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")
Rear D Suntour Cyclone
Front D: Suntour Cyclone
Stem Shifters: Suntour
Brakes: Diacomp, single pivot side-pull
Rims: Araya 27 x 1.25, 36h
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.
Originally Posted by T-Mar
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.
-- 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)