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Mikado Nomadic

Old 04-23-21, 03:50 PM
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Mikado Nomadic

So I just picked up this touring bike for 150 CAD, and couldn't find too much about this bike, other than it's made in Quebec (I live in MTL) and sold from La Cordée.
I've never seen a down tube like this one, and it has a Tange 900 decal, and I've seen other 900 but not with these tapered ends.
Has lots of braze-ons for racks and even a thru-tube hole in the down tube for... I don't even know, it comes out just above the bottom bracket shell.
I bought it from this old guy that replaced some parts...
I was thinking about swapping in some roughly contemporaneous Suntour Mountech derailleurs from an old Bianchi Randonneur.
Was thinking of flipping it, but it happens to be just my size, so I don't know. Any idea on value?





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Old 04-26-21, 11:04 AM
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I'd say you got a good deal on it, despite the oddball appearance, which limits its appeal. The large diameter centre section on the downtube increases the stiffness, while the standard size ends facilitate assembly by allowing the use of traditional lugs.

The earliest I've seen Tange 900 is late 1983. It was a seamed, double butted, CrMo tubeset. The seamed technology, reduced costs, allowing it to used on lower priced bicycles than seamlessCrMo tubesets. When it was first introduced. 900 tubesets were typically found on lower mid-range models, while tretubi 900 models with hi-tensile forks and stays could be found on upper entry level models.

Given the apparent mid-1980s era, I'm a bit surprised by the absence of lo-rider mounts for the front rack, which were available and would have been less expensive. However, if a front rack was standard equipment, the combined cost of the older style mounts and rack may have been slightly less expensive.

I think the bicycle actually post dates the era when Poliquin owned the brand. It appears to be from the era when Charles Lambert owed the brand. Circa 1983, he established Lambert Cycles, a Lauzon based importer and distributor of cycling related goods, including bicycles. They were one of the suppliers at one of the shops were I worked. The serial number may reveal the actual year and manufacturer. .

If this was my bicycle, I'd be giving it an extended test riding period, to see how much I like it. One thing's for certain. Its value as a conversation piece far out weighs its material value.

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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
I'd say you got a good deal on it, despite the oddball appearance, which limits its appeal. The large diameter centre section on the downtube increases the stiffness, while the standard size ends facilitate assembly by allowing the use of traditional lugs.

The earliest I've seen Tange 900 is late 1983. It was a seamed, double butted, CrMo tubeset. The seamed technology, reduced costs, allowing it to used on lower priced bicycles than seamlessCrMo tubesets. When it was first introduced. 900 tubesets were typically found on lower mid-range models, while tretubi 900 models with hi-tensile forks and stays could be found on upper entry level models.

Given the apparent mid-1980s era, I'm a bit surprised by the absence of lo-rider mounts for the front rack, which were available and would have been less expensive. However, if a front rack was standard equipment, the combined cost of the older style mounts and rack may have been slightly less expensive.

I think the bicycle actually post dates the era when Poliquin owned the brand. It appears to be from the era when Charles Lambert owed the brand. Circa 1983, he established Lambert Cycles, a Lauzon based importer and distributor of cycling related goods, including bicycles. They were one of the suppliers at one of the shops were I worked. The serial number may reveal the actual year and manufacturer. .

If this was my bicycle, I'd be giving it an extended test riding period, to see how much I like it. One thing's for certain. Its value as a conversation piece far out weighs its material value.
Cool! Appreciate the info, I'm definitely going to give it a good long test period, it's a very fascinating piece of work to me. Here's the serial number, I wouldn't know how to tell the DOM though...
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Originally Posted by hamcereal View Post
Cool! Appreciate the info, I'm definitely going to give it a good long test period, it's a very fascinating piece of work to me. Here's the serial number, I wouldn't know how to tell the DOM though...
Thank-you, very much, for taking the time to photograph the serial number. While there are a couple of possibilities, my leading candidate for manufacturer would be Pacific Cycles of Taiwan. The presence of a 'Made In Taiwan' label would provide confirmation. At this time, Pacific Cycles were best known for manufacturing the Lotus entry level models. The serial number indicates 1984 manufacture, though if it was late in the calendar year, it could be a 1985 model. So, as suspected, it is mid-1980s and a Lambert era Mikado.
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I had a Mikado Nomadic, which I bought from La Cordée in Montreal in 1988.
Same colour (lilac), but with Sachs-Huret Duopar Eco rear derailleur and Weinmann concave rims, with 48 spokes on the rear.
Still have the receipt and low-rider front racks, though the bike was stolen about 20 yrs ago :-(
Did you end up keeping the bike?
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In my experience, the Tourney XT crankset last appeared in 1984. Shimano bought Takagi and the brand disappeared. They were quite nice, and attractive. IMHO. The crankset value is close to what you paid for the bike, so it was a good deal!

I've seen that same crankset on 1983 and 1984 Ross Mt Whitneys as one example.
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Originally Posted by hamcereal View Post
So I just picked up this touring bike for 150 CAD, and couldn't find too much about this bike, other than it's made in Quebec (I live in MTL) and sold from La Cordée.
I've never seen a down tube like this one, and it has a Tange 900 decal, and I've seen other 900 but not with these tapered ends.
Has lots of braze-ons for racks and even a thru-tube hole in the down tube for... I don't even know, it comes out just above the bottom bracket shell.




Cool bike. The hole is for a wire for a front light with the power coming from a bottom bracket mounted generator



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Originally Posted by Geoffroi View Post
I had a Mikado Nomadic, which I bought from La Cordée in Montreal in 1988.
Same colour (lilac), but with Sachs-Huret Duopar Eco rear derailleur and Weinmann concave rims, with 48 spokes on the rear.
Still have the receipt and low-rider front racks, though the bike was stolen about 20 yrs ago :-(
Did you end up keeping the bike?
No actually, I sold it to a friend... I was very much considering keeping it, but I had too many bikes on the go
Your receipt didn't have the serial number of the bike did it?
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