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Old 03-12-14, 07:40 AM   #1
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10.5 Lb Panasonic Track bike at the 1975 NY Bicycle Show

Just for the record, I'm posting my picture of the 10-1/2 pound Panasonic track bike shown at the 1975 NY Bicycle Show. It was signed "J.Ono"



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Old 03-12-14, 07:58 AM   #2
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Looks to be mostly a Japanese build... hubs look Japanese, crankset looks Japanese....

Cool bike...
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I guess the less you put on the frame the more it cost. $4000 in 1975
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That's $24,726.68 in 2014 dollars and I'm not sure I believe them.
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Nice to see there were weight weenies back then. thanks for sharing.
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I think you could make a really light 1970's bike with Hi-E or weyless hubs, but I don't think those are either of those two brands. It's a little bit crazy to make a high-flange ultralight hub.

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Those hubs look like milled-out sunshine professional hubs (which were also sold as 1st-generation dura ace hubs.) I bet they wouldn't last very long on the velodrome track.
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Per the catalog, a Raleigh Pro Track of the same period weighed 19 pounds. I'm wondering how and where they shaved off 8 1/2 pounds.
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I was going to mention that Bycycling! magazine had an article on that bike, but I recall it was before 1975.
It gave me ideas on how to set up my pursuit bike for a crack at the Jr. World's Squad.
I got mine down to under 12 lb. but not near that weight. But I think this Ono built bike was on the wrong end of strength.

Note the lack of any helmet on the track bike rider on a velodrome...
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When I was in my frame class our instructor built a 15 or 16 pound road bike in the mid 70's and was on displaying at a local library. There was quite a bit of Japanese parts if i recall and not much Campag stuff. I have a picture floating around somewhere also of it.
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