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    Pre 1975 nishiki, help me find out more

    I bought this bike off Craigslist for 80 bucks from a guy that knew nothing about bikes. I rode it for a couple months on deliveres now I want to restore it. The serial number is ks220044, which I belive means before 1975 and after 1967 made for the US market. I belive it may be a super sport or a competition. The only problem I have is the cable brackets are an the bottom of the top tube while most pictures I see the cable brackets are on the top. Also the cable shifters are on them as most models I see they are on the downtube
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    We can't provide much help without some good pictures particularly of the drive side as well as the complete bike and any details (like tubing stickers).

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    Posting your Pictures: How to!

    Or, just post your pics to a free site like Flickr and then post a link.

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    Thank you, I just posted one pic and will take more specific shots when I get off work.

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    Not a Competition. A Competition would have had chrome stays and bar end shifters. This bike has neither. Probably an International. Pre 1975 Nishikis in USA really just means 1974 or 1973. Prior to that time, they were American Eagle branded.

    Stem shifters were the norm for models lower in the product line than the Competition.

    The shifters and the crankset do not appear to be original.

    The green bike below is a 1974 Competition, and the silver bike behind it is a 1973 American Eagle Semi Pro (same model before the brand name change).

    Look carefully, and you will see MAJOR differences between your bike and these (differences below are all clues of a bike being higher end). Details matter when attempting identification of a vintage bike:

    1. Chrome stays (mentioned earlier).

    2. Bar cons (mentioned earlier).

    3. Wrap around seat stays.

    4. Chrome on fork is different (note that it is pointed at the top, rather than flat).

    5. Forged chrome fork crown.

    Wrap around stays with chrome at the dropouts, along with the forged chrome fork crown are particular signs.

    [IMG]Nishiki Competition 024 by wrk101, on Flickr[/IMG]
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    For what it's worth, my 1971 American Eagle Semi-Pro, KS78091, had painted wraparound stays, Sugino Mighty Compe crankset, and SunTour downtube shifters. My friend's 1972 model had chrome wraparound stays and SunTour ratchet barcons. The Kokusai / International models had stem shifters like yours and cheapo Sugino Maxy cranks. Yours looks like one of these.
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    Hi @zacconk,

    your bike looks like the Olympic model. The lugs, dropouts, and chromed forks are from the Olympic model. The crankset is not original, but you probably figured that out.

    The year is probably 1973 or 1974.

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