I recently acquired a tall-guy Niskiki Competition frameset. It came with the original Sugino BB, the original unknown headset and the original Sugino Mighty Competition cranks. The "47-8" code on the cranks means they were made in August 1972, which suggests that the bike is a 1973 model year, however, all of the other 1973s I have seen (including Rabid Koala's identical looking (and sized) bike here: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...tition-arrives!) have been silver, while the 1974 Nishiki brochure (archived here: http://velobase.com/CatalogScans/nishiki-1974.pdf) shows the same bike in orange, so my working assumption is that it is a 1974.
Details: ST: 64/62.5 c-t/c-c; TT: 62 c-c; Spacing: 100mm/120mm; Cranks: 54/48 171mm; BB: 137" x 24T (not sure what this means!); Frame: Double butted Cromoly.
The frame shows its share of nicks and scraped, but looks to be structurally sound, with no dents or other significant damage. I love the color and the chromed pieces and it's my size. I love the one piece rounded seatstay, the old decals showing it was originally sold at Hans Ohrt bicycles in Beverly Hills and registered with the LAPD and the lovely bend in the front fork.
I have nice old high-flange wheelset and some cool pedals and Brooks pro ready to go for it, and the accumulation of the rest of the parts needed for the build now begins in earnest. I am planning to run it, at least initially, as a....wait for it...fixed gear <gasp> - I've never had one and don't feel like it would be a mortal sin on this bike, especially since so many of the original parts are not still with it (plus the rear spacing is 120mm). If I end up loving the ride, I can always throw some derailleurs on it.
I need the following to complete the build:
- .833 stem (saw a few "SR" stems on eBay from $20-$40);
- bars (haven't figured out what I want to run yet, but I am leaning towards "mustache" bars or the like at the moment);
- seatpost (my calipers show 26.2; need to verify that) - would love to find a fluted one;
- front brake and lever (need a long reach brake since I will be running 700c wheels; will figure out the lever style once I determine the bars);
- chain, cog, seat post binder bolt, cog spacers, grips, etc.
If I'm not completely castigated by the C&V crowd for building a fixie, I'll update this thread as the build comes along. In the meantime, feel free to PM me if you have any parts laying around the would be helpful for the build. Some pics below; here is the full gallery: http://www.jongingrich.com/Other/197...4969271_x5KzLH