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Sekine Headbadges:  The ornate badge to the left is found on middle to top of the line Sekine "Medialles".  The blacked out area was usually painted in some color that would compliment the bicycle's frame color.
Even though this rhinestoned Sekin Headbadge is found only on  lower end models, it is still the one most remembered by people who were familar with Sekines in days gone by.  Strange that such a simple marketing ploy would be so long remembered.
Sekine bicycles were very popular in Canada during the bike boom of the seventies.  This Sekine SHT is a top of the line "Campy" equipped model.  A butted chrome moly frame with Shimano dropouts forms the basis for this beautifully prepared machine.  Sekine focused on quality during manufacturing of these bikes.  The overall finish of all model levels was excellent, exceeding many of the more popular high end brands to be imported into Canada.  This bike was found without wheels but it is suspected that alloy wheels were standard and will soon replace the steel rims pictured.  This model is described as a "Medialle" but that seems to mean little when defing quality of machine.  Lower end models support the same Headbadge as this SHT.
Another Sekine large framed "Medialle" only this one is not nearly as nice even though it rides well.  The frame is of a lesser quality, as are the components used to fit the bike out.  In this instance, a Shimano 500 transmission handles the gear shifting chores.  The bike, like its more sophisticated brother, is really well finished and has held up very well over the near thirty years that it has been around.  The bike has been completely rebuilt at the mechanical level.  The cosmetics, however, remain unchanged.  And, once again, this bike was picked up at the landfill sight for nothing.
Certainly of newer vintage and definetly higher end, this Sekine Toledo features an Exage component group, indexed shifting, 700cc rims and tires, not to mention a full triangle of butted chrome moly tubing.  The bicycle is the lightest in the collection but has neither seen any restorative efforts to date nor has it been ridden.  Unlike most of the other bikes in the collection, this one is a twelve speed.  And, once again, unlike most of the other bikes, this one was acquired as part of a trade for mountain bikes and related stuff which was collected from the landfill site.
This lower end Sekine Medialle was the first attempt at restoration.  Without thought, all decals were destroyed, components were switched and one good(?) bike was built out of a few.  Actually, it is not a good bike yet.  Upon its test ride, the bike pulled violently to the right.  Turns out, the forks are bent.  The bike was set aside for the time being.  A sound set of forks have since been found and will be installed soon.  The bike will be properly tested with the new forks installed.  If the bike rides well, the forks will get a good cleaning up, followed by a coat of paint  and "Big Green" will be finished.
There is a point to admitting that "Big Green" was a screw-up, almost from the word go.  Always do your best to ensure that a frame and fork set is good.  Look them over very carefully, up close and far back.  If all looks good, check the bearings in the wheels, and bottom bracket.  You can't adequately test a bike frame's integrity if the wheels are too out of true, so they will need to be touched up also.  Make sure the brakes are working.  For more information on how to avoid mistakes like those experienced in the "Big Green" project, go here.
This R200 is probably the newest Sekine in the collection.  Little information is available on the bicycle at this time as it was traded away shortly after being acquired.  Twelve speeds with indexed shifting, coupled with the fact that the  bicycle that doesn't have a mark on it makes this a very interesting find.  Actually it was acquired as part of a trade for a 1994 Norco Tri-Athelon bicycle.
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