Friday, January 13, 2012

Some Weights and Measures

Some geeky technical specs to start your morning.

Thanks to one of the mechanics at the Recyclistas shop in Victoria, BC for this tip. It seems Sekine bikes have an odd 70mm bottom bracket shell size; but use the common 1.37"x24TPI threading. Many older road bikes would be the ubiquitous English-standard 68mm shell, although Italian BBs were also 70mm (with a different threading).
Not sure exactly how many of the bikes used the 70mm size, but they were probably on most models, at least up to 1979. Need to check some more frames.

1974, model SHT

1977, model SHL

Some more technical information. While I had the above pictured frames stripped down, I weighed them both. Both frames have the same lugs but predictably the mixte frame, with its plain steel and extra tubes, is 2lbs heavier. Here's the numbers:
20" Sekine SHT: frame 4lb 7oz, fork 1lb 10oz (Combined 6lb 2oz)
This was Sekine's second from top-of-the-line frame. Lugged, with chromed stays and fork. Built with butted Cromoly tubing and Shimano drop-outs and fork tips.
20" Sekine SHL: frame 6lb 8oz, fork 1lb 13oz (Combined 8lb 6oz)
This was Sekine's nicest mixte racer frame. Lugged, with chrome-dipped fork. Built with Canadian-made hi-tensile tubing, stamped dropouts.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Second Printing!

I'm excited to report that the first print run of the Sekine zine has completely sold out. It was amazing to witness the stack of printed copies steadily dwindling in singles and pairs as deliveries went out the door. It's always so nice to see someone's eyes light up when they flipped through a copy, so I promptly went back to the printer to make a second batch. That fresh photocopy smell, and a new stack of folded covers!

The Sekine Zine: a bit obsessive

If you'd like to buy a zine in person, I'm happy to report that a few awesome bike shops now have copies under the counter:
- Our Community Bikes (Vancouver)
- New West Cycle (New Wesminster)
- Fairfield Bicycle Shop (Victoria)
If you know of a shop that might be interested in the Sekine zine, contact me and we'll set something up. And as usual, copies are always available directly from the order page

After "Made in Japan" but before "Made in Canada"

Still hearing about new tidbits of Sekine information and meeting people as the Project rolls along. Stay tuned for more posting in the new year!