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Kenko...not Zebrakenko

Old 05-11-19, 09:28 PM
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Kenko...not Zebrakenko

I bought two bikes today a Jupiter beat and then what I thought was a zebrakenko. The head badge only says Kenko on it. That places it before 1969 right? It has a black Shimano Lark derr. Did those debut in '67? I saw the Kenko catalogue from '68 but didn't see a bike like this (they were spec'd Suntour it seems that year). Can anyone help ID it? I'm new so am not allowed to post the pictures I have of it here.
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Old 05-12-19, 05:37 AM
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Kenko and Zebra reportedly merged in Decemner 1969, so that would be 1970 model year. It has been reported that the Lark came out in 1967. This would make your bicycles very late 1960s. The serial number may allow us narrow that down further.

While it is a pre-boom model in excellent condition, that does not necessarily make it valuable or collectible. It would appear to be a bottom of line model based on the frame construction techniques. The stamped rear dropouts are held in place by crimping the rear stays and spot welding them in place.. The front dropouts are formed from the end of the fork blades by flattening them and cutting a slot into them. These manufacturing techniques were typically found on inexpensive, department store models, for which there is little demand or value.

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For those who might be interested...

Not pretty but running full housing and using on fire roads and gravel. It's a very smooth ride.
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Doesn't look too bad, either.
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