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.
-- 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)