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3Rensho Cyclone Track-Racer - the last NOS find?

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Old 10-18-05, 08:33 AM
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3Rensho Cyclone Track-Racer - the last NOS find?

And now, our feature presentation! Here we have one "New Old Stock" San Ren Sho (Three Consecutive Victories) Cyclone Track-Racer, circa 1984 with distinguishing offset fork crown. It has the desirable larger frame (57cm c/c seat tube), befitting a "Super-Record Export" version.

I revived this impeccable example, serial A-139-5XX, from basement storage in a local bike shop where it sat idle for over 20 years after being imported and fitted with the Campagnolo track group of the period.

The only overhaul required was replacement of rubber and grease that had inevitably deteriorated with age. New tubulars were glued on the Mavic rims, all bearings serviced and frame tubes coated internally with rust inhibitor. Finally, contemporary saddle, Nitto seatpost, bars and stem were added to complete the fully-functional build shown in the pictures.

This elegant, hand-crafted masterpiece by Yoshi Konno begs to be ridden and not languish in some collector's showcase.
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Old 10-18-05, 09:03 AM
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And now, our feature presentation!...
Dang! No shocks, no pegs... LUCKY! You ever take it off any sweet jumps?

Gorgeous bike!
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mmm... NOS NJS .... drooooool ....
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Wow. Have you shown this to the guys in the SingleSpeed/Fixed Gear forum? They will wet their pants. I will have to bug my LBS about checking their basement now
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he's right, i totally wet my pants.

lord that's a gorgeous bike, i hope you ride the hell out of it.
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Somhow my co-wrenchers find it odd that a 22 year old racer loves the vintage over new stuff. That my friend is onnnnne sexy bike! I hope soon to have a vintage trackie built up.
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looks just like my baby!
the only 3renshos that made it to the US were the super record export versions. My 49 is one as well. there are two here in dc, i've seen two in NYC, and I know there's one poking around WI somewhere. It wouldn't be odd to think there are less than 50 of these in the states-- possibly less
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Is it NJS stamped???

one more thing-- i was told 3rensho was referring to 3 circles-- their logo. I've never heard 3 ren sho meaning something else like three wins or something. Can someone who knows japanese please chime in on this??

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I think I slightly moistened mine
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NJS stamp - none I could find. I read somewhere else 3Rensho track frames were not NJS certified, although it would surely have been a formality. The only stamping is the serial number, in two places - under the BB shell and on the fork tube (hidden when assembled). The fork tube also has a summation of two numbers written in ink, presumably the builder's calculations for length?

I am no longer young enough to ride this machine in a fitting manner and it is a gift to my son who will max it out on the velodrome. He assures me the handling is awesomely quick and precise, far better than the Bianchi Pista he usually rides. For me it is a work of art just sitting still.

As for the meaning of San Ren Sho - the Kanji characters mean three consecutive victories, or more loosely translated three victories in a row (hence the intersecting three circles, each inscribing the numeral 1). My Japanese associates confirmed this.
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My frame is actually NJS stamped on the bottom bracket, next to the serial number. Some are, some aren't.
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I am no longer young enough to ride this machine in a fitting manner and it is a gift to my son who will max it out on the velodrome. He assures me the handling is awesomely quick and precise, far better than the Bianchi Pista he usually rides. For me it is a work of art just sitting still.
wanna adopt me?
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I think all of the 3Rensho frames Konno exported outside of Japan lack the NJS stamp. Chimbly, yours may have been originally sold in Japan and shipped here later. Mine came from Japan and it also has an NJS stamp and serial number.

I'd also imagine there is something more than 50 in the US. I own one, and I know of 2 others here in SF, as well as seeing 6 or 7 on ebay over the last year or so, plus the 3 on the FGG.

And 3Rensho does stand for Three Consecutive Victories. I don't recall the exact origin, something about Keirin riders racing up to 3 times in one day, and winning 3 consecutive races in a row was seen as a great accomplishment (like bowling a perfect game or a hole in one).

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I'd also imagine there is something more than 50 in the US. I own one, and I know of 2 others here in SF, as well as seeing 6 or 7 on ebay over the last year or so, plus the 3 on the FGG.
it would be interesting to research this farther... I really only know of about 5 3R's on the east coast (not counting the road frames). Sure, people probably have 'em hidden in their basement or something, but I seriously doubt that there are any more than 100. Many of the 3Rs on ebay have changed hands several times since fixed gear became in demand and can fetch more money.
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I seriously doubt that there are any more than 100.

So I guess I can forget about getting rich off that 3Rensho decal set I just did, huh?
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well, my rensho just came back from the powdercoater. i paid $80 for the decals, NOS.
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Did you put them on the frame yet? If not, maybe I can get you to scan and post them, so I can compare my repros against them.
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and here they are... the 3rensho, repainted, in all its shiny glory:
http://www.livejournal.com/users/yar...ess/47685.html
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chimblysweep, you riding that on track or street?
seriously nice bike.

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if only there was a track in metro dc... so, the answer is, yes. track when i can get to one. otherwise, it's going to be a special occasion street bike.
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cool, you could always take a swing up to trexlertown eh?
lived in the area for 16 years (Falls Church) saw lots of
track bikes back in the day but no where to ride em.

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Looks great! Your Ishiwata tubing decal is a little different than the one I reproduced; same design, minor color diffs. That one's NOS, huh?
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