'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...

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

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The name of the bike has earned it the loving nickname YO!
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Original Suntour Black Guard. Shimano Freewheel.
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Though I would have liked to keep the bike fully Japanese the cranks weren't holding up. Ebay provided the bargain goods!
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City slick bars=No more mirror collision. Handsewn leather grips.
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Handsewn porter strap. Saves shoulders. 1975 Brooks for pure comfort
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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.

YO!
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by BNA » Mon Feb 27, 2012 8:02 pm

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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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