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Speaking of Panasonic...did they make a bike?(12 posts)

Speaking of Panasonic...did they make a bike?Kristin
Nov 12, 2001 1:28 PM
I walked past a bike the other day that had Panasonic painted on the down tube and seat tube. It looked suspiciously like a Schwinn Varsity and was in nasty condition; but I was curious to see Panasonic painted on a bike.
Don't know who made it, but their name was on itcory
Nov 12, 2001 1:38 PM
must have been, I don't know, 12 years or so ago. I never paid any attention to it and don't know anything about it. At the time, I think there were only a few factories mass-producing bikes under a lot of different names, so it probably was one of those.
Still have one of their MTBsColnagoFE
Nov 12, 2001 1:41 PM
Heavy as sin, but it refuses to die. It's a great bad-weather bike. Still uses the original "ovaltech" chainrings--a knockoff on Shimano's ill-fated "biopace". Lugged steel construction.
even sponsored a team back in the daymnky
Nov 12, 2001 1:52 PM
Sponsored Pymouth team in the late 80'sspookyload
Nov 12, 2001 2:39 PM
They were formerly known as G.S. Mengoni. They had an elite junior team with riders like Steve Larsen, Paul Willerton, and Daryll Price. They also sponsored a Pro rider named Sean Wilson out of Northern California. He is now the Coach at UC Davis who won the collegiate nationals.
Sponsored Panasonic euro-team back in the daynot what I was thinking
Nov 13, 2001 5:01 AM
I've got oneMel Erickson
Nov 12, 2001 1:56 PM
A touring frame hanging in my garage. Bought it at a police auction in the mid '70's. Had a broken derailleur hanger which I had replaced. It served me well for about 10 years and alot of touring.
Made in the 80'szzz
Nov 12, 2001 3:03 PM
They were built by the Matsushita company in Japan and sold here in the U.S. in the late 80's. Matsushita also built some the Schwinn Le Tours
Funny you should ask!NewRoadBiker
Nov 12, 2001 3:28 PM
I was searching around on my undergrad schools web site the other day looking to see if they had a cycling club and came across the following article:

LOL - Kinda like getting a custom Huffy frameKristin
Nov 13, 2001 6:54 AM
See, there really is a custom bike for every budget. Well, I'm guessing its low budget since 21 guys can bang out 150 frames in a day.
Not quitescottfree
Nov 13, 2001 10:35 AM
These were pretty fair bikes, not Huffyesque at all. Anytime you could get a Japanese bike actually made in Japan (not Taiwan) you were pretty assured of a good bike with good steel and good components for a good price.
re: Sure, severalRusty coggs
Nov 12, 2001 6:07 PM
High end to bottom of the barrel. Good ones were lugged and brazed with Columbus tubing and Dura ace or Campy Super Record.