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Originally Posted by kabuki_joe
Just took my bike to the shop to get it tuned-up. It's a Kabuki 10 speed from the late 1970's with at least a partial stainless steel frame. The guy at the shop said he'd never seen one of these in the 20 years he's worked on bikes.
I was wondering if anyone can give me an idea of what this bike is worth in good condition? The last time I had it worked on, the bike shop wanted to buy it from me. Never got into price with them, since I'm not lookiing to sell it. Lots of sentimental value.
From Shedlon Brown's cooler than water web site.
When Japanese bikes were in high fashion, many companies went out of their way to market bikes under Japanese-associated names, including Lotus, Mikado, Shogun, and probably others. Kabuki was a trade name of Bridgestone (a Japanese company with a non-Japanese name!)
The Kabuki line used some unusual construction techniques, specifically, they had a system of sticking the frame tubes into a special mold and forming cast aluminum "lugs" in place around the ends of the tubes. The most notable of this line was the "Submariner" which used un-painted stainless steel tubing, and was marketed in seacoast areas for its rust-resistance. Because the cast aluminum lugs were not flexible like steel lugs, these bikes didn't use a conventional seat-post binder. Instead, they used a seatpost with an expander wedge like that of a handlebar stem...you had to remove the saddle from the seatpost to adjust the height, then re-install the saddle! Even sillier, many of these frames had what looked like a conventional seatpost bolt mounted in a projection of the rigid lug, simply to provide a place to mount a cable stop for the center-pull caliper brake!