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Old 08-24-10, 05:40 AM
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Interesting bicycle find: Please Help

Hi there, I was wondering if I could get some information on a bicycle that somebody had put outside their house to be thrown away. It looks as if its an 80's Malvern Star with two stars on the forward tube, but its been repainted and I cant find a serial anywhere on the bike, although the bottom lug looks as if its been filed. The rear derailleurs are Suntour Superbe, front are Shimano 600 Arbasque. Shifters and brakes are also Shimano 600. Crank is a Sugina 55, handlebars are Nitto Universiade 104 and the stem has Pivo stamped on it. Hopefully the pictures below will help shed light on the bike a little.











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Old 08-24-10, 06:23 AM
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I know I am not adding to what you already know, but the mix of quality components suggests it is a quality bike that some previous owner thought was worth upgrading.

Unfortunately, it subsequently met with some fixed object. Someone went as far as replacing the front wheel with a V-section wheel, but did not bother to straighten the fork, and then trashed the whole thing when it didn't track straight. The fork may be too far gone to straighten, but I would give it a try before seeking out a replacement - assuming frame is not bent.
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Based on your pictures, which, I might add, show little frame set detail, suggest that the bike is Japanese, late seventies or early eighties and perhaps either a Sekine SHT271 or an Apollo Mark III. If you look at my Sekine SHT270, you will notice many frame set similarities.

Sekine SHT270

That said, I am not sure what kind of bike it is. Let us in on the frame set details - are the forged drops stamped, is the frame set high tensile steel or butted chrome moly (finger nail test will help identify), what is the diameter of the seat post, are the wheels 27" or 700c...

Things like that will help with identification. Hope this is a help.
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Originally Posted by randyjawa View Post
Based on your pictures, which, I might add, show little frame set detail, suggest that the bike is Japanese, late seventies or early eighties and perhaps either a Sekine SHT271 or an Apollo Mark III. If you look at my Sekine SHT270, you will notice many frame set similarities.

Sekine SHT270

That said, I am not sure what kind of bike it is. Let us in on the frame set details - are the forged drops stamped, is the frame set high tensile steel or butted chrome moly (finger nail test will help identify), what is the diameter of the seat post, are the wheels 27" or 700c...

Things like that will help with identification. Hope this is a help.
From the down tube and seat tube decals, which look original it really is a Malvern Star. The head badge should look like this. Wonder if the stars on the head tube were an attempt to produce something similar and cover the rivet holes for the badge? Nice, rare bike. Shame about the forks - maybe they can be straightened.

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Also, the OP has another Malvern Star bike in the background of the first photo, so I'd guess he might be based in Australia? According to this, Malvern Star have been making quality bikes there since 1902.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malvern_Star
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If the serial number has been filed off, the bike has most likely been stolen.
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If the serial number has been filed off, the bike has most likely been stolen.
+1 Likely stolen.

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