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Old 07-04-15, 01:30 AM
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Does Anybody knows this bike?

Hi all, I just got a second hand bicycle that I am not able to find on the internet. the model seems to be the Star Buster and the maker is maybe master cycle traders. Does it ring a bell to anyone? it is french maker? Any information will be more than welcome. Muchas gracias!
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Old 07-04-15, 02:26 AM
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Where are you located?

This bicycle showed up on bike trader in New Zealand, listed as a Women's Star Buster.


Many manufactures such as Murray had their bikes rebadged specifically for various stores selling licensed bikes. That looks like a fairly low quality department store bike, probably made by a larger company.

Do you have some photos of the head tube?? Perhaps any indication of where the bike was actually made?
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Old 07-04-15, 10:46 PM
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Hi Clifford, I found the bike in New Zealand. I found the same google search results than you. just the women version of an old ad in trademe. The head tube has no more indications than a logo that says world ryder. there is also a sticker on the frame that says mastercycletraders super spec. the bike has some japanese parts, like the wheels (ukairima), taiwanese barakes something 'chi' and the american flag colours on the stickers that i think were just marketing. My guess is that is a japanese bike. I think they import here in NZ a lot of stuff from Japan in the 70s-80s like heaps of cars. the bike is in pretty good condition except for the tyres and inner tubes. It surprising the little rust it has and how good the gears shift. that is suntour hero system. the brakes are with the old double action system. I have found this;

SunTour Hero derailleur

which indicates that bike could be Japanese made in 1987. the tyres are 27x1\4 (32-630) which the local shop needed to order because apparently they don't have it on stock and nothing else suits that. im glad if its japanese, a low quality control department of them will be probably as good as the best in europe-america those days. i think they have great work ethics however not as good as the americans in branding.

it will be cool to know exactly when and where was manufactured.
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It looks like a nice basic bike, love the shorty fenders. It is very hard to find information on older lower end bikes via the internet because for the information to be there someone has to out it in. Usually only the better known and more expensive bikes bikes can be found easily with internet sleuthing.

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