Classic & Vintage - any info on TAKAHASHI SANNOW SPORTS???
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Hi there is this bike on ebay I am looking at
here is the link: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=370111152328&_trksid=p2759.l1259
I am considering buying it because it has ultegra components and has a BIN at $308. That's a good deal right????
The shipping shouldn't be an issue for me since I live in CA so I can just local pickup.
However I would like any info on the takahashi sannow bike. Like any history, or the quality of it, or even the type of tubing, is it heavy?, hows the handling, stiff or flexy. Any info would be greatly appreciated
thanks in advance
edit: to make matters more complicated, I looked on google for info on the frame and it gave a hit on an OC craigslist posting (which is my county). Here's the link: http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/871816447.html
notice the ebay and CL bike have the same saddle, seatpost and even the same scratch on the seattube. The differences are that the ebay bike has brakes, shifters, and different cranks and handlebars than the CL fixed gear version of the bike.
I emailed the CL posting, but it got bounced back, saying the email wasn't valid because it was old or seomthing.
11-14-08, 08:41 AM
looks to be a high-quality handmade JP bike, I'd be guessing but probably Tange #1 or Ishiwata 019 tubing or similar, seems like a very good deal if it fits you, I bet it would ride like a champ. Since it's local perhaps you can take a look at it in person or at least talk to the seller before you buy to confirm that it's all legit. Very likely that the seller just put back the original (or a mixed bag) components on his fixie and lowered the price, but it may be more complicated...it sure looks like the same frame/seatpost/saddle as the fixie. At least he (or whoever) did not chop off the braze-ons or otherwise molest the frame, thank him for that!
They look the same to me. If it makes you feel any better, I've bought stuff from fangjoe1668 before and has always been cheap and nice, although a little quirky (I bought some shifters that didn't have the clamp). Looks like a pretty cool build, minus the sora. Anyways, good luck for you bissing!
I finally contacted the dude on phone today. I'm going to check out the bike at 5-6pm today. This is just a bump to see if anyone has anymore info on this bike.
So im thinking of going there and offering him $280 for it. Is this bad? Because i figured with ebay fees and paypal fees and all that, maybe he would make more money if i gave him cash for it. And it would save us both the hassle with going through ebay. Anyways the price for me will be $280 either way because i have that 10% off coupon from ebay if I use paypal.
ok I bought the bike last night and picked it up. It is very nice. I got it for a deal too! $200.77 to $308.88 after 25% discount from live.com and 10% discount from paypal. It was very small, 55cm, but surprisingly long reach for me. The standover is very short but the reach for my arms is long. I guess its the long stem.
I will ride it more after thanksgiving and after my knee heals. The area above my kneecap has really really been hurting alot. I cannot get up from a squatting position without major pain above my kneecap. IT is also swollen sometimes. Maybe I shoudl see doctor?
11-27-08, 04:03 PM
how does that live.com deal work? I went to the site but I couldn't make sense of it
first you look for something you want on ebay. Then u make sure you can pay with paypal and it's buy it now.
Then you goto live.com, search the term of the thing you want. On the very first links that pop up, you will see something like save 25% with ebay. Click on that. It should be a general search for the name of the item you want. Then look for the item on ebay. On the top of the ebay page it should still have that green red icon and gold dollar sign saying save 25%. Then you have to buy something with paypal and buy it now to use the microsoft cashback. You need a cashback account which is the same as a hotmail/msn email account. So you pay for it with paypal, on the confirmation page it should say how much cashback you get, and when u complete the paypal payment, you click on a button to accept the cashback. Then login to ur cashback account on the msn page and u should see it there. And they can send you a paper check for the cashback amount. So its kinda like a rebate.
Another thing, you have to buy the item within 60 mins of searching for the item name on live.com, and the cashback only applies to the first item you buy in that session. So if you want to use it again, you must goto live.com and search again. And you are liimited to $200 cashback per use, and I think only up to $25000 cashback per year, and 25 times cashback. Something like that. Just read through the terms and conditions and you'll understand what you need to do.
Finally got around to taking pictures of this bike.
Here's the flickr link:
Let me be the first to say.. sano sannow.
Just found this thread, and for the purpose of not letting info be lost, here goes...
I found the Sannow Sports bike shop in Tokyo sometime around 1984 or 85, if I recall. When I walked in the door and looked at the bikes I was immediately in love. The frames were "old school" even then. The jolly old proprietor came out and introduced himself as Takahashi-san. Some amount of conversation (limited by my rough Japanese language ability) and he let on to being an Olympic medalist in the 50's, though I've never been able to confirm that. Anyway, he had a set of candy-apple red frames hanging from the ceiling that were drop-dead gorgeous - like I had died and come back to life in a Cinelli factory. Metal flake candy-apple over chrome. Long cutout lugs in Cinelli style, more chrome on the fork crown and dropouts. I'm told that to do that, the whole frame is chromed, and I believe that, since over the years I've been a bad boy and chipped and banged mine up enough to find chrome all over the place (for example see the closeup of the lug area). Takahashi-san claimed these frames were a contract build for the Korean National Team. This was the start of a 2-week business trip for me, so I had him measure me up for exactly "one just like those". Tange "prestige" tubing, and T-san said I couldn't gain 10 pounds or I'd have to hang it up... When I got back to Tokyo, the frame was ready (though it was too quick for him to get the head badge and decals on), and we debated the running gear. He eventually convinced me to equip it with a majority of Suntour Superbe (and at the time he was the importer for Campagnolo, so pretty honest recommendation, I think). Superbe was some beautiful stuff and the market is the worse without it these days. I particularly liked the pedals and the hubs...sigh. Anyway, having brought the kit back to USA and put it together, I had a lot of interest from friends in Seattle, where I lived at the time. Subsequently imported a few more bikes from Takahashi (with help from a friend in the food import business - Blake, are you listening?), with the idea of becoming a grand entrepreneur, but alas, I am to this day only a bike rider. The bike sits today in our exercise room in an honorary position on a stand. Back in the day, I put a LOT of really great miles on this lovely bike (call it '84 thru ca. '94), including a high-point for me, a 3 digit STP (Seattle to Portland). I hope others will find this thread and add to the history, though the most knowledgeable will probably need translation.
p.s. I mostly frequent the tandem forum, so if you want to talk about this topic, you might have to PM me to get my attention...
11-20-12, 01:59 PM
Here is my bike. A co-worker gave it to me. Said it has been in his shed since he moved in to his house. I cleaned it up a bit. It looks like its been sitting since the 1980's, early 90's. Going to fix it up, put some nice fenders on it and make it my pleasure/commuting bike. Any info on how a Japanese bike wound up in Kentucky would be nice.
11-20-12, 06:04 PM
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