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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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    Well, for starters the forks are bent.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Darwin
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by McDave
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Darwin
    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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