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    70's nishiki custom sport

    Just picked this nishiki custom sport bike up for free it an early 70's model judging by the rack it has a 1974 California bicycle license plate on it any info or suggestions for replacement parts would be great.

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    this model is the lowest of the range of its time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by juvela View Post
    this model is the lowest of the range of its time.
    Would it make a good fixie or single speed speed conversion?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
    If you have the time/tools/aptitude/space/pile of parts, you bet. If not, the new FG/SS on the internet are a much better deal. Basically, the internet brands have just about killed the vintage bike conversions. Does yours have alloy wheels? IF not, forget it (specs on the Sport varied over the years).
    I'm pretty sure they are but I was going to just put the money into it just as my first restoration. And my gf wants a decent bike to ride around town.

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    I have a Nishiki Custom Sport from the early 80's. It has a nice chromo frame and a nice Sugino GS crankset. It also had alloy wheels, but they were trashed. The cranks and frame were worth (to me) what I paid.

    Can you post some pics...........it would really help in determining if it's worth rebuilding/upgrading.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
    If you have the time/tools/aptitude/space/pile of parts, you bet. If not, the new FG/SS on the internet are a much better deal. Basically, the internet brands have just about killed the vintage bike conversions. Does yours have alloy wheels? IF not, forget it (specs on the Sport varied over the years).
    May be depends on the market. Properly built vintage conversion on nice cromoly frame still brings top dollar in Toronto. You have to try one of retrospec/purefix/whateverelsejunkbrand to see clear difference. All cheap internet brand fixies have the cheapest crap components, no prep work whatsoever, etc. I assembled several of them for friends last year and all had issues.
    Plus all internet brand cheap FG/SS look bland and same and where is the fun of doing first conversion yourself?

    At least in US you guys have bikesdirect which makes OK first FG/SS (shipping to Canada is expensive and while you can ship to warehouse just across the border - downtown crowd usually carless and want their bike now)

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    Quote Originally Posted by r0ckh0und View Post
    I have a Nishiki Custom Sport from the early 80's. It has a nice chromo frame and a nice Sugino GS crankset. It also had alloy wheels, but they were trashed. The cranks and frame were worth (to me) what I paid.

    Can you post some pics...........it would really help in determining if it's worth rebuilding/upgrading.
    I'll have pic up tonight but I already stripped everything off the frame

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    While not so great component wise and somewaht low end these had some really nice basic frames. That can build up great my daily rider beater is Custume Sport frame.

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