branded by 'Karstadt', a well-known and very long-established department
store chain in Germany. The bicycle was made around 1980 in Poland.
The genuine manufacturers name is ROMET.
As you might know, Poland was part of "Eastern Europe" before 1990, and, like all Soviet-bloc-countries, it always needed forex (foreign exchange). The export of e.g. receivers, TV sets or bicycles ensured this kind of revenue. The polish brother of METEOR can be searched as "Predom Romet Orkan".
At a glance
sturdy and massy.
No aluminum parts were used
handle bar, cranks, chainring, brakes, front rim, brake lever...
Due to its extended stay outside, nearly all unpainted metal was either stained, pitted or rusted heavily. Also, the tires and the saddle were crumbling from the sun.
know, any other bicycle hobbyist would tell me: "Toss it.",
My order is to bring it to a new life.
I have disassembled
off the frame step by step...
Disassembling step by step
a Sturmey Archer 3 speed hub, also on a steel rim.
complete wheel is
and the hub
itself seems to be almost
I will put
it on stock!
40 year old monster chain!
All-steel Thomson bottom bracket and crank arms