About this bike
Not so many people now RIH, but actually it was one of the most famous and quality wise best brands that the Netherlands had to offer. More than 60 world and olympic titles were won on a RIH bike.
Rih was founded in 1921 by brothers William and Joop Bustraan and they were one of the first frame builders that could build lightweight frames. Among their customers was Gerrit Schulte who became world champion in 1948 chase by defeating the great Fausto Coppi. Other famous cyclists were Arie van Vliet, Jan Derksen and Jan Pronk. Also gerrie Knetemann won the Amstel Gold Race on a RIH painted in Mercier colours. Later in the early 90s Leontien van Moorsel and Ingrid Haringa became world champion on the track at an Rih. Rih material was then sponsored by the National Federation (Royal Dutch Cycling Union).
In the 60s it became increasingly difficult for small manufacturers to compete against the bigger bike manufacturers. RIH therefore entered into a licensing agreement with Fongers (Groningen). This agreement ensured on the one hand that RIH had access to necessary capital (so they could continue to be custom frames built in Amsterdam) but on the other hand also hadmore public awareness. Fongers got the knowledge of RIH and thus the possibility to build a serious high-end touring and racing bikes. The frames were handmade by artisans in Groningen, but to RIH design specifics. The frame number was stamped on the headlug and consisted of four digits and a letter, where the letter the year would indicate. When Fongers was bought by Batavus in 1972 the agreement was terminated by RIH.
The Fongers-RIH I am selling is made in 1966. The framenumber is 125Z. And according to RIH, the numbers ending with a Z are from 1966. This particular bike is from my personal collection and in a exceptional condition for a bike that is more then 50 years old. Everything is original, I haven't replaced anything, only cleaned it slightly. the paint and the decals look like they are almost new, besides of that the chrome is also in a good condition. The bike belonged to a former pro from Maasbracht a village close to the Belgium border. Please take a look at this very rare piece of Dutch bike history..
- Front derailleur
- Gear Shifters
- Bottom Bracket
- Brake levers
- Brake calipers
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