley » Tue Nov 26, 2013 3:02 pm

Thanks a lot man! I'll dig into it. It does have the standard euro 68mm bb like my raleigh though
ROAD: Giant OCR1, Shimano 105 Rear 11-25t, Shimano 105 52t Single Ring Front, Shimano WRS-10 Wheelset
Mountain: Mongoose Hex 29er, Race Face 36t Crank, 18t Rear, American to English BB
Fixie: Raliegh Record 52t front, 15t Rear, Retrospec Wheelset
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