Has anyone heard of these? I have a couple of vintage bikes and I can't find ANY information on these makes. There is also a sticker on the bike with a serial number. It reads Sacto Co. December 31, 1976. I'd appreciate any tips! Thanks
an orange and checkered Sanki sprint, and a 1967 schwinn collegiate
i have an orange Sanki Sprint. it has indented tubing with black and white checkers. does the bike you have, have this kind of tubing? it was outfitted with a sr/suntour mix of parts. like a suntour gt derailers, and bar-end shifters. i dated the derailer as 1973 using the vintage-trek site. i came to the conclusion that the bike i have was a Pugeot PX-10 copy. it has the same color orange, and similar decales.
i rode it for a year as a geared bike, but last year, along with everyone else i converted it to a fixed gear. it doesn't have many braze-ons, only the top-tube cable guides, and the pump pegs on the downtube. so it makes a nice fixie. because of it's STURDY tubing i was able to put a rack on it and ride it solo from portland to san francisco fixed.
while on my trip i saw two others, which leads me to belive that they were sold primarily in the pacific northwest. i saw one at citybike in Portland and one in Eugene Or.the one in Portland was called a Jupiter, but had a "made in japan by Sanki inc." sticker on the bottom bracket shell. i bought mine off of ebay from a guy in the redwoods area of california. i didn't know much about bike sizing, but bought it anyways and was lucky. it is only a one centimeter small of what i should be riding. it is the only bike i have, so i ride it everywhere. it's pretty scratched up, but the paint is 33 years old! i love it to death, it is an exstension of me. it is orange with lime green deep-vs and purple tape and a pink chain.
so i second the comment that you should build them up and ride them, and if one doesn't fit, then give it to a friend. because riding ten miles with someone, is better than a hundred miles alone!