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Mystery bike

Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 8:40 am
by Minority
Hi everyone,

I was wondering if anyone could Id this frame.

It is a 27" (wheels as uposed to seat tube), has shimano rear dropouts and is completlely chromed under the paint.

I thought the seat stays might give it away.

Does anyone know how to strip the paint without damaging the chrome underneith?

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Components were a complete mismatch so no clues there I'm afraid!

Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 9:41 am
by oldtimer
Minority,

This image is of rear stay/ seat lug of a 1975 Italian Masi_bike.
It is not identical to yours but might be a starting point for your search.

oldtimer

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Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 11:45 am
by Minority
Thanks Old Timer,

as you say similar but not the same.

I think this frame might be Japanese with the Shimano dropouts (and that symbol on the BB looks Japaneseish to me), but who knows.

Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 12:10 pm
by Mulger bill
Don't quote me, but that symbol under the BB reminds me of the old Hitachi logo, did they build bikes?

Shaun

Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 1:25 pm
by uMP2k
Mulger bill wrote:Don't quote me, but that symbol under the BB reminds me of the old Hitachi logo, did they build bikes?

Shaun


A quick google search seems to indicate that Hitachi is (or at least was in the early 90s) "one of the big three" for making frame tubing/lugs. See this article on the Richard Sachs site, for example.

Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 5:56 pm
by guidogad
These head lugs are the shortest skirt I've ever seen - so sexy.
Looks like a very good frame. The fork is probably not original. Opposed to the frame it has holes for mudgards. It also looks older in style.
The frame might be from the late 80s/ early 90s. The Hitachi idea might be right on.