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1978 Austro-Daimler SLE

Bike tags: Single speed | AD | Austro-Daimler | Reynolds 531 | Singlespeed
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Reynolds 531 butted frame tubes / 23" / 1978

Engraved GB handlebars and forged GB stem, believed to be stock for the AD SLE

Stock AD SLE fork and headset

700 Trek Mavic wheel / rebuilt Shimano RSX hub / ISO Tech 3 tire, now a Vittoria Zaffiro

700 Sta-true wheel / Vittoria Zaffiro tire

Stronglight TS / Stock AD SLE BB

Vetta TT Tri-stock / Stock AD SLE seat post

Plastic Urbaninum petals / Gold KMC chain

The rear derailleur is an Huret Eco, the front derailleur and shifters also Huret --all were removed and stored.

Weinmann side pull brakes with semi-automatic adjustment knobs, Weinmann levers, new Cane Creek hoods

16 tooth cog on singlespeed-fixed hub/ Stronglight 42 ring / Cropped Esge fenders, Dealer's sticker: Nim's Cycles of Ames, Iowa


I was driving through Madison when I saw a guy wheeling this bike to the curb. He was happy to give it to me instead of throwing it away. I had researched this Austrian marque before bidding on an AD Inter 10 on ebay, which I didn't come close to winning. I had read some good reviews, and I especially liked the font Austro-Daimler used for their logo. This bike was in good shape, except for trashy non-original steel wheels, rotten seat and brake hoods. I took it completely apart and re-lubed the bearings, replacing where necessary. I switched to 700 wheels, with a new single speed hub and wheel on the back and a Mavic front wheel left over from upgrading my Trek 1220. I used only the inner chainring of the Stronglight TS crankset, saving the outer in case I want to go back to stock. I like the way the gold chain picks out the gold in the Austro-Daimler logo and pin-striping. This bike is very light and quick to ride, and is the perfect steed to take on my car rack into Madison, park, and then commute by bike around campus and the Isthmus.

People who friended this bike Smiley, campystamp, vqstaphbeard

Throw it out!? I love

Throw it out!?

I love stories like this, awesome find!


That rear fender looks a bit short, and in the 21st century really nobody should be obliged to ride w/o aero brake levers. However, while reasoning if there was the potential for more than just 'single' speed here, and I personally think there is, I accidentally found THIS URL in my bookmarks.

Btw, what does 'SLE' stand for ? If available, some copper coloured fenders might look cool.
Consider also to cut your drop bars, which might look similar to this EXAMPLE here.


Yes, the rear fender needs some work. Perhaps in future the bike will be more than a single-speed. I saved what components I could.

I am not sure what SLE stands for, but my research is pointing towards it being a touring model. It has the geometry of a day-tripper at least. And then there is this:

cool frame

From your notes I read that you have it ridable again. But probably not the way it is in the third pic... So I guess there's a pic missing?

edit: I can see clearly now

btw that AD font is really cool indeed! Very pre-ww2 style and the striping is a time machine as well.

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