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Old 01-22-16, 06:51 PM
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Do these frames from this time period (73- ) have shifter plates on the downtubes? Mine has absolutely no braze-ons attached to the frame. Don't mind it but because it came with down tube shifters I thought at least it would have them.

What kept the shifters from slipping eventually?

frame in reference is a SHS
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow View Post

What kept the shifters from slipping eventually?




frame in reference is a SHS
Friction. Then rust. (Mine is the same way.)

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Old 01-22-16, 08:25 PM
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow View Post
Do these frames from this time period (73- ) have shifter plates on the downtubes? Mine has absolutely no braze-ons attached to the frame. Don't mind it but because it came with down tube shifters I thought at least it would have them.

What kept the shifters from slipping eventually?

frame in reference is a SHS
The entry level models such as the SHA, SHB & SHC typically had a heart shaped, shift lever locating plate brazed onto the down tube. This mistakeproofed the positioning of the levers so that they would they would work with the pre-cut cables. It also prevented the shifters from rotating on the down tube and slipping down the down tube, if the clamp bolt was not sufficiently tightened or loosened due to vibration. This feature was typically omitted on the mid-range and higher models like the SHS, SHT and SHX. At the time, many manufacturers were still reluctant to braze fittings to the thin, centre sections of butted tubesets, in the event that the heat weakened them too much.
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Old 04-02-16, 04:17 PM
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Already posted about this one, but now that I've found the Sekine thread...

My latest: all original SHS acquired from the original owner. Serial number starts with Y8.

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Old 05-17-16, 02:39 PM
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This is one of the low end, entry 'kids' bikes, right? It's a bit confusing because it says 'Made in Japan' on it. Thanks!

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Old 10-20-16, 10:01 AM
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I have a off road bike made in japan sekine cross country any info
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Old 10-20-16, 10:45 AM
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Originally Posted by meumar View Post
This is one of the low end, entry 'kids' bikes, right? It's a bit confusing because it says 'Made in Japan' on it. Thanks!
Yes, it's entry level and appears to be very late 1970s to very early 1980s. However, it's hard to judge the wheel size from the pictures. Given that it's a 5 speed, it should be either a TL-55F (26" wheels) or RG-55 (24" wheels). The Canadian operations did not necessarily manufacture the complete product range. They concentrated on the big sellers for the Canadian and USA market. You would often see the smaller run models coming from Japan and sometimes this would happen even with the big sellers.
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Old 10-20-16, 10:48 AM
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I have a off road bike made in japan sekine cross country any info
Please post pictures. Overall picture should be taken from the drive side. Also include detail pictures of the major components, such as the rear derailleur, crankset and brakes, and one of the tubeset decal. Also, post the serial number.
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Old 12-18-16, 04:37 PM
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Anyone have an extra Champion tubing decal for a 73 SHS model? Or do you know which aftermarket mackerel has a good copy of it. Of all the decals on my Sekine, this one has lost the battle with the elements.

Thanks!

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Old 12-22-16, 07:31 PM
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Originally Posted by jimmibudd View Post
3 of 3 Sekine treats for the sekine fans!!! ENJOY!!

and finally, my nice silver, chrome fixed gear Sekine....
i can;t rermber the compnents that werre on it when i orignally picked it up from the Police auction...
i think it is a higher end sekine because it has welded on shimano dropouts compared to the cheap stamped ones on the other sekines.... it also had the small chainrings removed so it made it easier to make as a fixie...
the back wheel i had made by naturalcycle.ca and i'm waiting for a used front wheel i got from ebay.... i also added a chrome seatpost and silver pedals to keep the chrome look.... i might add some black grips on the handlebars.... we'll see though as i like the bare chrome look.... i'd like to get a nice set of nitto bars ans some other campy parts... its a work in progeress....
i've also included a pic of the serial# in case someone can date it....
i love to ride this one... its so quiet and smooth and fast! i have the gearing at 52x19 and will likely get a 17 tooth cog for the back..... i may eventually replace the cranks... i plan on replacing the BB soon...
enjoy!!





Realize I'm about ten years late to this thread but I'm in love with these photos! I'm a Sekine fanatic!! Thx for sharing.
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Old 03-23-17, 02:04 PM
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World's fines't bicycle

I understood that the early 70's made in Japan had no apostrophe (') in the writing.
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Old 03-24-17, 05:44 AM
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Originally Posted by ztestprobe View Post
I understood that the early 70's made in Japan had no apostrophe (') in the writing.
No 'S' either. The down tube decal actually stated, "WORLD FINEST BICYCLE MADE BY SEKINE".
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Old 03-24-17, 08:00 AM
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Originally Posted by snow_venture52 View Post
Realize I'm about ten years late to this thread but I'm in love with these photos! I'm a Sekine fanatic!! Thx for sharing.

hey
it's been ages since i was on here.... those photos do look good...

update: my oldest kid, 25yo, has since inherited this bike.... he put some upright handlebars and a leather seat on it... still looks good...
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Old 04-19-17, 11:06 AM
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Just like 3speedslow....I too need a replacement Champion decal for my Sekine if anyone has, or knows where to get one, as per the image attached.
I've recently acquired a mid 70's SHT and unfortunately portions of the paint were "touched up" by the previous owner.
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Not too bad but I see why you would want a replacement. Mine
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Old 04-19-17, 04:54 PM
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@Bike Fanatic I would love to see more pics of your SHT! Is it a work still in progress?
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Just like 3speedslow....I too need a replacement Champion decal for my Sekine if anyone has, or knows where to get one, as per the image attached.
Would one of these be close enough?

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Old 04-19-17, 06:33 PM
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@Bike Fanatic and @3speedslow, you are in luck. I duplicated the graphics for my 1976 Centurion Semi Pro, which was made by Miki, as were some of the top end Sekine bikes. The Centurion Semi Pro and Pro Tour used the same stickers as the one you need from 1976-mid 77. In late 77, early 78 they switched to a dark green Tange Champion decal. Like these:


I was in the process of getting them made up by Greg Softly at Cyclomondo in Australia, when I found a guy on ebay selling a very similar decal set for the 76-78 Super LeMans. I sent him copies of my graphics in case he felt like supplying them. I just saw yesterday that he has both the slightly corrected Super LeMans decals, and my Semi Pro decal sets available now. Message him, and he'll probably be able to supply just the tubing decals without much trouble. His ebay username is: starrcotrim, and the listing for the Semi-Pro decals with the tubing ones you need is: Sticker Decal Set for Vintage Centurion Semi Professional Bicycle 10 piece set | eBay
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That is an AWESOME lead on the Champion decal cdmurphy!! Thanks!

Note the Champion decal I posted in the previous post was for reference...this bike actually has no decal, as it was removed (along with the longer Sekine Canada decal) when the previous owner "fixed up the paint"
In addition to that, he changed a few parts but nothing major (stem, brake levers...). I have all of the correct parts waiting to be reinstalled once I restore it.

Here are a few photos (I need a better camera) of the SHT.
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Old 08-09-17, 06:47 PM
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Hi. I have just read this entire thread with great interest. I am going to look at a Sekine this weekend and the owner doesn't know what model it is. I was thinking SHT?
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Here are a few more shots
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Hey Scott,

Welcome to BF! Thanks for waking this thread up. Good luck on your bike hunting. This particular model with the lack of a permanent hanger and no chrome on the rear does not fit with an SHT.

It does look in great condition and if it fits you, could be worth it. What is the owner asking?
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3speedslow, Thanks for the welcome! The owner is asking $70 for it. The chrome on the front fork threw me, now I see no Chrome on the back and realize my mistake. It looks like a nice bike I was hoping it was a higher quality one from their line up. I am also going to look at a mint Raleigh Super Grand Prix but it's asking price is $140
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Here is the Raliegh
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Not really worth the price. Would get more input if you post in the appraisal sub thread. And you're welcome.
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