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Old 07-21-14, 08:38 PM   #1
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Late 1980's MIKADO

Hi guys,
I wasn't sure if I should post this here or in the "What's it worth" section but I'm just wondering if someone could give me some information on the quality of this bike. I'm looking for an inexpensive older steel frame to possibly turn into a touring bike for a trip from Amsterdam to Paris in a year or two.

Anyways, here's a link to the pictures.
Classic steel Mikado 12-speed | road | Ottawa | Kijiji

Any information would be appreciated!
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Old 07-21-14, 08:58 PM   #2
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Looks to be a mid to later 80's mid level model bike. Manganese alloy steel (similar to Reynolds 531 and maybe 501). Is decent stuff, but could be straight Guatemala on bikes like this. Should be a solid rider if geometry is well thought out by the frame's designer.....
I'd price that bike at around $200ish US, if I was selling the bike in VGC. The brand being an unknown in most markets kinda keeps the value lowish, IMO.
Edit: just noticed that the tubing label says "butted" which is a definite plus for the frame. Add at least another 50 to 60 bucks to the price = around $260ish US. If the bike is in great condition, the price it is selling for is pretty fair.

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Mikado was a sub-brand of Procycle out of Quebec at around the same time they did Peugeot, Velosport and CCM. From my recollection, Mikados were sport/touring oriented and lacked the glam of the other lines. The ones I have seen are very cleanly brazed and painted and would be a very good value due to their low profile status. The $275 seems fair. As well, the double bottle mounts, vertical dropouts, dropout eyelets and long brake clearance will make the bike fenderable and easily adaptable for the touring you anticipate.
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straight Guatemala
Auto-correct is the new Cockney Rhyming Slang

For a hot market like Ottowa, I agree the bike is reasonably priced.
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For a hot market like Ottowa, I agree the bike is reasonably priced.
Didn't notice that..."Straight Guatemala".....sounds like some exotic new drink.......should have been "straight gauge".........but Dang!, that could be a cool title for a new Jimmy Buffet song........
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