Mashita-san wanted an all around bike -- primarily for city use. We found this used (but never built up) Panasonic order made randonneur frameset, including fenders and rack, at Cycly in Sengawa for 49,000 yen. It has a lot of character already, with the hammered fenders and small, light weight randonneuring front rack.
Panasonic designed these to be very strong -- perfect to take one on a ride, say, across the Asian continent. Thicker tubing -- mostly double butted, but a straight gauge 1.0mm walled downtube! And 26" wheels, so easier to find replacement parts if your wheel gets destroyed just outside of Rawalpindi or Nairobi. It might even last a lifetime?
|Shimano Canti brakes -- a first for me. Hiroshi helped me with adjustments. |
Now they are working well.
|Cateye solar-powered rear light|
|Shimano 105 drivetrain. Lowest gearing is 34-32, with its smaller (26") wheels, capable of spinning up any hill|
|Shimano Click R pedals -- Like SPD but takes much less force to disengage.|
Good for a first time user of cleats/clipless pedals.
|Nitto front rack -- part of the frameset|
|Handed down a beautiful used Supernova E3 Pro dynamo light.|
Looks nice on this rack/frame.
|At C Speed for inspection and some final guidance|
|Front wheel, No. 00025. SV-9 dynamo hub, XM317 rim, DT Swiss Competition spokes.|
Rear wheel, No. 00026. The same rim and spokes, and Shimano 105 5800 rear hub.
|Arrived in a massive box.|
Breaking this down for recycling removal seemed like half the work.