Classic & Vintage - American Eagle help?!
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05-12-11, 10:24 AM
So I came across an older American Eagle about a year ago.. I seriously can not find out anything about this bike besides that it's from around 70-71 from the bicycle license it has on it.
I have pictures here, and if this doesn't work, just let me know and I'll post them in here.
Any information you guys could give me on this thing would be AMAZING! Also, feel free to e-mail me about it as well: firstname.lastname@example.org
05-12-11, 11:13 AM
American Eagle was a brand name used early on by bicycles that were later known by the brand name Nishiki in the U.S. The frames were built by Kawamura in Japan in the early years.
I've got an American Eagle that is all chrome that I've turned into my city bike. I'm currently looking for some snazzy fenders. It's a bit on the heavy side, but it's really unique. American Eagles' seem to be pretty rare...
05-12-11, 06:54 PM
Yeah, I've been trying to figure out WHICH American Eagle this is for a good year now.. I've been able to find ones like it, but never the exact thing. And people are horrible with responding to e-mails I guess haha. Awesome bike though. Mine is pretty heavy too. It's a three speed? I just need to sell this thing... Or maybe my Raleigh Technium..
05-13-11, 04:59 PM
You should post pics on here - the link doesn't work. I think there were only two models of American Eagle produced - the Custom Sport and Olympic, but I could be wrong. I've also seen some 3-speed American Eagles - that are similar in quality to other non-Raleigh 3-speeds of the era. If you're selling it locally, I don't think it really matters all that much if you don't know which one it is exactly - the amount you'll make will largely depend on its condition.
05-13-11, 10:20 PM
There was also the Kokusai, the predecessor of the Nishiki International.
05-14-11, 05:42 PM
05-14-11, 06:07 PM
This is the brand that would become Nishiki. I think it could be older than 1971, '71 may be the year the bike lic. expires. Around here they used to be good for 3 years. It has value as a bicycle. Its brand will matter not, its condition and appearance will.
Huh, yeah that looks like one of the 3-speeds. I don't think there was a specific brand given to the American Eagle 3-speeds...
Probably makes a good city-bike! And is pretty unusual.
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