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    real far gone HamboneSlim's Avatar
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    Panasonic Sport abuse report

    My sister & niece went for a bike ride yesterday. Looked at my sister's Panasonic later on and was shocked/horrified/dismayed at the condition. I remember when it was brand new. I have it now, and have 2 evenings to properly clean, polish, lubricate, adjust, replace cables and pads b4 returning it to her for her birthday wednesday.

    Look at the pictures at your own peril; they're not pretty:

















    I can't believe she was riding this thing with the cables rusted black, the brake pads hard, cheese.

    I'll stop by the LBS later for cables, black sheathing, black cloth bar tape, and salmon koolstops. At least it will be safe for the slow riding on paved bike paths she likes.

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    Meh. I've seen people riding much worse. Saw a guy yesterday on a Schwinn Traveler with inverted bars and a fork that would look right on a Hetchins.

    Good on you for cleaning it up for your Sis, you shouldn't have too much trouble bringing it back to life!

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    The Brave Descender High Fist Shin's Avatar
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    Nothing a little oxalic acid bath won't fix right up. It actually looks to be in pretty good shape.
    In life there are no mistakes, only lessons. -Shin

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    That sure looks like one of the earliest Panasonics that I have ever seen ! Late 70;s ?

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    real far gone HamboneSlim's Avatar
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    Bike is definately mid/late 70's.

    Progress report:

    brakes and derailleurs sticking, bad cables, no oil, poorly adjusted.

    head bearings, front axle, bb spindle rough to turn.

    freewheel totally dry and with fragments of dead shim in races, sticking

    chain dry/ gummy


    Bike is now completely disassembled, being cleaned. All bearings and races are in good condition & just need cleaning, lubrication, and proper adjustment.

    LBS had black corky bar tape, giant brand brake pads that fit, a loose derailleur cable, & black cable sheath by the foot. I already had one extra derailleur cable and a pair of brake cables. And plenty of spare bearings in case any got away.

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    The good thing is that it is a good quality bike that can easily be disassembled , cleaned, regreased and put back together. Not like today's not repairable, non fixable junk.

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