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CANADIAN SEKINE - INTRO

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BICYCLES OF CANADA

 

  

LATER MODEL CANADIAN SEKINE LINE-UP

The appearance, at the very least, of the Canadian made Sekine changed some time after the middle of the 1970s.  Best guess for the change would be 1977 or 78, but that is just a guess.  Not only did appearances change, but so too did model names and the range of models offered.  Gone were the loved SHT series and their big brother, the SHX.  Art work took a turn for the more mundane and chrome plating on frame sets vanished.  Not one single later model Canadian Sekine sported any chrome plating on any frame set.  Fork blades, on some of the higher end models, did retain the chrome blade ends.

 

SEKINE PR-10:  Advertized as the Men's Professional Racer, the PR-10 was Sekine's top of the line model offered towards the end of the company's run.  The PR-10 was also a special order bicycle and very few were ever made, suggesting a collector's dream, should one come along.

Sekine Canada's last top dog offering was full chrome moly tubing, coupled with Tange Italian cut lugs and Shimano forged drop-outs.  The bicycle featured a full Dura Ace grouppo and total weight was reputed to be approximately 21 pounds.  The PR-10, like its predecessor the SHX 270, was the only bike in the later Sekine line-up to be offered with 700c wheels.

As was the case with all Sekine bicycles, especially those made in Canada, the finish was exceptional.  Sadly, or not, the bicycle was available only in a single color - pearl gold  The handlebars came wrapped with leather ribbon, an all but unheard of practice for most companies.  All in all, the PR-10 was not only a functional bicycle, but it was also a pretty one.

 

 

SEKINE RM-10:  Sekine Canada referred to the RM-10 as "a premium lightweight, high performance racer for long distance touring and serious road racing competition".  And one would have to concede that the bicycle did sport some of those features that would suggest race readiness.

Like the more sophisticated PR-10, the RM-10 featured a chrome moly frame set, one of two offered during Sekine's later years.  The component grouppo was completely changed from its true race bread sibling.  In place of the matched Dura Ace group, the discerning rider would find a full Shimano 600 grouppo, the one commonly referred to as the Arabesque group.

 

SEKINE RM-20:  The RM-20 represented a compromise, suggesting that the bicycle was "ideal for most touring and racing enthusiasts".  Though a nice enough bicycle, the RM-20 did not stand a chance against some of the more sophisticated, true light weight racing bicycles of the day.  Nor was the bike a touring bike in any sense.  At best, the RM-20 was a darn nice, above average recreational road bicycle that offered a more than pleasing ride quality.

 

SEKINE RL-30:  The only other Sekine Mixte encountered was a child's bicycle, believe it or not.  The adult Mixte, the RL-30 is basically fitted with a component gouppo that would be very similar to the earlier SHC 270.  None the less, the Sekine RL-30 was released into the market.  Based on the very few experienced in a Sekine rich city, one would have to think that not all that many were ever sold.

 

SEKINE MTL-35F:  Based on the same frame set as the RL-30, the MTL-35F, Sekine's other Mixte, was of roadster design.  Gone were the drop bars and racy look.  Ten gear choices were replaced with five, and the bicycle suddenly took on a city bike look and that would be its intended use.  Errand running, with little or no thought about competition, of any kind.

 

SEKINE TM-35F:  The TM-35 was the man's version of the MTL-35F, sporting a remarkably similar group set.  In fact, the group sets were absolutely identical, except for a small feature on the man's brake callipers.

Five speeds, upright handlebars and a lovely set of factory issued alloy fenders, combined to make the TM-35F a great around town errand runner or commuter.  And, like just about every other Canadian made Sekine, the finish was excellent, the art appealing and the price just right.

Once again, anything but a racing bicycle.  Sekine literature suggests the bicycle weigh to be 27 pounds.  The ones that have managed to find their way into The Old Shed, consistently come in over the 30 pound mark.  Marketing?

 

SEKINE TL-35F:  Of all the women's models that Sekine offered, the TL-35F was probably one of the most popular.  The single bar step through design was time tested, durable and looked pretty good for the Sekine's day.

Fitted in much the same manner as her brother, the TL-35F sported five gears, alloy fenders, upright bars and just about everything else boasted by the sibling.  A nice bicycle and one that was fun to ride, but hardly offering that could be considered remarkable performance.  Just a nice bicycle, meant to get the rider from here to there, and back again and not after breaking the bank to purchase the bicycle.

 

SEKINE RL-40:  The RL-40 was pure entry level.  The RL was a recreational bicycle, reputed to weigh 28 pounds and aimed at the bargain seeking market.  Though none have been weighed to date, chances are Sekine's reported weight is not factual.

Entry level components throughout, including steel handlebars, steel brake levers, steel derailleurs and less than the best was the rest.  But for some people, the bicycle would be just right since the price was just right.

 

SEKINE RM-50:  The RM-50 looked like a race bicycle that was aimed at the younger rider.  Sporting a 26" wheel set and a 20" only frame set, the bike was well targeted.  Sadly, the bicycle was a racing bike in appearance only.  for the young person getting into road biking, little could be said for the clumsy, heavy poor handling Sekine designed for the adolescent rider.

 

SEKINE TL-55F:  Another young person's 26" wheeled touring bike that was near identical to the RM-50.  The TL-55F featured the single bar set through design and was also reputed to weigh 28 pounds and came fitted with stainless steel fenders.  Again, one much question the Sekine literature regarding weights.  The bicycle, once again, comes in at over thirty.

 

SEKINE RB-50 & 55:  The RB-50 was, without doubt, the smallest Ten Speed bicycle offered by Sekine Canada during the seventies, and the RB-55 the smallest five speed.  Both featured 24" wheels with just about steel everything when components were considered.

Again, hardly a racing style bicycles or even touring bikes, both were aimed at the kids market and neither sported any degree of sophistication.

 

RG-50 & 55:  Once again, the RG models targeted the children's market, with the RG-50 being racing oriented, while the 55 was more of touring design.  Once again, appearances were misleading.

Both bikes, as were all other kid's bikes, were heavy and fitted with bottom of the line components.  Neither bicycle would be capable of offering a ride quality that would even be considered acceptable by an adult rider.  After all, who can expect a five or six year old to pilot a bicycle that weighs nearly as much, and in some instances, more than the adult counterparts.

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