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    Member angrystan's Avatar
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    I bought it, fixed it up, and I still don't know what it is.

    I bought a bike off of Craig's List, Monday. The price was right and after one short ride I became infatuated. Now that she's all lubed up, adjusted and has solid tires, I'm in love but ...

    I still don't know much about it. The decals lead me to believe it is a Maruishi CT-12. Of course it is a 12-speed, and the lady from whom I purchased it used the bike, for all things, practical neighborhood transportation. She purchased it second-hand from a local shop two years ago, and believes it was made in 1997. I want to replace the rather rough seat and post before too much longer, and would just like a rundown on what she is, a little history would be nice, but I don't know where to go.

    It is a humble cromolly-frame, cantilever-brake bike with roadie-like geometry and an upright stem, but with 559 or 26-inch wheels. Even Google is of no help with this. Does anybody know just what this humble, but butter-smooth cycle could be? or even, as the original reflectors don't bear the CPSC approved business I expect, if it's supposed to be on this continent?

    I know I should just ride it and enjoy it, and let my LBS measure the seatpost with a micrometer. I can't help but to be curious.

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    If it's a 12 speed, I doubt that it was made in 1997. Perhaps, 1987. And yes, you should just ride it and enjoy it.

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    Chronic Tai Shan ofofhy's Avatar
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    You might check over in Classic/Vintage. Granted it may not technically be vintage or classic, but no one over there will mind a post like this.

    If you search the forums for "maruishi" you will get a number of hits.
    From Craig's List: IF its a singlespeed that means----all the other parts are broken cut off and dumped...dont buy singlespeeds, the bikes will make your balls fall off

    * no -- it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

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    He drop me Grasschopper's Avatar
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    Google is your friend
    http://www.johnpiazza.net/maruishi.htm
    http://www.bikecult.com/works/sales/marui****18.html
    http://search.japantimes.co.jp/print...20040917b1.htm
    Not much of anything on your model though, just the company...lots of stuff in Japanese
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