'YO!' Toyosha Conversion

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'YO!' Toyosha Conversion

Postby wwm » Mon Feb 27, 2012 4:14 pm

G'day all. Here's a little project I've been working away on for the last week.

I picked up a 1975 Toyosha (made by Toyota) 10 speed recently. Perplexed by the rarity I thought it deserved some love from the state that I picked it up in...


Some excellent components but standard gearing so I thought it was a perfect candidate for a single speed conversion. Here is the result.


The name of the bike has earned it the loving nickname YO!

Original Suntour Black Guard. Shimano Freewheel.

Though I would have liked to keep the bike fully Japanese the cranks weren't holding up. Ebay provided the bargain goods!

City slick bars=No more mirror collision. Handsewn leather grips.

Handsewn porter strap. Saves shoulders. 1975 Brooks for pure comfort

I'm sorry that this post is so image heavy but I'm stoked on this project. Love the trials and tribulations and rewards that come with converting old bikes.

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Re: 'YO!' Toyosha Conversion

Postby jonbays » Mon Feb 27, 2012 8:02 pm

Don't see those porter straps about much but they are a great thing for flat dwellers with stairs as I remember.
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Re: 'YO!' Toyosha Conversion

Postby familyguy » Tue Feb 28, 2012 8:05 am

Best. Pie plate. Ever.

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Re: 'YO!' Toyosha Conversion

Postby Moe » Tue Feb 28, 2012 1:32 pm

The Pie Plate makes this bike, Porter straps are a nice touch.

Do something about that chain tension and she's sweeeeet. Good work.
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Re: 'YO!' Toyosha Conversion

Postby PeteV » Thu Mar 01, 2012 4:11 am

One of the best conversions I have seen in a while. Tastefully done mate, I really like it!
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Re: 'YO!' Toyosha Conversion

Postby Kempie » Sat Mar 03, 2012 10:28 am

Nice build!
Its not trying to be something its not, parts compliment each other (maybe change the pedals).

Moe wrote: Do something about that chain tension and she's sweeeeet. Good work.

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Re: 'YO!' Toyosha Conversion

Postby HLC » Tue Mar 06, 2012 11:18 pm

It's Single Speed! Who cares about the chain tension. Loose chain is a fast chain!

Different and interesting build! Kudos.
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Re: 'YO!' Toyosha Conversion

Postby maccayak » Wed Mar 07, 2012 7:04 pm

HLC wrote:It's Single Speed! Who cares about the chain tension. Loose chain is a fast chain!

Good point. The chain on my SS is a bit slack, but I like your point, if it's only a single speed it does not matter as much as you are not using the chain for a brake.

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Re: 'YO!' Toyosha Conversion

Postby wwm » Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:13 pm

I'd like to add to this chain debate. I've been riding this bike for a few weeks now with different chain configs-pretty slack to nice and tight. I have to say that it runs optimaly the tighter it is but because I don't have ultra muscles that's probably not very tight at all.

Anyway, the chain has been loosening in and today something drastic happened. On my way home I went over a huge pothole and my chain slipped off due to me not having tensioned it for a while. However, I'm getting pretty quick at slipping it back on. Today though, after the pot-hole incident, I went to put the chain back on and realised the master link had snapped off and the chain was now broken (at the masterlink so an easy fix)! I never really trusted these masterlinks that you install by hand-I mean surely the tension and pressure is 1000 fold what your hand can do to get the master link on there. Never again.
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