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Old 09-07-10, 08:22 AM   #1
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nishiki

I have a nishiki bike I am looking for info on. it is a ks246724. it is orange with a front badge of an eagle with blue and red in it. it also has two hearts on the down post. I dont know much about bikes but wanting to fix it up for my son.[IMG]file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/mike/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/moz-screenshot-2.png[/IMG]

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Old 09-07-10, 08:24 AM   #2
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Hi trexburn welcome to the forums. we need a bit more information. is this a 10speed? any idea how old can you get a few pics from the drive (chain) side?
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it is a ten speed
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it seems to be pretty old. the crank only has 3 bolts. I dont know if that is important.
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Photos of the frame would help.
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Search for the Nishiki Serial Number Database thread; it should help you figure out the year by the serial number (I think KS is 1970s).
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i have pics but cant get them on i am not very good on computer. it says files are to big.
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it says it is pre 1975
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it seems to be pretty old. the crank only has 3 bolts. I dont know if that is important.
Sounds like a cotterless crank (Sugino I think) that has the three bolt heads showing on the chainwheel side. This crank was used on the International model from that era, but may have been used on other models as well. Does the bike have a decal anywhere such as on the downtube or toptube?
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no decals they are all gone. only the nishiki plate on front
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since we are doing this in the dark: I'll guess it's an International (AKA Kokusai) based on the heart-shaped braze-on shifter stop, the Maxi-style cranks and the head badge, I think the orange color was used on that model, too...if you sample down the pics to a smaller size, you can upload them, but if you upload them to a picture-hosting site (like Flickr or Photobucket) you can copy/paste the image code into your post and keep the size much larger. Once we see pics we won't have to make blind guesses...then tell us specifics about what "fixing up" you think it needs.
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i can see some outline of the decal on the down-tube it says nishiki then it looks like a capitol c or g then a, u n or m. hope that helps. if i knew what some of the decals where i might be able to match it.
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as far as fixing up i think it just needs cleaned really well. it has a lot of rust and scratches and i don't want to hurt the value if it is worth anything. any suggestions on clean up? the tires seem to be dry rotted also.
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nope, I guessed too high on the foodchain: it's not an International/Kokusai and those aren't Maxi cranks...it's got to be the lowest-end Nishiki of them all, sorry.
Don't spend too much money or time on it, but certainly fix it enough so somebody can ride it.
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+1 Bottom of the barrel Nishiki from the bike boom, in poor shape. Financially, not much value there if anything. If you are resourceful on finding cheap parts, and do all the work yourself, you should be able to get it back on the road at a reasonable cost. If you take it to a shop, forget it. Cost of rehab will far exceed the value when you are done.
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I've had luck selling these frames for $40. The fixed gear guys like the horizontal drops and the patina.
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