Unfortunately, such bikes were not available from stock; a buyer would have to start with a "sport touring" bike and make various modifications to turn it into a thoroughbred touring machine.Around 1985, the industry finally figured out how to make a good off-the shelf touring bike.[Sheldon wrote this article largely from memory, based on his long experience in the bicycle retail sector.His coverage is uneven, as he did not go so far as to research topics of which he had little personal knowledge.
It was equipped with Araya steel rims, which were beautifully made, much smoother and truer than European steel rims of the era..not strong enough to withstand the weight of an average American rider.-- John Allen] Japanese bicycles are often of very fine quality, but few are available in the U. market today, due to unfavorable currency exchange rates. market for adult bicycles was basically owned by the French and English.There are still many very fine Japanese bicycles available on the used market, and this article is intended as a guide to them. While Japanese bicycles were manufactured to very tight tolerances, and nicely finished (considerably better than their European competition), the Japanese had not yet come to terms with the average American's being taller and heavier than the average Japanese.The VGT was a reasonably light derailer, with a large chain take-up capacity, and a very light action, compared to the early '60s designs from Simplex and Huret.The shifting ease and performance were dramatically superior. The flex of the derailer could be felt through the lever.