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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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    Quote Originally Posted by ba ba bikey
    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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    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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    some old stuff might not be "top of the line", but if it's functional and cool, why not keep it?
    have:ea50 flats, black, light, stiff.
    144 bcd 3/32" 49t sugino track chainring, possibly 75.

    want: risers, light, stiff, 1", black if that can be
    144 bcd 46t or 47t chainring any kind or width

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    what kind of chainrings are those? can you even find new ones for it?

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by r-dub
    Isn't C.Itoh pre-Bridgestone Bridgestone?
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by ba ba bikey
    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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