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Welcome to the Frugal Average Bicyclist!

The internet is full of sites with competitive cyclists talking about all the most expensive new gear, not here.  This is a place for the low budget rider who loves to ride but will probably never be a pro level rider.  This is a place for the riders who do not have a lot to spend or are not allowed to spend too much on cycling and remain married.  All bike types are welcome: road bikes, mountain bikes, recumbent bikes, comfort bikes, hybrid bikes, unicycles….   The goal here is to help you keep cycling on a budget, and we will be throwing in a bit of humor too. 

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Vintage Azuki Bicycles History and Facts

Azuki is similar to Nishiki as both brands were distributed by West Coast Cycle and manufactured by Kawamura in Japan.  From what I have seen they mostly made road bikes, but I found some cruisers and BMX bikes also.  I believe this brand was much less popular than Nishiki, as I see way fewer for…

Vintage Jeunet Bicycles History and Facts

Jeunet history is elusive, but I’ve found some information on the company.  I believe the company started in Dole, France in the early 1900s, possibly 1928.  The founder was either Andre Jeunet or Albert Jeunet depending on the source.  The company was definitely run by the Jeunet family, and I found a reference for Dominique…

27 inch Road Bike tire buying guide

If you have a vintage road bike you might have 27” wheels, these were popular before the standard became 700c.  They left the market for new bikes sometime in the 80s with more expensive bikes changing to 700c the soonest.  While they look very similar, 700c tires are slightly smaller than 27″ so tires are…

Vintage Freccia D’oro Bicycle Saddle

Freccia D’oro is Italian and translates as Golden Arrow.  This saddle seems to be a bit of a mystery regarding who manufactured it.  My saddle only states Freccia D’oro, nothing else.  It does seem to be the only style I have seen with this name.  Made in Italy – mine doesn’t state anything, but I’ve…

Vintage Nishiki Bicycles History and Facts

Nishiki is one of the more common vintage bike brands you will find, and I remember seeing them as a kid.  The brand has a long history going all the way back to 1965 when they started as American Eagle.  The head badge never changed, so the Nishiki head badge is an Eagle.  The brand…

Road Bike Model Yellow Crazy Bicycle Review

I received one of these neat little models for Christmas and want to share.  It is a yellow road bike model with pretty nice details, have a look: Specs Frame and Fork are zinc alloy Rest of the parts are plastic, but the tires are rubbery 1:10 scale About 7.5” long and 4.5” tall Colors:…

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