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1986 Nishiki Tri-A

Old 01-23-19, 10:13 PM
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1986 Nishiki Tri-A

Good shape, but not pristine.

PROS:

Shimano 600 group
Tange 1 frame/fork
Seems in good shape for age
Basically Nishiki version of Ironman

CONS:

Needs new tires and likely new cables/housing
Mismatched brake lever hoods
Seller is asking crazy amount (IMO) of $549


Seller has obviously done their research on model and tube manufacturer based on listing, but is very optimistic on the asking price.

What are we realistically looking at here? Iíve seen others go for closer to $300 in very good shape. But that was a few years ago. I donít want to insult with super low ball offer, but weíre also in a crapshoot market for vintage steel.

Seller hasn't dropped price and itís been listed for probably three weeks.

Play the waiting game or offer what is fair?






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Old 01-24-19, 02:21 AM
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It should be a fun bike. Hard to give a value without photos.

$549 probably wouldn't be too outlandish if it was ready to roll.

Personally, I don't like "kicking tires" without an intent to buy. But, if the bike has been up for a while, it never hurts to toss out an offer of a price you're comfortable with.
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Old 01-24-19, 07:22 AM
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Basically, the seller is asking original MSRP. Pending pictures, I'd say ~$250.
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Old 01-24-19, 11:52 AM
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I got my Tri-A 2 years ago in very good condition for 250 bucks (as suggested by T-Mar).
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Even with a nice Tange 1 frame, it's going to be tough to get more than $300 for it. And, if it really needs a lot of TLC - then probably closer to a $200 bike.
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I wouldnít say it needs a ton of TLC. It looks pretty clean, probably not a ton of miles on it. I wouldnít mind picking it up, but the price is just too high. Maybe Iíll just put it on the back burner and see if there is a price drop. Thanks for chiming in.







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You have a lot of BLACK in your photos to scroll through.

Overall, the bike looks pretty clean. The cables I see look clean. Probably galvanized cables with unlined housing, but it should be OK.

So, perhaps needing new rubber. Hard to say about grease, but if the bike hasn't been tuned, then anticipate the grease needing updated too.

From what I can see, it looks like the bike has had pretty low use. Are the rims anodized? What happened to the brake tracks?

If you want the bike, talk to the seller.
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Old 01-24-19, 05:36 PM
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You have a lot of BLACK in your photos to scroll through.

Overall, the bike looks pretty clean. The cables I see look clean. Probably galvanized cables with unlined housing, but it should be OK.

So, perhaps needing new rubber. Hard to say about grease, but if the bike hasn't been tuned, then anticipate the grease needing updated too.

From what I can see, it looks like the bike has had pretty low use. Are the rims anodized? What happened to the brake tracks?

If you want the bike, talk to the seller.
I apologize for the pictures. Itís listed on Facebook marketplace and I could find a way to save the photos from the listing so I had to screenshot and upload.

I noticed the brake wear as well, hard to say how bad it is without seeing the bike in person. Rims are Araya, probably anodized.

I do want the bike, but not at $550...and I donít want to take the time to drive to view it and have them shoot down a half price offer.

Iíll probably send them a message in a few days and throw out a tentative offer and see if Iím dealing with a reasonable seller or not.




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The same bike on eBay
https://www.ebay.com/itm/1986-NISHIK...~OM:rk:38:pf:0
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OP, The seller is asking too much for the TRI-A IMHO I would say 175-250 tops...I have 2 of them just a clean as the one you posted and paid less than what I valued the one pictured for.
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550 is insane for that bike, although the paint scheme is pretty legit and looks to be in good shape. $250 tops out here in the Denver area.
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Old 01-26-19, 07:24 AM
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It's definitely the 1986 model and appears to be 100% OEM, in which case the rims are Araya 20A. Appears to be in well used but not abused or worn out condition. Tyres still have life and brake pads look new. Still, a complete overhaul is warranted. $200-$250 is reasonable, IMO.
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As phtomita pointed out, it's also on the bay. I started watching it several weeks ago. It was first listed at $799.
Not my size. I was just interested since I bought a similar '87 model a while back, after input from the experts here. It was for my son. He really likes it. I've ridden it some as well. Nice bike, rides great, crashes well (another story). I don't think you would be disappointed.
Since he started so high and has come down, maybe offer $200-$250 and see what he says. Maybe realty is setting in and he'll bite. Good luck.
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when faced with a seller with unrealistic expectations, I just move on. Sometimes theses sellers see a high asking price on eBay and think they can get it. Educating a dreamer is often impossible.
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when faced with a seller with unrealistic expectations, I just move on. Sometimes theses sellers see a high asking price on eBay and think they can get it. Educating a dreamer is often impossible.
Thatís my fear as well, Iím just putting it on the back burner for now. I have two other projects that would be a better use of my funds right now anyway. I dig the bike though, maybe in another month the seller will begin to see the light.
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This should be a good bang for the buck - similar size for 1/5 of price
https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...79614722449331
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I thought the YELLOW SADDLE made it faster.

Not as revered as an Ironman Master or Expert, and about $200 over the high estimate.
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