The SHA was a basic Sekine bicycle. Steel center-pull brake calipers and safety lever equipped
steel brake controls were indicative of the kind of componentry available on these bikes. The lower end models did,
however, sport a unique and often times well remembered head badge containing a single rhinestone. Many of the people, whose interest focused on ten speeds in the
those days, fondly remember this unique badge and often go on to comment on how good the Sekines, of their day, were.
handlebars were simple steel offerings. Transmission duties were handled by near bottom of the line Shimano components
like the Lark rear derailleur and the Thunderbird on the front. Shifting, however, was not a problem. These lower
end bikes looked good, worked well and proved to be effectively tempting to entry level bicyclists. Steel hubs and 27”
wheels completed the component package. The frames themselves had no tubing decals promising fabrication from some
wonder material with a nice butt. All in all, the low end Sekine was a well made bicycle that could be had for a modest
price, unlike its more sophisticated brother, the SHX that sold for $439.95 Canadian in 1976 (as reported by a long time local
bicycle shop owner who sold Sekines in the seventies).
SHA: Steel, cottered crankset. Cherry, steel, centre-pull brakes.
Steel, small flange hubs. Shimano Lark/Eagle derailleurs. Stamped dropouts.
SHB / SHC
These middle of the line bicycles were the lower end Sekine “Medialles”. Unlike their lesser brothers, all components, save the wheel rims,
were made of alloy. Shimano “Tourney” center pull calipers were actuated by alloy brake controls, complete
with safety levers. Wide flanged alloy hubs, sans quick release mechanisms, held the wheels to the frame, which, once
again, was nothing special even though it sported fancier lug work than did the SHA. These mid level bikes all came
equipped with quick releases for the front and rear brakes, whereas the SHA employed only brake adjustent screws. Shifting
chores were handled with Shimano 500 and the Shimano Titlist rear and front derailleurs, respectively. Down tube friction
shifters replaced the stem shifters used on the SHA model. Alloy cotterless cranks were fitted to alloy rings.
These “Medialles” included the ornate head badge used on their upper end counterparts.
While the frame was somewhat heavier and less resilient than comparable European bicycles,
it was much studier and took a lot of punishment. They were also a very good value, having better components than the
competition on the price range. The component selection and assembly was excellent. Wheels were always true and nicely tensioned.
The paint was beautiful, with a a very deep, wet appearance. In general, their quality control was beyond reproach,
and to this day I rank them second only to Miyata in terms of mass produced Japanes bicycles. Competition was the Raleigh
Grand Prix, Peugot U08 and Gitane Gran Sport. In its day the Sekine SHB outsold the combination of all three models.
SHB: SR cotterless, swaged, aluminum crankset.Shimano Tourney centre-pull brakes. Shimano
Tourney large flange hubs with wing nuts (later with quick relaese). Shimano Lark or Eagle derailleurs. Chromed fork tips.
Stamped dropouts. Made in Japan.
SHC: same as SHB but made in Canada. Less colour options tham SHB. The SHB/C were the biggest seller,
as you state.
The Sekine SHT is a top of the line "Campy" equipped
model. A butted chrome moly frame with Shimano dropouts forms the basis for this beautifully prepared machine.
Sekine focused on quality during manufacturing of these bikes. The overall finish of all model levels was excellent,
exceeding many of the more popular high end brands to be imported into Canada.
Second from the top of the line, at the time, was the Sekine “Medialle” SHT. These
were very nice bicycles, sporting full chrome moly frames, complete with Shimano forged and machined front and rear dropouts.
The rear drops included axle position adjusting screws. Fork tips as well as chain and seat stays were chromed and,
as was the case with all Sekines, the overall finish of the paint was excellent. The lug work was the fanciest offered
on any of Sekine’s bicycles, even those to come a few years later. Componentry was similar to the SHB and SHC,
the transmissions being the major exception. Shimano 600 derailleurs and controls handled the shifting chores and did
so remarkably well. These bikes shift like a charm. SR Royal cotterless cranks, fitted with alloy rings, made
up part of the power transmission system. All in all, the SHT was, and still is, a very nice bicycle to observe, as
well as ride.
SHT: SR aluminum, forged, cotterless crankset. Shimano Dura-Ace centre-pull brakes. Shimano Titlist
derailleurs. Shimano Tourney, large flange hubs with quick release. Chromed fork and stay ends. Forged dropouts.
The top of the line Sekine “Medialle” SHX included all of the good stuff offered in
the SHT version and then some. Dura Ace or Campagnolo Nouvo Record derailleurs and controls handled the gear changing
almost flawlessly. Alloy wheels replace the steel ones, found on lesser models. This bicycle might be either an SHT or an SHX, as it is fitted with Campagnolo components.
It is a very nice bicycle to ride even though it handles very quickly. The bicycle offers a ride that lacks the stability
afforded by competitors like the Canadian built Peugeots or Raleighs, two more bicycle companies that set up shop in Canada during the seventies
and early eighties.
SHX: Full Shimano Dura-Ace group (with Crane rear derailleur). Chrome
dropout flats and head lugs. Forged dropouts.
Sekine continued in production until the early eighties. Increased competition from a rash
of newer and more efficient Canadian bicycle plants, such as Raleigh and Peugeot, forced Sekine Cycles to close its doors
in the early eighties. The indexed shifting Toledo or the very nicely appointed Sekine R200 are, perhaps, among the last of the bikes to roll out of the Canadian
factory. Such a shame, because Sekine did offer the consumer a quality product.