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1975 SEKINE TL35F - INTRO

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SEKINE TL35F LADIES DELUXE TOURING - INTRODUCTION

For approximately ten years, 1973 to 1983, a lot of Sekine bicycles were built in Canada.  Housed in Three River, Manitoba, the Sekine bicycle became a favourite of bicycle shops.  The Sekine company went to extra lengths to meet the needs of bicycle shops.  For example, even though this would not apply to the TL35F with the upright handlebars, drop bar models came with the handlebars already wrapped with bar tape.  This one feature alone made it easier for bike shops to sell the bicycles.

These bicycles, mostly entry to mid level steeds, were well made, attractive and marketed, mostly, in Canada.  That said, many Canadian made Sekine bicycles did make their way to the United States, but few found homes elsewhere on the planet.

The Sekine Step Through was marketed as a ladies bicycle.  The Sekine company's brochure documented sales pitch was, "Lady cyclists will enjoy the matchless performance and peerless design of this popular 5-speed touring model".  Being unsure, myself, of how to comment on a gender specific bicycle, in today's world, is beyond my politically correct capabilities.  In today's world, this style of bicycle is referred to as a Step Through, or even, City Bike.

And a City Bike this thirty five year old roadster is.  Sprung saddle, offering dated suspension, but suspension, none the less.  An upright seating position, thanks to the beautiful light alloy touring bars.  Though only five speeds, the wide gear range freewheel offers more than adequate gearing for most road or traffic situations.  Reflectors, front, back and both sides adorn the bicycle.  To all that, add a gorgeous set of, factory issued, alloy fenders.  I might add that of the many fenders I have come across in my time, these old Sekine half hoops are about the nicest.  The only thing missing would be a flap at the back of the front fender.  Without it, in hard rain fall, one's shoes tend to get a bit wetter.

To that original issue accessory package, add the after market side stand, package rack and bell.  When you look closely, this is a City Bicycle, in every sense of the word.  However, the technology, and the "user friendliness" of it, does date the machine.

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