Ooops, I bought a new bike!
After much staring at ebay looking for the classic british steel frame in reynolds 531.... I bought a japanese / US /Canadian 80s Nishiki silhouette.... oh well.
I paid £120, which i thought was pretty good, it rides very nicely, done a lot of miles.
What I know:
Canadian Nishiki serial CH0 3434 which I think makes it 1988
almost all Exage components
7 speed cassette (i'm assuming freehum but not checked), friction not SIS
chips and bits of rust but nothing that worries me
Very little clearance (4-5mm on 25c tires)
weighs around 10 or 11kg (22-24lb?)
I've never seen a nishiki in the UK
Spend up to £400 making it into the best commuter bike ever.
I'm probably going to make it into a flat bar/ bullhorn bike, I just don't really get on with drops that well to use them every day.
Powdercoat or repsray
New rear wheel or rebuild with same rims new hub (or a 9 on 7 thing) to get me to my 9 speed ideal ()could live with 8, probably on a rapidfire
Can i fit condor piogia fenders(mudguards?) if i went to a 23c tire?
or could i find these salmon types?
thoughts ? Advice? Insults?
Last edited by mralistair; 08-31-11 at 03:47 PM.