Idle time sometimes lead to great things. A few free moments spent on Craigslist usually results in me buying a new bike, frame, do-dad...etc. No exception this time when I came across a local guy with a vintage Falter Faennrich Super Star folding bike from Germany. For no other reason than it being something different, I had to have it.
Without any negotiation I took it home for $75. Opposite of buying a car, I bought it and then researched it. Turns out it is all original right down to the cheap plastic seat bag. Tires hold air so I took it on an urban adventure, strapping some packages on the back and heading for the Post Office. I was impressed. I discovered it is actually a two speed with a Torpedo Duomatic kickback hub. Giving the pedals a little reverse motion shifts the internal gear. A little more reverse motion and you're applying the brakes, so it takes a some getting used to. Unlike the Molly Shannon movie "Superstar", this Super Star is a classic. All-in-all a nice find, not that I needed yet another bike. Always room for one more. Next.