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Advice on a Sekai singlespeed purchase for a newbie?

Old 05-13-22, 12:05 PM
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Advice on a Sekai singlespeed purchase for a newbie?

I recently moved to Chicago and I am interested in purchasing a singlespeed bike (a first for me). I found a Sekai singlespeed on craigslist for $225. I am not familar with that manufacturer. It seems to be in good condition and appears to be my size (I am going to see it tomorrow). I'm a newbie here so can't post a link to the Craigslist Chicago ad (Silver Sekai import Singlespeed Roadbike - $225), so I understand any feedback will be limited because you can't see the pictures.

Any general advise regarding Sekai or purchasing singlespeed bikes in Chicago?

I appreciate your help!
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I'm guessing they mean Sakae, although they spelled it wrong in two different ways in the ad. They are Japanese, part of the SR Sakae company that makes a lot of parts. That one could be a Ringyo, or possibly a Litage -- I don't know much about them. The one in the ad is probably a 90s model, although they were also made in the 80s. For $225, that might be a fun project; definitely not a common frame.

Here's a little background on the company: https://simplicityvintagecycles.com/...r-gran-course/

Link to the CL ad: https://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/b...479916961.html

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Here's another, perhaps older, example:


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Old 05-13-22, 02:33 PM
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Wow, thanks for the info Rolla, very helpful! I'm looking forward to checking it out. I agree, it's a good looking bike.
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Uhhhh...there IS Sekai Bikes which has nothing to do with Sakae

Sekai bicycles
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Based on the photo, geometry, centre pull brakes, fork crown and 5 speed cassette, I'd wager that this bike dates back to the late 70's/early 80's. Regardless of whether it's a Sakae or Sekai, it's a poorly done single speed conversion that I would not spend more than $50 on. Hard pass.
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Originally Posted by atcinco View Post
Wow, thanks for the info Rolla, very helpful! I'm looking forward to checking it out. I agree, it's a good looking bike.
Here’s some info on Sekai bikes, in case I was mistaken. Like I said, Sakae was a guess, although the fork crown matches the second photo. Hopefully the seller can give you the scoop.

Sekai Bicycle Database
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Originally Posted by atcinco View Post
Wow, thanks for the info Rolla, very helpful! I'm looking forward to checking it out. I agree, it's a good looking bike.

good looking bike. Was it spray painted silver?
It’s cool, a little on the higher price side imo but the Sugino ‘crown’ cranks make up for it. The frame is probably hi-tensile, the seat tube doesn’t have any fancy lug work nor do the seat stays.
See if you can negotiate a bit!
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