Classic & Vintage - Anybody know anything about a Nishiki Landau?
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Anybody know anything about a Nishiki Landau? I don't have much money and I need a road bike. I'm looking at this one here: http://www.usedvictoria.com/classified-ad/2680831&category=road-bikes It's not selling, so I think I can talk the price down.
The owner doesn't seem to know much about bikes. Can you tell me anything about it? Like what type of components it has and if it was a good bike in it's day?
03-08-07, 11:19 PM
I would think if its your first vintage bike offer him 125, and get riding. Landaus are up there on the Nishiki heirchi level. It looks super clean. Im no expert but Landaus are a good bike, and Nishikis are well made and good value. You wont be disapointed. Do a google search I think there is a Nishiki web page also search here these bikes have shown up here. I would pay 150 to 175. to get riding and this bike is a great first bike. But it must fit you. Good Luck.
03-09-07, 11:29 PM
I too live in Victoria and noticed that bike online. Funnily enough, I am actually working on a Nishiki Tri-A at the community bike shop where I volunteer (Recyclistas). They seem like a nice enough ride - chromo frame and Mangaloy fork, indexed shifting etc, etc. I must confess that it has some pretty strange cable routing though - both shifter cables run through the downtube. The one for the front derailleur exits under the bottom bracket shell and one for the rear derailleur continues through the bottom bracket and runs through the chainstay the whole way to the end. You have to take the bottom bracket apart, at least partially, to change these cables - crazy!!!
03-10-07, 02:04 PM
In the late 1970s, the Landau was one of the better Nishikis, made of double butted chrome moly. This is mine.
I too live in Victoria and noticed that bike online. Funnily enough, I am actually working on a Nishiki Tri-A at the community bike shop where I volunteer (Recyclistas).
I bet it's the same bike, as the one online sold. :(
What Recyclistas do with the bikes it gets donated? Do you sell them? I'm looking for a decent older road bike, but I don't have much money.
03-11-07, 01:16 PM
No, it is NOT the same bike. The one I'm working on is Black and Yellow. Recyclistas takes donations of pretty much any bike and/or parts. We build bikes from the ground up using these parts and new ones where applicable. We have quite a few older roadies for sale. They usually range from around $150 - $300, with exceptions of course. The Tri-A will be finished this week. I also finished up a nice old Carlton Corsair a little while back. You should stop by this week and have a look - 25 Crease Avenue - just off the Galloping Goose opposite Town & Country Mall. I'll be there Tuesday and Thursday....
03-14-07, 02:36 PM
i have a 'landau' that i am building up for a singlespeed and the one thing that hasn't been mentioned is that they have vertical rear dropouts. mine came with nice dia-compe 'G' brakes.
03-14-07, 06:14 PM
My Landau has Suntour GT dropouts. Plenty of adjustment if needed.
03-14-07, 09:01 PM
i should also add that on the chain stay left side it says 'designed by Norco'
03-14-07, 10:36 PM
Well, from what I recall, the Landau I was working on had horizontal dropouts. Geez Terrors! Also, I noticed you have a 1980 Apollo Gran Sport - interesting, because this funny old geezer out near the ferry terminal in Sidney once sold one of those to me - a nice ride I must say...
Landau, schmandau, I don't see no vinyl top.
03-14-07, 10:49 PM
vpiuva - hahaha, that's awesome...I am totally going to put a vinyl saddle on that one that I built up!...
03-15-07, 08:12 AM
i should also add that on the chain stay left side it says 'designed by Norco'My '78 is a Shields Nishiki Landau with "Made by Kawamura" on the chainstay. After Shields went out of business, Nishikis were distributed in Canada by Norco.
Here is an article on the rise and fall of the Shields Bicycle Company: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=220077&highlight=shields
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