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due ruote 06-30-08 07:48 PM

Chimo bike?
 
Anyone familiar with the brand Chimo? Allegedly from Hong Kong, 80's vintage, Suntour components. One on CL near me.

Torchy McFlux 06-30-08 11:27 PM

They're a Canadian brand, I believe. Mostly sold in the West. Owned or at some point bought by Norco. (Many of them have "CHIMO by Norco" printed on their headbadges.)
Another one of those '70s bike-boom brands that didn't survive the '80s. Most of them were cheaper heavy recreational road bikes.

investmentbiker 04-02-09 10:31 AM


Originally Posted by jbonamici (Post 6976797)
Anyone familiar with the brand Chimo? Allegedly from Hong Kong, 80's vintage, Suntour components. One on CL near me.

Not from HK, but from Japan. I bought one in Vancouver, new, for $135.00 in 1971 when ten-speeds were a novelty. $135 represented a lot of lawns mowed at the time. Used the bike through high school. The charming thing about the Chimo was that it came with an assembly manual with instruction #1:
"Before begin [sic] assembly of Japanese bicycle, one must have peace of mind."
I kept the manual for years but lost it somewhere along the way. I don't think I'll ever forget instruction #1. I've tried to apply that wisdom to other 'assemblies' over the years!
I think that Norco bought Chimo in the mid to late '70s but Norco only seemed interested in the heavier, mass-market bikes, not in the lighter, racing machines.
I saw a Chimo the other day locked up at Dalhousie University. I could not believe my eyes. I'll just say it looked very well used. Brought back many memories.

derailled 01-28-11 06:17 PM

Yes seem to get around. I have womens 10 speed HKB CHIMO Special 10 SPEED. Has a nice chainwheel like an old carlton. Pedals have Cottor pins must late 70s. Plain lugged frame. Rear forks are tapered off nicely at the seat post.Head badge is a stick on decal with HKBin vertical font. CHIMO in vertical large font on the seat post tube and Special on the top tube . I thought they were of Asian origin. It does have decal saying 'made in ..? but it is rubbed off.I have pics here but I need to process them.It is low end. Chromed lower fork blades.I see a lot on Craigslist.So ocurring Stateside also. Mine has bleumel guards.Its for sale too. Translucent Red. 10 speed. There are some dealers decals on it so I must check those out.

derailled 01-28-11 06:24 PM

I thought it may be Japanese or Chinese. They must have been the thin edge of the wedge, at a very competitive price would you say? What motivated you to buy one.. the 10 speeds?or price/novelty?
Pacer, Golden Zebra, Fortune; I have quite a collection of weird Asians now ( :They reference the older 70s style. The paint seems to last but the chrome was lousy.Copies of Weimann double brakes under all sorts of brand names.



Originally Posted by investmentbiker (Post 8651405)
Not from HK, but from Japan. I bought one in Vancouver, new, for $135.00 in
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1971 when ten-speeds were a novelty. $135 represented a lot of lawns mowed at the time. Used the bike through high school. The charming thing about the Chimo was that it came with an assembly manual with instruction #1:
"Before begin [sic] assembly of Japanese bicycle, one must have peace of mind."
I kept the manual for years but lost it somewhere along the way. I don't think I'll ever forget instruction #1. I've tried to apply that wisdom to other 'assemblies' over the years!
I think that Norco bought Chimo in the mid to late '70s but Norco only seemed interested in the heavier, mass-market bikes, not in the lighter, racing machines.
I saw a Chimo the other day locked up at Dalhousie University. I could not believe my eyes. I'll just say it looked very well used. Brought back many memories.


derailled 01-28-11 06:26 PM

Wasn't "piece of mind" sounds like Zen and the art of CHIMO.



Originally Posted by investmentbiker (Post 8651405)
Not from HK, but from Japan. I bought one in Vancouver, new, for $135.00 in 1971 when ten-speeds were a novelty. $135 represented a lot of lawns mowed at the time. Used the bike through high school. The charming thing about the Chimo was that it came with an assembly manual with instruction #1:
"Before begin [sic] assembly of Japanese bicycle, one must have peace of mind."
I kept the manual for years but lost it somewhere along the way. I don't think I'll ever forget instruction #1. I've tried to apply that wisdom to other 'assemblies' over the years!
I think that Norco bought Chimo in the mid to late '70s but Norco only seemed interested in the heavier, mass-market bikes, not in the lighter, racing machines.
I saw a Chimo the other day locked up at Dalhousie University. I could not believe my eyes. I'll just say it looked very well used. Brought back many memories.


JohnDThompson 01-28-11 11:09 PM

Back in the mid 1970s, Alex Lee in Madison WI was the importer for Chimo bikes from Hong Kong. They were decent, but not spectacular bikes. Alex operated the "Motorless Motion" shop in Madison where I worked at that time.

javal 01-29-11 04:42 AM

The Chimo brand were seen as low-end over here. They were even sold at car dealers. They tried to endorse the bike with former pro-rider Tommy Prim. Chimo bikes pop-up now and then, often in a miserable state.

degan 01-29-11 02:18 PM

Also, worst bike name of all time.

cinco 01-29-11 04:40 PM

The headbadge from mine is on velobase, also made in Japan, but I don't really know anything about the company. Build quality is about what you'd expect from a boom bike with mostly steel parts. But it's purple and that makes up for a lot :). Link to my headbadge.

nhill 06-29-14 05:46 PM

HKB road bike from Madison question
 
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Question: I have a HKB road bike that (according the sticker on the seat tube) was built at Motorless Motion in Madison, WI, and (according to its former owner) was originally purchased in the 1970s. Would you happen to know if Alex Lee imported any other bike models from HKB besides Chimo? I am trying to figure out what model / year mine is. It has a sticker head badge: HKB lettered vertically (as someone mentioned in an above post), but no additional model information on it, and my online searches for similar frames have been unsuccessful. Here's a photo:

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=390265

Any light that you could shed on this would be very much appreciated. Thanks!

JohnDThompson 06-29-14 08:36 PM


Originally Posted by nhill (Post 16893298)
Question: I have a HKB road bike that (according the sticker on the seat tube) was built at Motorless Motion in Madison, WI, and (according to its former owner) was originally purchased in the 1970s. Would you happen to know if Alex Lee imported any other bike models from HKB besides Chimo? I am trying to figure out what model / year mine is. It has a sticker head badge: HKB lettered vertically (as someone mentioned in an above post), but no additional model information on it, and my online searches for similar frames have been unsuccessful.

I worked for Alex Lee at Motorless Motion back in the 70s. He was the importer for HKB (Hong Kong Bicycles). "Chimo" was the high-end product, there was another line from HKB but I'll be darned if I can remember the name right now...

brianinc-ville 06-30-14 10:47 AM


Originally Posted by degan (Post 12150580)
Also, worst bike name of all time.


You've read Frank Portman's King Dork, right? On that note: Chimo Motel | Cochrane | Comfortable Rooms

(Turns out that there was an unsuccessful attempt in the mid-twentieth century to make "Chimo!" the official all-purpose greeting of Canada (cf. Aloha, Ciao, etc.)).

BradH 06-30-14 11:06 AM


Originally Posted by degan (Post 12150580)
Also, worst bike name of all time.

Agreed. That's the abbreviated version of child molester often used by my prison guard friends.


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