Katakura Silk
Example Model: Silk
Brand: Katakura
Frame Model: Katakura Silk
Category: Road Sport
Years: N/A
Built In: Japan
Production: Unknown
Sold As: Complete Bicycle
Material: Steel
Construction: Lugged
Drivetrain: Derailleurs
Wheel Size: 700c
Added By: azorch on 11/24/13
Updated By: azorch on 11/24/13
ConstructionLuggedBottom Bracket
Wheel Size700cBrake Mounting
Rear DropoutsSeat Stays
Main TubingFork Tubing
Brake BridgeFork Style
Derailleur Cable RoutingBrake Guides
Fork Crown Style  
General Information
61cm, measured c-c.

Frame and fork are fully chromed; the chrome is in marvelously good condition. With the exception of the CrMo sticker - which I am flattening off the bike and will reglue - the graphics are also in very good condition. There are a couple of edges on the "bird" logos that will need to be pressed down with a tiny addition of adhesive, but nothing worrisome.

With the exception of the bars, wrap, (well, tires, of course) and saddle, I am pretty confident this bike is all original. I can only go by a couple of other examples I've located with serial numbers that are very close to mine, but I'm going to tentatively date this to ca. 1984. I am quite willing to reappraise that date when/if new information arises.

One small detail: In the few catalog scans I've come across, and in other examples of Silks, I haven't seen any run with Aero levers like this one has. So I'm thinking that is probably a later "upgrade."
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