Vintage extremely rare circa 1974 Gazelle Kwikstep bicycle in excellent conditionThis is an early portable bicycle by the Dutch manufacturer Gazelle. It doesn’t actually fold but comes apart in two pieces. The design is simplicity in itself and takes but a few seconds to split and put back together. Simply pull up the lever and it comes apart making it easy to throw in the back of the car, behind the sofa, bring into the office or taking on the train(although it is 70’s built so not as light as today’s bicycles). It can be further reduced in size by simply lowering the handlebars and saddle both with nice ergonomic mechanisms as seen in the pictures. Despite this practical anomaly, with its 22” wheels its a joy to ride. Very nimble, solid and stable. It has a simple single speed Sachs Torpedo coaster brake(pedal back) rear hub. This is original and the Dutch style. Having only the coaster brake means there is not cables, making life easier when transporting.Ive never come across another one of these for sale and have only ever seen a pair of these used as a display in Holland.I have given this a sympathetic nut and bolt restoration retaining the original paint and metalwork while bringing it up to date and suitable for myself.The paintwork is generally in excellent condition, but does have chips/scratches. The frame/forks have been cleaned and polished giving it a beautiful shine. The metal/chrome-work is in nice condition with minor blemishes here and there. All parts have been completely stripped, Polished and rebuilt.I have added lots of new parts while maintaining it’s period look.New parts:22” Schwalbe period style tyres(purchased from Germany)Schwalbe inner tubes Schwalbe rim tape Period style Brown bullet gripsPendleton sprung saddleSeatpost clampKmc silver chainRear cogUsed parts:MKS Folding pedalsI have also given it some character by making the bespoke wooden mudguards for it. These are a one off so you shouldn’t come across another pair.Hubs/bottom bracket/headset have been stripped, cleaned and re-greased.I’ve only ridden once since the rebuild and it rides beautifully. Im only selling as I have so many bikes and my enjoyment lies in restoring them and not actually riding them.Please check out my other auctions if you fancy something a little different.Collection only within one week of purchase from Chingford, NE London, E4. I can also meet at my local train stations.
10 days ago