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Old 07-27-10, 08:51 AM   #1
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Nishiki Modulus?

I found a Nishiki for sale locally, and am going to buy it tonight...but can anyone tell me anything about it? The guy says it's from about '87, with a 33" standover height. From the photos I can find, at least the later ones came with 700X25c tires originally, and mostly Shimano parts, including a 52/42 Biopace crankset. Would those have been around in '87? What did I get myself into?
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I rode one for a short while. Decent, mid-level ride. Not especially exciting, but I don't think it made me any slower than I already am.

Here it was, an '89 I modified with a triple drivetrain:

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THanks! That was my problem - I searched Google...and I searched Bikeforums...but I didn't search Google:bikeforums.
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THanks! That was my problem - I searched Google...and I searched Bikeforums...but I didn't search Google:bikeforums.
Yep, far better than the search tool here. And you can use it for craigslist too, so you can buy bikes you don't need that are far away!
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I own one, was my wifes bike back in the early 90s. The one I have is kind of a Mint Green with Pink and White accents. Nice bike, has a 4130 co-mo triple butted frame and fork and Shimano Exage Index shifters. Not much in the way of tire clearance though.
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I'm OK with that. I'm starting to build a garage that is rather specialized.

So far, what I've come up with is this:

'54 Schwinn...racer?world?whatever? - bomber bike
'67 Phillips Sports - evening bike/city cruiser
'93 Univega Activa - "mountain" bike - 700X40/bullmoose bars
'90 Fuji Palisade - long distance, fendered, water-bottled, 27X28c bike
'87/88 Nishiki Modulus - quick, fun, fenderless, go fast as hell 700X23c bike
'74 Peugeot UO8 - Fixed gear

I'm thinking that's about it...
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Old 07-28-10, 06:36 AM   #7
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Went to pick it up...GHETTO! I wasn't holding much hope, given the look of the house. He pulled it out, and it was a rocket bomb - pink white and blue! But...he couldn't be seen riding a pink bike, so he spray painted all the pink a deep red. Really pretty fugly. Even fuglier? It oversprayed all over the crankset and front derailer. Fantastic. So, me and my good ol' buddy Ace-tone are going to be doing some heavy stripping.

Anyone have any better ideas about stripping this paint? I also need new tires. The ones on it are 700X20 and are starting to come apart in a really bad way (as in, I expect to hear a BLAM as I sit typing this). Should I go with the stock 25's, "standard" '23's, or go with what was on it and stick with the '20's? I've already got a bike with 28's, and was wanting this one to have narrower tires...is there any reason to go smaller than 22 or 23?
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There's one on the local CL for an optimistic $300, possibly in a similar aqua/white/pink scheme. Looks like a fun bike, good luck with the stripping! I've had good luck removing spray paint with mineral spirits, it doesn't seem to affect well-cured professional paint jobs.


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Yup - looks just like that! Or, it will... I kinda like it. Actually, i really like it. It certainly stands out!
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