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Old 08-01-11, 07:05 AM
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Ok, my dad has an old road bike from the early 70's. I believe he said it was a 1969 model that be bought in 72 for around $150-200. I haven't had a chance to stop and get pictures yet, and I forgot to get the actual name off it, but I do know it was something like kiroki, or kuroki or something like that. I could not find anything remotely close on google for the bike. I recall it having shimano brakes and gear set. It also has the original, very dry, leopard print wheels that are crunchy. He bought new tires and tubes for it and I am considering swapping them and fixing it up to ride to work. I do know it needs the front derailleur fixed before it can be used. This bike has hung up in his garage since as long as I remember. I believe the last time it saw the road was in the mid to late 80's when my brother still road in a baby seat.

I will try and get more information this week, but anything you can give me to look it up now will help.
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there is not quite enough information to tell anything. I suspect the 'leopard print' tires were just plain tires and that design is simply a result of dry rot.
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My guess, its a Kabuki. Google is your friend. Shimano components means nothing. Go to Walmart, almost all of their bikes have Shimano components. Shimano made everything from bottom of the barrel, to super sweet, and everything in-between. Its all about what model of Shimano, and the condition. Leopard skin = tires that are shot.

Kabukis tended to be really low end. But you can't beat free.
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1969 to 1972 would probably not be a Bridgestone Kabuki. I think the "C. Itoh" name might have shown up in that time period. Definitely need at least a manufacturer's name and model name. If a model name isn't available, just post some photos of the "drive side" of the bike (side with the chain), pedals and crank arms, shifters and brake levers, a shot of the rear derailleur with the end of the axle visible.
Other information that could help, if photos are not easy to get:
Steel or alloy rims on the wheels? Quick release levers or nutted axles on the wheels? Where are the shifters placed? Up by the handlebars, or on the lower tube on the frame? Extra levers attached to the brake levers, so you can "brake" with your hands on the flat upper part of the handlebars? Does it mention the type of steel the frame is made of? Are the handlebars and handlebar stem made of steel or alloy? The crank arms made of steel or alloy? Are the crank arms attached to a spindle, or is it all one piece passing through the bottom bracket of the frame?
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I still have to get over there to get pictures, but will try to early this week. I am pretty sure it has the extra brake levers, as I remember it having two sets when I was younger.
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