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Grandfather's Sekine ? Looking for info on this bike..

Old 10-14-16, 10:52 AM
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Grandfather's Sekine ? Looking for info on this bike..

Make/Model: SEKINE
Made in CANADA
Made by Sekine Canada LTD.
Year: Beats Me …
Serial Number: None that I can see. Was told might be “in the frame” ..
Condition: IMHO 7-8/10 again I’m no bicycle guru just know everything on the bike is original from what I’ve been told by local dealers and self proclaimed “gurus”
Size: 24inch
Gears: 10 Speed .. Rear has 5 plates and the front has 2 plates where the chain can sit on..
Other stuff on the bike
Emblem:
Front Frame : CS Sekine Cycle Medialle
Center Frame: Below Seat; ACE Cycle with Old School Latin Writing…

I’ve added pictures…
I was told the paint is original and all the parts are original also the Chrome and Aluminum parts are real..
Also this bike is light..




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Old 10-14-16, 08:49 PM
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My guess would be a mid to late seventies Sekine SIU 270, which was/is an entry level bicycle and not worth a great deal. If in good running condition, $100.00 would be a fair price but a price that will be difficult to get this time of year, if you live in Canada...

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The subject bicycle is a late 1970s Sekine RM40. This was the bottom of the line, adult 10 speed at the time. Contrary to your opinion, this bicycle is not light for the era. It is actually quite heavy due to the hi-tensile steel frame, steel rims and steel cottered crankset. The fenders and rack are aftermarket items. Without knowing your location, I won't comment on value, as market conditions vary substantially.
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I have sold a couple of '70s Sekines in southwest Ontario in the $150 -$200 range. Both these bikes had new tires, cables and bar tape installed as well as lubed tuned and ready to ride. One was a pretty red mixte, the other a higher end 21' frame. They are a nostalgic item for some Canadians as there were a number of them around in the 70s. $60 to$80 as is.
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The ACE transfer refers to the The Ace Cycles shop of Vancouver. They were, among other things, an authorised agent for Cinelli.

https://www.acecycles.com/
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Sekine - made in Canada?

Yes, that is a basic bike, decent quality, great for reliable transportation for a student or... Not a sporting machine.

Many of you may know but in 1973 (or so ?) Canadian government set up a Sekine bicycle factory on a native American reservation. Frames & parts were shipped in from Sekine in Japan, and assembled and shipped from there. The idea was to provide employment in a challenged economic area.
Maybe some canadian members can elaborate and tell us when that closed?
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Originally Posted by lowgear45 View Post
Yes, that is a basic bike, decent quality, great for reliable transportation for a student or... Not a sporting machine.

Many of you may know but in 1973 (or so ?) Canadian government set up a Sekine bicycle factory on a native American reservation. Frames & parts were shipped in from Sekine in Japan, and assembled and shipped from there. The idea was to provide employment in a challenged economic area.
Maybe some canadian members can elaborate and tell us when that closed?
Sekine's Canadian facility had a 10 year mandate to turn a profit. When this did not happen, Sekine ceased Canadian manufacturing in 1983, though Sekine continued to distribute in Canada. The failure is ironic because the Canadian government was partially to blame, due to their lowering of bicycle tariffs.

Certainly, there where weak times after the boom crashed in 1975 and 1982 was the poorest year since the late 1960s. 1983 was a dismal year for the Canadian bicycle industry, with the bankruptcy of CCM and the closure of the Sekine facility. it would be interesting to see what would have happened, had both been able to struggle along for a couple more years. Things picked up noticeably in the mid-1980s, due to the emergence of ATBs, triathlon, television coverage of the Tour de France and Ironman and the success of North American riders like Greg Lemond and Steve Bauer.
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Originally Posted by lowgear45 View Post
Many of you may know but in 1973 (or so ?) Canadian government set up a Sekine bicycle factory on a native American reservation. Frames & parts were shipped in from Sekine in Japan, and assembled and shipped from there. The idea was to provide employment in a challenged economic area.
Maybe some canadian members can elaborate and tell us when that closed?
The factory was NOT "on a native American reservation."

It was on the closed Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Rivers. The facility was reopened to provide vocational traning to First Nations people.
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