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PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2015 11:40 pm 
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Bought this oddity on Fleabay a year or two back. A lot of what appear to be factory decals 'Shimano Tengai F1' No frame number found but has a lot of shimano branded parts and a BioPace 2x10 gearset and SIS thumb shifters. [img][IMG]http://i1158.photobucket.com/albums/p609/jonathanmorgan1969/ShimanoTengaiF1Ninja_0002_zps7bb23a2a.jpg[/img][/img]
What do you think...? Restore to spec as found or customize into something different? I cant see any value in it and I only gave £35 for the wee beastie.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2015 12:08 am 
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Totally cool.. I'd be tempted to replace the stem & maybe swap the chainrings for some more 'sensible' ones, but that would be a hoot!

Added another thing to the list of "things I never knew I needed but now I do.."


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2015 12:55 am 
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I recall back in the 80's there was a US craze using bikes like yours to go downhill racing down windy roads clad with body amour and full face helmets. A number of well known BMX brands made them with the aero type sloping tubes and wheel covers.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 12, 2015 9:03 am 
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Your particular bike was actually sold through Halfords and they even had a race team!


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2016 9:41 am 
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I remember a mate having one of these, he was 2 years or so older than me and I was probably 8 or 9 at the time. It was a red one with black wheel discs. We wen to his local bmx track and I tried to impress on the diary jump. Landing totally wrong on the front wheel it slid out from under me and I walked away with some grazed elbows and knees.

Ahhh fun times. Wish I still had the burners I had when I was a kid.


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