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Old 04-19-05, 05:07 PM
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Mizutani Seraph

I am looking for any and all info on a, what appears to be a Mizutani Seraph 20" bicycle. Any links with photos would be helpful for me to nail down this model and year produced.
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Old 04-19-05, 06:49 PM
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Y'all might get more responses if YOU posted a picture of what you've got...
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Old 04-19-05, 07:01 PM
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It is strange that you ask. I was at a church garage sale and got really bored as my wife kept looking at things I was not interested in. I had passed the bicycle section and had seen a really different bike and passed it by. Since I was bored I went and looked again. All of the bikes were $15 except this one. It was $10. It looked different. So I bought it. Much to the chagrin of my wife. How many bikes do you need?

It turns out to be a Mizutani Seraph (Ringyo, Japan). It has mostly Suntour components and is a 10-speed bike, womens step thru frame. Everything was perfect except the tires were flat. And wouldn't you know they were not schrader stems. I bought adapters and inflated the tires and everything was good. One thing I did notice was that the large gear on the rear sprocket was 38 tooth, very large.

I attempted to find a website for this company but they seem to have gone a different direction, no more bikes. This bike seems to be a premium bike for the time it was produced.
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Old 09-27-05, 12:04 PM
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hey, I have a brown sereph mizutani 10 speed road bike. i love the thing to death its my college commuter bike. its great when I works. its getting a tune up right now. and my lower gear crank is bent from an unfortunate chain incedent but Its getting repaired. its a great bike. comfortable and fun to ride.
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Old 09-27-05, 08:04 PM
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What a blast from the past! Around 1973, when I was working at Bikecology in west Los Angeles, we stocked and sold a few Mizutani Seraph Sprees because Nishikis and Peugeots were in very short supply. The Seraph Spree was a low-end 10-speed, comparable to a Nishiki Olympic or perhaps a Peugeot UO-8, but the higher-end Seraph seemed comparable to the Nishiki Competition or its Azuki clone, with good alloy components and a double-butted CrMo main triangle. I don't know who made the bikes, and I have not seen one in decades.
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Old 06-10-09, 12:22 PM
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me too

I still have a Seraph Spree which I inherited from my mother. It has been in occasional use now for about 33-37 years. I know nothing about this bike, but it has been the only one I've owned in my life. Would it be very beneficial to consider a more expensive bike? It's my commuter, and I also live in an area of extremely unusual volume of bike theft. I hesitate to buy another bike that could get stolen, but also I don't know how this one rates performance-wise with more modern bikes. Anyone have any suggestions? Oh, and I think I'd like one with a smaller frame. My mom was 5'8" and I'm 8 inches shorter!
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Old 02-24-10, 07:29 AM
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I bought mine,the Super Seraph in oh, 1974ish from the proceeds of a bike accident settlement. I stopped riding from 76 to 88 but kept it and hauled it with me whenever I moved. I got back into biking in the early 90's and gave it away. I gave it to a riding buddy of mine. I went into the legislature and got too busy and forgot about it.

Upon regaining my life I called my old riding partner one day and asked if he still had it and if he was interested in selling it. After 14 years away we were reunited.

I spent last summer fixing it up, modernizing it a bit and tweaking the fit. I enjoy it today like I have never enjoyed it before.
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Old 02-24-10, 09:15 AM
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I had a Mizutani Seraph I bought from a guy who won it in a raffle, but it was too big for him- just right for me. It was a low-end heavy beast with steel rims, but I rode that bike for many thousands of happy miles, including a 1500-mile loaded tour down the Pacific coast in the late 70's. Loaned it out to a guy, and I moved away and lost touch. I hope his kid is riding it now. No desire to have it back- I've moved on...
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Originally Posted by Orin Clark View Post
hey, I have a brown sereph mizutani 10 speed road bike. i love the thing to death its my college commuter bike. its great when I works. its getting a tune up right now. and my lower gear crank is bent from an unfortunate chain incedent but Its getting repaired. its a great bike. comfortable and fun to ride.


Do you by chance go to, or went to U of O?
Random, but just curious.
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Originally Posted by Kirajohnson47 View Post
Do you by chance go to, or went to U of O?
Random, but just curious.
That original post was posted in 2005. Even if the poster did go to U of O, I doubt they'd still be there...
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Old 04-28-17, 05:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Kirajohnson47 View Post
Do you by chance go to, or went to U of O?
Random, but just curious.
Orin posted from Corvallis, so it is possible. However, he hasn't checked into the forum in 12 years, so I doubt that he'll see this.
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Old 04-28-17, 08:00 PM
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We just had a Super Seraph appear as a donation to our earn-a-bike program. I'll see if I can get some pictures of it tomorrow.
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