Vintage, yesteryear and retro biking
My 1980 Apollo III 27" single speed:
and my 1980 Apollo IV 27" 12 speed
A brace of Apollo's finest working class tar burners for 1980. I've gotta figure out how to post photos without cutting the end off.
This thread is way overdue.
I have 2 Apollos, and they're both workhorses.
Got this one as a Christmas present to myself to use as a commuter:
So far I've done a bit over 800km on it.
The other one is a late 1980s ('87 I think) Vitesse which I picked up as a bare frame from CERES for $10 last April. It was purple, so I had to rattle-can it black. I put all of the bits from the broken Shogun on it (mostly Shimano 400ex), and it has been great. It's done about 3,050km since April with minimal trouble. Our camera is broken, so I haven't got any pics, unfortunately.
I have an 80s Apollo Concorde which I have now converted to a flat bar road bike.
Here is a pic before the flat bar conversion. Only difference is a flat handlebar and caliper brake levers to suit and an old-fashioned 6 speed stem shifter:
I left the down tube shifter for the front derailleur, cos I don't want to buy a new front derailleur suitable for a flat bar shifter.
I use it for commuting to work.
It rides brilliantly. I have a friend I ride with who has a brand new Kona and my old Concorde might be a bit older, but it rides just as fast, changes gears just about as smoothly and is very comfortable to boot.
All for just $30 from the local tip plus some spit and polish.
Awesome stuff, bring on the Apollos.
My IV was a $20 ebay buy that came without cranks. It was supposed to be my project over christmas to turn it into a single speed. I simply couldn't bring myself to pull it apart so scored some 600 Arabesque cranks off single speed scott, stripped, serviced and rebuilt everything, got new bearings, tyres, tubes, bar tape and hoods on and started riding it. It's come in at well under $150 and rides beautifully.
I then needed something to be my 27" single speed and discovered the III on ebay for $30, it was completely original but the bars were bent. I installed new wheels, seat, bars/tape, brake levers, and also some dodgy caliper brakes from the late 70's early 80's to make a nice solid ride bike. I tried it with flat bars for a bit and then installed some Sakae drop bars. The tyres on this one are 27x1-3/8 as a bit of an experiment. The decals are a bit tatty and there's the scratches and marks you'd expect for a 30 year old bike that's been thrashed around Redcliffe (still had the Hoffy Cycles sticker), but like the IV, this bike rides beautifully as well.
I've serviced and stored the derailleurs and shifters from the III so I can return it to being geared at some stage and have bought uniglide hubsets and clusters with the 125mm spacing to keep them on the road for at least my lifetime.
Refurbishing these two clunkers kept me sane through the rain this christmas.
Nothing like the feel of steel ............
I reconfigured and cleaned up an old Apollo for a mate of mine to commute on. Wasn't a bad bike, and my dog was there to inspect my work.
Dead right mate!
This posting of mine is a bit dated (approx. 20 months) - viewtopic.php?f=23&t=16236 - but it's a good old Apollo. I will take some up to date pics of it and post them here.
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This thread will be pretty cool
Paddles - love your III wanna swap? Its just like mine but in much better condition. Heres mine, i bought it for 50:
and a ladies frame ive been building up:
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Is that a very small frame or a HUGE dog?! lol.
A mate gave me an early 90s Concorde with full 400EX exage a while back, only rode it once because it was way too small for me but OH it was the smoothest road bike in the world! Would love to find another one in my size just to feel that sweet ride again.
When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments- Elizabeth West.
But he's friendly enough to people who come bearing money or quality bicycle parts, right?
Randyandy: needs non-aero levers, but still looks the business as is, nice find.
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Your one looks to be in pretty good nick randy andy, like the family guy reckons a set of non aero levers would set it off nicely. i just went for some dia compe ones, they're pretty much period correct and don't put much of a dent in the pocket.
your machine would make an uber cool commuter or travel bike
Single Speedified Apollo Jaguar, before and after.
Not sure true Apollo fans will be to excited, but it did get a new lease on life.
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amrjon - very nice single speed conversion.
so give us the details then.
Hi-Ten or Cro-Mo frame?
Which parts did you keep from the original bike and which are new?
Original stem, headset, seatpost, crankset, bottom bracket?
Did you do a rattle-can DIY paint job or powder coat?
Are there more pics/info in the Fixed Gear Forum?
I want to put together a single speed bike for my son, who won't ride his old mountain bike to school 'cos all the other bikes in the bike rack are BMX bikes.
(Peer pressure, oh yeah I remember that)
If he has a shiny single speed, he might set a new trend in the small country town we live in.
From my limited experience, Apollo frames seem as good as any for a single speed platform.
I reckon it looks fantastic amrjon.
How did you set up that rear hub, is that the original steel hub with a bmx freewheel on it? Actually, looking at it a bit closer, is that a brake hub? That's even groovier. They still look like 27" wheels too, great work!
OK some more info, new parts were rear coaster brake hub, chain, grips, stainless spokes, pedals, tyres and headset.
plus some 'new' bars (cut back from an old MTB bars I had), and an old seat from another bike that I recovered with some new white vinyl.
Everything else is original.
The idea was to make it as clean as possible, no cables etc, so everything that could be was removed from the frame, cable guides and stops, mud guard eyelets, etc
The frame was powder coated black, then I added the white to the lugs and a clear coat over the top of it all.
27â€ Alloy arayas, handle bars (and a fixed read hub that I didnâ€™t end up using) were powder coated white.
Some more before and after picture pairs below and some more pics of the finished bike here: http://img193.imageshack.us/g/p1090080w.jpg/
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(Username changed from amrjon)
The story how i got my Apollo is here- viewtopic.php?f=23&t=16236- Here it is now, a few more scratches, dirty bar tape, 20 months and lots of kms. I'm 1.85m tall and 98kgs and it suits me fine.
-1991 Apollo Concorde.
Hi guys, I dont have an old apollo but i do have 2 later model volares (09 & 11) The 2011 model was a replacement for the 09 model that was written off after a car failed to give way and T boned me just before xmas. Anyway cheers for gettibg this thread going as i do like the old Apollo's as well.
"Paddles" nice Naish SUP board in the background mate. I have one as well but the wood grain model.....Great fun!
I unfortunately no longer have this bike..... Kinda wish I did though
How I got it from the Tip shop. A rather neglected Apollo III.
After a bit of TLC, she road really nice. Nothing fancy on the running gear, it had Shimano Tourney centerpull brakes, and Shimano Altus LT shifters and derailleurs, with Super Maxy cranks.
yeah, they're great fun alright champ, the water's been a bit yuk up here from the flooding for a few months so it hasn't been used lately.
that's a nice apollo III lark, for what they were intended to be (a budget tourer), i reckon the III was a great machine. i made sure i kept all of my deraileurs when i single speeded mine.
Apollophiles - I must have misread it as apologites or something. Thought it was another thread about making apologies for not cycling or dieting excuses
carry on then
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