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Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 12:34 am
by indianfigs
Hi everyone... My name is Sam...

I must be mad... I'm 48 and I have just discovered Cycling.. A bit Crazy ??

I would love to chat with others that are as crazy as I am, But I haven't had this much fun in Years.. My Wife bought a Road Bike about 15 years ago....


It is just fine....

If anyone knows more about this older bike could you please let me know....

Cheers to all and happy riding ..

Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 12:52 am
by Mulger bill
G'Day Sam, welcome outside

The info board is probably not the best place for this post so I've shifted it over to the retro bikes forum, methinks you'll get a better response over there.

Good luck and enjoy your time here.


Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 12:55 am
by aleg75
I did a quick google (cannot post links yet) but I found a speil about being produced from 1977- 1986 (in Graz Austria) from 1987-1995 (in Italy from Bianci). All the frames and forks are made of steel. The higher quality Bikes with Reynolds 531 the mid and lower range with Puch 2500 steel.

Yours seems like the 2500 steel model from doing a google image search for the PUCH MISTREL E

If you clean it up, post a pic or two if your able.


Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 12:58 am
by toolonglegs
they made motobikes as well?

Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 1:42 am
by Mulger bill
Thought I remembered the name...
Have a wander around in this thread.

I'm sure Kukamunga can help out too.


Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 6:57 am
by kukamunga
How timely! My Puch Mistral is sitting out the back to be washed and cleaned today so I can take some photos of it! Here's what it looks like at the moment:
Puch 'Mistral SE' 14 spd complete road bike. Austrian made Reynolds 501 lugged frame w/ adjustable horizontal 'dropouts'. Weinmann 36H eyeletted rims, Normandy 'Luxe Competition' hubs, s/s spokes, Sachs 13-23 7spd screw-on cluster. SR 'Apex' cranks w/ SR 'Royal' & Sugino 'Mighty Competition' 44/51T rings. Shimano RD-L541, Campag FD, '105' d/t shifters. Weinmann s/p brakes with 'Semi Automatic' (sic) cable adjusters, Weinmann levers w/ boots. SR stem, Friko 'Touring Super' drop bars.

Maybe up for sale real soon :wink:

Yes, Puch made some nice motorscooter in the 50's/60's. The 'Alpine' was a real beauty (dreamt about one last night, believe it or not)! :shock: Jesse of the Bike Bar here in Melbourne has one in his workshop:

Sorry! Back to bicycles..... :wink:


Posted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 1:03 pm
by indianfigs
Hi kukamunga, and everyone else that replied.. Thanks for the info.. I would love to post some pics of the Puch Bike but I don't know how....

I was also looking for decals to suit it ... long shot maybe ????

The bike is in very good condition, normal few scratches but rides like a dream.....

If I could find the decals, is it worth repainting it or is it best to leave it as is ????

Would love to buy another for my wife if I could find one..... My Wife is about 5'5" and was wanting to know the correct bike hight for her.... would anyone know.... ???

Thanks again and I hope I'm not asking stupid questions..


Posted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 4:38 pm
by kukamunga
kukamunga wrote:How timely! My Puch Mistral is sitting out the back to be washed and cleaned today so I can take some photos of it!

I am cleaning it up to sell. Should be about the right size for a 5'5"er. PM me..... :wink:

Posted: Sun Jul 20, 2008 9:13 am
by kukamunga
A few more images of my 'unwashed' Puch 'Mistral SE'
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Will post some 'clean' photos soon..... :oops:

Posted: Sun Jul 20, 2008 5:50 pm
by ukalipt
hey sam,
i "acquired" [well i basically found it at the tip when i was dropping off
some green waste] a puch mistral SE a while back. unfortunately it was
way to small a frame size for me so i actually sold it on ebay.

the frame was really light and in amazing condition with only a few tiny
marks etc. the guy that brought it was happy as, and we were both
discussing how light the frame is - even in todays standards it would be as
light if not lighter than most new lightweight bikes.

mine was pretty much identical to kukamunga's but it only had bottom
bracket, cranks, stem, bars, levers and brakes.

the frame was the same 501 reynolds tubing and i was so impressed i
spent quiet a while looking for an older roadie bike of almost the same-ish spec.

as for the decals. and repainting i would suggest a bottle of kerosine, and
some crappy rags, gloves AND OUTSIDE, wipe the frame down
thoroughly. i found it took of almost 100% of the marks off the frame,
obviously apart from the scratches. after doing this you may not
want/need to paint the frame.

personally i would remove any not so good decals, if the taint the
look of the frame they don't really have much purpose then.

heres a couple of pics from my scavenger puch. the last pic is of it with a
few accessories to see how it would build up.





Posted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 5:35 am
by kukamunga
Drool! 8) Thinkin' I might hold onto mine now...... :wink: Can't believe someone would throw such a nice frame out (actually.... I can)!

PS: Did you get a good price for the frame? (I've got another Peugeot, by the way) :wink:

Posted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 7:44 am
by kukamunga
Here are a few pics of 'indianfigs' Puch 'Mistral E':
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Posted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 10:53 am
by ukalipt
man, love the blue. i do have a soft spot for blue bikes though.
looks like it is in premium condition as well, with the one owner and all.

and kuka, you know more than anyone what people throw out. it is more of a concern what has actually slipped by and made its way to the waste, thats a really depressing thought actually...

Posted: Sat Aug 09, 2008 9:36 am
by kukamunga
Well, as nice a bike as it is, I've put my Puch up for auction on eBay, for anyone interested.
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I'll probably regret later on not keeping this frame, but then, I've always got my Repcos! :lol: :wink:

Posted: Sat Aug 09, 2008 9:59 am
by kukamunga
A few more pics of 'indianfigs' Puch....
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Posted: Sun Aug 10, 2008 5:10 pm
by Mr Tubson
Ah, I was eyeing up Kukamunga's Puch on ebay as I'm in the market for a steel framed roady. Nice looking bike and my size to boot. Pity its on the other side of country :?

Posted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 12:29 am
by kukamunga
I have passed my Puch onto a new owner.... and picked up a BSA (Raleigh) 20 'Shopper' in the deal! :)

Posted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 5:26 pm
by kukamunga
Nice Puch ladies bike very cheap and finishing on eBay soon (if you live in Canberra - no, it's not mine)

Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 12:54 am
by ukalipt
kukamunga, after returning to this thread i realised you had
asked me a couple of questions, i completely missed them
because the font size of your post gets smaller and smaller,
much like the first room in willy wonkers choclate factory.

i sold the frame for $70 to a guy that was over the moon
to pick it up. we were discussing how the frame was about as
light as any 1.5k roadie now-a-days but so much better.

and peugeots... lol. i gave them away. they are french and
they started to hurt a little to much. to hard to source and
build up the frames/components. i really need a garage
proper shed but i don't have one so i couldn't hold on to all
the bikes i wanted to. management had issues with it all.

i now have a four bike limit - but have five currently in the
stable ... lol

Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 8:27 am
by kukamunga
Ok! So who wants a couple of Peugeots? (...and a Gitane?) (...and a Motobecane?)..... :lol: :wink: (Did somebody mention CHOCOLATE ?!!) :shock: :roll:

Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 10:47 am
by aleg75
kukamunga wrote:Ok! So who wants a couple of Peugeots?

ME!!!!! What you got?

Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 1:13 pm
by feelthewheel
Got to agree with ukalipt's sentiment on grieving for what has been lost. Although kukamunga (and cludence) might have more "on the ground" experience with this, I would hazard a guess that with the scrap iron prices as they are, very few bicycles (being small-ish, stackable) would make their way to landfill via hard rubbish.

However the idea of good, salvagable (even basic spec) classic/retro bikes getting melted down, that's what gets me angry ... grrr. Must calm down.

But of course there's all of us and our valiant work in saving the nation's cycling history! Keep up the good fight everyone!

Posted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 11:40 am
by Matt Zac
I have a Puch Steyr-Daimler that was purchased from a garage sale for the awesome sum of $15. Until this time I was a confirmed lover of fat tyred bikes, but the full length stainless guards, QR alloy wheels and factory panniers / rack had me sold, and so it followed me home...

New tyres was the first on the list, and the bike has gradually evolved in the ensuing 7 years from a 'positron' 10 speeder to a megarange 14 speed with indexed down tube shifters. Regular use commuting across Sydney helped justify its many changes, though it still retains enough originality to keep its 'retro' status.

And the motorbike boys never know what to say... :shock:

Posted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 3:45 pm
by kukamunga
Matt Zac wrote:I have a Puch Steyr-Daimler

Ooh... Get your posts up and post some piccies please!!! :)

Posted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 8:38 am
by Matt Zac
Will do :D

The guy I bought it off gave me a heap of original 'Puch' sales brochures which I'll have to scan as well... :wink: