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CANADIAN SEKINE - INTRO

PRECANADIAN SEKINES

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BICYCLES OF CANADA

  

EARLY CANADIAN MADE SEKINES

 

SEKINE SHX 270:  The SHX 270 was the top bicycle built by Sekine in Canada.  It was a special order only offering and featured top of the line everything, from the butted chrome moly tube set to the full, matched Shimano Dura Ace grouppo.  The SHX was the only Sekine, from the early line-up, to be offered with tubular wheels.  The bicycle was light but never achieved much of a following.  It major competitors of the day would be the CCM Tour du Canada and the hand built Marinoni, coming out of Quebec by the middle of the 1970s.

Perhaps the most striking feature on the SHX.  Other than that, one would see nothing much different than most other Sekine road bicycle.  Even the next model in the line-up, the SHT, appeared to be more ornate, thanks to chrome plated stays and fork blade ends.

The SHX-270 was designed for competition and, as such, was not a comfortable bicycle to ride recreationally.  The bicycle did feel very light and almost twitchy to ride.  In all fairness, the test ride did not last long enough to allow an educated opinion to form.

But, as collectible bicycles go, the Sekine SHX is one of the most desired of the Canadian made vintage road bicycles.  They are rare and well fitted bicycles that shine with a dignity that they deserve.

 

SEKINE SHT 270:  This second from top of the Canadian early line-up was a very nicely made and fitted Canadian made Sekine SHT 270.  Unlike the SHX, the SHT series were more recreational than competitive, in nature and design.  Still very well made, under the watchful quality eye of the engineers, the SHT-270 proved to be a popular bicycle that could more than hold its own with its direct competitors.

The upgraded component grouppo included the Shimano Crane rear derailleur, one of the two main differences separating the bike from its lesser 271 sibling.  The second difference, and one that proved to be exceptionally visible, was the choice of brake levers.  The 270 was fitted with single position racing levers.  Every lesser Sekine road bicycle, with drop handlebars, would be fitted with dual position brake levers, often referred to as Safety Levers.

The SHT, like most other Sekine road bicycles, was fitted with 27" x 1 1/4" clincher rims and tires.

Bicycles that would find themselves in direct competition would be the Raleigh Super Course, or the Motobécane Grand Jubileé, or any of the mid to upper mid lever European road bicycles offered during the early to mid seventies.

The SHT 270 offers a very comfortable and responsive ride, but not one that goes out of its way to impress.  The bicycle does feel light, yet stable, and inspires confidence.  All in all, a decent offering to the 1970s road bicycle market and a large step above the average Ten Speed offering during the seventies.

 

SEKINE SHS 271:  Sharing the same frame and fork set as its brother, the SHT 270, the SHS 271 was a worthy bicycle in its own right.  Though fitted with less sophisticated components, the bicycle did offer the near same or even exact same ride as did its more majestic big brother.

The SHS 271 was the first, from the top down of the Sekine models offered, that was fitted with dual position brake levers.  In days gone bye, and even today, these "Turkey Levers" as they came to be called were frowned upon by most serious or wanna be serious cyclists.

 

SEKINE SHC 271:  With the appearance of the SHC and lesser series, we see the disappearance of the exotic tube sets featured on the more sophisticated Sekine bicycles.  Gone also is the chrome plating found on the SHT and SHS models.

Though the SHC 271 was equipped with quick release wheels, the rims choice was no longer alloy, being replaced by the much heavier and less effective steel units.  And the 271 would be the lowest model to be fitted with alloy crank sets.  Though the cranks were alloy, the rings had become steel, adding even more weight to an already over weight machine.

The SHC 271 is a very nice recreational bicycle that offers a lively ride.  Thought the ride is lack lustre, it will please all but the most demanding vintage road bicycle rider.  And once again, like all Sekine bikes, the finish and art is just great, durable and pleasing to the eye.

 

SEKINE SHC 270:  Probably the lowest level bicycle in the road bike class, the SHC 270 was sold by the thousands in the seventies.  Again, on level or better ground with similar bicycles offered by Raleigh, Peugeot and the like, made the readily available Canadian made Sekine entry level racing bicycle an immediate hit with the Velo public.

But the bike was nothing special in any department save the quality of the finish, common on every Sekine from the SHX on down to the smallest of children's models.  Once again, sold in great quantities, many fine examples of this old road bicycle are still easy enough to find in certain areas of North America.

 

SEKINE SLH 270:  The SHL 270, L in the model number usually signifying the ladies model, was a very nice step through Mixte style road bicycle.  Fitted in much the same manner as the SHS 271, this lovely old Mixte proved to be a nice bicycle although not all that many were ever sold.  Priced higher than similar Step Throughs in the Sekine line-up, it would take a discerning lady to want to spend the extra cash for the bicycle.

Once again, nothing representing the higher end of the Sekine line-up, but a decent bicycle all the same.  Sadly, the SLH came in one size only and, of course, that one size did not fit all.

 

SEKINE SIU 272L:  The SIU 272L was a single down/top tube in Step Through design.  Fitted with a mixture of entry level and better components, the bicycle was the only true Step Through model in the racing bike stable.

Hardly a popular bicycle, few can be found these days and once found present nothing special in either design or componentry.  But, once again, a well made and attractive bicycle, sporting a very competitive price did help the SIU ladies model capture its share of the Velo market.

 

SEKINE SIU 270:  The SIU 270 was Sekine's bottom of the line racing bicycle, featuring ordinary tubing, no chrome plating on the frame set and the most entry level components available at the time.  Though these bicycles were sold in great numbers, chances are their entry level price created little in the way of pride of ownership.  Though plentiful, they fail to capture potential owner's imaginations and are little sought after in today's vintage bicycle world.

 

SEKINE SIA 101:  Sekine's venture into the world of young people's bicycles was initiated with the SIA 101.  This 26" wheels racing style bicycle must have achieved some popularity, since quite a few are available in today's vintage bicycle market.

Sadly, the bicycle was of racing design in name only.  The bikes were heavy, clumsy and, thanks to the 26" x 1 3/8" tires, looked odd when compared to their more mature siblings.  That said, in the Canadian Sekine's day, something like the SIA 101 would have been looked upon as unique, different and one possible option to the relatively few kids bicycles available at the time.

 

SEKINE SIA 240:  The 240 was a smaller version of the SIA 101, this time fitted with 24" x 1 3/8" shoes, making the bike look, and feel, even bulkier that its slightly larger cousin.

Once again, even though the bicycle could not produce a race feel or result, the bicycle was an unusual option for the day, which was good for Sekine, allowing quite a few of these heavy old children's road bicycles to find their way into the market place and Velo history.

 

SEKINE SHC 276: Sekine's top touring model of the seventies sported original issue fenders and an upright, roadster style, alloy handlebar.  A single friction shift lever, fitted to the bar, allowed the five speed to jump from gear to gear.

The 276 was nothing special in the sophistication department.  Rather, the bicycle was just a changed, or gussied up a bit, SHC 270 intended for a different purpose.  However, the SHC 276 presented a pretty package and proved to be quite popular, although its popularity never came close to matching that of its racing oriented twin.

 A five speed, the 276 featured no front derailleur, leaving one to wonder how this old machine was thought to qualify as a touring bicycle.  Perhaps definitions were different in the Sekine's day.

None the less, the Sekine SHC 276 is a pretty bicycle that manages around town duties well, offering an upright sitting position preferred by the recreational rider.

 

SEKINE SHL 276:  Take a Sekine SHC 276 and change the design to Step Through and you have the Sekine SHL 276, Sekine's answer to the lady who was seeking a touring bicycle during the seventies.

The SHL was, once again, nothing special but it did cater to a specific public, and proved to be as successful as most of the other Sekine models offered.  The bicycle was reasonably light, well made and fitted with components that did work, although did not work well enough to impress the more competitive minded rider.

 

SEKINE SIA 053 & SIA 853:  Another Sekine attempt to enter the touring market, in the men's and lady's markets, respectively.  Both bikes sported 26" wheels, and entry level components.  About the one thing to speak highly of was the stainless steel fenders both came fitted with.  Although one would have to wonder how much of the steel was actually stainless?  Though unstained, after thirty five+ years, a magnet did stick, suggesting a low quality stainless steel product.

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