I promised the next two OTSG First entries on Friday, but never got around to posting them.
This is a Tsunoda Ten Speed, sent in by Stephen C., and it is apparently, “The Best Bicycle for Young Men”. I’m not sure how they came to such a lofty claim, and I’m not sure why they would limit themselves to such a narrow slice of the bicycling public, but since I have seen a “Tsunoda” in the Tour nor have I seen a “Tsunoda” at my trusty LBS, I’m assuming this strategy didn’t work out so well for them. It’s too bad because it’s a pretty snazzy rig.
I think this Tsunoda bicycle (with a made in Korea label) was made in the 1970s, I am hoping your readership can provide more details.
Brought this on the Brooklyn Craigslist for more than I should have but it was my size and I was looking for a beater for trip to Manhattan. The bicycle is heavy, probably more than 30 lbs. The chain, rear derailer, and the gears were covered with a thick layer of greasy gunk preserving it from rust. I have replaced the dropbar with a straight bar from a Schwinn urban bicycle that was wrecked in an accident. Had to replace the rear wheel because there was missing spokes and the remaining spokes were rusted. Will eventually need to replace the front wheel, but so far it is ride-able with new tube and tire. Clean the brakes and put the Tektro brake levers from the Schwinn to good use. Gonna convert it to a single speed by removing the front and rear derailer next summer…
BTW love the OTS gallery site.