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Nishiki Continental mid 70's?

Old 09-26-16, 05:23 PM
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Nishiki Continental mid 70's?

Hi I am new to the site today and ended up here after trying to ID a Nishiki Continental I bought today in Ontario, Canada. Serial # is CFOS 818. I have taken some photos of the components right down to the Michelins. This bike is clearly one that was above average quality for the time. When I spotted it I was thinking of a fixie for my son, however looking more closely it appears to be a calibre far above something I would strip for that purpose. Any help would be appreciated. It is a 21" frame labelled Nishiki Japan, Norco Design. Its a 12 spd, with Suntour 9000 derailleurs, Shimano 600 arm / Biopace Crank, Diacompe brakes, etc. and appears to have been well maintained, however the paint is blistering in a couple of spots and the front decal is gone. Any thoughts would be welcome. I don't want my son stripping something of value for a fixie. Thanks in advance for your help.
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Fixie? "Just say no!" Then share those photos with us.
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If its in good riding shape likely worth $150-200, maybe a bit more depending on condition hard to tell without good pics. Based on description it's a a 80's not 70's bike from about 87/88. It has a fairly nice Sprint level drivetrain on it and likely short vertical or semi vertical dropouts with 128 spacing and short chainstays so, it will be much better left and ridden as a geared bike. This bike is just not a good choice for a bike to make into a fixie.
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It was manufactured in 1986 but should be a 1987 model if the SunTour 9000 components are OEM.
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Thanks to all for the info so far. I will try to post some decent pics on the weekend. I am much more inclined to restore than strip something of decent quality, but I don't want to end up storing another project either. BTW SN is CF05 818. Thanks
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Nishiki Continental Images- Help Determine Age ?

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Thanks to all for the info so far. I will try to post some decent pics on the weekend. I am much more inclined to restore than strip something of decent quality, but I don't want to end up storing another project either. BTW SN is CF05 818. Thanks
So Back again, Hopefully this helps shed some light on things.
Hubs-Sansin Japan
RD -Suntour XC9000
RDims Araya 700c
Crankset BioPace- 53,42
Bars are etched but I cannot get a clear image
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Much bigger than 21". You gotta be tall
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The headbadge and the "Bicycles of Distinction" on the seat tube is the 1986 layout.
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