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My bike; Panasonic

Old 07-05-03, 03:47 PM
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My bike; Panasonic

Hi i have been riding for a while like most i started out riding a mountain bike. I recently bought an Panasonic dx 1000 which is a decent bike i actually bought it today for 15 dollars which is a good deal for a road bike. What is your opinions on Panasonic. btw the bike seems light weight at least its 3 times lighter than my mountain bike.nthanks Jason
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hiya Jason, don't know anything about the bike, but wanted to say welcome to the forums
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I don't know if Panasonic actually makes bikes, but they might. They do make toilets, so I guess anything is possible.
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well i know that they atleast used to make them, my dad had one, it was many moons ago and i was pretty young so i don't remember anything about it other than it had disk brakes and my dad thought that was pretty neat. this was probably 30 years ago.
anyway heres a web site about them
https://www.yellowjersey.org/pana.html
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thanks i'll post a picture of it one day. The weird thing is the bike on the frame says "A custom paint job my Panasonic" how strange is this common.
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Yeah, it's probably some bike made by some company and just painted with Panasonic logos for some kind of promotion or advertising.
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princebaal said,
Yeah, it's probably some bike made by some company and just painted with Panasonic logos for some kind of promotion or advertising.
no if you read the story on the link i posted you'll see they were a decent bike that was around for awhile.
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thank you for your help the frame and the crank arms were made by "Shake it" sounds weird and the reflectors were made by "Cat Eye" i havent heard much on the net about this model dx 1000 hmm. thanks again. Jason
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it is the same company, read the link i posted
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Originally posted by shaharidan
it is the same company, read the link i posted
Hey thanks!....................I thought I knew it all......I guess living in Japan for over 20 years didn't help either........my first 'real' bike back then was a 24" wheel Panasonic.
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I bought a DX 2000 for my son. It was inexpensive and he wanted to try road biking with me. We just finished a 400 mile week long bike tour with no trouble. I saw one other of the same model. Thinking about upgrading with new wheels, etc. but not sure it is worth the investment. Would I be better off getting him a new bike?
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I was just wondering, if you're among those cyclists that shave their legs, is your razor a Panasonic, too? I can't think of other bike brands that also market shavers. Gillette? Remington? Even, if they aren't, these names could pass for bike/frame brands. I know Velocity Wheels makes a rim called the "Razor"... now I'm rambling...too much post-ride beer...
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mmmm post ride beer!!!!!
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George, you lived in japan for 20 years? Wow, this country, japan, causes me great concern as a gaijin and a cyclists.....

where did you live? I'm in northern tohokou region
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What is your opinions on Panasonic. btw the bike seems light weight at least its 3 times lighter than my mountain bike.nthanks Jason [/B][/QUOTE]

Most of the Panasonic bikes built in the 70s and 80s were of higher quality. They offered a custom paint job option, and as I recall could put customers' names on the top tube. The Schwinn LeTour was built by Panasonic.
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Maybe this person can help you with your questions?

https://www.yellowjersey.org/pana.html
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The crank is probably Sakae not Shake-it!!
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I have been riding a Panasonic for about ten years. Japanese steel frame has held up great. The only things I have ever changed were the seat , chain and tires. This thing is an animal !
Panasonic would paint the bike for you with your name on the frame if that is what you wanted. I still ride this bike at least one hundred miles per week, year round.
I'm glad to see someone else riding this bike. I have never run into anyone on the road with a Panasonic.
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Panasonic bikes were made by Fuji Bicycle Corp, itself a divivsion of Fujitsu Heavy indutries, the same people responsible for huigh rise buildings, ships, aircraft, cars (subaru) and various consumer electronics items.
They were very nice bikes, a bit on the heavy side, but well made. They can be compared to a Bridgestone RB series road bike of the same era which was broadly comparible to a Peugeot, Vitus (the Al Panasonics) and other continental steel frames.
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thanks everyone for your opinions. Jason btw it did say Sakae.
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Originally posted by anikuma
George, you lived in japan for 20 years? Wow, this country, japan, causes me great concern as a gaijin and a cyclists.....

where did you live? I'm in northern tohokou region
I was born and raised in Yokohama.......and I'm commonly reffered to as a 'Hamakko'. Attended US Armed Forces schools in Yokohama and Yokosuka Naval Base til graduation..... as a matter of fact, we just had our 30-year high school reunion last summer in Anaheim, Calif.

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What's with all the past-tense on Panasonic? They still make bikes, and good ones. FYI they are a division of National/Matsu****a Denki, which is a fighting sibling of Matsu****a Denko.

The two electonic giants split when the founder left the company to his two sons. They share the brand but are on very bad terms.

Do we have to do the rest of this thread in Japanese?
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my uncle has a celeste-ish green panasonic. it's really nice, with some older high end shimano components and tubular rims. he used it to ride from san diego,ca to portland,or 10 years ago and uses it as his main bike still. they seem to be solid bikes if maintained well.
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I have and ride my 1975 Schwinn approved Voyageur II, which was made in Japan by Panasonic to Schwinn specs. Panasonic was and is part of the Matsh**** congomerate. Matsu*** also owns Natiuonal Tire which makes the

Panaracer

tire brand and also made the Schwinn approved LeTour tires the bike came with (27 x 1 1/4).

The Voyageur used double butted 4130 (chrome Moly) tubing, very similair to 531 (Mg-Moly) in weight and strength. The Voyaguer II weighed in at 26# fully equipped, about the same as a P-15 Paramount.

Panasonic made the bikes for Schwinn as the World Bicycle Company. In 976 they had a complete line which matched Schwinn line from Chicago. The frames used all differrent tubings, from DB 4130 to 1010, depending on price.

The Panasonic in the inital post was probably straight gauge or double butted 4130 based on the comment concerning lightness.

Also, Fuji is entirely seperate company.

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Panasonic DX 2000 road bike - FOR SALE, make me an offer. Late 70's very early 80's vintage in excellent condition, very low miles. Seattle area.
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