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    $10 Nishiki with rat traps?

    Here is a pic of the Nishiki I bought at a garage sale a few houses over.

    Were there low end Nishikis? I have only seen bikes like my Continental so I was very suprised to find this bike with stem shifters and rat trap pedals. I always thought of Nishiki as higher end equipment.
    Its dust covered and completely original.
    But what ugly pedals!

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    Yes there were! My brother-in-law has the twin to that bike. Been hanging in their garage for 20 years or so.
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    But what ugly pedals!
    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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    I like rat trap pedals, due mainly to having very large feet that won't fit in the Campy pedals, and my refusal to use clipless pedals.

    Yep, a retrogrouch with large feet.
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    Nishiki introduced the mid-level Semi-Pro under the American Eagle marque in the late 1960s, quickly supplementing it with the low-end Custom Sport, which competed directly with the Varsity. By 1972 they had five models: Custom Sport; Olympic (adds QR); Kokusai (adds aluminum rims and cranks and straight-gauge CrMo main triangle); Semi-Pro/Competition (adds double-butted main triangle, Mighty Compe cranks); and Road Compe (tubulars, full CrMo frameset). Yours looks like something from the late 1970s.
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    I'm thinking early 1980s.

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    What a great find I would have paid that in a heart beat I hope your a tall person .That would be agreat bike to bring back to new condition .Good luck.

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    I haven't heard "rat traps" being said in 25 years
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    Quote Originally Posted by T-Mar
    I'm thinking early 1980s.
    It is. That's a nice bike.You ought to be 6'3" or taller for it to fit.It cost $380 to 400 when new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by old and new
    It is. That's a nice bike.You ought to be 6'3" or taller for it to fit.It cost $380 to 400 when new.
    Well I'm not that tall. I'm a little over five foot nine.
    I can stand over it without problems though.
    I can also reach the bars quite comfortably due to my ape-like arms and legs. I measured myself up years ago using a 6 foot level between the legs and found that I have 34.75 inches between my crotch and the ground. Add my long arms to that mix and it was no wonder I was banging my elbows on my knees on smaller bikes.
    I like my frames at least one size larger. I think it's refered as a "French fit" nowdays. I just find it comfortable.
    And I am going to leave the "rat traps" where they are!

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    Quote Originally Posted by T-Mar
    I'm thinking early 1980s.
    When did Nishiki change from 5 to 6 speed freewheels?
    Has anyone sorted out Kawamura serial numbers?
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    A great deal! Mine was 10 times as much! If it isn't your size, I'd be glad to help you double your money!

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    Rat traps are awesome for grocery-getter type bikes...riding in comfortable street shoes is nice.

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