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Old 03-11-14, 05:02 PM   #1
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Lurking at retrobike.co.uk

It is an English C&V site much like ours. One thing that seems very different though: there are virtually no Japanese bikes. Were they not sold very much in the UK? Suntour and Shimano components seem to be in abundance though.
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I don't check out the road section much but in the MTB area they have plenty of love for Specialized and Diamondback brands
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I don't check out the road section much but in the MTB area they have plenty of love for Specialized and Diamondback brands
I have really only been looking at the road forums.
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I have really only been looking at the road forums.
As we are discussion the C&V era… import duties may have kept them out.
Had to protect the domestic industry, like Raleigh.

Canada did a similar thing for a long time.
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seems like something to ask over at retrobike
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I have been following RetrobikeUK for a few years. It is 70% pre 1998 Mountain Bikes. Muddy Fox (Araya) is probably the most popular vintage Japanese MTB brand in the UK.

If you have vintage MTB parts to sell, it is one of the better places to do it.
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I think you could buy Kuwahara in UK. Koga-Miyata was available, but Benelux and Germany were the most important markets for the Dutch/Japanese partnership. I have posted many Koga-Miyatas on Retrobike through the years. US Miyata was in Europe only available in Scandanavia I think. I am not sure whether Panasonic was available in UK. I have posted several.
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Retrobike is still pretty much an international, albeit European, forum. For more local flavors in other cycling nations, go and lurk at some other forums:

Italy: the steel frame subforum on bdc-forum.it.
France: tontonvelo, of course, on 'racing bikes from 1945-1980'
Holland: classic steel on fiets.nl
Belgium: the collectors' sub-forum on wielerarchieven.be

You might need to register to see all the pics on some of these forums. Worth it!
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