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    Vista "Silver Shadow" ten speed, good?

    Here's what I can garner from the bike. 27" x 1-1/4" tires, Shimano Altus LT shifter and deraileurs (front and rear), Shimano "Selecta" cranks, Shimano "DL" hubs maybe, frame is Araya 1435 tubes (so says the sticker anyway), unsure of the brake manufacturer, rims are Araya, can't find a serial number on the frame anywhere, seat post and handlebar neck have "SR" stamped on them. Then there's this little sticker at the bottom of the frame stating "Made exclusively in Japan for NIDA". What does that mean?

    This bikes is a real pleasure to ride but it needs some cleanup work (regrease the bearing, repaint the frame, etc). Pictures are forthcoming. Was this bicycle of any real value when it was made? It's a GREAT bike now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by testrun66
    Then there's this little sticker at the bottom of the frame stating "Made exclusively in Japan for NIDA". What does that mean?
    This is just a wild guess, but oldroads.com has a picture of a bicycle from Nida Bicycle company... Perhaps Nida was an OEM manufacturer and sold this bike under the Vista name?

    But on to answering based on some assumptions on my part as to what the label means...

    This bike was probably manufactured by the people in an Asian island nation called Japan under an exclusive agreement with NIDA. This probably involved an international exchange of money for goods... the bicycle being the goods.

    I suppose there is also a very slight chance that the city of Nida in Lithuania was involved.

    I can't help with any real information on the bike, but I am glad you have a good rider! The fact that you enjoy it is the most essential element of a good bike.
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    Vista was a brand for Columbia Bicycles of the U.S., one of the oldest bike manufacturers in the world. By the 1960's their bikes sold in department stores and were a step down from Schwinn. In the 1970's and 80's they had bikes built for them in Japan and these bikes are considerably nicer. I know one other bike afficianado who still rides his Silver Shadow. I would classify this as a Q bike; much nicer than its reputation.

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    I have a Vista frame (see the "For Trade" section this forum). It has Shimano "SF" chromed rear dropouts (with derailler hanger), Tange "TIF" chromed front dropouts, and, I believe, Tange "9E" frame material (no sticker on bike, but Tange 9E inscribed on fork riser). It is black, long point lugs. I seem to recall Sheldon Brown or some other site stating that it was an "above average" japanese frame. ew

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    Any bike that gets you from point "a" to point "b" and back is a keeper! (and cheaper than driving.)

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    I've got this bike and I really like how it rides.... buuut while trying to replace my bottom bracket I was told that the "cups" could not be removed without a special tool? The guy at the shop told me that if i could find a used bottom bracket like it then I would be able to install all the parts except the cups and it would work. How do I go about finding this bottom bracket? I know very little about bikes :-S

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    I inherited this bike, and immediately scrapped the Selecta Crankset. Besides sounding like an eighties hip-hop mc, it uses an unusual splined bottom bracket made long before shimano had mastered this technology. Instead of searching for the esoteric tool, I sawed into the cups with a reciprocating saw, nudged them loose with a hammer and heavy duty scew driver, and backed them out with a large plumbing wrench. Not exactly orthodox, i know, but the likelihood of finding the tool and appropriate replacement parts is pretty slim in my opinion.
    I replaced it with a comparable campagnolo crank.

    The other part you will likely have trouble servicing or replacing is the cassette. Chip a tooth on this and you will be out looking for a six speed friction cassette where the smallest cog, also serves as the lockring. Another strange transition period of shimano's move from freewheels to cassettes.

    Other than that, I love the silver surfer. It's a tough bike I would easily lend to a friend for a ride through the potholed streets of brooklyn, with a reasonably fast riding position for a touring bike, and narrow handlebars which are great for the city.

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    My brother had a Vista Silver Shadow that he'd bought at Peloton in Amherst, Mass., around 1979. He sold the bike around 15 years ago and he's kicking himself for it because he's shopping for a new bike. The Vista was a very sweet sport tourer--comfortable, stable, and very nicely made.

    Perhaps Columbia acquired the brand sometime later, but there is nothing about this bike that suggests department store quality. It's first rate like any comparably priced Univega or Miyata.

    His had a 12 cm 3TTT stem that Doug, the shop owner, fitted for him. So you probably don't have his old bike.
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    I have seen several Vista Silver Shadow bikes from the 80's and consider their frame quality not far from Miyatas. Both of these bikes were almost flawless due to almost no use whatsoever. Their components were as good as any other Japanese bikes of the day. Dia Compe brakes, Suntour components, Shimano also. I plan on buying the next one I see for sale for an everyday rider. I missed the others from CL because I was out of town. Nice bikes especially for the money they were asking. $75.00 and $100. You just can't lose on a deal like that.

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    vista carrerra 7 fixed gear

    some vista shots...
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    Quote Originally Posted by toeOverlap View Post

    The other part you will likely have trouble servicing or replacing is the cassette. Chip a tooth on this and you will be out looking for a six speed friction cassette where the smallest cog, also serves as the lockring. Another strange transition period of shimano's move from freewheels to cassettes.
    Sounds like the 6 speed cassette Shimano sold in the late 80s early 90s. While these are not common, replacement parts are not impossible to find. If you have to change it, try replacing it with a early 90's 7 speed freehub and 7 speed cassette and upgrade your shifter. The freehub is bolted onto the hub, I believe its a 10mm hex wrench that is needed to take it off. I've made this change with the exact 6 speed unit you are referring to.
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    one more Vista shot

    totally gratuitous, but heck, it IS a Vista....now a fixed gear
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    Quote Originally Posted by roccobike View Post
    Sounds like the 6 speed cassette Shimano sold in the late 80s early 90s. While these are not common, replacement parts are not impossible to find. If you have to change it, try replacing it with a early 90's 7 speed freehub and 7 speed cassette and upgrade your shifter. The freehub is bolted onto the hub, I believe its a 10mm hex wrench that is needed to take it off. I've made this change with the exact 6 speed unit you are referring to.
    I'm not so sure... The very early Shimano Freehubs did not have a replaceable freehub body. So it would need to be replaced with a Uniglide (I think) cassette.

    I had one on my Schwinn Voyaguer, it kept skipping on the rear cog so (blind with rage) I stuck the bike in a trainer, applied the rear brake, and jumped up and down on the pedals, the cog proceeded to disintegrate. I relaced the rim to a Paralax hub I re-spaced to 126mm.
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    Vista 10-speed purchased early 1980s, circa late 1970s bicycle.

    I have a Vista 10-speed bicycle that I purchased in Valdosta, Georgia, at Anderson Bicycle Shop (Mr. Anderson also owned the local Western Auto). I paid about $250 for the bicycle and the reason that I bought it and liked it was because, though he had Schwinn and other brands at his shop, this was the only one that had a frame that fit my short stature (5' 3" female). The bicycle was what I called '***-metal gray'. I do not know what the model is, though I thought that I had ID'ed several years ago. The serial number is: SG106687. The only markings that I find currently are "Vista" and "Made in Japan".

    Here are photos of the bicycle. I have not rode the bicycle for a few years and am going to have it serviced within the next week or so.

    http://s28.photobucket.com/albums/c2...sta%20Bicycle/

    I also have my original manual that I can e-mail in pdf format.

    E-mail me directly at southgagal@windstream.net

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    Quote Originally Posted by southgagal68 View Post
    Here are photos of the bicycle.
    Nice looking mixte you have there.

    Laterally stiff yet vertically compliant.

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