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    1982 Nishiki Cresta Craigslist Find...

    Hi All,
    I have been searching for the perfect bike to get me back in the saddle, and have finally found it! I couldn't talk the seller down, so I paid the $90 asking price, didn't get quite the deal some of you have gotten, but, I am happy with her, nonetheless.
    Here she is after a little cleaning, I still have a ways to go, spokes, DT shifters, etc, but, she is cleaning up nicely. I believe all is original, except perhaps the tires and maybe the bar foam. Did bikes from this era come with bar foam? I plan to get her a Brook's B17 in antique brown with matching tape, and finish cleaning her up, that's it! Whatcha think?

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    You did good especially if it gets you back on the saddle enjoy
    Kleins, Kleins...everywhere there's Kleins

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    Quote Originally Posted by marley mission View Post
    You did good especially if it gets you back on the saddle enjoy

    Thanks Marley! Took a ride around the block already and Man!, do I ever need this, my legs were rubber after two blocks! LOL!
    That'll go away soon enough...

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    Nice bikefor a good price. I like my Nishiki, I hope you like yours as much

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    Quote Originally Posted by rgver View Post
    Nice bikefor a good price. I like my Nishiki, I hope you like yours as much
    I already do! That short ride to the local gas station and back was enough to get me hooked on her! Now I need to find lots of time to ride!

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    rgver, do you have any pics posted? linkie?
    Thanks!

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    Great looking Nishiki CONGRATS!!



    Bianchis '87 Sport SX, '90 Proto (2), '91 Boarala 'cross, '93 Project 3, '88 Trofeo SOLd, '86 Volpe, '89 Axis SOLD, '79 Mixte SOLD, '99 Mega Pro XL Ti SOLD, '97 Ti Megatube, , '90 something Vento 603,

    Others but still loved,; '80 RIGI, '80 Batavus Professional, '87 Cornelo, '86 Bertoni (sold), '09 Motobecane SS, '98 Hetchins M.O., '09 K2 Mainframe SOLD, '89 Trek 2000, '?? Jane Doe (still on the drawing board), '90ish Haro Escape

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrlassiter View Post
    rgver, do you have any pics posted? linkie?
    Thanks!
    I think this is rgver's Nishiki

    Bianchis '87 Sport SX, '90 Proto (2), '91 Boarala 'cross, '93 Project 3, '88 Trofeo SOLd, '86 Volpe, '89 Axis SOLD, '79 Mixte SOLD, '99 Mega Pro XL Ti SOLD, '97 Ti Megatube, , '90 something Vento 603,

    Others but still loved,; '80 RIGI, '80 Batavus Professional, '87 Cornelo, '86 Bertoni (sold), '09 Motobecane SS, '98 Hetchins M.O., '09 K2 Mainframe SOLD, '89 Trek 2000, '?? Jane Doe (still on the drawing board), '90ish Haro Escape

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    Bianchigirl, Thanks! and thanks for finding the pics of rgver's Nishiki! I think they are beautiful bikes!
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    Nice find, and not a bad price for how clean it is. I would definitely recommend a complete lube job before you ride it much further. Hubs, bottom bracket, and headset, and you're set for miles and miles. Sometimes the grease is so dried up hubs and bottom bracket can blow out after a few miles of riding.,,,,BD
    The one good thing about black cork wrap is that it's better than nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikedued View Post
    Nice find, and not a bad price for how clean it is. I would definitely recommend a complete lube job before you ride it much further. Hubs, bottom bracket, and headset, and you're set for miles and miles. Sometimes the grease is so dried up hubs and bottom bracket can blow out after a few miles of riding.,,,,BD

    Good advice, Bikedued. I am not in shape to ride it any distance, yet, but those maintenance items are definitely on my list of things to do before I take it much further than up the block and back. It does ride nice! I hope not to have to change a thing, mechanically, that is, just clean, lube , repack, and ride!
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    My International. I wish it had the triple, but it started getting them a year or two later. Oh well, still a nice ride. I put the Suntour Blue Line on it, originally was Cyclone.,,,,BD

    The one good thing about black cork wrap is that it's better than nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikedued View Post
    My International. I wish it had the triple, but it started getting them a year or two later. Oh well, still a nice ride. I put the Suntour Blue Line on it, originally was Cyclone.,,,,BD



    Beautiful Bike!! Are the Blue Lines a much better brake? Mine has the Cyclones on it. (I think.)

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    Looks pretty clean, I would say a pretty good price, in our area, that would go for $150-$200. Looks a LOT nicer than the old Schwinn LeTour I got a few years ago in getting back into road biking to chase my son...I was a roller, but EVERYTHING needed work. Last year I put in 1100 miles (not on the Schwinn, but on an 87 Bridgestone and a "modern" 02 Felt) a lot of those miles with my son. Find a riding buddy. But you can go solo, did a 50 on my 50th birthday last year.

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    "Find a riding buddy. But you can go solo, did a 50 on my 50th birthday last year."

    Riding buddy is my wife, whom I just gifted with a Scattante w570, for her upcoming mini-tri, and, hopefully, a new hobby, activity for her. Oh!, and the three munchkins, (3 1/2, 3 1/2 and 5 1/2) who are begging me to let them ride with me. Gonna have to break them into it gently.
    As for the 50th birthday, mine just passed, so I guess it'll have to be a 51 miler on my 51st!

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    Might have to get some of those Jr Road Bikes! :-) My riding buddy, is my youngest son, and at 14, don't know how much longer it will be OK to go riding with the OLD MAN! We did a nice little 37 mile ride last Sunday...and I had to SLOW for him a bit towards the end....he claimed he hadn't eaten enough for lunch and was out of energy....may be true, I have FAT reserves to fall back on, he reminds me of that WAY too often! :-) Gotta keep challenging him!

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    "I have FAT reserves to fall back on, "

    Man! At 230#'s I have a tankfull of FAT reserves to draw from... LOL!

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    Nicely done! I think Nishiki made great bikes. Here is mine, it looks a lot like yours!:

    My bike is cooler than me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrlassiter View Post
    Beautiful Bike!! Are the Blue Lines a much better brake? Mine has the Cyclones on it. (I think.)
    I was speaking of the derailleurs. They're on par with the Cyclones IMHO! Heck almost anything Suntour made shifts like a dream.,,,,BD
    The one good thing about black cork wrap is that it's better than nothing.

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    Mr Lassiter -
    You scored a fine bike there. - Though I'm not familiar with the model, Nishiki's from this era are very very nice and
    yours appears to be well along in the pecking order.
    Here's my '83 - it's just like Bikedueds in "pearl beige".

    - Auchen

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    Quote Originally Posted by devinfan View Post
    Nicely done! I think Nishiki made great bikes. Here is mine, it looks a lot like yours!:


    Wow!! Black and Gold!! My next choice after the navy and silver! I am hoping the antique brown Brooks saddle and tape will give it an 'classic english sports car' look. You have a beautiful machine there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikedued View Post
    I was speaking of the derailleurs. They're on par with the Cyclones IMHO! Heck almost anything Suntour made shifts like a dream.,,,,BD
    Ah! These do shift well, when I actually shift outta granny, that is! The components are all in good shape, so I plan to just shine 'em up and go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by auchencrow View Post
    Mr Lassiter -
    You scored a fine bike there. - Though I'm not familiar with the model, Nishiki's from this era are very very nice and
    yours appears to be well along in the pecking order.
    Here's my '83 - it's just like Bikedueds in "pearl beige".

    Nice Photo! And. again, beautiful color scheme/bike!

    It just screams 'Ride ME!!'

    I've already noticed how comfortable the ride is on it as well. It seems to gobble up the bumps and once my legs get in shape it'll gobble 'em up faster. Steel is nice!

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    Welcome back, Nishiki made some nice rides.
    "My biggest fear is that when I die my wife will sell my bicycles for what I told her they cost."

    Get on your bikes and ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vonruden View Post
    Welcome back, Nishiki made some nice rides.

    Thanks! It's great to have a ride as nice as one of these old girls to welcome me back.

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