This Yokota, sent in by Stevie J (BeaterRezQ), is officially an OTSG First! And it is also only the second Yokota I’ve ever seen. The first was owned by a friend of mine in high school, and was purchased (after much urging by myself for him join me in this brave new world of ‘Cycling’ on a ‘road bike’) from the back of a Nashbar catalog…over the phone—because we couldn’t stand to wait for that tear-out mailorder form to be processed! It was very similar to the one pictured, in a red variant, roughly the same vintage, and even had the same ‘splatter’/’spider’ paint job. Just seeing this one, takes me back to the many ‘epic’ rides to the lake, ¬†to the largest neighboring town and on my first MS150 Century! Who would have thought, 20 years later, I’d love this goofy sport/hobbie/lifestyle/obsession more than ever.
Great day to all at the OTSG, and all bike nerds of every make and model! I acquired this beauty last year, and though I paid a little more than I normally would like to for a used bike..darn bike had scarcely a nick, scratch, dent, or cable rub. Other than dust, it was purchased as you see it. Since then, I have replaced the usual combination of items that don’t hold up too well after just shy of a quarter century; seat (funky-looking yet flawless), Continental gum walls (perfect tread but dry rotted), bar wrap (the foamy kind) and I replaced 700c Araya’s with a 6 speed freewheel to 700c Mavics with a 5 speed freewheel (a perfect 10 now–2◊5). It is so hard to find information on Yokota, but there are a few sources. I have read that they were Japanese-based initially, then moved to Taiwan along with a slew of other bike manufacturers. Also, I have read that the company was American and headquartered somewhere in the states. Regardless, I think it is a beauty–even with it’s black splash paint job (Schwinn called this “black spider” on their bikes of the 88-90 era). Perhaps now we can start a Yokota tag at the OTSG? Love this site even though it makes me drool on my keyboard.