I stopped by my friend's little bike shop and found a 1987 Kuwahara Cascade tucked in behind a stack of other bikes... I have a few friends who ride similar Kuwaharas and after having enjoyed riding theirs on a few occasions decided I needed one of my own.
I'm not exactly sure what is original and what is not but there's nothing wrong with a bike that's been built on Ishiwata quad butted tubing and is equipped with Deore cranks and pedals, Exage LX deraileurs (smooth as silk), and still had a pair of perfect M20 double walled rims. It's a lighter bike than either of my friend's models and I think this has everything to do with the high grade tubing.
All I had to do was replace the grips and seat and do a routine lube and clean after I forked over $25.00 (which is what my friend had paid for it).
The coolest thing is the braze on for the air pump and spoke holders on the rear stay which really makes this a cross country bike.
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