Panasonic Sport-LX Road Bike - Burgundy

panasonic sport-lx road bike - burgundy - side view
Did they run out of grey bricks, or red bricks?

Depending on the lighting, the Panasonic Sport-LX road bike's deep burgundy paint job can look like a bottle of A.1. steak sauce, a bag of Ocean Spray cranberries, or a jug of Carlo Rossi red wine. Mentioning products is fun. Here are some other ones. Vachon Flaky Puffs pastries, Hershey's candy bars, Cheese Tid-Bits crackers, Fresca citrus soda, and Ronzoni pasta.



Even a clean Panasonic Sport-LX like this needs a little tune-up once in a while.
Always check compatibility before ordering parts for your bicycle.
All bike repairs should be performed by a qualified bicycle mechanic.
panasonic sport-lx road bike - burgundy - front angle view
Five minutes of stance adjustment

It's not as much fun if things don't have brand names. A pound of ground beef, a corn broom, a gallon of turpentine, 100 feet of clothesline. Where are the flashy graphics, national ad campaigns or brand recognition?

panasonic sport-lx road bike - burgundy - handlebars
Foam handlebar grippers

What does any of this have to do with the Panasonic Sport-LX? Nothing at all. Who cares. Do you think it's easy coming up with something to write about every one of these bikes? It isn't. I'm not a writer. I'm not an anything, really. Yet every time I shoot a bunch of pictures of an old road bike, I have to turn into some sort of lugged-steel Stephen King. Forget it.

panasonic sport-lx road bike - burgundy - stem
It's all in the details

I'm pretty sure, though, that the Sport-LX is one model up the food chain from the Panasonic Sport-DX. The Sport-DX has better Sakae SA cranks and alloy hubs, but the Sport-LX has a chromoly frame. And a much better paint color.

panasonic sport-lx road bike - burgundy - brake lever
Dia-Compe suicide levers

It also has a stamped "Panasonic" stem and Dia-Compe brake levers, while the Sport-DX has generic versions of those particular components. Did I just use the phrase "generic versions of those particular components"? Really?

panasonic sport-lx road bike - burgundy - head tube badge
This reminds me of a TV screen

I guess I could take five seconds to do a Google search and find out everything I never wanted to know about vintage Panasonic road bikes. But do you really want me to regurgitate content from other websites that you could just as easily find yourself? Of course not.

panasonic sport-lx road bike - burgundy - front brake
I don't have a brass brush that small

So, the Panasonic Sport-LX road bike is a vintage lugged chromoly road bike with okay components, a sweet deep burgundy paint job, and a chain that skips a little too much, which I found out by riding around the block in the ghetto. Riding the Sport-LX was great though, so if I actually rode bikes, I would actually ride this one. And that's saying something.

panasonic sport-lx road bike - burgundy - shifters
I think these shifters stick up too high

Panasonic Sport-LX specifications (as found): frame Panasonic original special made chromium-molybdenum steel alloy tubings, i.e. lugged chromoly fork lugged steel, or maybe chromoly handlebars Win, steel saddle Panasonic, vinyl shifters Shimano stem shifters stem Win/Panasonic alloy quill brake levers Dia-Compe brakes Dia-Compe, sidepull rear rack Vetta tires Panasonic 90psi rims Araya 27" alloy hubs Nakano, steel derailleurs Shimano cranks Sugino, 170mm sprockets Sugino Proto, steel pedals KKT cage.

panasonic sport-lx road bike - burgundy - shifters
Artsy photo of Shimano logo
panasonic sport-lx road bike - burgundy - saddle
Someday I will start a Panasonic saddle collection
panasonic sport-lx road bike - burgundy - top tube decal
Listen to the xylophone?
panasonic sport-lx road bike - burgundy - fork crown
Lugs and guides and forks, oh my
panasonic sport-lx road bike - burgundy - down tube decal
I would wear this on a t-shirt
panasonic sport-lx road bike - burgundy - rear rack
Finally, one that's not a Pletscher
panasonic sport-lx road bike - burgundy - tires
Right now they have 60
panasonic sport-lx road bike - burgundy - seat tube graphics
Sweet from every angle
panasonic sport-lx road bike - burgundy - front derailleur
Shimano front derailleur
panasonic sport-lx road bike - burgundy - pedals
Reflector? I hardly know her
panasonic sport-lx road bike - burgundy - front hub
Proud to make steel hubs
panasonic sport-lx road bike - burgundy - tubing decal
This is gorgeous
panasonic sport-lx road bike - burgundy - rims
Araya alloy "hoops"
panasonic sport-lx road bike - burgundy - sprockets
Sugino Proto
panasonic sport-lx road bike - burgundy - pedals
KKT cage pedals
panasonic sport-lx road bike - burgundy - cranks
The backside of this is still rusty
panasonic sport-lx road bike - burgundy - rear derailleur
Shimano rear derailleur
panasonic sport-lx road bike - burgundy - freewheel
One last pretty picture.