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    Hi all! I want some comments on this one before I decide if I should buy it or not.
    $600 Kalavinka frame from a private seller who got it at a swapmeet in Tokyo a couple of days ago. A sticker in red on the seattube says "Mexico 68". Drilled brake holes front/back.

    Is this a real Kalavinka or not?
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    Ok discussion ended quick. Mr Akio Tanabe just emailed me and said he made it 20-25 years ago. It's a real Kalavinka.
    enjoy your worries, you may never have them again.

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    haha that is so awesome. Especially since the builder emailed you about it!
    It's a really nice score for sure. I have been eyeing Kalavinkas online for a while and when I do build up a bike from scratch they're at the top of my list.

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    wow that is def an old one. i have not seen one like this in many moons

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    Accoding to the Kalavinka site their track frames can be had for 113925 yen, which is around $930. Is this right?? I'd pay that.

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    Why would it be drilled for brake though?
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    Quote Originally Posted by William Karsten
    Why would it be drilled for brake though?
    Trackies in Japan ride with brakes on the streets (Ceya mentioned this somewhere recently - safety I believe). Tomity has this set up as well I believe, a rear brake and a clamp on front brake.

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    Built as a winter training bike?

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    most don't ride brakeless.

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    my understanding is that it is illegal to run brakeless on the streets in Japan. Some keirin racers run them on the streets for training, so they order them with brake mounts.

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    Shows you what I know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattface
    my understanding is that it is illegal to run brakeless on the streets in Japan. Some keirin racers run them on the streets for training, so they order them with brake mounts.

    Yes , it is true but people(messengers ride without them ,,SOME do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 48x16
    Accoding to the Kalavinka site their track frames can be had for 113925 yen, which is around $930. Is this right?? I'd pay that.
    Yes, that is right. But with shipping and other stuff it will be closer to $1200.

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    that frame rules

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    Quote Originally Posted by sloppy robot
    that frame rules
    Thanks! I've agreed to buy this one now. Can't wait to build it up which will take me all winter I think. Have to get all the parts also and it deserves mostly NJS approved stuff so it's going to cost me. Yikes! I'm going to be a poor man!
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    beautiful beautiful beautiful frame. i especially like the brake bridge and seat cluster... looks like the one on my schwinn peloton

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    Quote Originally Posted by redfooj
    beautiful beautiful beautiful frame. i especially like the brake bridge and seat cluster... looks like the one on my schwinn peloton
    You're right about that - dead on!
    enjoy your worries, you may never have them again.

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    When this frame is my size, I want to buy it at once.
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