Echo Women's 3-speed Bike - White
You bought the bike and Jim Maroney said "see ya!", little did you know it was made in Korea?!?
And so the song goes. I never knew that ol' Jim's Harley dealership sold cheap Asian 3-speed bicycles. But down-tube decals don't lie. Or do they?
Whether or not this choppered everywoman's grocery-getter originally graced the showroom at a motorcycle shop, we'll never know, because I can't be bothered to pick up the phone and ask, even though it's a local call. What we do know is that Korea produced a ton of low-end bikes in the 1980s, usually with stamped-steel brakes, cottered cranks, blocky lugs and chrome plating that flaked off like fine pastry.
But let's not be so quick to judge. If I wanted to spend thirty bucks on tires and tubes, I could easily turn this two-dollar pile of scrap metal into a five-dollar city cruiser. It would probably last another 20 years, and nobody's gonna steal it.
Maybe that's exactly what I'll do. Maybe not. Until then, scroll down for more photos of this pearl-white masterpiece.