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Old 10-15-15, 01:21 PM
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Nishiki Olympic Royale Mixte 1977?

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I just got this "vintage" Nishiki and am trying to decide if i want to keep it or sell it. But before I decide I'd like to see if anyone can help me figure out the year and how original the bike and components are. The bike has the original paint and there are chips in the paint and some rust on the chrome part of the fork and some of the minor components. Overall it's in pretty good shape and everything works. (see pic link below)

From what I can tell and per the Serial Number Database it looks to be a USA market (K code) manufactured in 1977 (G code): KG64659. However, per the sticker from the Presidio Bicycle Shop it looks to have been sold by them around July, 1976. Unfortunately, the Presidio Bike shop is no longer around. So I am wondering if I am correct in deciphering the build date even though the sticker on the bike form the bike shop says it was sold the year before. Is this a 1977 or 1976 model?

Also, can anyone tell me if the components are original? I tried to look on the 'net but I could not locate much on the Mixte version of the Olympic Royale. Are the bar end shifters original? Drivetrain original? How about the dropbars? Most Mixte's I see have straight bars. Would this model have come with factory dropbars? etc?

And finally, if I were to sell it what would be a good price to ask for it? On the local San Francisco Craigslist I've found other Mixte's sell from $150-$495.

Thanks in advance for any help you can offer!

Link to pics: Nishiki Mixte by Gary Lee | Photobucket

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Old 10-15-15, 02:31 PM
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It's a lovely bike and, you have good close-up camera skills. It looks pretty original to me with Suntour & Sugino parts. You could probably get market price for that. Somewhere around $200 or so would probably be fair. Good luck.
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Thanks! That's about what I was thinking in terms of price. (And thanks about the pic taking. But I have to admit it's my iPhone 6s, not me!). Haha!
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Looks to be a pretty nice Mixte with some nicer alloy components Maxy crank and barends and forged dropouts in really nice shape. So it is definetley a step up from most of the beat up entry level ones on the market. I would say in the SF market you could sell it fairly easy for $250 or so.
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Originally Posted by Gee3 View Post

From what I can tell and per the Serial Number Database it looks to be a USA market (K code) manufactured in 1977 (G code): KG64659. However, per the sticker from the Presidio Bicycle Shop it looks to have been sold by them around July, 1976. Unfortunately, the Presidio Bike shop is no longer around. So I am wondering if I am correct in deciphering the build date even though the sticker on the bike form the bike shop says it was sold the year before. Is this a 1977 or 1976 model?
Hi Gee3,

thanks for posting the pictures and serial number.

I think that you are decoding the serial number correctly. Based on the lateness of the serial number your bicycle may be for the 1978 model year.

Here is a link that shows two other Olympic Royales. One with bands painted around the seat tube (1977 model year?) and one without, like yours. The link also gives some idea about the components.

Chris M?s 1977 Nishiki Olympic Royale | Old Ten Speed Gallery

I have no explaination for the bike shop sticker, except, sometimes people make mistakes.
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Based on the paint details and the style of crank and components I would say it's a 78/79 model. It is very likely the frame was built in the later half of 77.

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Not a 1979 model. 1979 models had a completely different set of decals.
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