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1964 Sears J.C. Higgins (Puch)

Built by Puch in Austria it is original except for saddle ( I have the original but it failed when its' leather rotted). Sears wanted to offer a full range of bicycles; this was their best. Original tires (not shown) still hold air but not used for riding. Not bad for its day.

Frame:
Puch alloy 56cm

Fork/Headset:
Puch alloy

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
Nervar cottered

Derailleurs/Shifters:
Campagnolo Gran Sport

Saddle/Seatpost:
Campagnolo seat post

Brakes:
Weinman Center Pull

Accessories:
Original pump

More Info:
Back in 1964, my first road bike was the cheaper version of this bike. It looked the same but differed in having Huret derailleurs instead of Campagnolo. You can see it in my photos, it is the last catalog entry. In 1964, I was 13 and my buddies rode Schwinn Continentals. My bike was lighter, quicker, had better handling and better workmanship. Big thrills when you are 13. Did I mention that it was also cheaper? My little buddies still teased me for having a bike from Sears.

Added by OldRoadieTehachapi. Last updated about 3 years ago.

8 Comments

Velogarden

Velogarden says:

Around 1970 my buddy around the corner lusted after a Sears Ted Williams with a 531 frame. He never got one, but the both of us knew what was desirable in a bicycle early on. I've seen photos of those Austrian Sears bikes and they were way better than the Varsity tank I had to ride back then,

Posted over 3 years ago

OldRoadieTehachapi

OldRoadieTehachapi says:

Thanks for the comment!

Posted over 3 years ago

raleighgranprix

raleighgranprix says:

The man with the very lovely handsome bikes alright.

Posted over 3 years ago

OldRoadieTehachapi

OldRoadieTehachapi says:

Much better than ugly bikes I think.

Posted over 3 years ago

JaKrazyM8

JaKrazyM8 says:

I like it !

Posted over 3 years ago

OldRoadieTehachapi

OldRoadieTehachapi says:

Me too!

Posted over 3 years ago

50voltphantom

50voltphantom says:

This is awesome.

Posted over 3 years ago

OldRoadieTehachapi

OldRoadieTehachapi says:

Thanks!

Posted over 3 years ago