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Old 11-09-09, 06:04 AM   #1
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1977 Nikishi International -- Townie

Here's my 'new' ten-speed 1977 Nishiki International, configured as a "townie." I picked this up over the weekend. This should make an easy-to-own all-rounder.

It's a rich, dark, metallic maroon.



SN KG48990 (and below SN, on BB: "W")

Original components:
Rear D Suntour Cyclone
Front D: Suntour Cyclone
Stem Shifters: Suntour
Brakes: Diacomp, single pivot side-pull
Rims: Araya 27 x 1.25, 36h
Hubs: Shimano
Crank: Sugino Super Maxy
Seat stem: Laprade

I spent some time this afternoon, studying the bike, leveling the Blackburn, removing a bottle holder (clamped onto the downtube with hose clamps), the tattered upper gold seat tube band decals and two seat tube "license' stickers. There are nicks and scrapes galore... and a few very poor (perhaps nail-polished) repairs to the paint. While the frame has suffered 32 years of nicks and paint chips, the components indicate a bike that's been barely used.



Not original: saddle, stem, pedals, handle bars, front qr skewer, blackburn rack, seat-post binder bolt (ouch). The chrome cable clips are obviously not original, theyre marked 'Specialized.'

The bike has some nice details: the long-point lugs; long front fork chrome spears; the cast seat stay ends reading NISHIKI; a decal at the base of the seat tube reading JAPAN; a decal at the top of the seat tube reading CHROME MOLYBDENUM encircled with olive leaves; and a single-tone front emblem that closely resembles the color of the frame itself. Interestingly, the bike carried two California seat tube stickers, and every single component on the bike is engraved -- with a CA number, including the rims... clearly the original component group is intact.





As you can see, the frame finish is in good but not great shape. Ouch on that binder bolt.



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The International is probably subject to the most variance of any Nishiki model. I've seen it with hi-tensile frames, plain gauge CrMo, butted CrMo, butted MnMo and oversize butted CrMo. Overall configurations ranged from entry level recreational touring to mid-range sports, to grand touring.
As an early International, this frame features some but not all CrMo. This bike will be my daily ride -- commuting, light touring... an easily enjoyable classic.



Questions/thoughts:
-- Any tips on cleaning up the gumwalls?
-- Would 1 3/8" tires workon the rims, Kenda offers some grippier 27's in that size.
-- I'd like to get a stem that's more elegant, thoughts? I like the Townie config.
-- Maybe the bike deserves a Brooks, too?
-- Bathroom scale says: 30lbs. Seems high? 2010 gas pipe rear stays?
-- Is this bike Bob-ish?
-- Off the bottom bracket, the W = West Coast Cycle Supply, the K in the SN = Kawamura?

What is this wire contraption just behind the front side-pull brakes? (edit: Tire Saver)




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Old 11-09-09, 10:40 AM   #2
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1. I don't clean my gumwalls, so I'll defer to other members.

2. 27 x 1-3/8" will work on the rims. The other concren is chainstay clearance but there should be plenty.

3. Nitto Technomic? They have a classic design, are made from forged aluminum and available with extra long quills for higher handlebar positioning.

4. Maybe. Saddles are VERY personal.

5. I'd guess 28-30lbs. It's plain gauge CrMo with hi-tensile forks and stays.

6. Bob-ish?

7. Actually it's a W flanked by by two's outward facing C's = West Coast Cycle. K = Kawamura. See my Nishiki Serial Number database thread.

8. Tire cleaner. Scrapes off debris picked up from road.
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30lbs could be right. Don't fret much about it though, my "light" around town bike is in the same ball park.
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Wow -- I have a 1976 International and it is very different. Mine is butted Chro-Mo and it has braze-on top-tube cable stays. Where the seat stay meets the top tube and seat tube is plane rather than embossed with Nishiki. Same crank and fork, though.
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8. Tire cleaner. Scrapes off debris picked up from road.
Seriously... I tried searching here for "tire cleaner" but didn't come up with anything. Can you tell me more?
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I'll probably take that Tire Saver off -- it doesn't seem to be doing anything at all, and if I had fenders it will be in the way.

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I will add that your International is much nicer than the one I had. I think mine was a little older, high tensile steel frame and suntour VX components.
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Check out stuff like RIvendell's Dirt Drop stem, or some such. It gives you the riser stem, but looks much, MUCH better...

You can also go cheap - I picked up a $20 steel stem from the LBS that's an "extra long Touring style stem" that looks almost like a knockoff of the Raleigh Sports stem, but has a bit longer (2 cm MAX) reach, points up, and is a full 11" long.
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6. Bob-ish?
As in Bridgstone Owners Bunch

Or this: http://bikelist.org/mailman/listinfo/internet-bob

To answer my own question, this particular International is probably more Boomer than Bob.
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