Bike of the Week: ’70s Sekine GT Novelty Mini Bike.

Sekine GT

Sekine GT

This week’s bike is a weird but fascinating old Sekine GT that showed up this past week as a donation at Bikeworks North. Since I first spotted it, the Sekine GT has been clouding my mind with a befuddling fascination. I don’t actually want the bike, but I keep looking it over each time I’m in the shop. It’s so peculiar that it draws the eye.

Sekine was a Japanese company that made bicycles for many decades. They’re fairly well known here in Canada because during the bike boom of the ’70s they opened a factory in Manitoba. At the time the Canadian government  had imposed some very high tariffs on imported bicycles (doubtless at the urging of the dominant domestic bicycle maker CCM) and Sekine was able to avoid this tariff by assembling most of the bike in Canada. The bikes were of good quality and sold well.I have seen many old Sekine 10-speed road bikes here in Edmonton.

This Japanese made Sekine GT is a different and fascinating little beast. I can find no reference to it on the internet, and perhaps they didn’t make very many of them.

Here is a combination you don't see every day: a cottered crank and rear suspension! It's interestig how this suspension system isn't wildly different than modern mountain bike suspension.

Here is a combination you don’t see every day: a cottered crank and rear suspension! It’s interesting how this suspension system isn’t wildly different than modern mountain bike suspension. The big 57 tooth chainring is paired with a little 3-speed freewheel in the rear.

Sekine GT

I love the look of biplane fork crowns on old bikes. This is the first “triplane” I’ve seen. If I owned this bike I might call it “The Orange Baron”.

Sekine GT

Very funky rear rack-like object.

Very funky rear rack-like object.

A huge Sekine branded reflector.

A huge Sekine branded reflector.

 

It has 14" X 3" tires and band brakes for both wheels.

It has 14″ X 3″ tires and band brakes for both wheels.

Sekine GT

This crazy little bicycle will make some collector very happy.

This crazy little bicycle will make some collector very happy.

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7 thoughts on “Bike of the Week: ’70s Sekine GT Novelty Mini Bike.

  1. I had this same bike, British Racing Green. Bought it from Frontenac Cycle in Kingston back in June 1977. One word for this bike. Indestructible. Still have the tools to take it apart. Is it still for Sale?

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  2. Sorry to dig up an 18 month old post but I just found one of these in Australia, although not quite in the condition of the one here but still very good. I was wondering if any more info was found on these little beauties?

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