I spent the last few days getting the Sterling cleaned up and dialed in, but it was just a bit too small to be a regular rider. It ended up being a free bike for me after only paying $10 for it at a garage sale and then selling the Sachs-Huret Odometer to chainring (enjoy!). Anyway, there is a local guy on CL here that is always listing bikes, and he has had this Niskiki on there for a few weeks. I know he is always looking for newer better bikes to sell so I called him and he was interested, and we ended up trading bikes tonight.
The Nishiki no stickers or decals of any kind other than the cool Nishiki headbadge. The serial number is KJ06558 which I think (from the Nishiki S/N thread) that this is a US made bike from 1980.
I particularly love the lugs and the small bit of yellow/brown highligt around the edges. Definitely going to replace the seat, bar tape, and cable housings with more attractive/complementary colors. Also needs new tires and brake pads but after that it is just cleaning, adjusting, and riding!
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Anyone have any idea what type it is? Or any way to find out? I have not started pulling stuff off of it yet, just got it home and straight to pics for Bikeforums C&V! When I start breaking it down I will look up component numbers on the vintage Trek database.
It is a 25" frame, Suntour VX derailers, Araya 27-1 1/4 alloy wheels, Sunshine Cyro Master hubs, Sakae Road Champion Bar, Suntour stem shifters (friction, non indexed), Sugino chainring and Sugion 170mm cranks.
Also, the front brake rubs and I can't turn the barrel adjuster on the brake hood - is that how these brakes adjust? Does that mean it may be rusted or stuck? Or just already adjusted to it's max?
Any info or help is greatly appreciated! I'm REALLY looking forward to cleaning this up and turning it into one of my rides!