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Old 10-06-06, 01:58 AM   #1
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Nishiki catalogs request

Hey guys, Im starting an informational website to include scans of as many Nishiki catalogs as I can find.

I saw the 1983 catalog posted on here, and am curious if anyone else has some other 1970-1990ish Nishiki catalogs they can scan and email to me?

I think accumulating that information would be an invaluable asset.

my email is plusonelap @ gmail dot com

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btw heres my converted Nishiki road bike into a singlespeed cyclocross bike. more pics on my website in the sig.
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Old 10-06-06, 06:36 AM   #2
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A 1978 catalog in VGC sold this week on ebay for $22. You might get ahold of the winning bidder through ebay and see if he wouldn't be willing to scan you some pages. Who knows, he might even be a BF member and can post them here for all of us to see.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEWA%3AIT&rd=1
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I have the 1991 catalog. It will be very difficult to scan because it is 11 X 14. I'll look into it and keep you posted.
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Jeremy,

I couldn't find any of the scanned catalogs on your site. Are they not up there yet?

Please holler when you get them up. I'm very interested in pulling the frame specs for my frame geometry project.
See the spreadsheet here:
http://home.comcast.net/~pinnah/dirt...kes/bikes.html

Would love to get some of the Nishiki frames documented
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Yeah good idea on the ebay guy, 2 more are for sale there too.

I am going to create a new site just for the Nishiki scans and fans, so its not there yet, but as of now I really dont have much to post there. Except for the 83 catalog.

yeah I feel ya on the 11x14---thats "legal size" I guess. I wonder what the going rate for scans are at Kinkos?
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Jeremy, I like your bike. Is that original paint and do you have any idea what year it is? Is it an international? I have thought about converting mine to a cross bike as well, but it is pretty bruised and battered frame. I had the drops spread and then looking down the seatstays you can clearly see the drive side as a bow and the non-drive is not.. That worries me though I have done some loaded touring on it and she is still fine. Anyway I will email you a couple pages I managed to get some time ago for a 1990ish catalogue.
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I have the 1991 catalog. It will be very difficult to scan because it is 11 X 14.
I don't know what photo editing software you have, but what I use (Ulead Photo Impact) has a stitching function that puts two scans together rather nicely. You can get this software (that is a few versions old) NIB for under $30 on the 'Bay (for Windows). I use it for large publications all the time. They may not look perfect, but they're good enough for a novice like me and someone with a little knowledge and more patience could surely do a better job.
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How were the Nishiki models ranked? I've heard of Olympic, International, Competition, Prestige, Superbe. Some have the letter "N" with a diamond background, others have a crest with a crown. At some point production was moved from Japan to Taiwan.
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i hear the sport series was the entry level, and the prestige looks to have had downtube shifters...
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How were the Nishiki models ranked? I've heard of Olympic, International, Competition, Prestige, Superbe. Some have the letter "N" with a diamond background, others have a crest with a crown. At some point production was moved from Japan to Taiwan.
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Also, if you scan them just as a jpeg, I can reattach the "photos" or scans back together in a standard drawing program like Paint or Photoshop.
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Old 10-06-06, 04:58 PM   #12
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okay, I've got the site up, and I load the pictures to my public Picasa photo folder. You can zoom in on the pics by clicking on the little magnifying glass icon in the upper right hand area above the photo (once on the picasa web album)

www.classicnishiki.blogspot.com

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I have an old International that is the bike I would choose to have after the apocalypse. It is a tough old bird. j
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In the early 80's there were Mariner, and Sub Mariner models as well.
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I see that those catalogues went for a fairly good sum. Same seller is now offering another 1985, a 1990, and a 1983 (with cover, lads).

I do hope that whomever is purchasing these catalogues will share them with us. I was most distraught to have been outbid on the 1987, but it went for more than I paid for the bike! I know I would have been more than happy to have shared...

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Hey there, sorry I didnt respond to your post before, but there was a Nishiki on ebay I had my eye on and didnt want to pay more than I had to. Now that that auction is over, and I "won" it (I hate saying that I won an ebay auction, sounds like I accomplished something), anyway...

its a Nishiki Sport. mid to early 80's. not the original paint, I had it powdercoated 2 yrs ago or so. And now I'm going to have 2 of them, so thats pretty cool. The fork isnt original, its a Surly cross fork, I had canti's brazed onto the rear triangle.

Thanks for the catalog scans cyclotoine, hopefully I get more. I found some old nishiki ads in some 80's Bicycling mags that I will take some copies of and post them up on www.classicnishiki.blogspot.com
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In the early 80's there were Mariner, and Sub Mariner models as well.
I believe you are thinking of bridgestone.
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I have a Nishiki Seral. It is a touring frame that is "Handcrafted by Kawamura" and the serial #KC 23753. Also on the bottom bracket is a symbol that looks like a fancy "W". I'd certainly appreciate any info on the Seral. The paint is a gorgeous burgundy and the fork is chrome under the paint with Tange TL enscribed in the fork dropout.

It is a great frameset and everytime I look at it, I want to rebuild it... but it is just too large for me to justify rebuilding it.

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vendorz--do you have pictures?

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Thanks for the response. I can take some pics (been meaning to actually), but it may take me a couple of days.
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Here are a coupla few pics (and thx for the motivation to get them snapped):












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Nice bike vendorz, I have never encountered this model. Do you know what the original componentry was and what type of tubing it is built from?

P.S. (edit), it it is a 25" frame and you are interested in letting it go, please let me know. I would like to retire my international.
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It is a 25"... with a wheelbase exceeding 109 cm... a chainstay of 44 cm... a standover height of about 34.4... seat stem of 26.6 and the cranks are 172.5. There is nothing IDing the tubing -- it's one of the questions I'd like answered... though the fork dropout has Tange TL stamped in it and the rear dropout has Suntour stamped in it.

The original drivetrain appears to have been Suntour... GL comes to mind, but I don't recall now whether that is the original model I replaced or the replacement. It has 27" tires with steel rims, but at this point I am not sure which set is original. Prolly one of the no-name sets, cause I believe the Arayas in the closet came with the 70s Motobecane frame. By the end, I just had bike box derailleurs held together with gum and tape.

And yes... guess I gotta wrap my mind around parting with it... but I'd like to know what I've got first. It's been a good steed and with that long wheelbase, it was like riding a luxury liner...

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The specs are exactly the same as an International. There is no way that bike is supposed to have 27" steel rims. Originally it would have been 700c alloy. If not I'd be very suprised. If those araya's are laced to Suzue hubs I bet they are originally from the Nishiki... My guess it that it is similar tubing to the international and that is Tange 900 which is similar to Tange 2, both are a 4130 chromoly but they had hi-tensile stays...
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anyone know anything about a nikishi TR1-A?
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