Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-18-12, 04:24 PM   #1
Katmo
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Bikes:
Posts: 4
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Found 1984 Nishiki Cresta in My Dad's Garage

Hello - new to this community and I am looking for help on whether this bike would actually be good for touring. I am a female road rider with a Trek Madone and have been thinking about touring when low and behold I visit my Dad today and dust the cobwebs off this bike, pump up the tires and cruise around the neighborhood. It is all original with the exception that he changed out the handlebar to be upright. The shifting lever is on the downtube, and while I rode these types of bikes as a kid and young adult, I haven't since the late 80s.

My Dad's in his 80s and happy someone is thrilled about his classic bike that he used to commute to his teaching position at the local high school (an original hipster?), and I am nostolgic to have his bike and am looking for advice on what to do next - take it in for conditioning? Plan a tour? Forget it cause I'll fall off trying to shift? What say you bike community?

Ps it's a 21 frame (not so tall my dad) and could work for me.

Attached Images
File Type: jpg IMG_8817_2.jpg (102.5 KB, 147 views)
File Type: jpg IMG_8818.jpg (102.3 KB, 64 views)

Last edited by Katmo; 08-18-12 at 09:21 PM.
Katmo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-12, 04:28 PM   #2
10 Wheels
Galveston County Texas
 
10 Wheels's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: In The Wind
Bikes: 2010 Expedition, 03 GTO
Posts: 29,366
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 96 Post(s)
Very Nice.
__________________
[SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jfcWEkSrI

Last edited by 10 Wheels; 08-18-12 at 05:56 PM.
10 Wheels is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-12, 04:30 PM   #3
qcpmsame 
Semper Fi USMC
 
qcpmsame's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Cantonment, FL
Bikes: 2012 CAAD 10 3 Ultegra, 1978 Medici Pro Strada
Posts: 9,243
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 28 Post(s)
You won't fall of while shifting, down tube shifters are easy to use. Glad you have taken an interest in your dad's Nishiki, sounds like a nice rider to me. Others with intimate Nishiki knowledge will be along to fill you in and ask for a lot of pictures, drive side out, clear as possible and in front of a clean background. I'd do a re-cable, grease every bearing and replace the tires/tubes with fresh goods. enjoy a good bicycle and your dad will be proud to say his daughter is riding his old bike.

Bill
__________________
I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

I did not choose to have Parkinson's Disease, but I can choose to not allow it to control my life. Its all up to me to overcome the trials, adapt and overcome!
qcpmsame is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-12, 05:53 PM   #4
Katmo
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Bikes:
Posts: 4
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Picture added.
Katmo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-12, 06:10 PM   #5
The Golden Boy 
Blood And Steel!!
 
The Golden Boy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Waukesha WI
Bikes: 1978/79 Trek 736; 1984 Specialized Stumpjumper Sport; 1984 Schwinn Voyageur SP; 1985 Trek 620; 1985 Trek 720; 1986 Trek 400; 1987 Schwinn High Sierra w/ Drop Bars
Posts: 7,246
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 39 Post(s)
That bike looks like a whole lot of awesome possibilities in one place.

If you don't put drops on it, get some sweet Suntour thumb shifters and a cable stop band to replace the band where the downtube shifters are.

If you do go with drops- I agree with the Marine- you won't fall off, you'll just shift a little less often until you get used to them- and you will.

You are a very fortunate girl.


(and I'm not a Nishiki enthusiast, but I love touring bikes- so definitely take intricate, drive side photos)
__________________
*Recipient of the 2006 Time Magazine "Man Of The Year" Award*

"Go that way, really fast, if something gets in your way- turn." Charles DeMar
The Golden Boy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-12, 06:15 PM   #6
realestvin7 
Large Member
 
realestvin7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Tejas
Bikes:
Posts: 2,733
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The Nishiki Cresta was a fairly legit tourer with drop bars. I say it's an appropriate ride, if it fits.
__________________
Build a drop bar do-it-all MTB!
For Sale / Trade:
1970's? Santa Maria F/F - Italian - 57cm ST/56cm TT
1988 Cannondale SM1000 MTB F/F 20" ST/ 56cm TT
Kuwahara Puma MTB F/F - 19" ST/56cm TT
Trek 7000 MTB F/F -17" ST/55cm TT
Alpine MTB F/F - 23" ST/59cm TT
Ross Hi-Tech MTB F/F - 20" - 21" ST/57cm TT
Peugeot PR10 Road F/F - 62.5cm ST/60cm TT
realestvin7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-12, 06:31 PM   #7
qcpmsame 
Semper Fi USMC
 
qcpmsame's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Cantonment, FL
Bikes: 2012 CAAD 10 3 Ultegra, 1978 Medici Pro Strada
Posts: 9,243
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 28 Post(s)
Looks very nice, maybe a flat bar or a mustache if you don't want to go with drops or if the sentimental attachment is stronger with the bars as is. Hope it fits well and that you enjoy the ride.

Bill
__________________
I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

I did not choose to have Parkinson's Disease, but I can choose to not allow it to control my life. Its all up to me to overcome the trials, adapt and overcome!
qcpmsame is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-12, 06:48 PM   #8
Katmo
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Bikes:
Posts: 4
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks for all the great comments and encouragement.
Katmo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-12, 09:20 AM   #9
Saguaro
Senior Member
 
Saguaro's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Bikes: 1982 Nishiki Cresta, 1991 Tommasini Competizione
Posts: 525
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
That's a really nice bike you have there! The Nishiki Cresta was configured as a touring bike so taking it on a tour would be a great idea.

You might want to consider changing the handlebar back to drop bars if only because they provide a wider variety of hand positions, important during long days in the saddle.

If the bike was well cared for before it went into storage, and it was protected from rain/snow while in storage, the mechanicals should be in good shape. I would re-pack all the bearings however before riding it much more. Bearing grease can degrade over time and you don't want to damage your races with gunky grease. You can do this job yourself or have your LBS do it but don't be afraid to work on your own bike. It's very rewarding and you'll learn a lot about your bike and be more in tune with it. Besides its fun!

In case you're interested, here is a link to my 1982 Nishiki Cresta that I just finished refurbishing:

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...Nishiki-Cresta

I don't think you need to replace as much of the bike as I did but I had damaged bearing races all over the bike that necessitated new parts.
Saguaro is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:36 AM.