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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 02-22-06, 12:41 AM   #1
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Dig these old cranks.

So I was home in Sacramento this past weekend, and I decided to pull out my dad's old road bike, to fix up so I'll have a bike for when I'm there. The bike is a C.Itoh, which is a pretty crappy brand, but check out the cranks it came with. Sugino Maxy's from the Early 70's. and 165mm, to boot, which I though was unheard of on road bikes. I can't decide if I want to throw them on a fixie or what, but you gotta appreciate the funky design.
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Old 02-22-06, 12:47 AM   #2
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So I was home in Sacramento this past weekend, and I decided to pull out my dad's old road bike, to fix up so I'll have a bike for when I'm there. The bike is a C.Itoh, which is a pretty crappy brand, but check out the cranks it came with. Sugino Maxy's from the Early 70's. and 165mm, to boot, which I though was unheard of on road bikes. I can't decide if I want to throw them on a fixie or what, but you gotta appreciate the funky design.
no way! C. Itoh did some pretty rad stuff if i remember correctly. i think kabuki was affiliated with C. Itoh and they had some sweet rides.
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Old 02-22-06, 12:49 AM   #3
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Really? I'm just going off Sheldon Brown's site, as well as some vintage bike forums. Either way, I am in the process of restoring the bike, which hasn't been touched in 25+ years.
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i think you should leave the crank set on it, and build a conversion! the color of the frame is tight.
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Old 02-22-06, 01:34 AM   #5
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some old stuff might not be "top of the line", but if it's functional and cool, why not keep it?
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Old 02-22-06, 01:41 AM   #6
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what kind of chainrings are those? can you even find new ones for it?
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Old 02-22-06, 01:55 AM   #7
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is the outer ring built in to the crank? it looks that way.
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Isn't C.Itoh pre-Bridgestone Bridgestone?
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i'd use 'em. see if there's a way to lose that inner ring and run a big ass cog in the rear.
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Kinda, C.Itoh was the name of the trading company that first brought Bridgstone bikes to the US and marketed under that brand. So yes, they are pre- Bridgestone USA, Bridgestones.
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So I was home in Sacramento this past weekend, and I decided to pull out my dad's old road bike, to fix up so I'll have a bike for when I'm there. The bike is a C.Itoh, which is a pretty crappy brand, but check out the cranks it came with. Sugino Maxy's from the Early 70's. and 165mm, to boot, which I though was unheard of on road bikes. I can't decide if I want to throw them on a fixie or what, but you gotta appreciate the funky design.
The Sugino Maxy was the first "affordable" cotterless crank ever, brought cotterless to bikes at a price level for general cyclists for the first time.

However, I would not recommend them for fixed gear use. The swaged connection betwixt the big chainring and the arm is not intended to work with a two-way load. I had one of these on my Raleigh International when I first set it up as a fixed gear, sometime in the mid '70s, and it didn't last long.

One day I started resisting a bit down a hill and found myself "freewheeling" as the crank rotated in the chainring. The rest of the ride home was challenging, sort of like driving a car with a blown clutch. I could keep the bike going on the level and downhill, but as soon as the road started to rise a bit, the crank would start to slip again.

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Didn't C Itoh make floppy disks?
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i had the same cranks on my crescent, they were original so i kept them for a while because they looked cool and i liked the 165ness of them, my problem was that i was using the inner ring, which had 3 little bolts holding it on, one time going up a fairly steep hill on my way to work one of the little bolts told me to **** off and the inner chain ring mangled itself and the outer chainring followed suit since it was still semi attached, hard walk home with my bike on my shoulders
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also i always thought those little red dust caps were awesome, until one cracked up on me and i had to melt it out, i still use the one, because half of awesome is still awesome
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Sheldon and Soyboy, thanks for the tips. I'll probably just restore it as an 18 speed, I just love that design though. Ima do some more research into the C.Itoh thing.
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