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Old 09-19-15, 07:21 PM
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Here's one you won't see very often. Not a true touring bike, but more of a sports-tourer that could be outfitted for light touring, this is a 1976 Centurion Super LeMans I used to own. A striking bike, but a bit of a boat anchor quite honestly.

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Old 09-19-15, 07:35 PM
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I don't have a Japanese touring bike to show: but this is a great thread to read, so I wanted to say thank you and keep them coming!
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Old 09-19-15, 08:41 PM
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Were Novara Randonees built in Japan?

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If you want the ultimate Japanese touring bicycle, you probably should be looking at Toei:

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Old 09-20-15, 04:54 AM
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My 1964 Bridgestone randonneur style bike with Huret derailleurs, Weinmann brakes and a Wright saddle. I got it when I was in Japan in 1964-65. I brought it back to the US and rode it until it was stolen in 1967.



The color was Legnano green. It only came in a 21 1/2" (54cm) size frame with 27 x 1 1/4" tires. The gearing was 57" to 92", 51T x 44T chainrings with a 15-16-17-19-21T freewheel.

This is an ad for the 1967 version.



¥28,000 was ~$235.00 USD in 1967.


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Old 09-20-15, 12:35 PM
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Originally Posted by justin10054 View Post
I keep my Fuji touring bike at my dad's house so that I have a bike to ride when I visit. While visiting last weekend, I fell in love with this bike again. Since then, I've been daydreaming of building up the ultimate Japanese long distance bike with all Japanese parts.

So, to get me inspired I thought it'd be fun to start this thread and see what you guys are riding. We can be loose here with the definition of a touring bike. I just want to see some cool bikes.

Here's my Fuji. I'm not sure of the model, but it's heavy enough to be straight-gage tubing. It's still a lot of fun to ride and I've got it set up with some great components.

This is what it looked like when I was experimenting with a Campy drivetrain
Going by this pic, your bike looks like it is possibly a '77 Dynamic 12

My clues:
Only the cap of the front fork is chromed, and the fork lugs are painted. Chrome fork 'socks'.
Rear of the chainstays and seat stays are painted and not chromed.
Crank - cutouts and I-beam crank arms look to be the same
No braze-ons for anything (including rear brake cable)
Large flange hubs


(edit) Drat! Couldn't link direct to catalog pages, so go to www.classicfuji.com for pis and specs
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Old 09-20-15, 01:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Cougrrcj View Post
Going by this pic, your bike looks like it is possibly a '77 Dynamic 12

My clues:
Only the cap of the front fork is chromed, and the fork lugs are painted. Chrome fork 'socks'.
Rear of the chainstays and seat stays are painted and not chromed.
Crank - cutouts and I-beam crank arms look to be the same
No braze-ons for anything (including rear brake cable)
Large flange hubs


(edit) Drat! Couldn't link direct to catalog pages, so go to www.classicfuji.com for pis and specs


I think you're right. The serial number does date the bike to '77 and the components seem to match the catalog description.
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Old 09-20-15, 01:45 PM
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Old 09-20-15, 01:51 PM
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Old 09-20-15, 02:01 PM
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Honest question; is that a touring bike? I think I see two eyelets on the rear dropouts.
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Old 09-20-15, 03:04 PM
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Originally Posted by tricky View Post
Honest question; is that a touring bike? I think I see two eyelets on the rear dropouts.

It's got a long-cage rear derailleur, so I'll let it slide.
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Old 09-20-15, 04:36 PM
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1980 Schwinn Voyageur 11.8 with all components switched over to SunTour from the original Shimano Altus LT. A triple crank too.
Pretty much only the stem, brakes, and bottom bracket are original.

Great sport-tourer and can more than handle being packed for short weekend overnights.

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Old 09-20-15, 04:49 PM
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What pedals on that voyageur?
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What pedals on that voyageur?
Mine? Shimano spd M324.
Clips on one side and a cage on the other. Love em- I can ride in flip flops while camping if needed and clip in during day riding.
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Yep, it's got threaded eyelets front & back. Have added a rear rack since pictures taken. Got these neato baskets ...........

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My 1984 Fuji Touring Series V:
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1974 The Finest Fuji

1974 Schwinn Voyageur II / Panasonic Touring Deluxe
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My 1984 Fuji Touring Series V:

That is slick!!!
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Old 09-21-15, 04:28 PM
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Thank you!

I think all the Japanese made Schwinns are pretty well regarded, much like most Japanese made bikes from the 70s and 80s.

The 82 SuperSport SP really intrigues me- the Super Sport was always more of a 'go fast' kind of bike. So the 82 model was outfitted with a triple and racks... I don't know about the geometry- but it certainly looks like a nifty bike.
Don't know about the SP model but this '82 SS I built up for a family member is a great riding frame (by Panasonic). Sorry I don't have a pic of the build; it was mostly OEM anyway. More of a sport-tourer model with one set of bottle bosses, no canti mounts; but it does have rack bosses on the rear and double eyelets.
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Don't know about the SP model but this '82 SS I built up for a family member is a great riding frame (by Panasonic). Sorry I don't have a pic of the build; it was mostly OEM anyway. More of a sport-tourer model with one set of bottle bosses, no canti mounts; but it does have rack bosses on the rear and double eyelets.
Thinking about the state of "flagship" level touring bikes prior to 1983... Not a lot had canti brakes-
In any case- it looks like a sweet bike on any level- Champion tubing and a comfortable geometry... win.
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1984 Specialized Expedition. I bought it new, love touring on this bike, too heavy for daily use. I do use it for gravel riding still.



I still have the water bottles that came with the bike when new.


On the Oregon Coast 1986

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Old 09-22-15, 05:09 AM
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another 88' miyata 615
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Thanks! It's my daily commuter, rider, and tourer until the snow flies, then I switch to my old Trek 800.
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