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10-15-19, 02:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 116
Posted By T-Mar

+1. Manufactured by M-a-t-s-u-s-h-i-t-a...

+1. Manufactured by M-a-t-s-u-s-h-i-t-a (Panasonic) of Japan in January 1992. When I started compiling the Asian Serial Number Guide there wasn't a lot of interest in 1990s models by the members and...
10-15-19, 02:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 459
Posted By T-Mar

It's easy to win when you're the only person...

It's easy to win when you're the only person playing.
10-15-19, 05:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 223
Posted By T-Mar

I find it interesting that they are 28 hole hubs....

I find it interesting that they are 28 hole hubs. This suggests a smaller wheel size and may make them a bit harder to sell. F&S typically have a date code but I don't see it in the usual location on...
10-15-19, 05:15 AM
Replies: 2,261
Views: 347,511
Posted By T-Mar

What you're probably remembering is a Raleigh...

What you're probably remembering is a Raleigh Grand Prix, as the graphics were very similar (see attached pic). Raleigh was arguably the 2nd most popular brand of 10-speeds in Canada during the early...
10-15-19, 04:37 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 459
Posted By T-Mar

There is a Maxwell Fietsen company in the...

There is a Maxwell Fietsen company in the Nethlands ( https://www.maxwellfietsen.com/ ) that could be related. While their current product line is solely e-bicycles, that could have have been a...
10-15-19, 04:18 AM
Replies: 1,215
Views: 315,800
Posted By T-Mar

The serial number is consistent with a 1984,...

The serial number is consistent with a 1984, Japanese manufactured frame but there's nothing coded into the S/N to tell you the model.
10-14-19, 01:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 281
Posted By T-Mar

The subject frame was manufactured by...

The subject frame was manufactured by M-a-t-s-u-s-h-i-t-a of Japan in early 1992. They are best known for their Panasonic brand and are a known Schwinn contractor. Hyphens added to prevent censoring...
10-14-19, 12:52 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,088
Posted By T-Mar

Yes, lots of changes: brifters, saddle, pedals,...

Yes, lots of changes: brifters, saddle, pedals, crankset, rear derailleur. maybe more. Still, that's a good deal for the GTA.
10-14-19, 12:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 281
Posted By T-Mar

Best origin indicator is the serial number, which...

Best origin indicator is the serial number, which should also tell you the manufacturing date.
10-14-19, 09:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 205
Posted By T-Mar

My experience with VP (aluminum) pedals is that...

My experience with VP (aluminum) pedals is that they are solid and dependable, if unremarkable products that provide good value. Maintain them properly and regularly and they will give you years of...
10-14-19, 08:42 AM
Replies: 2,261
Views: 347,511
Posted By T-Mar

Yes, it would be quite heavy, given the steel...

Yes, it would be quite heavy, given the steel rims and hi-tensile frame. The SunTour VGT rear derailleur is the version introduced in 1974 and the frame still bears the North Star style head badge,...
10-14-19, 07:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 459
Posted By T-Mar

Given the additional component information,...

Given the additional component information, you're probably correct. My Asian suggestion was based solely on the S/A hubs and the Woods valves. While the latter still has some popularity in some...
10-14-19, 07:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 138
Posted By T-Mar

Seat stay caps and head lugs are reminiscent of...

Seat stay caps and head lugs are reminiscent of Tano manufactured Centurion but that doesn't necessarily mean anything. This may not have been the top model, depending on the actual year. Circa 1974...
10-13-19, 10:11 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 459
Posted By T-Mar

Link to OP's photo album.;...

Link to OP's photo album.; https://www.bikeforums.net/g/picture/15487757

Yes, it does appear to be a relatively modern, retro-style bicycle based on the steel cotterless crankset, ATB style brake...
10-13-19, 09:32 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 141
Posted By T-Mar

I was hoping it would allow me to identify the...

I was hoping it would allow me to identify the manufacturer and date but it's not ringing any bells. Still, it's improbable that anybody would retro-fit Positron given it reputation and Positron was...
10-13-19, 08:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 262
Posted By T-Mar

The serial number only tells us that it was...

The serial number only tells us that it was contract manufactured by Miyata of Japan during weeks 43-44 of 1985. That is late enough in the year that it is probably a 1986 model. Definitely entry...
10-13-19, 07:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 311
Posted By T-Mar

My first priority would be to straighten the...

My first priority would be to straighten the fork. I would have done that before the repaint.

I'm not sure what fits the Alternburger levers, but it looks like any Weinmann/Dia-Compe compatible...
10-13-19, 07:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 141
Posted By T-Mar

Despite the disparaging reputation, 1st...

Despite the disparaging reputation, 1st generation Shimano Positron worked well and was straight forward to set-up. The critical issue is proper cable tension, since it is one continuous cable that...
10-13-19, 06:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 311
Posted By T-Mar

The crimped stay ends and heavily crimped stay...

The crimped stay ends and heavily crimped stay caps are reminiscent of bicycles made by Puch for the entry level markets. They also used rear dropouts where both eyelets were arranged close together...
10-12-19, 12:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 305
Posted By T-Mar

LePree was a friction derailleur that was...

LePree was a friction derailleur that was introduced 2 years prior to AccuShift, so cable pull to parallelogram travel ratio may be incorrect for proper indexed operation with the freewheel. The...
10-12-19, 12:11 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 23,330
Posted By T-Mar

Almost 9 years later, I've finally come up with a...

Almost 9 years later, I've finally come up with a picture of Steida. It's from one of the Canadian Tire Sprint Series races, circa 1990-1991. when he was riding for the Canadian based Evian-Miko...
10-12-19, 11:50 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,335
Posted By T-Mar

More like 1995.

More like 1995.
Replies: 5
Views: 229
Posted By T-Mar

+1, standard stock, contract built fork. It may...

+1, standard stock, contract built fork. It may have come off a Gordon but it wasn't built by Gordon.
10-10-19, 11:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 449
Posted By T-Mar

The serial number appears to have been ...

The serial number appears to have been intentionally removed by seven partially drilled holes. If I had seen this, I would have walked away, as it's almost certainly a stolen bicycle.
10-10-19, 07:48 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 6,633
Posted By T-Mar

Bigger also goes against track bicycle...

Bigger also goes against track bicycle clearances. While you can play around a bit with rear wheel position to increase clearance, I've owned some C&V track frames that wouldn't be able to handle a...
10-10-19, 06:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 604
Posted By T-Mar

One person who might be able to clarify the...

One person who might be able to clarify the provenance is JohnDThompson . He was a frame assembler at Trek in the 1980s, though I'm not sure if he was there during this period.
10-10-19, 05:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 604
Posted By T-Mar

The serial number format will tell you if it was...

The serial number format will tell you if it was made in USA.
10-09-19, 03:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 86
Posted By T-Mar

It's a 1996 model manufactured in December 1995...

It's a 1996 model manufactured in December 1995 by Fairly of Taiwan, a known Novara source. A lot of manufacturers were offering metallized, faux titanium finishes around the is time and think this...
Replies: 9
Views: 608
Posted By T-Mar

Brian, what you have would appear to be a Raleigh...

Brian, what you have would appear to be a Raleigh manufactured model based on the distinctive rear dropouts with the fender eyelets located below the axle slot. The top of the seat lug is also a...
10-08-19, 08:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 182
Posted By T-Mar

Use the link in the last paragraph of my previous...

Use the link in the last paragraph of my previous post to view pics.
10-08-19, 07:19 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 369
Posted By T-Mar

Interesting mix of cantilever bosses and no...

Interesting mix of cantilever bosses and no dropout eyelets. That could imply a dedicated CX frame, except it wouldn't typically have a pump peg. Still, the peg looks to be at an odd angle, so it may...
10-08-19, 06:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 182
Posted By T-Mar

Welcome to the forums. The biggest date clue is...

Welcome to the forums. The biggest date clue is the presence of a Campagnolo Portacatena dropout, These were introduced in late 1977 for the 1978 model year and were used through to circa 1982-1984,...
10-07-19, 05:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 315
Posted By T-Mar

<EO> is the trademark of Otsuya Iron Works, a...

<EO> is the trademark of Otsuya Iron Works, a Japanese company specializing in frame fittings, such as bottom bracket shells.
10-07-19, 07:52 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 875
Posted By T-Mar

Marukin was a Japanese brand that dates back to...

Marukin was a Japanese brand that dates back to the early 1970s bicycle boom. My understanding is that the bicycles were contract manufactured. Based on the presence of bottle, bosses, shift lever...
10-07-19, 06:43 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 6,633
Posted By T-Mar

A pneumatic tyre that was cemented to rim and had...

A pneumatic tyre that was cemented to rim and had an inner tube that was totally enclosed by and bonded to the casing was known as a single tube tyre. Dating back to 1890, it was the 2nd style of...
10-06-19, 08:16 AM
Replies: 2,261
Views: 347,511
Posted By T-Mar

There's a 2011 Korn Ferry Institute article on...

There's a 2011 Korn Ferry Institute article on Georgina Terry, where it is reported that her supplier, Tano, copied her frame design for use on Centurion models, which they manufactured for WSI. We...
10-06-19, 07:51 AM
Replies: 2,261
Views: 347,511
Posted By T-Mar

1991 model, manufactured in January by a source...

1991 model, manufactured in January by a source believed to be China Bicycle Company, who bought Western States Imports in 1989, and phased out the Centurion brand for the 1990 model year.
10-06-19, 07:44 AM
Replies: 2,261
Views: 347,511
Posted By T-Mar

While a D-code serial number is atypical, I have...

While a D-code serial number is atypical, I have no reason to believe this is not a legitimate Centurion Semi-Pro frameset. The serial number indicates 1975 and we know the Semi-Pro was produced this...
10-05-19, 05:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 211
Posted By T-Mar

The convention with side-pull (and dual pivot)...

The convention with side-pull (and dual pivot) brakes is to have the cable anchor on the drive side of the fork. This practice might be reversed in countries where they drive on the left hand side of...
Replies: 10
Views: 296
Posted By T-Mar

The remnants of the tubing decal indicate that...

The remnants of the tubing decal indicate that the frameset uses Reynolds 531 only for the double butted main tubes and that the forks and stays are a lesser grade material. It is also the decal...
10-05-19, 11:04 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,335
Posted By T-Mar

This component group looks like Campagnolo...

This component group looks like Campagnolo Stratos, which was 1994 only according to my literature. In 1994, it was spec'd on the Campione d'Italia and Giro. However, in 1995 it was spec'd on the...
10-05-19, 10:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 449
Posted By T-Mar

OK, the additional picture helps. Based on the...

OK, the additional picture helps. Based on the 600EX components and Nishiki stay caps, in conjunction with a Lovell repaint, it should be a Canadian market Nishiki Competition. The absence of top...
10-05-19, 09:11 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 608
Posted By T-Mar

Given the small volumes, it would probably cost...

Given the small volumes, it would probably cost more than a modern Campagnolo group. There's no way that I would step down in performance and suffer an increase in price, just for retro-styling that...
10-05-19, 08:56 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 30,616
Posted By T-Mar

The Grand Touring is definitely a 1971 model, as...

The Grand Touring is definitely a 1971 model, as it has a 1971 serial number and the 1972 model used to a trigger shifter, presumably due to safety concerns over the console shift lever. The colour...
10-05-19, 08:25 AM
Replies: 187
Views: 58,805
Posted By T-Mar

Thank-you for the contributions. I know nothing...

Thank-you for the contributions. I know nothing of the Fåglum brand and only a little about the Fåglum Pettersson brothers and Mizutani. I know the four brothers were one of the top TT teams of the...
10-05-19, 06:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 415
Posted By T-Mar

Here is the link to the OP's photo album:...

Here is the link to the OP's photo album: https://www.bikeforums.net/g/picture/15391845

The rear derailleurs, shift/brake levers and presumably the freewheel have been replaced with what appears...
10-04-19, 05:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 380
Posted By T-Mar

The serial number confirms a 1988 Taiwanese model...

The serial number confirms a 1988 Taiwanese model manufactured by Hodaka in April.
10-04-19, 05:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 449
Posted By T-Mar

Welcome to the forums. While some additional...

Welcome to the forums. While some additional pictures, including an overall picture, would be nice, there is sufficient evidence to state that this is a mass produced bicycle and not one built by...
10-04-19, 07:18 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 406
Posted By T-Mar

While Shimano standardized on the M5 Campagnolo...

While Shimano standardized on the M5 Campagnolo style boss for SIS, they did catalogue New Dura-Ace and New 600EX SIS lever sets for the M4.5 Shimano boss for a short time. I assume Shimano were...
10-04-19, 05:54 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 380
Posted By T-Mar

Based on the style of Bianchi logo and...

Based on the style of Bianchi logo and components, this should be 1988-1989. The 1989 version is listed with SunTour XCM, so I'm assuming it's a 1988 model. I see a March 1988 date code on the...
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