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We have very reasonable shipping terms and combine orders to save money for customers on shipping costs. This offering is for a very good quality new-old-stock Suntour Pro Accushift index shifting compatible chain. If our identification is correct, then this chain was positioned near the top-end of Suntour’s offerings from this period. We are fairly confident in our assessment, because the actual chain specifications match Suntour catalog specifications from the late 80’s. Other chain specifications include the outer chain width and total links, as discussed below, which are also consistent with catalog specifications. Lastly and for those that are interested , the top-end chain from this period was the all silver Suntour Superbe Pro Model SP chain. It is a derailleur driven chain that incorporates the old bushing design see discussion below for bushing vs. The external width of this chain In terms of condition, these chains are new and unused

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Half-Step Gearing click on the thumb for a few more pictures. Half-step gearing is not dead. We love it, and in these days of indexing and speed rear cogsets, continuing to buck the industry standard still makes retro grouch sense—that is, at least, if you are a retro grouch. Sadly, we are in a quickly-shrinking minority. It goes without saying that former champions of half-step gearing, among whom are i.

Jun 13,  · If it is likely to be reasonably original you can also date to an era by the components fitted – for example my Carlton Pro-Am 12 has Suntour VX/x gears which I think were only around in the late 70s and corroborates the frame number which dates it to

Larger Image The name says it all – the top of the Schwinn line. Schwinn today is part of Pacific Cycle. While Schwinn often had a reputation for building heavy bikes for kids, the Paramount line had a reputation for finely crafted, relatively light road bikes. That is obviously a great price. The very nice woman selling it was good natured about the low price.

The bike had belonged to her uncle who no longer used it. I believe the frame was built in The same site has the original price list. There is a larger photo in the Consumer Catalog. I like the and earlier catalogs where they took photos on location. The fashions are a hoot! See, for example Paramount and Paramount.

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Some bike parts have a date code cast or stamped into the piece. This clearly is when the component was made and not when the bike was made, but unless the component or bike manufacturer had lots of stock lying around in inventory, the date should be a fairly good indication of the year of the bike. At least it would be the earliest date that the bike could have been made.

Apr 12,  · Above is the mock-up with the components untouched. The handlebars and stem are from my stock of salvaged parts. The saddle and grips are for the mock-up only.

This began to turn around in the camera and electronics industries in the s, but Japanese companies didn’t figure out how to make and sell bicycles for the U. As the s opened, the U. While Japanese bicycles were manufactured to very tight tolerances, and nicely finished considerably better than their European competition , the Japanese had not yet come to terms with the average American’s being taller and heavier than the average Japanese.

This gap was wider at the time than it is now, due to the privations the Japanese population suffered during and after the war. Royce Union he most widely distributed Japanese bike of this era was sold under the name Royce Union. This was a speed, pretty much all steel except for the handlebar stem and the Dia Compe brakes. This bike was only available in one size, 20″, which was considerably too small for an average American man.

It was equipped with Araya steel rims, which were beautifully made, much smoother and truer than European steel rims of the era This was partly due to design, and partly due to the fact that Japanese steel was not as good as European nor American steel. Even though these bikes were not durable, they did have their good points, most particularly the Shimano Lark rear derailer. Although the Lark was quite heavy, it shifted markedly better than the French Huret Allvits and Simplex Prestiges that were coming through on the bikes from Europe.

The Sugino Maxy cotterless crank was a game changer.

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I have a bike that dates from between to that has the original SunTour derailleurs. These derailleurs do not have date codes on them, so I believe the coding started sometime between and April of Begun in as Maeda Iron Works Company manufacturing freewheels and sprockets, the company began producing their version of the French pull-chain, rod-guided, touring derailleurs in the s. In the s SunTour invented the slant-parallelogram rear derailleur.

Nobuo Ozaki, the head of product development at Maeda, invented the slant parallelogram rear derailleur in and Maeda obtained worldwide patents on the design. For the next 20 years, Suntour produced technically superior derailleurs.

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At that time, the company was bought out by SR Sakae Ringyo, which itself was bought out by Mori Industries around the same time , and from that point forward SunTour lost its dominance in the marketplace to Shimano. The outer pulley cage is broken for easy chain replacement. The quality of SunTour components has always impressed me.

I have used SunTour components in many vintage rebuilds. For the front derailleur, I selected a Superbe model from , according to the date code on the back of the cage. One of the goals in building up my Appaloosa is to save weight where possible, and this derailleur is part of that plan, not to mention its purported excellent performance. The Appy is equipped with canti bosses, and I really puzzled over the right cantilever brake set for this bicycle.

Once I narrowed in on SunTour, it was a no brainer to look for the best SunTour cantilever brakes, all the while knowing that these brakes were manufactured after SunTour was taken over by SR. I was not disappointed. These brakes have a useful toe in washer, shown above, plus a ratcheting mechanism on the brake shoe shaft which makes fine tuning easier than other cantilever options. They are another example of the quality and reliability of SunTour components.

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You got to experience the trails, learned to climb and descend, and had the time of your life with your new found buddies on that astig gnarly killer epic bike ride to some never before explored majestic waterfalls and carinderia and bulalohan in the middle of nowhere. You are certain that if only you could have them, the magic will return.

So here are a few tips to consider before you go to the bike shop and part with your hard-earned cash. Sorry for that crude portmanteau, but you get what I mean. A lot of bikers wish they could be as good as the pros.

I need to replace my 9 Speed Campagnolo Racing T Crank with a new one which uses the power torque system. Is a 11 Speed Athena (or 10 speed Centaur) crank compatible with the racing t front dérailleur and the 9 speed Chorus shifters?

You know you need to get some exercise, and biking seems a likely choice. You need to buy your first mountain bike. Most people simply have a budget and expect to get a decent enough bike with this. But what exactly is a decent enough bike? It depends on what you need, or what you think you need. Here are some tips on how to buy your first bike. Be prepared to spend if you want a quality ride.

Think about your goals and your budget It is possible to get a mountain bike for around Php 4, These are the no frills generic bikes sold in malls and stores where parents get toy bikes for their toddlers. They are generally heavy, have less durable components, and are butt ugly. If you plan to go farther, weight becomes an issue, which means you need to look beyond the generic bikes, and spend a bit more. The difference is like online dating and then finally meeting eyeball to eyeball with your date.

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With that said, the lack of Pinarello serial information and catalogs on the web is somewhat depressing. My father said it was reminiscent of Colnago in the sense that you don’t really know what year it was made, but that it is quality due to its name. Well this fine Pinarello was no exception. Lets get down to how I ended up dating the bike first.

Even those equipped with Suntour Superbe components usually had SR seatposts. I had tons of friends. Optimism is a safety pad. Marriage is not a frivolous topic.

I got my first bike there sold to me by Tony. Tony was up front in the shop with Mick building the frames out back. Mick carried on in what was to become one of the last of the “proper” bike shops, where you could chew the fat, get him to cannibalise something for a spare part, and if you were lucky, get him to build a frame. Frame building became far a few between as the 80’s progressed with Mick stopping in the 90’s.

I had him build for me, what I believe is, the last ever Emperor Sport frame in I think Emperor Sport used to feature heavily in Cycling later to became Cycling Weekly as Sean Yates rode Emperor frames before he turned pro. Mick retired a few years ago and last year or the year before had a very nasty accident when a steerer broke on his bike. I am lucky to have two original Emperors: The early Emperor Sport frames only had “Emperor” as the frame transfer, the Sport turned up later.

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I have a 97 year old grandfather who is a WW2 vet, and about 10 years ago he gave me his old road bike. Don’t quote me but I “think” it’s a Schwinn Le Tour. When he retired, he put 60 miles round trip on it each day for 5 years until he couldn’t do it anymore.

Even those equipped with Suntour Superbe components usually had SR seatposts. Many components are marked with size descriptors in addition to component manufacturer’s date codes. For example, the back of cranks are usually marked with crank arm length in mm, typically in the range of to

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Introduction Emilio Bozzi S. As an aside, the thousands of detailed illustrations in this catalog are spectacular and a work of art in their own right. Also by many of the long-standing Italian component manufacturers were either gone or near gone as the Japanese invasion went into overdrive. Acquired by the Marsorati family in , the brand lived on as T.

Even those equipped with Suntour Superbe components usually had SR seatposts. Many components are marked with size descriptors in addition to component manufacturer’s date codes. For example, the back of cranks are usually marked with crank arm length in mm, typically in the range of to

Revealing the history of Sekine Canada Ltd and the bicycles they made Sekine Bicycle Database In an effort to better decode the Sekine serial numbers, I set about collecting as many numbers as I could and organizing them into a database. Because the more numbers collected, the more accurate the underlying pattern becomes. As part of the process, I track other things about the bicycles- like decaling and components- because these help inform the bigger picture.

Eventually I hope to find out why a certain decal was used one year and not the next- likewise with lugs, paint, and even models. For the database to be successful, I need a little bit of help from every Sekine owner. I don’t post or share the numbers without permission, and the serial is something every owner should have written down anyway. Sekine serial numbers are stamped underneath the bottom bracket, and will follow one of two codes: Sometimes the numbers will be hard to read, with either the top or bottom edges cut off by a weak stamp; for example in a particular series the number 8 will look like an X.

Other frame details that are nice to know are if it came with a chrome-tipped fork, if the frame has chromed ends, if it has plain stamped drop outs, what colour it is, and if it has brazed or clamp-on cable guides. Some of the frames also have different lugs, depending on model and year. Next important is frame marking. A few clear, well-lit photographs really help, but the following details are important:

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Sunday, May 5, Rhino Outcast F. The owner needs it to get back and forth to work. He told me that they would also bring along a parts bike that might have some salvageable components. I have also installed a salvaged seat post and saddle. The 26 inch mtb front wheel. The hub was very loose, cones way out of adjustment the tire was almost flat and the wheel needs some truing.

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Suntour is another big name in the vintage road bicycle field. Suntour, like Shimano, targeted all levels of component use from entry to professional racer skill levels. Once again, you must take the time to know what is quality and what is entry level rather than performance oriented equipment. I have seen a component or two and the quality looks to be present.

Though I have little, if any, personal experience using the Superbe components, I can say that their collectability is sky-rocketing. Any of the Suntour stuff that I have been fortunate enough experience, has worked just great. The Raleigh was a touring bike that had been painted jet black.

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