It would seem as though I have finally procured a basement queen in a size that fits. I believe it to be (judging by the serial number) to be a 1986 Panasonic Sport 500 ten speed with working, all original Shimano components. The paint still has its luster and only as few scratches. The 22 year old tires and tubes still held 70lbs of air. It’s made of 1020 steel and cost me all of 15 dollars. I lubed it up, un seized the front derailleur cable and rode it around the block a few times. Man this bike is fast! Now I need to figure out how to tighten the brakes up and get the rear derailleur to stop jumping gears.
So far my plans are to replace the cables and brake pads, then figure out how to keep the gears from jumping.
I did notice it to be a bit odd. The tires are 27in by 1 ¼, I’ve never saw rims nor tires of this size. Do they still make new tires, tubes, and rims this size? Lacking that what would the possibility of converting it to a fixed gear 700cm wheel set? I think clearance may be an issue. Either way I figure I got a nice little bike to play with.
Here she is after a quick bath, had to get the last 15 years of dust and spider webs off. I would have spent more time cleaning it but the weather didn't agree.