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Unknown 80's Japanese Road Bike i.d. Help Please
Long time, my friends..... Hope everyone is well. Can the Japanese experts help me with an i.d.?
Stumbled across this at a GS this weekend and the parents didn't know much about its history as the hipster youngsters had flat-blacked it to be "stealthy" before leaving for college...
Of course they left this behind when their friends told them they "had" to have track bikes for getting around college, and being cool...
I sensed upon lifting that it is at least along the lines of Tange Champion #1/2 or maybe Infinity so I grabbed it.
The sad thing is that I seem to recall having a very similar bike in my collection some years ago; Nondescript rear drops w/ micro adjusters, simple but elegant lugs, unusual cable guides on the BB shell, Signature series cranks, unusual Araya Red Label 27 X 1" rather than 1 1/4, a mix of 600 and LePree, etc...
Serial is stamped straight across the BB and reads "MA XX856" Wondering about Nishiki but am unsure.
Appears that it had decals only as I don't see any sign of rivets ever holding a head badge on the head tube.
The reason that I'm interested in this bike is because I'd like to try out Grant Peterson's sizing theory about using larger frames with a shorter TT, so this is a perfect candidate for me.
Thanks for your thoughts folks...
Last edited by bigwoo; 07-25-10 at 05:43 PM.