MY "TEN SPEEDS"

 

 

MY "TEN SPEEDS"

 

 

 

SITE INDEX   FINDING   BICYCLES   WORK SHOP   TRADING   WHAT'S NEW?

MY "TEN SPEEDS"

 

 

1975 SEKINE TL35F - INTRO

FINDING THE TL35F

INSPECTING THE SEKINE TL35F

 

BICYCLES OF CANADA

  

FINDING THE SEKINE TL35F LADIES DELUXE TOURING

Over the years, I have tried several different methods for finding vintage bicycles.  Those ten, fundamental, procedures can be combined, in different ways, to produce better results.  However, it was only four years ago that another, and absolutely great vintage bicycle hunting procedure, cropped up.

The Sekine TL35F, seen on these pages was donated to the local chapter of Bicycles for Humanity.  As a volunteer, I can earn a bicycle by donating my time, and more often than not resources, to the organization.  And, it was through this B4H Earn a Bike Program that helped this incredibly well preserved, fully accessorized Step Through touring bike find its way into The Old Shed.  Incidentally, the Sekine company used the words "deluxe touring" in their brochures, of the day.

Back to finding the Sekine...

While making myself a cup of tea, laced with honey, one afternoon, I observed a pick-up pull up the back lane.  The truck stopped, a middle aged fellow got out, and proceeded to wheel the bike over to the apple tree.  He leaned it against the tree, along with what ever other bicycles were awaiting transportation to our storage facility at the time.  He then returned to his truck and another bicycle was wheeled across the lawn, to be left leaning against the tree.

This is not an unusual occurrence.  The people of Thunder Bay are encouraged to donate their unwanted bicycles, and one of the drop off points is my back yard.  It is not unusual, during bicycle drive days, to see up to a hundred bikes there at one time.  I might add, that I have seen some pretty nice bikes wheeled across my back yard, only to be abandoned there by the previous owner.

I wanted to greet the fellow who was dropping off bicycles.  I quickly donned my shoes and hurried out to the back yard.  Sadly, the fellow had finished dropping off bicycles, four in total, and gone his own way.  Too bad, but I did go over and take a look at what had been left .

The Sekine TL35F was my immediate interest but one of the other bicycles, a gorgeous Sekine once again, quickly captured my fancy.  I should add that the second Sekine was of Asian origin, not Canadian, as was the case with the Lady's Sekine.  This is, without a doubt, the absolute best way to find vintage road bicycles that I have come across so far - and anyone, in any North American city can do it.  It all starts with wanting to help others and Mother Earth, at the same time.  Again, I digress...

I went back to the house, grabbed my cup of tea, and returned to have a better look at both the Step Through, and the second Sekine, an MR300 model.

Both Sekines were in incredible, almost time bubble, condition.  It would appear that these were bicycles, purchased, as a pair, with good intentions in mind, and then left to sit, for almost their entire life.  Lots of bicycles, in similar condition, find their way into The Old Shed.

NEXT - INSPECTING THE SEKINE SL35F

 

 

SITE INDEX   FINDING   BICYCLES   WORK SHOP   TRADING   WHAT'S NEW?

mail@mytenspeeds.com

COPYRIGHT(2008): mytenspeeds.com