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Old 03-25-13, 04:30 PM
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Perfect bike?

What is a "Perfect" brand "Mark IV" hand made road bike? I have seen one for sale so described with poor pictures. It looks like a generic '70s road bike with no details visible. For $95 it looks like a decent project bike. I'm not a flipper, I'm just starting to wrench a little bit and thought it was interesting, but I want something better than gas pipe.
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Old 03-25-13, 05:20 PM
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No clue, Clawed.
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Old 03-25-13, 05:49 PM
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I'm thinking a "Perfect Mark IV" ain't it....maybe the V or the VI but not the IV...keep looking.

( I have no idea, but I'd be willing to bet it's just a crappy ole 10 speed)
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Old 03-25-13, 06:19 PM
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Raleigh Supercourse, but stick with the Mark I.
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Old 03-25-13, 08:23 PM
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Brand that does not show up on google = private label brand. In the 1970s, the private label bikes were almost all crap. By the 1980s, there were some nice ones.
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Old 03-25-13, 08:43 PM
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Mark X was used by a Volkscycle. I just restored one.
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Old 03-25-13, 08:56 PM
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This brand sounds familiar. I think it may be one of the early boom, Japanese name brands, as opposed to a private label brand. Postings pics would help to establish the era and level. You'd be surprised at what some of the members can pick out form relatively poor pictures. It certainly couldn't hurt.
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Whenever I see stem shifters...I keep looking.
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Old 03-26-13, 05:09 AM
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Stem shifters, turkey levers, claw RD hanger, steel rims, steel seat post = basic boom bike. Your choice, limited value there.
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Dang, I thought my bike was the Perfect bike. I have definitely been proven wrong.

I would like to see that seat cluster embiggened.
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Old 03-26-13, 06:15 AM
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Optimism or marketing hype at its worst. World Champion stripes too. Hmmmmmm.....................

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Edit: in hindsight Jim (#13) has the right attitude about this bike.
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Old 03-26-13, 06:18 AM
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
Stem shifters, turkey levers, claw RD hanger, steel rims, steel seat post = basic boom bike. Your choice, limited value there.
True enough. But it is a complete bike for only $95, hard to beat in some areas. Of course if it has steel wheels that would be the first upgrade.

The OP says he's just starting wrenching and wants a project. This starts out with alloy crank, what looks like Suntour RD, good brakes. As long as the frame isn't terrible it will be a decent boom-bike that could roll for many years. But do make sure it fits and has no apparent damage.
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+1, this looks like a good project bicycle, at a fair price. While it it is entry level, it appears to be in very good condition with little use, suffering primarily from sitting unused for a few decades. The only blemish that I can see is what appears to be a small tear on the saddle flank. Even the bar tape appears to be in good condition.

I'd place this as a late 1970s, post boom model, based on what appear to be SunTour Seven derailleurs, which did not come out until 1976. If the OP picks up the bicycle, I'd appreciate the serial number.
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Old 03-26-13, 02:33 PM
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Thanks for the info. I learn something here every time I check in.

If I chase it further I will let you know details.
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I would like to see that seat cluster embiggened.
Nothing too special:

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