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1970s Marukin

Old 02-04-23, 02:46 PM
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1970s Marukin

I had been driving past an antique shop for a few years, but never when they were open. I finally caught them during business hours and found this Marukin ten speed in my size. They actually had two, but the price was the same for both and the other one was in worse condition. It is obviously not a high-end bike, but it has lugs, wing nuts, and an alloy SR cotterless crank, so I thought it was worth $30. Both stem and seat post are free. It does have a few unusual things. The center pull brakes are Crossbow branded with DiaCompe levers. The shifting is a mix of Shimano and Sun Tour, a Spirt front and an Eagle GTO rear derailleur, Sun Tour Power Shift levers, and Shimano guides. HB and stem are Nitto. I have enough parts on hand that I can pitch all the rusty steel and rebuild it with alloy and bring the weight down. It is starting at 32 pounds. I might finally use that 3-speed wheel set that has been waiting for the right frame to come along.

T-Mar had posted in another thread: "Marukin was a Japanese brand that dates back to the early 1970s bicycle boom. My understanding is that the bicycles were contract manufactured." I couldn't figure out a match in the Asian Serial Number thread, so I'm not sure of the original maker. Mine is JS24941, stamped on the bottom bracket.

I've been wanting a pair of short fenders. Alloy, so they weigh almost nothing.

Crossbow brakes look like copies of the DiaCompe copies of Weinmann.

Seat tube decal is peeling, but I think I can salvage it with clear packing tape.
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