Classic and Vintage Bicycles: What's it Worth? Appraisals and Inquiries - Nishiki Roadbike
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09-02-09, 06:07 PM
I'm looking at this bike on CL:
And I'm just wondering if it is worth going to look at and if it's overpriced or not.
Thanks for any input you may have!
Also, what exactly is an Azuki? Is it just a crappier model made by Nishiki? I stumbled across this and that's why I ask:
Is that bike worth looking into?
09-02-09, 06:21 PM
Hi-ten steel frame and Positron derailleurs would indicate a lower end model bike.
$140 would be more than I would likely pay. But if it is totally refurbished, lubed, and set up with new tires and bar tape, it is not a terrible deal.
09-02-09, 09:34 PM
Azuki was a brand of bikes imported and distributed by a Louisville, KY bike shop. Or so it says, somewhere on the internets. Don't know about a connection to Nishiki, but possibly Azuki was simply a rebranding of Nishiki models. Bikes look similar and assuming similar condition obviously $80 is a better price. Careful looking and patience will certainly bring you a better bike though: chrom-moly frame, downtube shifters, better components. Should be able to find that for under $100 and in good condition too, if you can wait. Good Japanese brands to look for: Miyata, Nishiki, Shogun, Lotus, Centurion. All had a full line of bikes up from entry level up to very high end, and there are a lot of these bikes out there.
09-02-09, 11:47 PM
If ya just gotta have a bike like this, sure, but $140 is a lot for a bike with turkey levers, stem shifters and that steel crank guard.
old and new
09-09-09, 12:25 PM
I bought a bike in '76 new just like it, a different brand, same bike for seventy five dollars. It was an inside deal. For eighty it's ok but at any price it's not a rewarding ride. Hi-Tens. steel frame, cheap drive train , steel wheels etc. all work in concert rendering performance noticebly infererior. Not being a snob here, it just that a few bucks more (or less), one can find a better bike that'll ride and shift much better. You really WILL notice the difference.
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