Classic & Vintage - Found 1984 Nishiki Cresta in My Dad's Garage
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Hello - new to this community and I am looking for help on whether this bike would actually be good for touring. I am a female road rider with a Trek Madone and have been thinking about touring when low and behold I visit my Dad today and dust the cobwebs off this bike, pump up the tires and cruise around the neighborhood. It is all original with the exception that he changed out the handlebar to be upright. The shifting lever is on the downtube, and while I rode these types of bikes as a kid and young adult, I haven't since the late 80s.
My Dad's in his 80s and happy someone is thrilled about his classic bike that he used to commute to his teaching position at the local high school (an original hipster?), and I am nostolgic to have his bike and am looking for advice on what to do next - take it in for conditioning? Plan a tour? Forget it cause I'll fall off trying to shift? What say you bike community?
Ps it's a 21 frame (not so tall my dad) and could work for me.
08-18-12, 05:28 PM
08-18-12, 05:30 PM
You won't fall of while shifting, down tube shifters are easy to use. Glad you have taken an interest in your dad's Nishiki, sounds like a nice rider to me. Others with intimate Nishiki knowledge will be along to fill you in and ask for a lot of pictures, drive side out, clear as possible and in front of a clean background. I'd do a re-cable, grease every bearing and replace the tires/tubes with fresh goods. enjoy a good bicycle and your dad will be proud to say his daughter is riding his old bike.
The Golden Boy
08-18-12, 07:10 PM
That bike looks like a whole lot of awesome possibilities in one place.
If you don't put drops on it, get some sweet Suntour thumb shifters and a cable stop band to replace the band where the downtube shifters are.
If you do go with drops- I agree with the Marine- you won't fall off, you'll just shift a little less often until you get used to them- and you will.
You are a very fortunate girl.
(and I'm not a Nishiki enthusiast, but I love touring bikes- so definitely take intricate, drive side photos) :)
08-18-12, 07:15 PM
The Nishiki Cresta was a fairly legit tourer with drop bars. I say it's an appropriate ride, if it fits.
08-18-12, 07:31 PM
Looks very nice, maybe a flat bar or a mustache if you don't want to go with drops or if the sentimental attachment is stronger with the bars as is. Hope it fits well and that you enjoy the ride.
Thanks for all the great comments and encouragement.
08-20-12, 10:20 AM
That's a really nice bike you have there! The Nishiki Cresta was configured as a touring bike so taking it on a tour would be a great idea.
You might want to consider changing the handlebar back to drop bars if only because they provide a wider variety of hand positions, important during long days in the saddle.
If the bike was well cared for before it went into storage, and it was protected from rain/snow while in storage, the mechanicals should be in good shape. I would re-pack all the bearings however before riding it much more. Bearing grease can degrade over time and you don't want to damage your races with gunky grease. You can do this job yourself or have your LBS do it but don't be afraid to work on your own bike. It's very rewarding and you'll learn a lot about your bike and be more in tune with it. Besides its fun!
In case you're interested, here is a link to my 1982 Nishiki Cresta that I just finished refurbishing:
I don't think you need to replace as much of the bike as I did but I had damaged bearing races all over the bike that necessitated new parts.
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