Wednesday, December 7, 2011

1984 or 1985 Shogun 1500 touring

Beautiful Shogun 1500 touring bike we refurbished Here at Bike Boom. If your'e not familiar, Bike Boom is a used bike shop in Davis square, on the border of Cambridge and Somerville , near Boston MA. where we specialize in restoring and refurbishing used and vintage bikes and offer competitively priced bike repair services. 
Shogun was a bicycle company who operated during the 80's and manufactured bikes in japan to be sold strictly in the US, similar to Takara, Univega and many others.
A classic touring bike with a long wheel base and multiple brazeons for carrying heavy weight. Bicycle touring was very popular in the late 70's and early 80's. Every respectable brand built touring bikes at that era some of the famous models include the Trek 520, 620 and 720,miyata six ten and one thousand, univega grand tourismo, and motobecane grand touring, but also the raleigh alyeska, Bridgestone RB-T, T500 and T700. What makes a touring bike different from a road bike? the long wheel base and relaxed geometry plus a heavy duty frame, rear hub and rim which usually had a higher spoke count. In the early 80's they were the first bikes to be equipped with a triple crankset. Later, towards 1984, with the introduction of cantilever brakes, all  touring bikes were equipped with them to allow the use of fenders and wider tires. This beautiful, very good condition shogun 1500 had the Tange 2 chromoly tubing, and came with the shimano Deer head group which basically was the first shimano Deore XT (700 series). Bought from a gentleman who toured with it across Europe in the late 80's and decided to sell since he wasn't using it anymore. 
Very cool bike, bought by a Belgian students who came to study for a semester in Harvard.   

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