Classic & Vintage - Sekine MR200
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02-08-09, 07:54 PM
So I'm going to rebuild my road bike - a Sekine MR200. And I can't seem to find any information about it. I checked the Sekine threads and have seen a picture of a MR300 but no MR200.... I come to the forums in search of maybe someone else who has one or a picture of one with original parts.
Here it is:
I'm thinking I want to rebuild it so it looks similar to its original form (if I can't find out what that is). Though I may repaint it to a different colour - I've got replacement decals and all :D
What would you all do to it? Or if you've got one - what have you done to yours??
02-09-09, 07:09 AM
Tmar is the Sekine expert here. But hes not around right now. I would say it all looks original to me. You could use a new saddle and adjust your handle bars and brake lever position. Do some regular maintenance and youre good to go. Nice bike its a good ride.
Bolted axles, turkey levers, low end crankset, and steel seat post are all signs of a nice but lower end bike. (These are guesses based on the low rez pic). Are the rims steel? Just be prepared that you probably will not be able to get your investment out of it. But if it is a long term keeper, it doesn't matter. But if it is a keeper, the first thing I would do is replace the steel rim wheels with some alloy units. Put a WTB on your local Craigs List, and you should be able to find some cheap. Are they 27 inch?
Is there a decal on the seat tube showing frame material of construction? If not, it is likely a high ten steel bike.
Paint on bike looks pretty solid, perhaps just touch up a couple of small areas if you want.
A good paint job is costly, others have tried cheap rattle can paint jobs with mixed results. Do a search on that topic. You may just decide to keep it the way it is.
02-09-09, 06:25 PM
I got the parts separate from the frame. The parts were just thrown on there to make the bike ridable. Its currently my commuter setup. Definitely a keeper! I have a thing for it since Sekine's were made / assembled in province.
I've been working on the maintenance a bit so its changed since I took that photo. Those are steel 27 in rims.... But they're the wrong size for the frame - the frame takes 700c so thats the most important change to make come spring. Sorry no downtube sticker regarding frame material.
I'll check into painting. Its got quite a few dings in the paint and rusty spots I want to fix. Definitely a fun training/commuting bike though for the long rural highway ride to work.
I found a picture of an MR200 on randyjawa's sekine page and an MR300 here on the forums somewhere.... but can't tell much about the parts or whether or not they're original equipment....
02-10-09, 08:00 AM
As a commuter its fine. I wouldnt spend to much money on a repaint. Come yard sale season you should be able to find donor bikes and the supply of sekines should be abundant in Manitoba.
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