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Old 09-07-09, 09:58 AM   #1
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Please ID/Appraisal: Nishiki Road Bike

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Old 09-07-09, 11:31 AM   #2
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Looks like a Nishiki, purple and black.
$100 doesn't sound bad and if it's your size what are you waiting for?
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Looks like a Nishiki, purple and black.
$100 doesn't sound bad and if it's your size what are you waiting for?
Can you tell what model is it? Will you consider this as an upgrade to a 85' Miyata Ninety, the one I am currently riding it on. All I know is this Nishiki is a 10 speed, while my Miyata Ninety (entry level bike) has 12 speed.

Btw, the black/purple color, it isn't a women bike right?!


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Can you tell what model is it? Will you consider this as an upgrade to a 85' Miyata Ninety, the one I am currently riding it on. All I know is this Nishiki is a 10 speed, while my Miyata Ninety (entry level bike) has 12 speed.

Btw, the black/purple color, it isn't a women bike right?!


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As far as I can tell its an upgrade from a Miyata 90. The Nishiki appears to have downtube shifters and alloy wheels. If your the end use and its in relatively good condition and its your size $100 is OK. Plan on spending ~$50-75 to get it in proper condition. Tires, cables, bar tape etc.
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Looks like a good deal at $100, but it is pretty much impossible to tell much from that picture. Worth an in-person look.

It is sure to be an upgrade from your Miyata, unless it has some serious flaw.
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I asked the seller if he could tell me which model of Nishiki is it as I can't find any info from internet. I can't even find a Nishiki with this color scheme at all!

Beside the shifter, what's the reason why it's an upgrade from my Miyata Ninety? Lighter? I know it's a 10 speed (less gear than my Miyata) and it's a 24" frame that could probably fits me well. (I am 6"3)

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Old 09-07-09, 06:17 PM   #7
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He just replied and said it's a Nishiki Touring series and has the word 'LINEAR' on the top tube?


Also I just looked at the picture again and seems like he 'upgraded' to aero brake levers too?

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I don't have much info on the Linear other than it was one of the better bikes in the Nishiki line-up. Which makes me wonder about that crank, because it's from an entry level bike. Still, it should have a chromoly frame, probably double butted and it has aero brake levers. If you're looking for a keeper, I'd go for the $100 asking price.
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I don't have much info on the Linear other than it was one of the better bikes in the Nishiki line-up. Which makes me wonder about that crank, because it's from an entry level bike. Still, it should have a chromoly frame, probably double butted and it has aero brake levers. If you're looking for a keeper, I'd go for the $100 asking price.
I assumed this is gonna be a better upgrade from my Miyata? I just don't have space to keep both bikes and one gotta be flipped.

I always thought Linear is a TT bike but not a touring bike and it should have 700c rear wheel and 24" front. But from what I've told from the seller, he told me this bike has 27 x 1 1/4 wheels. I am a bit confused too....

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Because your Miyata is really the bottom end. All Miyatas are pretty good, but that Nishiki is more mid range. For $100 in your area, it should be gone quick. You really need to look at the bike in person and make a judgment as to its quality.

+1 That crank is odd for this bike.
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Just found the catalogue of it and it should be the right year..

Nishiki Catalogue
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_eGu_eT2OhW...shiki89.13.jpg

Miyata Ninety Catalogue:
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_whtVpXkKwl...0-h/img096.jpg

If the specs of the bike is right, how is that a BETTER bike than my Miyata Ninety beside the shifter position? Weight are almost the same with this Nishiki is 1lb heavier than my Miyata Ninety. Please share your opinion on how it's an upgrade when I see their specs are so similar.

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The bicycle in question is a 1989 Nishiki Linear but it is a Canadian market model which is totally different from the US market model.

Frankly, there's not much reason to purchase this bicycle unless it fits you better, the Miyata has been ridden into the ground or you just HAVE to have indexed shifting.

The Nishiki does look a little racier by virtue of the downtube shifters, but there's not that much difference. Both have plain gauge CrMo main frames with hi-tensile stays and forks. The derailleurs on the Nishiki are one step up and indexed over the Miyata. Wheels are comparable. The Miyata's 1 lb weight advantage comes mainly from the aluminum crankset versus the platic coated, steel model on the Nishiki. Typically, the Miyata frame will be better constructed and finished.
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If the Nishiki fits better, or is in better condition, I would buy it and swap the cranksets. Very easy upgrade. Such a swap should not affect the price you get for the Miyata. Eventually, I would pick up some used alloy handlebars (they are cheap too) and swap out the steel bars.

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After reviewing the Miyata specs and getting more details on the Nishiki there isnt much of a difference between the 2.

Your original question was whether or not the Nishiki was worth $100 to an end user. The answer to that question is yes.
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