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    "Space Pac" Road Bike - from outer space?

    Anyone have a clue about this bike?
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    The cottered cranks and the Lark RD point to this being an early 70's Japanese made bike. Likely it was made for either a department store or maybe a hardware chain.
    Laterally stiff yet vertically compliant.

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    Dept. store brand from late 60s, early 70s?
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    It's steel (not any of the good stuff), it was cheap in its day, none of the parts are anything to write home about though functional, it's complete, and it will not make you any headway towards adequate retirement savings. How will it ride? My guess is about as well as a 1970 Raleigh Record. Should be perfect for commuting to campus, once you get decent tires on there and make sure all the bearings are good.

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    It's a great example of the truth that not all old stuff is classic or vintage. Sometimes it's just old. Doesn't mean its bad, just that it's nothing special.

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    To me, the most interesting thing on this bike are the cantilever brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris W. View Post
    To me, the most interesting thing on this bike are the cantilever brakes.
    I was thinking the same thing, they seem very out of place.

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    Looks like the saddle is set in lift off position...

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    It's unusual to see cantilever brakes on an otherwise low-end frame.

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    When I saw the title/I thought about the folding kayak-like something that compacts for easy travel. LOL

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    I'm not really an vintage bike expert but everything on the bike looks original. For my education why would the cantilever brakes be interesting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris W. View Post
    To me, the most interesting thing on this bike are the cantilever brakes.

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    Yes it is... Hard to see in the picture but I think the seat is made of cheap vinyl or plastic and it's peeling off, quality stuff...

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    I'm going to clean it up, new tires, grease, etc and ride it around just for conversation sake....That is if it doesn't fall apart when I clean it.

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    Its obviously not a touring bike, and there is a rear bridge on the seat stays, so there would be no reason for canti brakes.

    I suspect this was one of those cases where the asian bike builder had a leftover stock that needed to be cleared.
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    Looks the non-drive side bottom bracket spindle or crank arm is bent down. The pedal spindle seems off-axis to the bottom bracket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vtgreen View Post
    I'm not really an vintage bike expert but everything on the bike looks original. For my education why would the cantilever brakes be interesting?
    Because adding the braze-ons for the cantis would be another manufacturing step you wouldn't need if using side or center pulls. That equates to more cost, not typically something you do on a low end bike.

    Quote Originally Posted by Beach Comber View Post
    Its obviously not a touring bike, and there is a rear bridge on the seat stays, so there would be no reason for canti brakes.
    Those are useful for things other than brakes, like fenders. Never seen a real touring bike with cantis and without a bridge.

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    I was given a frame by a member (CJBruin) from an old ten speed that was branded Roddy. It had canti posts, cottered cranks, crap chrome cap on the forks, and the spare-all-expense lugged frame. Converted it into a single speed. Worked better than it had a right to. All the details on your bike match the Roddy. Never could find any information on it. Fix it up, ride it, and have realistic expectations. I have a love for cheap 10 speeds going back to a cast-off Royce Union that I rode around back in the 70s.

    Here's a good link for you:

    http://oldtenspeedgallery.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by khatfull View Post

    Those are useful for things other than brakes, like fenders. Never seen a real touring bike with cantis and without a bridge.
    Ever see a touring bike with no rear eyelets?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beach Comber View Post
    Ever see a touring bike with no rear eyelets?
    You're supposed to drill your own, that's why the dropouts are so big.

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    Here's a few pictures of the Roddy. It's the same bike as yours under a different name. This is after it was single-speeded. SS-1.jpgSS-2.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beach Comber View Post
    Ever see a touring bike with no rear eyelets?
    I wasn't suggesting it was a touring bike. I was suggesting that it's kinda not unusual to have a canti-equipped frame with a brake bridge, which is what you inferred.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Merkel View Post
    Here's a few pictures of the Roddy. It's the same bike as yours under a different name. This is after it was single-speeded.
    And you didn't even grind off the canti studs, bravo!

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    I had that exact same bike (same size and color... Are you in Boston? might be the same bike). It was low end but relatively well built. The canti posts puzzled me too when I had it but I was a super noob when it passed through my hands so I didn't think much of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by khatfull View Post
    I wasn't suggesting it was a touring bike. I was suggesting that it's kinda not unusual to have a canti-equipped frame with a brake bridge, which is what you inferred.
    I inferred no such thing.

    My exact words were "Its obviously not a touring bike, and there is a rear bridge on the seat stays, so there would be no reason for canti brakes"

    The key part being "Its obviously not a touring bike".
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    Quote Originally Posted by vtgreen View Post
    I'm not really an vintage bike expert but everything on the bike looks original. For my education why would the cantilever brakes be interesting?

    Thanks.
    Cantilever brakes represent extra work in manufacturing the frame, which is incongruous in what otherwise appears to be a rather low-end model.

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