On Friday UPS delivered my latest toy: an '81 (I think) Panasonic Sport. I spent Friday night assembling everything and Saturday morning doing some tweaking. Outside of a few small spins around the neighborhood to make sure everything was working, I didn't have a chance to ride it this weekend.
This morning I rode it the 10.5 miles to work. I am impressed with how smooth and fast it rides. I easily caught up with a coworker who also commutes, and made him work hard to keep up with me! Usually it's the other way around. He told me I need retro tennis shoes to match the bike.
Anyway, I just wanted to share my joy and my first dive into the vintage world. I know it was one of Panasonic's entry level bike and certainly not rare or fancy, but I love it nonetheless. I'm even beginning to suspect there might be some merit to the whole "steel is real" mantra.