Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 10-20-08, 07:37 PM   #1
snake520
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 31
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Need info on this nishiki

Hello. I bought this bike on ebay and i just want to know more info on it. It was originally red/burgundy. I decided to repaint it black. Not the best pics.. but here they are. Serial number 9218c55. The bike is pretty heavy.

Last edited by snake520; 10-20-08 at 07:40 PM. Reason: more info
snake520 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-08, 07:58 PM   #2
roccobike
Bike Junkie
 
roccobike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: South of Raleigh, North of New Hill, East of Harris Lake, NC
Bikes: Specialized Tarmac, Speialized Roubaix, Giant OCR-C, Specialized Stumpjumper FSR, Stumpjumper Comp, 88 & 92Nishiki Ariel, 01 Bianchi Campione, 87 Centurion Ironman, 92 Paramount
Posts: 9,445
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
What model designation was on it before you painted it? The stem shifters, cranks and brake levers tell me it's an entry level bike. You can take some weight off of that bike by changing out those cottered cranks for alloy, cotterless cranks. Sheldon Browns website would be a big help if you decide to make that change.
__________________
Roccobike BF Official Thread Terminator
roccobike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-08, 08:10 PM   #3
snake520
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 31
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The only pic I have before i repainted it. http://img296.imageshack.us/my.php?i...1010052sh9.jpg

Last edited by snake520; 10-20-08 at 08:14 PM. Reason: the pic
snake520 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-08, 05:11 AM   #4
T-Mar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 11,878
Mentioned: 26 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 156 Post(s)
I've never seen that serial number format or logo style. Where did the bicycle come from? If that a decal that was on the headtube?

It's definitely entry level. That front crank appears to be a Shimano Front Freewheel System. If so, there's a lot of weight to be saved by replacing it with a cotterless crankset and a standard freewheel on the back hub. However, the FFS is kind of neat. The rear cogs do not freewheel under normal chain tension, but the crankset does. Consequently, as long as the bicycle is moving, the chain is being driven. This allows you to shift while coasting.
T-Mar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-08, 12:43 PM   #5
snake520
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 31
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Um, I know that I bought it from someone in the US, but maybe on the eastern side. That emblem thing(can come off, but i super glued it back to the foam that was on it) came on the headtube when i received. I'm not looking to change parts, because it would cost too much for me: bottom bracket, crankset, etc. Atfirst, I was thinking of reselling this, but im not sure anymore. I kinda like having a road and a fixed gear bike.
snake520 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-08, 05:19 PM   #6
roccobike
Bike Junkie
 
roccobike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: South of Raleigh, North of New Hill, East of Harris Lake, NC
Bikes: Specialized Tarmac, Speialized Roubaix, Giant OCR-C, Specialized Stumpjumper FSR, Stumpjumper Comp, 88 & 92Nishiki Ariel, 01 Bianchi Campione, 87 Centurion Ironman, 92 Paramount
Posts: 9,445
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
With that cottered crank, I didn't think it was the Shimano Front Freewheel system. But T-Mar is right (as usual). I pulled out an old pic of a Rampar with FF, it's looks identical to the Nishiki crank.
BTW, those signature brakes are way cool. Worth the price of the bike, if not more.
__________________
Roccobike BF Official Thread Terminator
roccobike is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:43 AM.