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