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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 01-14-05, 11:02 PM   #1
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The wife and I were babysitting at a friend's house. I was locking all the doors after putting the kiddies to bed, and while in the garage, I spy an old road bike leaning up in the corner. I pull it out and wipe off the cobwebs.

Its a mid-eighties Nishiki Century, judging by the paint scheme. Its a white frame with a "Nishiki performance equipe" decal. There is a "4130 CR-MO seat tube" decal and two on the front fork that say "1020 Hi Tensile steel".

It's got Suntour stuff on it, but it would make a great fixie, with it's frame (just my size) and horiz dropouts. The owner is out of town until Tuesday, maybe he'll throw in the bike in exchange for the babysit/housesit we're doing...

Sorry for the long post, I'm just excited about this lucky find... could be my first fixed-gear project bike.
...wish I had photos to show you... but really, should I be excited? Is this a good frame? I don't really know anything about it...

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Old 01-14-05, 11:20 PM   #2
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if it fits you it'll work right? i mean its not a valuable frame, but it is valuable if it fits and you enjoy to ride it.

i got a nishiki 4130 bike from the thrift store for $40, so that might tell you something. right now its being built up as a singlespeed cyclocross bike here: www.bikeproductsreview.com.istemp.com

dont sound too excited when u ask the guy for it cause then he might think he has some ultra rare expensive bike in his garage and not want to give it away.

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Old 01-14-05, 11:27 PM   #3
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It's not a bad frame. 4130 is decent cromoly steel, 10-20 isn't anything special though. Basically it sounds like a entry level bike that isn't department store quality. It's not worth a lot, but if these folks are your friends maybe it's just the right price for watching over the pups and den.
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dont sound too excited when u ask the guy for it cause then he might think he has some ultra rare expensive bike in his garage and not want to give it away.

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Good advice - I'd add that you should tell him that you're planning on stripping everything off of it to build the fixie. Maybe mention that the components aren't all that great, etc...
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<snip>i got a nishiki 4130 bike from the thrift store<snip>

I liked your 'conversion chronicle'... good tool information (I'll need it!) Good luck to you, too
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The wife and I were babysitting at a friend's house. I was locking all the doors after putting the kiddies to bed, and while in the garage, I spy an old road bike leaning up in the corner. I pull it out and wipe off the cobwebs.

Its a mid-eighties Nishiki Century, judging by the paint scheme. Its a white frame with a "Nishiki performance equipe" decal. There is a "4130 CR-MO seat tube" decal and two on the front fork that say "1020 Hi Tensile steel".

It's got Suntour stuff on it, but it would make a great fixie, with it's frame (just my size) and horiz dropouts. The owner is out of town until Tuesday, maybe he'll throw in the bike in exchange for the babysit/housesit we're doing...

Sorry for the long post, I'm just excited about this lucky find... could be my first fixed-gear project bike.
...wish I had photos to show you... but really, should I be excited? Is this a good frame? I don't really know anything about it...
You call that a long post? What, are you on dial up?
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Old 01-15-05, 03:27 PM   #7
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LOL, just felt I was blah blah blahing about nothing...
"posters' remorse", you could call it...
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