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Old 03-26-09, 05:29 PM   #1
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What brand of bike is this?

Hey all,
It's a stretch but I figured maybe some of you could help me.

My friend got this bike used from a building materials donation center he works at from a guy didn't know he couldn't donate bike. My friend gave it to me and I have since converted it into a fixed gear. The bike has been repainted and I am curious as to what brand it was and how old it is. I hope the pictures help, sorry about them being cell pics. I tried for a close up on distinctive features that would make it stand out from any other bike.

Notice the heart shaped metal pieces.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/36763974@N07/3388777630/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/3676397...n/photostream/
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Hey all,
It's a stretch but I figured maybe some of you could help me.

My friend got this bike used from a building materials donation center he works at from a guy didn't know he couldn't donate bike. My friend gave it to me and I have since converted it into a fixed gear. The bike has been repainted and I am curious as to what brand it was and how old it is. I hope the pictures help, sorry about them being cell pics. I tried for a close up on distinctive features that would make it stand out from any other bike.

Notice the heart shaped metal pieces.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/36763974@N07/3388777630/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/3676397...n/photostream/
Not a strech, but your going to have to post way more (detailed) pics than that.
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Not a strech, but your going to have to post way more (detailed) pics than that.
And you should do that in the Classic and Vintage forum. You'll get a lot more help there. Look to be a lower end model, whatever it is.
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And you should do that in the Classic and Vintage forum. You'll get a lot more help there. Look to be a lower end model, whatever it is.
Yeah good call I will there but in case anyone here want to look too here's some more pics

http://www.flickr.com/photos/36763974@N07/3388805940/
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if im not mistaken it is an american eagle(nishiki before they were nishiki) my friend just recently bought the same frame has the same heart and lug pattern.

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/japan.html

heres some pictures of an american eagle

http://velospace.org/node/17099
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...Notice the heart shaped metal pieces...
I think those are pretty common--small rings of wire are used as cable stops, and the hearts prevent the rings from slipping down the tubes, if I remember correctly.

EDIT: Read post #8.

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yeah I'm pretty sure that's it. According to serial numbers it's between 1975 and 1972. Both wheels are much newer than that and made from aluminum, not a bad free bike i'd say. Thank you guys.
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The heart shaped pieces on the down tube prevent the shift levers and cable guides from sliding on the tube.
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