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What have I got?(5 posts)

What have I got?Canabike
Jun 28, 2002 6:05 AM
I recently bought a used road bike. The frame is not aluminum, was repainted fire engine red. The only distinguishing mark is an inverted heart on the frame above the shift levers.

The rims are Araya 27 x 1 1/4, the hubs are Suzue, the Crank Sakae SX, is oval (great on hills), the Deraileurs are Shimano SIS (no other indication so I presume it is bottom line) . The SIS is both friction and indexed. The freewheel is Shimano, 6, with rations from 14 to 28. The Chain wheels are Sakae 250 52:42:32. Brake levers are Diacompe. The bikes weight, with pedals, is 24 lbs. Thanks for anyone who can put this puzzle together. By the way, I am enjoying this bike tremendously.
You've got no picture (nm)tronracer
Jun 28, 2002 6:15 AM
you have a bike that you are enjoying. :) nmraboboy
Jun 28, 2002 6:20 AM
Sounds like a UJBSilverback
Jun 28, 2002 7:31 AM
When Japan began to make major inroads into the U.S. bike market, the bikes were semi-disparagingly called Universal Japanese Bikes. It's not a BAD thing--they worked, which is why they succeeded, and they solved a lot of problems that had bothered casual cyclists but that the Euro manufacturers wouldn't be bothered with (derailleur capacity was one--they pretty much made wide-range triples and mountain bike gearing possible). The oval chainrings are probably Biopace, a Shimano gimmick of the...late '80s, maybe. The brand name probably doesn't matter much, because there were just a few factories turning out lots of labels. Ride it and like it.
1 of 3 remaining from 3 million produced - lucky youSpirito
Jun 28, 2002 7:32 AM
..... just playing.

who knows - but it sounds fine. im sure its has mounts for racks. get some on and take a long ride. see the world , sleep under the stars, eat banana's and raisins, and enjoy

ciao