This bike originally came to me six years ago with a lot of surface rust, dead tires, broken spokes etc. after sitting outside for many years.
It was given to me by a co-worker and sat in the office for a few days before I got it tuned enough for a short ride to a bus station where I could transport it home... Other co-workers looked at it and asked my friend "How long have you hated him?" :lol:
Learning more about this bike brought me to these fourms and T-Mar was very helpful in providing the model number of the bike and some history of the company.
I fixed it up enough to ride and outfitted it as a beater/commuter bike... I originally posted a thread in the Commuting forum describing that project and there's some photos there of it's original condition and some various commuter builds: http://www.bikeforums.net/commuting/230776-vintage-road-commuter-beater-project.html
I believe I am only the second, possibly third owner of this bike and have definitely got more use out of it than the previous owners.
The wheels did not have the traditional Sekine pie-plate and where British of origin, so I assume they where not original but pretty much everything else on it was.
After about 2000km to 3000km of hauling me and lots of gear and groceries around for a few years I decided to temporarily retire it and fix some issues that had developed - since the bike was at the low end of Sekine's 1980 product line I don't think it was intended to take the abuse it received.
The bottom bracket was massively worn out, and the stem was frozen in the steering tube. The fork was in really rough shape in general and I never managed to get all of the stem out of it so I put the work on hold until I could find a replacement. The chromed steel chain guard got pretty messed up when a car ran me off the road and I discovered a huge rock hiding in the tall grass that managed to mangle it and bend the crank shaft slightly. Thankfully the cogs survived with no damage and a lot of grease in the BB kept it running for a few more years. It seized a bit a now and again, but rebuilding it always got it serviceable again, but did the bearings no real favours.
Finally I found a donor fork on a grey Grand Prix with a lot of rust on the frame but a nearly perfect fork. I stripped the paint off, hand polished the steel to blend it with the chromed tips and clear coated it. It took forever and I will *never* do that again!
I stripped all the parts down, cleaned, polished and re-lubed everything on it. The stem is an SR from the same time period, brakes are Chang-Star clones of Weinman center-pulls that came with the bike, I could have replaced them with real Weinmans but they work fine so I just made them shiny instead.
Basic Shimano deraileurs, stem shifters, and Takag cranks swaged onto triple-arrow cogs are all original as well.
The rear brake cable stop and the downtube cable stop have been replaced with NOS parts, the bottom bracket is a brand new Shimano sealed unit, and the freewheel is a brand new SunRace unit.
Obviously the Tektro levers and the pedals are modern component mods. Please ignore the seat, it's just one I had sitting around - I have a white Regal clone on order but it won't be here for another month but I think it will finish the build nicely.
I'll take some more detailed photos in a bit, but I wanted to show it off while it was still clean and freshly waxed.
Let me know what you think of my build, this was partially a practice bike for when something more high-end comes along.
Oddly enough, it weighs in at only 28lbs in this fairly stripped down build. My 1990 Triple-butted Miyata weighs nearly the same with a rack and fenders on it.
The chrome rims kind of speak to the multi-culturalism of Canada - front is made in England, rear is a '79 French ~Ridigida~ laced to a '78 (also French) hub that fit a Japanese freewheel just fine. I had to swap out the original (when it came to me) British wheel due to it using a system of sprockets that are no longer available.
At some point, I may rebuild the wheels onto 27" Velocity rims but I've not decided if this bike is worth that kind of expense.
Ideally I'd like a bike with a Shimano 600 Arabesque grouping or fully Campy, but I'm on the fence if this frame would actually be worth it. Other mods I've considered are replacing the shifters with clamp-on down tube's, just to reduce the busyness of the cabling up front.
The term "polishing a turd" did cross my mind several times while restoring this bike. I love it, but do I love it that much?