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Saint Tropez late 70s early 80s road bike?

Old 08-02-20, 10:01 PM
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Saint Tropez late 70s early 80s road bike?

Hi, bought this Saint Tropez for $65 (probably honestly overpaid). Its my first bike and I dont know too much, but I needed work transportation for a like 1.5 mile ride. Im using it to learn and just really loved the color scheme, and bezels. The Japanese steel frame is a bit heavy lol.

Was wondering if anyone could tell me anything about it other than the small amount of info on here (lowish end not worth much bike boom bike). Maybe someone can identify the exact model for me, or year at least? Im just curious. Wanna upgrade to a newer used bike (I dream of tourers) soon of course but this is just my intro bike and I dont have the funds just yet.

Done a little work myself with my limited knowledge, tools, money, and help from YouTube (shout out RJ). and have the VIN if anyone wants it for databases. Thanks
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Old 08-03-20, 06:57 AM
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It is definitely entry level based on the stamped dropouts, nutted hubs, stem mounted shift levers and brake safety levers. However, the components suggest post-boom era and possibly even into the early 1980s. The brakeset is a Shimano model with the link mechanism that was introduced in 1977, so it should be no earlier than very late 1970s. The derailleurs are mismatched SunTour Hero and Shimano FE12, with the latter being more likely to be OEM based on the Shimano brakes. Both the front derailleur and brakes were from available from the very late 1907s to early 1980s. The serial number, may allow me to identify the manufacturer and year.

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Old 08-03-20, 08:48 AM
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You should consider re-wrapping the handlebar without the brake cables inside. Those levers were not designed for the cables to run that way. It looks like someone tried to create a fake "aero lever" setup, like the levers introduced in the mid-'80s. With your conventional levers, the cables take a very sharp turn coming out of the levers; this could cause them to bind. Not something you want to chance.
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The top braze joint on the DS rear dropout looks suspect.
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Thats good stuff, Thanks a lot. The Vin would be HU05415
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One of my next parts to replace is the cables they are in pretty rough shape The tape running over the brake cables would be my fault to be completely honest with you. Thanks for bringing my attention to the "fake aero levers". The bracket on the friction shifters is bent a little so I planned on replacing that soon as well. Should I convert? Should I even continue putting money into this bike?
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on this Model from BikemanforU
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