Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: New Mexico, USA
Bikes: 19 road bikes & 1 Track bike
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Great looking front rack!!! -- I'm extremely jealous! -- Nothing could be better than a rack built for a specific bike... That's one of the reasons people have spent thousands of dollars for custom Rene Herse and Alex Singer touring bikes.
I'm really not very familiar with Nishiki touring bikes. But, I think you can probably get a VERY close date approximation by checking some of the date codes on the individual components. The Shimano Biopace cranks should have markings and also the Dia-Compe cantilever brakes, perhaps even the wheel hubs. All of those would appear to be original to that bike. I would guess the bike probably dates from roughly the mid-1980s - which was definitely THE BEST era for lugged steel touring bikes, like yours. I have a similar looking touring bike, also built in Japan (for Schwinn, in my case) and it is honestly the best riding bike I have ever owned.
Here is a handy link which will help you to decipher the tiny date code letters or numbers which you should find stamped on many of the Japanese components. So, get out your magnifying glass... I'm sure you'll have plenty of cold winter days to spend doing a bit of very rewarding detective work : http://www.vintage-trek.com/component_dates.htm
This webpage is a wonderful tool to bookmark for future reference.