1940s Meister Cycle with 1952 Steppke 38cc engine

1940s Meister Cycle with 1952 Steppke 38cc engine


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Steppke engines were built in the Treptow Machine Tools factory in East Berlin.

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The Steppke was East Germany’s second most popular auxiliary engine, and its style is reminiscent of the Mosquito and the Lohmann.

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East German engineers apparently studied the Mosquito before designing the Steppke.

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The engine has a good reputation for reliability and strength, and it’s easy to use the lever (similar to the Lohmann) to locate the engine roller onto the tyre.

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The Steppke is not particularly rare in Germany, but in France and Britain it is virtually unknown. Possibly, even if they’d come across a Steppke, rather than own what they might consider an East German copy of a Mosquito, a British collector would prefer to own the ‘real thing.’

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…However, they are excellent utilitarian cycle-attachment units in their own right .

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This engine was restored for me by my friend in France. The bicycle was already in superb condition. I really like Meister cycles and I think the Steppke and the Meister go very well together.

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Meister Cyclemotor History

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Meister had an interesting history of cycle-attachment engines. Above is the 1951 Meister bicycle with a Küchen ‘help-engine’ which was marketed in Sweden.

The advert below illustrates the 1953 Meister Junior – which could also be purchased as a Mammut Bimbo or a Phänomen Bobby.

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To read the rest of this review of the Meister company at the Cyclemaster Museum, please click on the following link:

http://cyclemaster.co.uk

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Published on August 15, 2008 at 11:16 am  Leave a Comment  

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