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Technium Kawamura Nishiki?

Old 10-27-14, 09:34 AM
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Technium Kawamura Nishiki?

Saw the strangest bike at Frankenbike Sunday.
Looking at it first, I took it for a Technium Raleigh because of the glue bands on the ends of the three mains.
BUT, then admired the racy late 80's paint and the NISHIKI labeling.
Then noticed the Tange #1 tubing stickers and finally the Built by Kawamura label on the offside wheel stay.

I suppose it could be a Derby consolidated Raleigh USA/Nishiki built in the Kent factory, but that doesn't explain the Kawamura labeling or the Tange steel.

Had my camera, should have taken a picture, it was already sold.

Anybody have info? I thought it was an interesting puzzle.

This seems to be sinking without public comment, but here's what I've learned through private mail and more research for posterity:

1986-88 International. OS Tange no.1 tube. NOT glued, but internally brazed, externally welded, and then wrapped in "stress bands" to make it stiffer (whaaaaa?!?!)

1986 Bicycle Guide Review

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