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Old 09-25-07, 03:21 PM   #1
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30-40 year old Japenese Racing Bike ( Isheke- spelling?)

Can anyone help me out with this bike-
It is a 30-40 year old Japenese racing bike, 10 speed. It is called an Isheke - (not sure about the spelling)
If anyone can help me out what this is, I would appreciate it!
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Old 09-25-07, 03:24 PM   #2
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Might it be a Nishiki?
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Old 09-25-07, 03:44 PM   #3
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That is it! I just called the guy and he said that is the way it is spelled. He said it is a racing bike but he does not have any clue of the year but thinks it is 30-40 years old.
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Nishiki made all sorts of bikes, we need more information.
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You're talking a manufacturer that, back in the early 70's (I'm going to jump to a conclusion and guess that we're talking about that kind of vintage) made a full line of bikes. Anything from a $100.00 high tensile steel straight gauge beginner's bike to double butted chrome moly bikes that performed with the Reynolds and Columbus tubed, all Campagnolo European bikes at way less cost. So you can see what we're up against.

Overall, the brand made good, solid bikes. It's all going to be a matter of how much does the guy want, and what kind of condition is it in.
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Nishiki bikes are of consistently good quality and I believe that during the bike boom were being flown in from Japan on special charters to meet demand.

It is true that Nishiki made something for everyone... my first road bike was a Nishiki Professional that cost be over $ 1100.00 in the early 80's and it was worth every penny and at the same time you still could have bought a nicely specced model for around 400 dollars in Canada.

Old Nishikis are a popular choice of bike for local couriers to comvert to fixed gears as the frames are exremely well made and quite simply... bombproof.
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... Old Nishikis are a popular choice of bike for local couriers to comvert to fixed gears as the frames are exremely well made and quite simply... bombproof.
Well, almost bombproof. My 1971 Nishiki Competition broke at the bottom bracket at about 40k mi / 65k km.
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The Nishiki also put their decals on "Columbus tubed, all Campagnolo, European bikes".
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If a bike goes 45-65 k then it rates as being bombproof.
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If a bike goes 45-65 k then it rates as being bombproof.
Really? I have heard of Raleigh frames easily passing the 100k MILE mark.

My biggest disappointments with my 1971 CrMo Nishiki frame were that in weight (27 lbs.), ride quality (spongy, leaden), and durability (20 years) it was not significantly better than the Peugeot UO-8 on which I hung its components after it died. The late 1970s Nishikis are so much better that I wouldn't mind owning one, if I didn't already have too many bikes, and if I could find one in my size (55cm C-T).
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