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Old 03-21-13, 08:11 PM   #1
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Katakura

Don't know much about it, except that it has some pretty cool attachments!
It might be a Katakura Silk Alpha?

Any ideas about it's era, quality, or worth?

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Looks like it has that weird shimano ffs crank system. If true, stay away, they are a Pita.
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The bike looks to be mid to late seventies and of entry level quality. The bike will be quite heavy, for a road bicycle, and less than user friendly, in my opinion. None the less, it can prove to be a fun recreational ride, but little more.

Value would be minimal, depending on condition and location. Personally, I would not want the bike and frequently give such bikes away to a local non-profit organization. If you really like the bike and it is in excellent condition, $50.00 would be the most I would pay, however; were I you, I would keep looking for something that offers better Vintage Bicycle Quality.
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The subject bicycle appears to be a early 1970s. entry level model. The most interesting feature is the rear derailleur which appears to be the relatively rare SunTour Skitter, This was SunTour's bottom of the line derailleur but rarely spec'd, at least in North America. It goes back to the mid-1960s but I don't think the bicycle is that old due to the presence of the chainring mounted guard and brake safety levers, which became popular during the boom. BTW, I don't think that is an FFS crankset. The frame is almost certainly hi-tensile steel. If this is your bicycle or if you have the serial number, I should be able to tell you the exact age, having decoded the Katakura serial number format as part of my Nishiki Serial Number Database study.
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+1 that the crankset is most likely not an FFS, The FFS cranks I've encountered through the years, I think, had aluminum crank arms and did not have cotters on it and had a one piece aluminum spider/chainring/chainring guard..........unless, the one on this bike is an older iteration of the system.....
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Thanks, everybody, for the replies. I have not yet examined the bike, since it's a CL ad in a city that I'll be visiting soon...Norfolk, VA. I was attracted to the decent-looking racks, fenders, and generator system, but at 200 clams my interest has waned!

T-Mar, great catch on the SunTour Skitter RD, if I look at the bike I'll try to verify that. Also, thanks for offering to interpret the serial number.

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+1 that the crankset is most likely not an FFS, The FFS cranks I've encountered through the years, I think, had aluminum crank arms and did not have cotters on it and had a one piece aluminum spider/chainring/chainring guard..........unless, the one on this bike is an older iteration of the system.....
The FFS, came in numerous versions including cottered and Astabula style. Regardless, I still don't think it's an FFS. The picture resolution isn't good enough for a postitve identification but it looks like it may be a Sinko 66.
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