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Old 02-19-24, 10:47 AM
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Before I dump this...

Is it worth anything? Only reason I ask is it seems so unique. I've never seen stick shifters except on the 60's Stingrays.
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Probably more was spent on the tires than what it is really worth. But everything is worth something to someone. Around here, someone would list this on facebook marketplace for $300 and get indignant if they were offered $30. Later they would wish they took the $30.
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Old 02-19-24, 01:29 PM
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Thanks. This is good to know. I'll be giving it to a good home. At least someone will be using it.

Are you certain you guys ain't just being jealous of them shifters**********??
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Are you certain you guys ain't just being jealous of them shifters**********?
Honestly I do think they look unique. I just wouldn't take the bike off your hands even if it was a Takara.
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machine a Howie Cohen item (West Coast Cycle & Supply Co. of Los Angeles) ca. 1971, Nishiki Olympic model

would have been manufactured by either Kuwahara or Kawamura

it is kitted with products from the JBM keiretsu (trade association) hence the Shimano gear ensemble and Takagi chainset

makes a perfect donation as it is usable and of only modest value


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Always liked the feel of those shifters. Very smooth. If you're anywhere near a (flattish) college campus, a young female student would likely be thrilled to buy that bike, especially given its condition.
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Originally Posted by juvela
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machine a Howie Cohen item (West Coast Cycle & Supply Co. of Los Angeles) ca. 1971, Nishiki Olympic model

would have been manufactured by either Kuwahara or Kawamura

it is kitted with products from the JBM keiretsu (trade association) hence the Shimano gear ensemble and Takagi chainset

makes a perfect donation as it is usable and of only modest value


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I would place it as an early Custom Sport.
it lacks a QR aluminum shell hub and half chrome blades.

a transportation bike then and now.
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At the co-op we could easily sell this to a hipster or college student for $100 assuming everything more or less works. Much harder if you are trying to sell on Craigslist nowadays.
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Looks like an American Eagle, from before Nishiki. The serial number will help to place it relative to that distinction.

Not an Olympiad model. Custom Sport model did not exist until 1974. Possibly the Sports Special model.

Some people who know vintage bicycles like the idea of having an American Eagle.
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Originally Posted by juvela
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machine a Howie Cohen item (West Coast Cycle & Supply Co. of Los Angeles) ca. 1971, Nishiki Olympic model

would have been manufactured by either Kuwahara or Kawamura

it is kitted with products from the JBM keiretsu (trade association) hence the Shimano gear ensemble and Takagi chainset

makes a perfect donation as it is usable and of only modest value


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Thank you and everyone else. I grabbed it out of the trash years ago because it looked so unique. I just couldn't pass it up. Then I put new skins on it and rode it around the subdivision. Then it sat. It think I found someone who will use it so they are getting it.
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Appears to be missing the cable sheave that mounted off the seatpost binder bolt. Won’t be much rear brake without.
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