Classic & Vintage - RE: Nishiki International
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05-18-06, 02:10 PM
I am looking or some information on a Nishiki International. I think it is from the mid 70's.
It's Serial # is KS299979 with a bigger "W" below it.
The bike once belonged to my older brother who rode it all the time. In the mid 80's I traded him for it. I think he always regretted it. In fact he passed away in 1999 and before he died we talked about the bike and how it was such a comfortable ride. I rode it a lot until the mid 90's. About that time I got married and I now have three kids... ...not as much time for riding. Well, I want to start back up again.
I know it's an old ride, but it is the most comfortable frame I've ever rode. Must just fit my body well...
Anyway, I am not up on current technology and what would fit what.
I'm wanting to upgrade it (I know it would be cheaper to buy a new bike, but it is also sentimental)
Any ideas on what would be an improvement would be appreciated. The derailers are pretty shot.
I live in an area now that has a lot of hills.
Some other info in the bike:
Chrome Molybdenum Frame
Center pull brakes
Again Serial # KS299979 with a big "W" below it
Any info or suggestions would be very appreciated.
Thanks for everyones time.
I can post pictures if anyone is interested.
05-18-06, 03:41 PM
I used to have one. Yes, post pictures!
05-18-06, 03:51 PM
Pics would be good.
You mention hills - are you thinking a triple up front? If you want to go "up to date", you can get the rear stays spread to 130mm and buy a nice 9 speed wheelset from Performance (say Ultegra/Mavic Open Pro's) for about $200. Figure another $150 or so for a 9 speed shifter/brake lever set and a new cassette and rear derailluer would tack on another $100. You would radically change the bike ( and in my opinion for the better), but it will be pricey and probably not worth the money or effort. Especially if you go triple - new crank and bottom bracket, as well as a new front derailluer.
IMO your most economical and "bang for the buck" option would be to modify it to either a 6 or 7 speed in the rear, hang a new derailluer to replace the one you say is shot, and that's it. All that would require is spreading the frame to 126mm and either re-dishing/rebuilding your existing rear wheel, or finding a cast-off 6 or 7 speed rear. You can probably find a new set for $100-$200 - I've seen vendors that sell them (Sheldon Brown?).
Actually, I think if you pick up a Suntour Ultra 6 speed freewheel on eBay or somewhere, you should be able to do a direct swap out of your 5 speed and not need to re-dish or spread the frame.
05-18-06, 04:17 PM
Thanks for the info so far, I'm going to reread your info tonight and let you know if I have any questions. Thanks again for the time.
here's a few pics...
05-19-06, 12:23 PM
Nice! I have an 84 and love it. Yes it is my most comfortable bike. I think the forks are hi-tensile steel but that is from a later catalogue, it's possible they downgraded stuff over time. They are a toruing bike so you bike has a long wheelbase. there is good reason to update this frame because you may never find a bike as comfortable as you say. you can send "t-mar" a personal message if you are really chomping at the bit to get an exact date but I am guessing it won't be long before he comments. Bigbossman has some good suggestions for upgrading. The cranks are probably 170mm doubles. I would try and get an old set of MTB cranks with a 110BCD because they are cheep and run something like 48/36/26...
If you are going to buy new wheels I would get 8 speed as the cogs are thicker and last longer. I would recommend a 30 or 32 bigcog in the back with an 8 speed system. 8 speed barcons can still be found on ebay, but you can get Sora brake-shifters (or brifters) pretty cheep and they will work better than the new "9-speed actuating 8 barcons". That should get you up the hill no problem and you could probably carry a bit of a load.
However if you are just doing day rides with no load... I agree with bigboss man about finding a freewheel with larger cogs, you may still want to consider getting an MTB crank which make good pseudo compact double... i.e. 50/34 teeth. I have done this on vintage bikes as well.
05-19-06, 03:06 PM
Mine was just like that but silver. Someone has removed the stem shifters (SunTour Power shifters) and the Dia Compe levers with turkey wings. Your decals have far outlasted the ones on my bike, as mine flaked apart at around 6 months or so.
I only had the bike a year when it was new, but I had a lot of great adventures on it. It was a very nice riding frame.
Based on the serial number and pics, the year would appear to be 1974. If you've got a lot a hills, you'll want to upgrade the brakes as well as the gearing. A good set of brake pads and new cables and housing (teflon lined) will make a significant difference, without the cash outlay of a new set of calipers and levers.
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