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12-05-22, 07:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 306
Posted By T-Mar

The serial number format appears to be that used...

The serial number format appears to be that used by Bianchi's Japanese source and, if so, would indicate a 1982 model manufactured at the end of 1981. The component mix is largely in accordance with...
12-03-22, 06:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 174
Posted By T-Mar

This would appear to be an Asian market model....

This would appear to be an Asian market model. Most European market countries, with the notably exception of the Scandinavian market, received Koga-Miyata branded bicycles. The combination of STB...
11-27-22, 05:35 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,610
Posted By T-Mar

That sounds like the vast majority of registered...

That sounds like the vast majority of registered members. According to the membership list, 62% of the registrants have no more than one post. I have no problem with giving free advice. My prime...
11-27-22, 01:45 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 66,718
Posted By T-Mar

Welcome to the forum. We should be able to...

Welcome to the forum. We should be able to determine the manufacturing year based on the serial number and its location, which should be the rear dropout. lower non-drive side of the seat tube or...
11-27-22, 01:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 321
Posted By T-Mar

The difference between the two isn't as big as...

The difference between the two isn't as big as that with a SunTour derailleur but it's there.
11-27-22, 01:16 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 66,718
Posted By T-Mar

Well, you have to put it into that mid-1970s...

Well, you have to put it into that mid-1970s context that was applicable. Most manufacturers, offered (relatively) inexpensive models for beginning racers. The box section, lighter weight, higher...
11-27-22, 12:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 321
Posted By T-Mar

The Nuovo Record has far more street credibility....

The Nuovo Record has far more street credibility. is lighter (by ~40g) and cost about 3x that of the ECO It's obviously better, right? But anybody who has ridden both derailleurs will tell you that...
11-27-22, 11:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 321
Posted By T-Mar

I'd place this circa 1986-1987, possibly 1988. ...

I'd place this circa 1986-1987, possibly 1988. Pink bicycles didn't start to become popular until after the Miami Vice TV series started setting a fashion trend for pastel coloured bicycle frames....
11-27-22, 09:56 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,610
Posted By T-Mar

I posted a response and a selective photo assist...

I posted a response and a selective photo assist in the threaded opened by the OP in the Appraisals sub-forum;...
11-27-22, 09:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 385
Posted By T-Mar

This appears to be the 1990 model. It uses the...

This appears to be the 1990 model. It uses the generic 6061 T8 aluminum main tubes. During this era those tubes were used on the "Sport Performance Technium" models and the two bottom "Racing...
11-27-22, 07:51 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 774
Posted By T-Mar

This looks like an overheated tube combined with...

This looks like an overheated tube combined with a front end impactor it's been ridden a lot since the impact.
Replies: 4
Views: 340
Posted By T-Mar

We've had a few Samurai bicycles posted on the...

We've had a few Samurai bicycles posted on the forum in the past. Unfortunately, none of members have had any information on the brand. The bicycles themselves have been manufactured by multiple...
11-23-22, 05:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 193
Posted By T-Mar

It has attached rear brake cable tunnels which...

It has attached rear brake cable tunnels which were reportedly introduced for the 1978 model year. Also, in 1979 they added an open format date code to the top, drive side of the seat tube. It should...
11-23-22, 06:49 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,175
Posted By T-Mar

Due to the slenderness of the stays,...

Due to the slenderness of the stays, manufacturers cannot take full advantage of the weight savings of CrMo. They would not be stiff enough. This is why manufacturers used lower grade material in the...
Replies: 9
Views: 335
Posted By T-Mar

I had a set of 650C Rev-X on a Softride...

I had a set of 650C Rev-X on a Softride Powerwing. I didn't like either. The fours pairs of thin spokes flex a fair amount, allowing lateral rim movement. Too many times, I was banked, over,...
11-21-22, 06:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 944
Posted By T-Mar

Thank-you for posting. At least now we know that...

Thank-you for posting. At least now we know that some of the models were made in Japan, as previously suspected. Too bad there's no photo the serial number. The subject bicycle appears to have a...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-20-22, 04:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 396
Posted By T-Mar

My first thought was that it looked the format...

My first thought was that it looked the format for Schwinn's Greenville facility but it has one more character than we typically see. I don't much about Dahon . My recommendation would be to check...
11-18-22, 04:06 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 808
Posted By T-Mar

Besides all the previously mentioned factors....

Besides all the previously mentioned factors. misaligned cups do a fantastic job of accelerating the wear.
11-18-22, 11:35 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,072
Posted By T-Mar

With regards to Nishiki, you're confusing...

With regards to Nishiki, you're confusing Kawamura and Kuwahara, which were two different bicycle manufacturers. Kawamura was the primary Japanese source for Nishiki, not Kuwahara. While West Coast...
11-18-22, 11:11 AM
Replies: 354
Views: 225,901
Posted By T-Mar

That is the Giant serial number format. It...

That is the Giant serial number format. It indicates weeks 39-40 of a year ending in zero. However, that's late enought in the calendar year that it typically for for the upcoming model year. You'd...
11-18-22, 11:01 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 485
Posted By T-Mar

Those KHS manufactured musical instruments were...

Those KHS manufactured musical instruments were in partnership with Yamaha, either under contract and/or license. In a similar vein, they also manufactured Yamaha motorcycles under license, around...
11-18-22, 09:50 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,022
Posted By T-Mar

The brakes are reminiscent of the MAFAC LS2....

The brakes are reminiscent of the MAFAC LS2. Could that be the SPIDEL version or another rebranding? The crankset appears to be Campagnolo Gran Sport. The hubs, or at least the skewer nuts, appear to...
11-17-22, 05:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 485
Posted By T-Mar

KHS (Kung Hsue She) was established in 1953 by...

KHS (Kung Hsue She) was established in 1953 by Chin Chunh Hsieh to provide school supplies, including sporting goods, to Taiwan schools, In the early 1970s they diversified into bicycles. Their...
11-17-22, 05:02 PM
Replies: 2,595
Views: 1,002,894
Posted By T-Mar

That code is based on the Japanese Imperial...

That code is based on the Japanese Imperial Calendar and indicates September of Showa year 47, which would be September 1972. Normally production of the new 1973 models would start by this time, so...
11-17-22, 09:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 310
Posted By T-Mar

I've got a few pieces of information for 1984 and...

I've got a few pieces of information for 1984 and 1986, from old buyers' guides, though it's text only, with no photos. At the time, Dawes had a USA division, called Dawes Cycles, located in Hamden,...
11-17-22, 06:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 346
Posted By T-Mar

You're correct. My mistake. Now that I think of...

You're correct. My mistake. Now that I think of it, HP was only for high pressure, wire bead tyres. Not folding tyres with flexible beads.
11-17-22, 06:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 340
Posted By T-Mar

The Riverniciato decal was Columbus' generic...

The Riverniciato decal was Columbus' generic replacement decal in the days prior to the rise of aftermarket tubing decals during the last couple of decades. When tubesets were sold to bicycle...
11-16-22, 03:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 346
Posted By T-Mar

The raised centre section is more than just...

The raised centre section is more than just cosmetic. It adds some rididity and makes mounting tyres easier.

w/o stands for "wired-on", the correct terminology for what are erroneously called...
11-16-22, 09:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 131
Posted By T-Mar

It may have been applied by a previous owner as...

It may have been applied by a previous owner as those look like like relatively thick stickers ,as opposed to the painted-on or decal graphics that I'd expect on a bicycle of its apparent age.
11-16-22, 08:43 AM
Replies: 2,595
Views: 1,002,894
Posted By T-Mar

Welcome to the forum. Your Nishiki was...

Welcome to the forum. Your Nishiki was manufactured by Kawamura of Japan during 1984. The "A" prefix represents Australia but include a wider region, such as Oceania. Unfortunately, the Kawamura...
11-16-22, 08:30 AM
Replies: 2,595
Views: 1,002,894
Posted By T-Mar

Thank-you for posting. It's in great condition. I...

Thank-you for posting. It's in great condition. I believe the serial number may be KS180012. It looks like there may may a faint, poorly struck "1" between the "S" and "8". 1973 sounds about right....
11-16-22, 07:53 AM
Replies: 2,595
Views: 1,002,894
Posted By T-Mar

One Asian manufacturer who used all numerals was...

One Asian manufacturer who used all numerals was KHS. Assuming KHS, it should be from October 1979 and therefore likely a 1980 model. Photos and component date codes will help determine if the year...
11-16-22, 07:38 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 340
Posted By T-Mar

That's definitely not Matrix/Cromor. I believe...

That's definitely not Matrix/Cromor. I believe the red text may say RIVERNICIATO, which means it's a repaint. I've seen this on the main tubing decal but do not recall seeing it on the fork blade...
11-16-22, 05:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 340
Posted By T-Mar

I'm not seeing any photo but the red lettering...

I'm not seeing any photo but the red lettering sounds like Matrix or early Cromor, A silver background, as opposed to gold, would provide confirmation. Both names were used for the same tubeset,...
11-15-22, 07:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 224
Posted By T-Mar

It's definitely late 1970s as the brand did not...

It's definitely late 1970s as the brand did not debut until late 1976 and they had upgraded to brazed-on top tube brake cable tunnels by 1980. In 1977 this model used Tange #10`, a double butted,...
11-15-22, 06:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 274
Posted By T-Mar

A tretubi frameset would not have Specialissima...

A tretubi frameset would not have Specialissima decal. A 1975 model would not have a Piaggio decal or that style of a Columbus decal. It does sound like an early 1980s mid-range model but to be sure...
11-14-22, 05:30 PM
Replies: 635
Views: 230,837
Posted By T-Mar

I thought that Osama might be a KKT model series,...

I thought that Osama might be a KKT model series, like Pro-Ace. However, I went back and looked in some of my old Japanese literature and found some listings for Osama brand pedals. This would appear...
11-14-22, 12:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 311
Posted By T-Mar

The serial number indicates that the frame was...

The serial number indicates that the frame was manufactured by Yamaguchi of Japan, during August 1980. That's in the gray region of the calendar year, where it could be either a 1980 or 1981 model....
11-13-22, 07:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 205
Posted By T-Mar

I remember those. They had plate style seat and...

I remember those. They had plate style seat and chainstay bridges. The bottom bracket looked like it employed one on the conversion spindles to allow a frame intended for a one piece crank to be...
11-13-22, 08:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 313
Posted By T-Mar

That looks like a rebuilt Sekine SHR, circa 1972,...

That looks like a rebuilt Sekine SHR, circa 1972, before the Canadian factory opened and when they were being distributed in the USA by Beacon Cycle. I assume it originally was equipped with SunTour...
11-13-22, 08:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 384
Posted By T-Mar

Upon closer examination, the serial number would...

Upon closer examination, the serial number would appear to be GU2A0808. This indicates that the frame was manufactured during weeks 41-42 of 1992 which would be around mid-October. While the start of...
11-13-22, 07:39 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 368
Posted By T-Mar

Based on the tubing decal style, country of...

Based on the tubing decal style, country of origin decal style and serial number format, my leading candidate would also be Miyata, in which case the serial number indicates weeks 9-10 of 1985. The...
11-13-22, 07:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 384
Posted By T-Mar

Both Altus A10 & C10 (along with A20 & C20) were...

Both Altus A10 & C10 (along with A20 & C20) were only manufactured for the 1993 model year, so this should be a 1993 model. Basically, the Altus series replaced the Shimano 100GS and 200GS...
11-12-22, 01:25 PM
Replies: 338
Views: 115,230
Posted By T-Mar

You statement, "brakes tunnels on top of the...

You statement, "brakes tunnels on top of the bottom bracket" does not make any sense. Did you mean brake tunnels on the top of the top tube? Or did you mean gear cables on top of the bottom bracket? ...
11-12-22, 12:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 384
Posted By T-Mar

Altus C10 didn't debut until the 1993 model year,...

Altus C10 didn't debut until the 1993 model year, so it should be no earlier than that. However, it could have been manufactured and even sold in late 1992. The serial number should give tell us...
11-12-22, 11:34 AM
Replies: 635
Views: 230,837
Posted By T-Mar

The serial number indicates a 1976 model...

The serial number indicates a 1976 model manufactured very early in that calendar year. I concur, the pedals appear to be rebranded KKT (Kyokuto). While I don't have a 1976 Bridgestone catalogue, the...
11-12-22, 10:28 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 716
Posted By T-Mar

That's quite difference, one extra letter and two...

That's quite difference, one extra letter and two numerals dropped. No wonder, the originally reported S/N didn't make sense. The latest version indicates that the frame was built in December 1987,...
11-12-22, 09:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 490
Posted By T-Mar

The subject frame was manufactured in October...

The subject frame was manufactured in October 1971. By that time, Fuji would normally have been into manufacture of the 1972 models.
11-11-22, 09:06 AM
Replies: 338
Views: 115,230
Posted By T-Mar

Unless the frame has been modified, I'm sceptical...

Unless the frame has been modified, I'm sceptical about the stated era. Recessed brake bolt, brazed-on brake cable tunnels and brazed-on bottle bosses don't fit with that era.
11-11-22, 07:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 469
Posted By T-Mar

Mounting cantilevers on the mid-stay would be...

Mounting cantilevers on the mid-stay would be dangerous, as there is the possibility of a heel strike that could release the yoke cable and leave the rider without a rear brake.
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