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Madison Bicycles.

Postby ConorLikesOldBikes » Tue Dec 22, 2009 8:18 pm

Hey guys, I was just wondering if anybody has heard of "madison" bikes before and could give me any information. Googling it either tells me about madison races or the american place madison.

My girlfriend bought me a bike recently and only knew that it was a "madison" as that is what she was told. I'm assuming it was not a Schwinn Madison as the frame did not appear to be chromed under, or did not have track dropouts from the back. I did find a few ebay results for old madison bikes but that was it, they were both in australia.

Does anybody have any info on these bikes? where it may have come from?
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Re: Madison Bicycles.

Postby Shamapow » Wed Oct 09, 2013 8:48 am

Hi Conor,
I don't know if you still have it, but I have a Madison too!
And it happened the same to me, IMPOSSIBLE to find something in Internet.

A friend of a friend told me that they were a Japanese Brand that imported a few of its bikes to Australia, there were 2 qualities of Madison Bikes, some of them were 'average' and some of them were 'Medium-High class'.

Yesterday I got mine from a Bike shop in Melbourne and the guy told me that It looks like mine was made handmade and there was only one or these bikes were produced in a small amount. (what I believe it as we cannot find anything in google). He also told me that the frame could last another 30 or 40 years If I want.

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Re: Madison Bicycles.

Postby munga » Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:41 am

try looking for madison bmx's and see what you dig up.
i remember them being kinda low-rent, but they did make some sought-after bmx's.
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Re: Madison Bicycles.

Postby WestcoastPete » Wed Oct 09, 2013 11:01 am

I bought this frameset from Fooch on here earlier in the year. Looks like a pretty standard mass produced Japanese frame with stamped dropouts etc. There's a sticker saying "distributed by Cycles Australia, Geebung Queensland" on it. Maybe they ordered a batch from a maker in Japan and branded them Madison...

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Re: Madison Bicycles.

Postby The Fixer » Wed Oct 09, 2013 12:52 pm

I have a Madison men's racer/tourer, but it is in very poor condition with a large dent (not a bend) in the front down-tube.

For parts only, methinks... although it could be made rideable at a pinch.

Don't know much about them, really, although do remember a mate had one when we were young.


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Re: Madison Bicycles.

Postby Kermit TF » Wed Oct 09, 2013 6:49 pm

The madison taipan bmx's from 79-81 where what I used to drool over..
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Re: Madison Bicycles.

Postby P!N20 » Fri Oct 11, 2013 12:49 pm

I'm pretty sure my dad had a Madison 'Steed'*, which I ended up riding when I realised petrol was expensive. It was nothing special and eventually cracked at the downtube near the clamp-on gear levers. Interestingly it had vertical dropouts which was a bit odd for a low-end 80's bike...I thought.

I did see one parked in Melbourne CBD a while back, but that's the only other one I've ever seen. A popular search engine doesn't yield any helpful results.

*It was defenitely a Steed, but not 100% sure if it was a Madison.
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Re: Madison Bicycles.

Postby ldrcycles » Sat Oct 12, 2013 6:20 am

Madison was one of the brands sold by the Cycles Australia group, the others being Local, Ashby, Swift, Sprite and Peugeot (yes the same Peugeot as the cars). Up until August 1977 the Stafford, Brisbane based company called Guthries sold bikes under their own name as well as the Local, Ashby and Swift brands. Guthries were sold and became Cycles Australia, and the Guthrie line of bikes was dropped in place of Madison. So it could suggest that the Madison brand may not have any history before that time but I can't be certain. Initially at least, all the bikes except the Peugeots were made in Brisbane, but as the 80s wore on I believe production gradually moved to Japan/Taiwan.

I had a Madison SR10 which was just a typical cheap 70s ten speed, stem shifters, steel rims, cottered cranks, but unfortunately it had a badly bent frame and went to the bike rack in the sky. Certainly the only Madisons I've seen were the same, just cheap entry level bikes, but then I thought the same thing of De Carlo until I saw a couple of really good quality ones so who knows. I'll say all Madisons were just cheap junkers, with any luck that will bring a nice one out of the woodwork to prove me wrong :lol: .
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Re: Madison Bicycles.

Postby mikeyg63 » Sun Dec 14, 2014 4:22 pm

I rescued this Madison bike the other day. The frame is in very good condition. The rims, stem, headset have a wee bit of rust. Derailleur's are still good.

I don't know whether to restore it or convert it to a fixie. From some of the comments here the Madison was only an entry level road bike.

Thoughts anyone?






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Re: Madison Bicycles.

Postby HappyHumber » Sun Dec 14, 2014 4:34 pm

@mikeyg63 : Looks like a good basis for resto. Whilst it's definitely nothing top of the wozza, everything does look quite original and in reasonable & serviceable nick. At the very least you might replace brake pads and cable inners - but they're readily available. Don't let lazy LBS staff tell you otherwise.

Research some of the tear down & clean up info that's fairly prolific in these here parts. I'd personally only bother fixifying it if was a lot rattier & patchy than what it is.
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Re: Madison Bicycles.

Postby mikeyg63 » Sun Dec 14, 2014 7:08 pm

Thanks Happy, Yeh, somehow I think it's more appropriate to restore it. There's more honour in doing that rather than 'fixifying' it.

It will be learning project buy hey the holidays are coming up and my man cave is tidy. Can't wait!
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Re: Madison Bicycles.

Postby elfoam » Sat Oct 31, 2015 10:58 pm

I got a Madison frame yesterday. Its a really long frame. 59cm top tube. Forged dropouts and a tange fork. Not sure what the tubing is but its seemless. Theres a sticker on it that says the frame is cromoly and made in Australia. Frame weight was 2600grams, fork 800grams. Another sticker says it came with shimano 600 gear. Anyway I put it together today with cheap china parts donated from an ALDI bike as a single speed. It rides well. Total weight of the bike now is 10.5kg, good enough to ride around town. The fork is very good.
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