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FAVORIT - INTRO

FINDING THE FAVORIT

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FINDING THE FAVORIT

There was a time when it was easy to spend a Saturday morning Yard Sailing and bring home half a dozen or more vintage road bicycles.  Or, a trip up and down just about any back lane would reveal an old road bike leaning against a fence or shed.  Those days are long gone but the odd nice old road bicycle does surface from time to time, more often than not at the local Landfill Site, better known as the Dump.  This lovely old Czechlovakian steed being one of those lucky enough to find its way into The Old Shed.

Many bicycles from days gone bye say good bye at the local Landfill Site, better know as the Dump.  And that is exactly where this lovely old Czech machine was stumbled upon.  Not only was the Favorit leaning against the scrap metal pile, but so too were two near mint old roadsters, an Austrian Sears something or other five speed and a Polish Universal, once again of roadster design.

In addition though not in nearly as nice of condition, was an early seventies Sekine though at the time of this writing, the model is pretty much unknown.  Know only that the Sekine was of Asian origin, of very early seventies vintage and in reasonably good, but no where near excellent, condition.

All three bicycles were loaded into the pick-up, along with three or four others which were destined to be sent, through the Bicycles for Humanity Organization, to far away Africa.  With the scrap metal pile checked, and the Bicycles for Humanity drop-off area tidied up, one last Dump task remained.  To check out the special area, at the back of the property, where Landfill Site employees set racing bikes aside just for me.

Driving along the gravel road to the special spot, it became immediately apparent that something was waiting for me.  As I drew close my hopes began to dwindle the moment I could make out the presence of dual position brake levers.  The dual position lever, often called Turkey Levers, were commonly fitted to entry level recreational road bikes of the Favorit's day.

None the less, I did have to get the bike and either keep it or take it to the scrap metal pile, or to Bicycles for Humanity.  Since the Favorit was an entry level bike, it looked as if B4H was about to get another donation from me.  But that was soon to change..

     

 

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