Price: US $50.00 Item location: Lemont, Illinois, United States
- Condition: Used
- Make: Cadillac
- Model: Other
- Year: 1968
- Mileage: 1,000
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1968 Cadillac OtherCadillac AV8.0i comfort bicycle. Eight speed. 2006 or 2007 model. Ebay Motors makes you list a VIN if the car is 1981 or newer.
This caddy was a fairly tight, well put together bike that survived an occasional 11 mile commute on hilly terrain. It is very plush and comfortable. There is a back rest and a lot of adjustability in all the components.
I bought this thing when I was a fairly strong cyclist and wanted to use the 8 speed gearhub and real drum brakes to build up a mountain bike. It turns out the brakes were "comfort bike" components and not too strong and the early Sturmey Archer 8-speed gearhub was fragile as well. Sturmey Archer moved to Taiwan in 1999 and the 8 speed on this bike was their first 8 speed model.
If you want a real Cadillac bike to tool around classic car meets, here is your machine, but you would have to obtain a new S/A 8 speed gearhub as they no longer support the old design with spare parts. It was too faulty. You would also have to replace the front drum brake's internals as they do not sell just the reaction arm and side cover in this country. S/A makes a larger 90mm model that looks like the 70mm but I used the thing on steep hills and was a fairly strong 200lb rider, so 70mm may suffice.
The current, improved drum brake 8 speed rear hubfrom S/A runs around 175; the front drum would be 50 and the components could just be swapped onto the old wheel.
A bike shop can lace the rear hub or a 90mm front hub into the old rims but many people have found the job easy enough to do at home. There are instructions online. It is easier though if new spokes arepurchased because the old ones will be slightly and unevenly stretched so you can't get the rim almost straight just by tightening each spoke the same number of turns. However, then you have to buy the spokes.
I could remove the fairly heavy rear hub to save shipping cost if you prefer.