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Panasonic?(9 posts)

Panasonic?Andor
Apr 11, 2002 8:49 AM
last weekend I picked up a Panasonic 58cm frame at a garage sale. The woman who sold it to me did not know anything about the bike, It was her sons like 10 years ago. Anyone know where I could find out any info on Panasonic bikes? I'm trying to get a pic up here.
You may have gotten luckyscottfree
Apr 11, 2002 9:17 AM
Panasonic was a Japanese bike, made in the '80s when Japanese bikes were very, very nice and very well-priced because of the exchange rate. Panasonics were beautiful bikes. What's the componentry? We can get a better idea of just how high up the food chain yours is.
Hear's a bit of history...biknben
Apr 11, 2002 10:20 AM
Like someone else said, Panasonics were sold in the US in the '80's. They made some descent quality steel bikes. I worked in the NJ Fuji warehouse in '91 or so. By then, Panasonic was no longer in the US market. Fuji was the US contact for warrantee claims. Don't know much more than that. Every so often a bike would come back to Fuji. Not sure what happened to them at that point. I just remember seeing a small pile of them and asking my boss about it.

Sorry I don't know much more than that.

Depending on its condition, I'd say you got yourself a descent spare bike. Considering it was a garage sale, you probably got your money's worth.
"descent"? you mean decent, i guess.colker
Apr 11, 2002 12:31 PM
and here's your change.
re: Panasonic?speed-chump
Apr 11, 2002 10:53 AM
I've got one. It was abandoned in the garage of a house
I rented. It said "Team Handmade" on it, and is made of
Tange Prestige - lugged. It was equipped with Shimano 600,
but I don't know if it was original spec. It was a little
too small, but it built up into a swell TT bike. Nice
riding and pretty stiff, at least in the small sizes. It's
fun lining up against Kestrels, Softrides, and Lotuses
(Loti ?) with a steel rig from the '80s. Enjoy it!
re: Panasonic?Galibier
Apr 11, 2002 11:35 AM
I owned a Panasonic (DX-4000, I think) from 1983 until 1986, when it and I were run over by a car. I have very fond memories of that bike, but then it was my first true racing machine. Kind of difficult to say for sure now, but I recall it being comfortable, fast, and handsome. Personally, I'd liked to get my hands on it again -- consider yourself fortunate to have found one.
re: Panasonic?Bike Fool
Apr 11, 2002 5:04 PM
Like Galibier, I too have fond memories of a Panasonic. It was a DX2000, with half toe clips. I think it had entry level Shimano components. I bought it from a bike shop in Mystic, CT back in my squidly days, I think in '83. Traded it in for a Bianchi in '86, actually got $100 for it. IIRC, Panasonic was one of the first to try a custom order system. You could look at the catalog in the bike shop, and pick out size, paint, and components, and they supposedly guaranteed delivery within, oh like, 30 days. Kind of a hot thing back then.
re: Panasonic?...bit of everything.Rusty Coggs
Apr 11, 2002 6:27 PM
They made the whole range from Columbus tubed Campy and DA equipped to junk.The components should give a clue.
re: Panasonic? a few thingscentury2
Apr 12, 2002 11:41 AM
Panasonic was the 2nd largest maker in Japan for a long time - behind Bridgestone. They made lots bikes for other names like Specialized, Schwinn, etc. The two I have riden were great - you probably have a great old bike.