1988 Panasonic sport LX

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Little bit of time last evening, sorry for bad pics. It got dark FAST!
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Just experimenting with parts...
Don't want these on here though.
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Guess they are BMX rat traps. They have a date stamp "I 88" so Sept. 1988?
 
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I run pedals designed for straps, minus the straps, all the time. As long as the step surface is flat, I just wear regular shoes. I've ever ground off the tabs for the straps so I can use both sides. I hate one sided pedals. Yours look like nice ones
 
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Bike is running 52t and 42t SR chainwheel. Only a 5 speed freewheel. Geared pretty awesome with 50 to 101 gear inches. Only had to shift to the 42t chainwheel going up a crazy steep hill after a 90 degree corner at the base. Hard to keep any momentum and first gear was just too tall.
 
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This is a continuance of:
https://ratrodbikes.com/forum/index.php?threads/horsefarmers-fresh-finds.109737/page-3#post-1157037
Found via FB marketplace for $20. Crazy like new condition as shown, just needed seat and seat post.
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Beauty, Panasonic’s are tremendous bikes. I see a trend beginning where these Panasonics are upgraded with carbon threadless forks, carbon aero bars, campy or other quality alloy wheel sets and entry level Campy group sets. You get a nice steel frame with a modern cockpit and great shifting. You almost can’t find the parts to do this right now. Classic inexpensive quality steel ride with the modern benefits.
 
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us56456712 said:
"Beauty, Panasonic’s are tremendous bikes. I see a trend beginning where these Panasonics are upgraded with carbon threadless forks, carbon aero bars, campy or other quality alloy wheel sets and entry level Campy group sets. You get a nice steel frame with a modern cockpit and great shifting. You almost can’t find the parts to do this right now. Classic inexpensive quality steel ride with the modern benefits."
Quoting us56456712 so his wisdom is visible in the thread. I'll add this nugget. Panasonic had some nice steel trail bikes too. Their road pedigree makes for some nice in between action
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us56456712 said:
"Beauty, Panasonic’s are tremendous bikes. I see a trend beginning where these Panasonics are upgraded with carbon threadless forks, carbon aero bars, campy or other quality alloy wheel sets and entry level Campy group sets. You get a nice steel frame with a modern cockpit and great shifting. You almost can’t find the parts to do this right now. Classic inexpensive quality steel ride with the modern benefits."
Quoting us56456712 so his wisdom is visible in the thread. I'll add this nugget. Panasonic had some nice steel trail bikes too. Their road pedigree makes for some nice in between action
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That’s a nice bike. Mountain stem, bar end shifters, canti plus roller brakes and fenders. Looks ready for touring or gravel. I would J B Weld in some riv nuts for bottle cages. Was this originally a mountain bike?
 
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Took this around the 12 mile block. Amazed it takes bumps in the pavement so well with 80 psi in those skinny tires and no suspension. A tribute to the design and materials of the frame. Next upgrade will probably be a vintage trigger shifter for the rear derailleur.
 
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Just remembered mine was branded National. The Panasonic brand for bikes and electrical goods was used later in Australia.
 
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