Notices
Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals. Use this subforum for all requests as to "How much is this vintage bike worth?"Do NOT try to sell it in here, use the Marketplaces.

Sakai LDT "Long Distance Touring"

Old 08-01-22, 12:56 PM
  #1  
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2022
Posts: 15
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 5 Times in 2 Posts
Sakai LDT "Long Distance Touring"

I am reluctantly selling my 1983-vintage Sakai LDT "Long Distance Touring" 18-Speed touring bicycle. Being new to the vintage
bicycle resale scene, I thought that it would be wise to solicit an appraisal of this bike's value. I've lurked on this forum for a few
weeks and noted the extensive knowledge of many contributors so thought I'd reach out for some feedback.

I've owned the bike since new, purchased from Bloor Cycle in Toronto, ON in 1983, Serial No. M3D19956
It's unrestored and in good-to-excellent condition.

Here are some of the specifications:

Large Frame (63cm), Tange Champion No. 3 Tubing
Selle Italia Anatomic Leather Black Saddle (Vintage but perfect condition)
27" Wheels with 27x1 1/4 Tri-Sport Tires in excellent condition
SunTour arX GT RD-4500 slant parallelogram Rear derailleur
SunTour arX FD-2600 Front derailleur
Sugino GT Triple Crankset
SunTour 3090 Bar-Con Bar End Shifters
Dia-Compe Centre Pull Cantilever Braking System
Multiple mounts for water bottles, fenders, carriers.

This was a top dollar purchase back in the day and had all the goodies for a top-of-the-line touring bike setup, vintage 1983!

I welcome your thoughts and opinions!

Thanks,
Herb...
herbg is offline  
Old 08-01-22, 12:57 PM
  #2  
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2022
Posts: 15
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 5 Times in 2 Posts
For some odd reason, I can't post the photos I have of the bike.
herbg is offline  
Old 08-02-22, 07:38 AM
  #3  
Senior Member
 
Mr. 66's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 3,276
Mentioned: 39 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1131 Post(s)
Liked 1,723 Times in 948 Posts
Hello herbg, thanks for posting about your Sakai. Being new you need to build up a few posts and a few days, then you can post pictures. You should be able to upload to your gallery though.
Mr. 66 is offline  
Old 08-02-22, 07:39 AM
  #4  
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2022
Posts: 15
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 5 Times in 2 Posts
Thanks for the tip!
herbg is offline  
Old 08-02-22, 07:42 AM
  #5  
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2022
Posts: 15
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 5 Times in 2 Posts
Apparently, I need at least 10 posts before I can show the photos ...
herbg is offline  
Old 08-02-22, 11:56 AM
  #6  
Junior Member
 
DanseMacabre's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2022
Location: Netherlands
Posts: 120

Bikes: 1957 Motobecane camping bike, 1974 Manufrance Super Course STC, 1977 Peugeot camping bike, 1978 Liberia C15

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 37 Post(s)
Liked 124 Times in 43 Posts
Hi Herb,
In your album on your personal profile you can add pictures. Then someone else can do a pic assist and add them here in this topic.
DanseMacabre is offline  
Old 08-12-22, 09:19 AM
  #7  
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2022
Posts: 15
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 5 Times in 2 Posts
Still trying to get the photos on this thread ....
herbg is offline  
Old 08-12-22, 10:55 AM
  #8  
Thrifty Bill
 
wrk101's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Mountains of Western NC
Posts: 23,523

Bikes: 86 Katakura Silk, 87 Prologue X2, 88 Cimarron LE, 1975 Sekai 4000 Professional, 73 Paramount, plus more

Mentioned: 96 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1236 Post(s)
Liked 963 Times in 628 Posts
Comment on that era, top of the line touring bikes from 1983 usually did not have Tange 3 frames, nor did they have Suntour ARX derailleurs. Thats what appeared on middle of the pack touring bikes back then. Nice for sure, but not top of the line.

You tended to see either Tange Champion 1 frames, or Reynolds 531 on the top touring models. You would also see Suntour Cyclone GT or Shimano Deore XT derailleurs. They also often came with custom racks front and rear.

Nothing wrong with ARX or Champion 3.
wrk101 is offline  
Old 08-12-22, 11:27 AM
  #9  
Shifting is fun!
 
non-fixie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: South Holland, NL
Posts: 10,992

Bikes: Yes, please.

Mentioned: 278 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2192 Post(s)
Liked 4,568 Times in 1,758 Posts
Originally Posted by herbg
Still trying to get the photos on this thread ....
You are now at 10 posts, so the anti-spam ban should have been lifted.

And I, for one, am looking forward to pictures. The serial number suggests a Miki-built frame, which means excellent build and paint quality, IME.
__________________
Are we having fun, or what ...



non-fixie is offline  
Old 08-13-22, 04:50 PM
  #10  
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2022
Posts: 15
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 5 Times in 2 Posts
Finally, here are the photos ... more are available if needed

1983 Sakai LDT





herbg is offline  
Likes For herbg:
Old 08-13-22, 04:52 PM
  #11  
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2022
Posts: 15
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 5 Times in 2 Posts
Originally Posted by wrk101
Comment on that era, top of the line touring bikes from 1983 usually did not have Tange 3 frames, nor did they have Suntour ARX derailleurs. Thats what appeared on middle of the pack touring bikes back then. Nice for sure, but not top of the line.

You tended to see either Tange Champion 1 frames, or Reynolds 531 on the top touring models. You would also see Suntour Cyclone GT or Shimano Deore XT derailleurs. They also often came with custom racks front and rear.

Nothing wrong with ARX or Champion 3.
Perhaps not "top-of-the-line" as defined by the available Italian bikes around at that time but definitely top-shelf for a 22-year old dropping $800+ CDN in 1983 dollars.
herbg is offline  
Old 08-13-22, 09:49 PM
  #12  
Thrifty Bill
 
wrk101's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Mountains of Western NC
Posts: 23,523

Bikes: 86 Katakura Silk, 87 Prologue X2, 88 Cimarron LE, 1975 Sekai 4000 Professional, 73 Paramount, plus more

Mentioned: 96 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1236 Post(s)
Liked 963 Times in 628 Posts
Originally Posted by herbg
Perhaps not "top-of-the-line" as defined by the available Italian bikes around at that time but definitely top-shelf for a 22-year old dropping $800+ CDN in 1983 dollars.
I made no reference to Italian bikes. Top of the line Japanese and USA touring bikes at that time were up a step or two.
wrk101 is offline  
Old 08-14-22, 07:24 AM
  #13  
Senior Member
 
plonz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Western MI
Posts: 2,765
Mentioned: 45 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 653 Post(s)
Liked 465 Times in 299 Posts
Clean ride but as stated, not at the level of sought after tourers from that era. Someone paying the dough for a vintage tourer will want higher end. This bike should have appeal to someone wanting a well-preserved, affordable vintage road bike. I see $200 +/- $50 USD here in the states, primarily due to the great shape it is in.
plonz is offline  
Old 08-14-22, 10:32 AM
  #14  
Senior Member
 
Mr. 66's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 3,276
Mentioned: 39 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1131 Post(s)
Liked 1,723 Times in 948 Posts
That's pretty nice, the 27" wheels holds the price down some, Tange 3 does as well.

I see that as a bike I would post at local usd $375 and see what happens. Very popular styling people, like bikes they can put racks on.
Mr. 66 is offline  
Old 08-14-22, 02:26 PM
  #15  
Shifting is fun!
 
non-fixie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: South Holland, NL
Posts: 10,992

Bikes: Yes, please.

Mentioned: 278 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2192 Post(s)
Liked 4,568 Times in 1,758 Posts
Originally Posted by herbg
Finally, here are the photos ... more are available if needed

1983 Sakai LDT
Thank you for the pics!

Not that that does anything for its value, but I think that is a very nice bike. Those frames lend themselves very well to building up with your favorite parts and go long distance riding. Maybe not with full camping gear, but with a front bag and a saddle bag I would expect it to feel just right.
__________________
Are we having fun, or what ...



non-fixie is offline  
Old 08-15-22, 02:53 PM
  #16  
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2022
Posts: 15
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 5 Times in 2 Posts
Thanks for the input. Appreciate it. I have it listed for $425 CDN which seems to be in the range suggested!
herbg is offline  
Old 02-19-24, 03:09 PM
  #17  
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2022
Posts: 15
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 5 Times in 2 Posts
.... and the bike was successfully sold at $425 CDN to a very appreciative, tall buyer! Happy it found a good home!
herbg is offline  
Likes For herbg:
Old 02-19-24, 08:48 PM
  #18  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2020
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 905

Bikes: 1964(?) Frejus Tour de France, 1967(?) Dawes Double Blue, 1979 Trek 710, 1982 Claud Butler Dalesman, 1983 Schwinn Paramount Elite, 2014 Brompton, maybe a couple more

Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 310 Post(s)
Liked 676 Times in 329 Posts
Thanks for the update. Just curious, was this sold back in 2022 or did you have it listed for 18+ months?
albrt is offline  
Old 02-20-24, 03:12 AM
  #19  
Shifting is fun!
 
non-fixie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: South Holland, NL
Posts: 10,992

Bikes: Yes, please.

Mentioned: 278 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2192 Post(s)
Liked 4,568 Times in 1,758 Posts
Nice to see that bike again. I still like it.
__________________
Are we having fun, or what ...



non-fixie is offline  
Old 02-20-24, 07:38 AM
  #20  
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2022
Posts: 15
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 5 Times in 2 Posts
I ended up selling it in spring, 2023 on Facebook Marketplace. It took a while to move it ... mostly due to the large frame size. If the frame size was smaller, I'm sure it would have sold quicker!
herbg is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.