The frame you see here arrived at PBVM on March 23, 2012. It was found in a barn in German Valley, Illinois and is a NOS (new old stock) frame set from 1989. The Naper Cycle on the top tube refers to Naperville Cyclery, a bicycle retail store that closed in 1988. Apparently this frame belonged to the owner of the store at one time and may have been the store display frame for the PICS program at that time. After the store closed, the store owner stored everything in a steel barn in German Valley Illinois until it was discovered in early March 2012.

We are more than happy to offer it a safe new home and will likely build it into a complete bike in time. At the moment, we’re thinking a full Shimano Sante build could be interesting as we don’t have a Sante bike in the collection yet.

1989 Panasonic PICS Team Custom “Naper Cycle” (Panasonic Bicycles Virtual Museum Custom Build) Specifications

  • List Price:  N/A
  • Frame Models:
  • Frame Sizes: 58cm
  • Frame: Tange Prestige Cr-Mo double butted tube, forged ends
  • Fork: Tange C-2 Lostwax crown, Cr-Mo Blades, forged ends
  • Headset:  Shimano Sante (NOS)
  • Handlebar: Nitto B115 Classic 25.4
  • Stem:   System EX, White 100mm
  • Saddle:  Selle San Marco Concor (NOS) with Red anodized alloy seat post
  • Crankset: Shimano Sante Ace 52/42T (NOS)
  • Bottom Bracket:  Shimano Sante (NOS)
  • Freewheel: Shimano 600 Ultegra 7-speed Uniglide cassette (NOS)
  • Chain:  Shimano HG90 1/2″x3/32″x108 links, narrow type
  • Hubs:  Shimano Sante 32h, Sealed mechanism (NOS) with red anodized quick release
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Sante (NOS)
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano Sante (NOS)
  • Shifting Lever: Shimano Sante 7 speed S.I.S.
  • Brakes:  Shimano Sante short reach S.L.R. levers (NOS)
  • Rims: Mavic Open Pro SUP 32h, red (rear) / Mavic MA3 32h, red (front)
  • Tires: Vredstein, yellow 700x23c
  • Spokes:  14G DT Swiss
  • Pedals:  Look Racing
  • Accessories: Red bottle cage
  • Color:  3P-C2 – Sonic White, Sonic Yellow and Sonic Red
  • Weight:  10.2 kg (22.48 lbs) as pictured with pedals


Photos from earlier in the project…

Suggestions on what to build it with? Feel free to comment below.