1983 Roulandt Liegerad vollständig restauriert - Besser als der neue Zustand.
PRICE REDUCED TO €999 (euro) v.b. or very near offer.
This immaculately restored bicycle would make a very special personal bike for weekend rides and/or shows, or due to its size and impressive appearance would make a superbly interesting display in a shop window or foyer in a business premises.
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This bicycle was built in Holland and exported and originally sold new in Perth Western Australia in 1983 by Attadale Cycles.
I bought the bicycle in 2012. It was in a poor general condition having been stored in a garage apparently from almost new. The original tyres and brake blocks were hardly worn so it is assumed not to have been ridden much at all.
Aart Roelandt (1954) graduated cum laude from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 1981 with a design for a recumbent bicycle. He received an incentive from the city of Amsterdam for this design. The Roulandt recumbent bicycle is what made him famous as a designer. This bicycle, together with his dream bike Max (1986), are part of the permanent collection of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. The design in itself for the recumbent bike perhaps was not new, however, Roelandt was the first to research how to produce an ergonomic bicycle. After two years of research, his design was the first to be mass produced.
Roelandt’s work excels through its simplicity, durability and elegant practicality. Roelandt currently works as a freelance industrial designer and he has been admitted to the National Design Archive (NOA) due to the importance of his work for the history of Dutch design
Condition when purchased:
• The frame, forks, luggage rack, handlebars and chain guard had significant surface rust
• The original Roulandt decals were scraped and damaged
• The wheel rims hubs and spokes had surface corrosion
• The brake and gear cables were rusty
• The mild steel steering rods were very rusty
• Most nuts, bolts, screws & washers were rusty
• The mudguards, dynamo and front light had surface corrosion
• The seat surface had oxidised and was very matt
• The chain was covered in grease and was in excellent condition
• The lights and dynamo had significant surface corrosion
• Tyres and tubes were perished
Restoration carried out:
• The aim was to sympathetically restore the bicycle, restoring and keeping as many original parts as possible, but replacing items such as nuts, bolts and screws with stainless steel items if at all possible.
• The frame, forks, luggage rack, handlebars and chain guard were sand blasted to remove all old paint - and corrosion.
• They were then powder coated in metallic silver, keeping as close to the original colour as possible, with clear lacquer applied as a top coat.
• The bottom bracket bearings and the fork bearings were cleaned and regreased; the crank housing and crank arms were polished to remove corrosion.
• Decals – A graphic designer was commissioned to photograph the decals in his studio and new decals were made to exactly match the originals
• The wheel rims & hubs were cleaned and polished.
• The wheels were re-spoked with stainless steel spokes and trued to ensure smooth running
• The wheel bearings were cleaned checked and repacked with grease.
• New tyres & Tubes were fitted.
o Front - Schwalbe marathon plus size 28 – 622 (28 x 1.1 - 700c x 28c)
o Rear - Michelin City 37 – 340 (16 x 1⅜)
• The brake and gear cables were replaced
• Steering rods – New ones were re manufactured in 316 stainless steel (left hand and right hand threads needed), and new steering joints were fitted
• Most nuts, bolts, screws & washers were replaced with stainless steel and new nylock nuts used
• The mudguards were cleaned and polished
• The front light was beyond repair and a period replacement sourced, serviced and fitted
• The Dynamo body was polished, and output checked as ok, unfortunately the dynamo bearings are noisy, and as they are sealed units cannot be replaced.
• The correct electrical cable was sourced and both front and rear lights function correctly
• The fibreglass seat was cleaned and polished and new bolts and nuts fitted
• The chain was cleaned checked, oiled and refitted.
• The steering bearings (X 2) were replaced and period handlebar grips to match the originals were sourced and fitted
• Rear derailleur was stripped, cleaned, polished, lubricated, and refitted, and works well. (6 speed)
• The hub gear and drum brake (one unit) were stripped, cleaned, polished, lubricated, and refitted, and works well. (2 speed).
• The bike has a total of 12 speeds
• A copy of an original Sachs-Huret Commander owner’s manual can be provided in paper and electronic forms
• More than 40 hours were spent polishing the parts for the bicycle.
• Many hours were spent locating the correct period parts in both Australia and here in Germany
• The whole renovation has taken over 250 hours over a period of 2 years to complete. In Western Australia and Germany
• As everyone’s opinion of condition varies, I would recommend potential purchasers viewing the bicycle before making a purchase decision.
• The bicycle has a wide range of adjustment and should fit most people, the chain may need lengthening for 2m + tall people
• The clear lacquer used to protect the decals has slightly yellowed. Caused we believe by the heat build-up in our shipping container from Australia to Europe
This superb restored and very unique (in this condition) Roulandt is for sale for €999 (euro) or very near offer.
Collection or postage & packing costs will be the purchasers responsibility and negotiable at the time of sale. The bicycle is located at 46325 Borken (Marbeck) which is in Northern Germany. We will help as much as possible with the shipping planning, and/or for agreed costs are prepared to deliver to Holland, Belgium, Northern France and Southern UK.