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Old 03-04-07, 01:00 AM   #1
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help identify year please!

so a friend got a couple bikes for free a while back and we were going to rebuild them. i decided to start with this one but i am curious about what year it may be. heres all i know. 1) its a nishiki 2) it used to be red ... and thats about all i know but heres a pic, hopefully it'll help.
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Old 03-04-07, 01:45 AM   #2
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Well, for starters the forks are bent.
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Old 03-04-07, 02:20 AM   #3
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Yep - bent front forks. Does the seat tube and down tube look to be 'creased' near the short, front head tube? If so - throw the frame away. It could be fixed but this would be very expensive and it is difficult to find someone with those skills. If the frame's not bent - change the forks but you must replace your fork with a fork with the same size steerer tube and take the correct size wheel (probably 700C) which is reasonably easy to find.

I would say that the frame was a 1970's frame (clamp on front derailleur, one set of bottle mounts, cable guides brazed to the top tube, plenty of space between the rear wheel and seat tube).
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handlebar stem looks like a colnago one that i have !
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I agree on two points so far.

1) The fork is bent

2) Probably 1970's

I can also add another obvious point, that it is a tall frame.

All based on gut feel from the look.

If the components may be original, check the date codes with vintage-trek.com and also the someone here may have a more precise idea if you provide the serial number from the frame.
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I agree on two points so far.

1) The fork is bent

2) Probably 1970's

I can also add another obvious point, that it is a tall frame.
And... it's lighter than air!
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And... it's lighter than air!
I had to go back and look... In my mind it looked so much like a bike on a stand that I didn't even notice the lack of a stand...
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I had to go back and look... In my mind it looked so much like a bike on a stand that I didn't even notice the lack of a stand...
Must be Sealed Helium Inert Tubing Technology (S.H.I.T.T. )
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i thought the forks were bent but i wasnt quite sure... everything else on the bike is fine though and it works well. I have it hanging from wire because i had just painted it.
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