Vintage Bicycles Done Proper :: Portland, Oregon
More known for their cranksets and stems, SR (short for Sakae Ringyo) did make a small number of somewhat obscure Japanese bikes. Born of the bike boom, the SR Gran Course is a great example of an affordable workhorse with sensibility and class.
The SR sports an incredibly ornate and sought after Shimano 600 EX Arabesque group set. This set was second from the top of the Shimano component food chain. The parts may look delicate but in reality, they are quite durable and made to last. At the time, both Shimano and Suntour were putting out exceptionally well made components which have stood the test of time and abuse. However, the Shimano 600 EX Arabesque group set was the more ornate competitor and thus seems to get more attention and command higher prices when sought out.
Stately elegance, practical character and sophisticated components should keep her alive and roaming for years to come.
Color: Sand metallic with brown and red pinstripes
Frame Size: 53cm (C-T) seat post & 57cm (C-C) top tube
Frame/Drop-outs: Hi-Tensile Steel
Fork: Hi-Tensile Steel
Handlebars: SR Sakae; Newbaums cloth bar wrap with hemp twine (shellac finish) and cork ends
Saddle: Nashbar Prospect
Seat Post: SR
Crankset: SR Sakae/Silster; 52/42 170mm
Freewheel: 6-Speed Shimano 600 EX
Hubs: Shimano 600 EX (36 hole; Shimano skewers)
Front Derailleur: Shimano 600 EX
Rear Derailleur: Shimano 600 EX
Shifting Levers: Shimano 600 EX
Brakes: Shimano 600 EX levers & calipers; Shimano pads
Rims: Araya 27″
Tires: Panaracer Pasela; 27″x1-1/4″
Pedals: SR SP-150
Special Features: Graceful lug work with pin striping