Re: [CR] Curious about Sekai Professional 4000


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From: Thomas R <thomasr_240@hotmail.com>
To: <jbunik@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2011 12:47:10 -0800
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Cc: Classic Rendezvous <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Subject: Re: [CR] Curious about Sekai Professional 4000


Hi Joe,

Amazing... the details of this track frame look identical to my Centurion. I'm guessing the same shop build both Sekai and high-end Centurion bikes. Thanks for the link!

Tom Royce in San Diego.
  
> Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2011 18:05:04 -0800
> Subject: Re: [CR] Curious about Sekai Professional 4000
> From: jbunik@gmail.com
> To: thomasr_240@hotmail.com
> CC: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
>
> And here's a track version of the 4000:
> http://www.5andadime.com/blog.php?id=251
> =- Joe Bunik
> Walnut Creek, CA
>
> On 1/18/11, Thomas R <thomasr_240@hotmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > Hi Joe,
> >
> > The wrap-around seat stays, lugs and fork crown look identical to those on
> > my '77 Centurion Semi-Pro.
> > http://www.flickr.com/photos/55077740@N05/sets/72157625605064607/
> > Best regards,
> >
> > Tom Royce in San Diego.
> >
> >
> >
> >> Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2011 14:25:12 -0800
> >> From: jbunik@gmail.com
> >> To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
> >> Subject: Re: [CR] Curious about Sekai Professional 4000
> >>
> >> Good afternoon all
> >>
> >> I've enjoyed these pieces of Sekai info that have floated in the past
> >> few days. Last year I offered on-list a Sekai 4000 frameset (which we
> >> still cellar, btw... ;-) ), and struck up a discussion with Mr. Black
> >> when he noted his Centurion Semi-Pro was near-identical (save for the
> >> Shimano dropouts on mine)... here's my 1976 Sekai 4000 (57x57),
> >> "M6xxxx" serial. Prior owner had also indicated this was Champion #1:
> >> http://www.flickr.com/photos/joe_bunik/sets/72157625729982233/
> >>
> >> I'd read somewhere more regarding the Miki(/Miko???) and Yamaguchi
> >> connection, but can't recover them! Was Yamaguchi employed by that
> >> shop?
> >>
> >> This thread, too has some possibly relevant trivia:
> >> http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php/429693-Sakai-Bikes
> >> ... which corroborates a mysterious comment Mr. Black once made to me,
> >> "About ten years ago I had a KHS touring bike from the early 80s, that
> >> had a seattube sticker that said, Parker Process, Miki Sakai. It was
> >> really crude, though." Points to Black for discerning the spelling of
> >> Sekai vs. Sakai...
> >>
> >> =- Joe Bunik
> >> Walnut Creek, CA