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Old 04-16-08, 07:57 PM   #1
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Old School

I just thought I would post a couple of pics of my winter resto project.
My 1984 Nishiki Continental.



Anyone remember these 3 wheel RD's?
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Old 04-16-08, 08:03 PM   #2
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OMG I love it!!!! I'm a huge fan of the vintage Cannondale bags. Nice Sweet Ride
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It's gorgeous!

Of course it's not really old school . Old school, as I remember it, means using Weinmann or Dia Compe centerpull caliper brakes.

I have to admit, during my first incarnation touring (late 60's thru mid 70's) I'd never seen cantilever brakes, other than a picture or two of something very odd in a catalog. The closest we had were Mafacs.

Just picked up a set of Cannondale bags at the local re-cycle shop for $20.00. Darker color, but in about the same style and condition. Which takes me full circle as my first set of bags were Cannondales - the red rip-stop ones with the foam stiffeners. Still have the backpack from cross-country skiing.
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Old School???

Are you kidding, for many, if not most of the folks on this forum, that bike is state of the art.
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Old 04-17-08, 08:29 AM   #5
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ricohman,

That is a beautiful bike and you've done a great job restoring her to her former spendor. I'm a dedicated "retrogrouch" and your gorgeous ride brings back some sweet memories of my first tours back in the day. I had a brand new Nishiki International that I outfitted with an Avocet triple crank, Blackburn racks (front and rear), and you guessed it--those wonderful Cannondale panniers. We toured all over the Eastern U.S. and Eastern Canada in youthful bliss. I eventually upgraded to a true tourer when I bought a Nishiki Cresta, but continued to use those panniers for nearly two decades.

Thanks for the pics...and the memories.
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Old 04-17-08, 08:47 AM   #6
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Beautiful Bike, makes me think I should restore my old Fuji instead of updating it.
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Excellent. A classic bike from the golden age, before all this new fangled index shifting and carbon fibre crap we see today.
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Thank you for the comments!
I also posted this in the vintage forum and here is some of the narrative that describes the bike.

After my oldest son decided to start touring, I then decided to keep my old Continental and give it a complete restoration over the winter.
I bought this bike new in 84' or 85' and for the next 4 or 5 years it was my touring mount. Then, as new bikes came along it was stripped and fitted with Shimano 600, and I used it as a commuter. Most of the original parts were sold or used on other projects.
In 1994 it was sent to the dungeon (basement), where it would spend the next 12 years lashed to a stationary trainer.
Last year it looked like this after it came outside for the first time in over a decade.


And now it appears much like it did in 84'. Parts include NOS brake levers, RD, Suntour 7-speed ultra freewheel, the original Dia-Compe-always-difficult-to-adjust brakes, Suntour Barcons, Avocet Touring I seat, original Laprade seatpost, Blackburn front and rear racks, original Sugino crankset, original SR SP pedals and Christophe Special toe clips.
The rims are NOS Mavic T221 with NOS Shimano 105 hubs. I laced these wheels myself. The tires are 700Cx28. I picked this relatively narrow tire as I believe the bike had 28's when new. If anyone knows different please let me know.
I had long worn out the middle chain ring so I needed a replacement. I made a trip to the shop I bought the bike new and one fellow took me down to the basement. I was then allowed to scrounge through an old pile of chain rings and viola! A brand new replacement for $5!
Bonus points for whoever picks out the Sekine part on this Nishiki.
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Slightly OT, but why 3 pulleys on the Suntour XC rear derailleur?

Nice bike, BTW.
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Slightly OT, but why 3 pulleys on the Suntour XC rear derailleur?

Nice bike, BTW.
The idea behind the 3 pulleys was to take up chain without having a long rear cage.
Good idea? It only lasted a couple of years.
It does make sense on an MTB, but I still have no idea why Nishiki equipped some of their touring bikes with these things.
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holy brake cables, batman
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holy brake cables, batman
Check the pic with the massive handlebar bag, Robin.
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Old 04-18-08, 07:41 AM   #13
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holy brake cables, batman
Yup, in the "olde days".....
We liked all our cables out in the open where we could see them.
And we liked our handle bar bags massive!
The bike handles fine with the bar bag filled to capacity if the front panniers are also used.
Without the front panniers on it seems a bit loose. I remember riding downhill with just the bar bag on going to get more film from the store at a campground and feeling this.
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