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Retro Bikes from Schönebeck

Submitted by on December 26, 2010 – 4:54 pm2 Comments

Weltrad Herren Schwarz

These are some of the coolest new production bikes I’ve seen in some time. They’re hand made in Germany by  Weltrad. They’re lugged steel (CroMo) frames and based on 1930s designs.  Modern appointments include a 7-speed Shimano Nexus hub gear with back-pedal brake and Shimano dynamo hub with roller brake.   Leather saddle and grips are also standard.

The Ladies model is called the “Damen” and the Mens model is called the “Herren”.  From their company history we learn they began building bikes in the 1890s:

“The company “Hoyer&Glahn” establishes the bicycle factory “Fahrradfabrik von Hoyer und Glahn – Weltrad” in Schönebeck/Elbe. This bicycle factory by the name of “Weltrad” becomes one of the most famous bicycle  manufacturers in Germany that is well known for its high quality bicycles.
The rolling of the tubular connections of the bicycle frames is an invention by “Weltrad”, which replaces hard soldering of frames and changes bicycle construction in a fundamental way. Thanks to this ingenious invention, “Weltrad” becomes an international bicycle manufacturer.”

One question – when will these be imported in the USA?

Weltrad Damen

All photos courtesy of Waltrad.de

- Chris

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Chris started riding a bike again when he noticed the Preston Ridge Trail being constructed across the street from his house. Since then he co-founded Biking in Dallas, has gone through countless Craigslist bike projects (some better than others) and can be found pedaling around town on a Electra Ticino with a camera in tow.

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