For the database to be successful, I need a little bit of help from every Sekine owner. I don't post or share the numbers without permission, and the serial is something every owner should have written down anyway.
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Start with the serial number. Sekine serial numbers are stamped underneath the bottom bracket, and will follow one of two codes: Code 1 is a letter/number followed by numbers, like Y6 22222, and Code 2 is numbers followed by a letter/number, like 22222 B6. Spaces count. Sometimes the numbers will be hard to read, with either the top or bottom edges cut off by a weak stamp; for example in a particular series the number 8 will look like an X.
Other frame details that are nice to know are if it came with a chrome-tipped fork, if the frame has chromed ends, if it has plain stamped drop outs, what colour it is, and if it has brazed or clamp-on cable guides. Some of the frames also have different lugs, depending on model and year.
Next important is frame marking. A few clear, well-lit photographs really help, but the following details are important:
- Headbadge: is it the CS Jewel, one of the Medialles, or the rarer Maple Leaf?
- Down Tube Decaling: Does it say "World Finest Bicycle Made by Sekine", or 'SEKINE' in art deco lettering, or the modern SEKINE font?
- Seat Tube Decaling: Does it have a made in Japan or Canada sticker, a cro-mo tubing sticker, and which of the seat tube 'crests' does it have?
|Would the owner of this beautiful red mixte please contact me?|
- Cranks are easy- look on the back, near the spindle. SR brand cranks will have numbers in a small circle, like (9/6) or (77H). Often hard to read.
- SR stems have a similar date code stamped in a circle, below the 'minimum insertion' line.
- Shimano parts have two letter codes stamped onto the backs, like EJ or FC.
See this website for more information on dating components: Vintage Component Dating
To share your serial number, a photo, a story, or as many other details as you know, please leave a comment, or email me: rod of the flies (AT) yahoo (DOT) ca (no spaces, no spam).
I'd like to add a quick thank-you to a guy who posts online with the user name T-Mar, who inspired this effort. If you're out there, please contact me.