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Can someone identify this vintage Nishiki

Old 07-15-17, 03:15 PM
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Can someone identify this vintage Nishiki

A guy was selling it on craigslist for $200 CDN, so $160 USD. Is it worth it?
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Old 07-15-17, 03:50 PM
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Welcome to the forums. The subject bicycle is a Canadian market Nishiki Landau, circa 1980-1982. The bicycle would easily fetch that price in the larger Canadian metropolitan markets but would be fair pricing in Dog River.
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Old 07-15-17, 04:09 PM
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The bike also has remarkably few miles and/or has been well stored if those are the original gum rubber hoods! If replacements, then the seller/owner is taking care of his bike which is a good sign. This looks to be a low mileage bike.
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Old 07-15-17, 04:44 PM
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thank you for the welcome, i think i'll go for it then.
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I was surprised as well, im going to get it (most likely)
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Old 07-15-17, 05:20 PM
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do you know if the bike is made in Japan by any chance?
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Old 07-15-17, 06:33 PM
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Should have a Japan decal at the base of the seat tube.
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The subject bicycle is almost certainly built by Kawamura of Japan. I have a few early 1980s Landau in my database and they were all Kawamura built. If the OP obtains the bicycle, the serial number will tell us the manufacture and year.
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The frame has no brazed on cable guides on the top tube and vertical dropouts. The serial number will probably start with CI or CJ. Which means the frame would have been made in 1979 or 1980.
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Having owned an early not bad / not great 1970s Nishiki Competition, back when they bore the label American Eagle Semi-Pro, and noting how much Kawamura's frame build quality improved through that decade, I think that Landau is reasonably priced.
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To add a data point, my '84 CDN-market landau is a Kawamura-made bike, thought the script on the NDS chain stay proudly declares "Racing series designed by Norco" It has the conventional forged horizontal dropouts though. The stamped vertical dropouts on the OP's example are something I haven't seen before.

At any rate, I'd say it's a "buy" at $200 CDN, if it fits.
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A guy was selling it on craigslist for $200 CDN, so $160 USD. Is it worth it?
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Looks nice. It is a large frame though, check the fit.
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