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    International plight

    Hey,

    I have done as much looking as I could before I asked. Dose anyone know if Nishiki Internationals with the bamboo lettering decal (earlier to mid 70s) where produced in Taiwan, or where they made in Japan?

    I have not found anything to go ether direction. So if anyone knows their Nishikis let me know what you think.

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    post this in the vintage forum... someone there will know fer sure...

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    Yea, I'm moving this to Classic and Vintage (from General Cycling forum).

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    definitely made in Japan (from this era), in fact you should see a decal stating that on the bike, unless it's come off.
    T-Mar can give you an exact date if you post the serial number, he knows his Nishikis (and nearly everything else).

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    +1, definitely Japanese, unless there was some anomaly like a strike or fire at the factory. Of the hundreds of Nishiki serial numbers in my database, the earliest examples of Taiwanese frames so far, are from 1980.

    Bamboo style lettering with Anglicized model names typically indicate 1973-early 1975 models. The serial number should start with KS, indicating Kawamura, the Japanese manufactuer of Nishiki. Usually there is a "Made in Japan" or "Japan" decal on the bottom of the seat tube. There may also be a "Handcrafted by Kawamura" or "Made by Kawamura", usually on the non-drive chainstay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
    +1, definitely Japanese, unless there was some anomaly like a strike or fire at the factory. Of the hundreds of Nishiki serial numbers in my database, the earliest examples of Taiwanese frames so far, are from 1980.

    Bamboo style lettering with Anglicized model names typically indicate 1973-early 1975 models. The serial number should start with KS, indicating Kawamura, the Japanese manufactuer of Nishiki. Usually there is a "Made in Japan" or "Japan" decal on the bottom of the seat tube. There may also be a "Handcrafted by Kawamura" or "Made by Kawamura", usually on the non-drive chainstay.
    From what I gather they are 3 rung from the top of the Nishiki line, Heavier, but still a decent ride. Is that about right?

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    Not sure there are many bikes of that vintage that were made in Taiwan.

    I have a somewhat later International (77, as I recall). Butted CroMo frame. Not a light bike, but it rides nicely.

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