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Old 01-09-18, 07:55 PM
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Nishiki Tri-A

Just got a Nishiki Tri-A for $250 - Bike looks in great shape and looks all original including the tires (made in Japan, 700x23c), wheels from Araya with 36 spokes, all Shimano 600 groupset. Good deal/not so good deal?

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Old 01-09-18, 09:41 PM
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Good deal/not so good deal?
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Old 01-09-18, 09:54 PM
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Nice ride. Based on your description, original everthing, you paid fmv. Fresh tires and an overhaul of bearings will be needed.
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Old 01-09-18, 10:23 PM
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$250 for a Tri in really nice shape is spot on. Maybe up to $300 if it's being sold in a college town
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Old 01-10-18, 07:58 PM
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Will share the photos once I am allowed
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That's a really sweet looking ride. Tange 1 tubing is the real deal steel. $250 is a reasonable price for that. Please be sure to put new tires on it. You don't want to be flying down a steep hill at 35mph with old tires. Be good. Have fun.
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Ditch the rack, it’s a racing bike.
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Wow, that is so sweet looking. Good components too. I'd say you did ok on the deal, fair price to me. Tange 1 is quality stuff and so are those Shimano 600 components.
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Most important is does it fit you? Assume you wouldn't have bought it otherwise. You can learn a lot about maintenance here on the forum or on the web. Park Tools has some helpful videos and so does youtube if you can sift through some of the nonsense.

Hope you ride the heck out of it.
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Old 01-13-18, 12:39 PM
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Yes, bike is my size and was a finding after some 5 months looking around in CL.
Just out of curiosity I compared the weight of my Tommaso and Tri-A. Tri-A came ahead by 2 at 24 lbs.

Looking forward for this season - I am not much of a rainy day rider
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Really nice. Don't change a thing except to improve fit.
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Originally Posted by oddjob2 View Post
Ditch the rack, it’s a racing bike.
I often choose things based on function and what looks right to me. @oddjob2 is totally correct with this bike- and I'm not so sure that mounting on the dropout is exactly safe.

Congratulations on finding a really nice bike in your size- it can't be easy to find bikes of this quality at this size. It's a really cool bike and in great shape! Great period components- among the best for it's day. And Tange 1 is top of the line tubing. In regards to your other thread- I would ride this as objectively as possible- if there's something you really don't like about it- change it. IMO- most anything you can replace can usually be found with some sort of "classic" aesthetic. IMO- black, plastic-y, swoopy components don't belong on a bike of this classiness.
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Cool bike.

I had a 1986 Tri A that I used for RAGBRAI in 2012.

The bike rode nice and had a good feel. I got another steel bike 86 Schwinn Paramount that I like more and gave the Tri A to my nephew who used it as a commuter in college He took it from the Mexican Border to Portland the summer he graduated on a road trip.

The bike is still with him and still rides sweet.

It is a solid comfortable bike I think well worth the 250 which is close to the same price I bought mine for
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Just following up on your post about internal rust. Now that I see the condition of the outside of the bike, you'll be fine! This is a great score for $250. As others have noted, a complete bike with Shimano 600 and Tange #1 tubing is a great, great find.

Also as others have noted - remove the rack. It's not safe being attached to the rear dropout like that. If you want fenders, you could always use the Axiom fender mounts for quick release wheels (where the frame has no braze on mounts).

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Cool bike.

I had a 1986 Tri A that I used for RAGBRAI in 2012...
Yours was a 1985 model. However, the OP's is a 1986. I agree with the others that $250 was a good price and that it appears to be completely OEM and in excellent condition with the exception of dirt.
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Nice ride, it resembles the Ironman in most respects. Waiting for an updated/clean bike pic.
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Finally got it all finished and took my maiden voyage today

Updated to all 105 5800 silver group set, H+Son Archetype with conti GP4SII, Soma 38 cm handlebar and Selle Italia from other bike.
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Yes,if you noticed the ugly paint you are not wrong
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Funny that I ran across this thread as I was just looking at this on my local CL and thinking that it seems like a good deal, but I just don't have room to store another bike right now.

https://tallahassee.craigslist.org/b...518010560.html
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Funny that I ran across this thread as I was just looking at this on my local CL and thinking that it seems like a good deal, but I just don't have room to store another bike right now.

https://tallahassee.craigslist.org/b...518010560.html
That one is a 1987 model. While it has some issues, at that price I'd be finding more room or divesting myself of my least favourite bicycle.
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