[CR] Singer price on Ebay


Example: Framebuilders:Masi

Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2010 08:24:33 -0700
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
From: Jan Heine <heine94@earthlink.net>
Subject: [CR] Singer price on Ebay


>Looks to me like one of the frames the Singers contracted out to
>another builder. It also looks to be from the E. Csuka time period,
>and didn't all the frames he built have his name on the decal set?
>Nathan CozzolinoSan Francisco, California

I am pretty sure that frame was made by Roland Csuka, who built the "true" Singer frames at the time. (Ernest Csuka was the constructeur, who designed the frames, and usually did the braze-ons, racks, stems, etc., but rarely built a frame.)

The "contracted out" frames usually have cheaper stamped dropouts and are altogether of a lower "grade."

The decals changed in the early 1970s. The frames on e-bay had the correct older decals with the thinner "Alex," which were used from the early days of Alex Singer. Only the later decals mentioned "E. Csuka, Constructeur."

For shipping, if it can be made to fit to Postal size requirements, airmail often is the best and least expensive, albeit a tad risky, option.

Jan Heine Editor Bicycle Quarterly 2116 Western Ave. Seattle WA 98121 http://www.vintagebicyclepress.com