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1983 Nishiki International

Old 11-30-09, 09:51 AM
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1983 Nishiki International

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I picked up this 1983 Nishiki International last night.

It seems to be a very well-mannered touring bike. It has new rubber, but the brake hoods are dry and it is a little dusty. Otherwise it is in super condition (virtually unridden).

Though I suspect it is a keeper, I was still curious on what the market value might be and was hoping someone could provide a guesstimate.


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Specs:

Tange-2 Chromolly tubes.
Suntour Cyclone MII Dr's, frt and rr.
24" frame
27x 1 1/4" tires
Araya alloy wheels
Diacompe brakes with drilled brake levers
Sakae Road Champion bars
Sugino GS cotterless crank with drilled chain rings






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Old 11-30-09, 01:12 PM
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I don't about Detroit, especially in the winter.. brrrrrrrr. Nice looking bike and I think yours has a little higher end components than the ones I had. I sold a 1980 International in VGC 4 months ago in SoCal for $250. Here's the pics.. I sold another International, (1982 maybe) that was in good to VGC for $225. Both bikes had good to new tires, not a spot of rust, no dents, cleaned, polished, tuned and ready to ride. It was nearing end of summer with college kids needing bikes for back to school.
Oh, I had the same issue with the bar hoods. I scraped them off and polished the brakes.


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In my market, which is average, maybe slightly better than average, around $300. From what I have seen of the Detroit market, you are in a tough market.

The one thing holding the value of this bike down is the lack of cantilever brakes.

New brake hoods are easy to find. I have bought mine at Niagara for around $6 a pair. On keeper bikes, I have tended to convert to areolevers instead. Niagara sells Aerolevers for less than $12.
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I would say that this very nice bike is worth $200 to $225 . If you can get more, so be it. It does have some very nice components.
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Originally Posted by tmh657 View Post
I don't about Detroit, especially in the winter.. brrrrrrrr. Nice looking bike and I think yours has a little higher end components than the ones I had. I sold a 1980 International in VGC 4 months ago in SoCal for $250. Here's the pics.. I sold another International, (1982 maybe) that was in good to VGC for $225. Both bikes had good to new tires, not a spot of rust, no dents, cleaned, polished, tuned and ready to ride. It was nearing end of summer with college kids needing bikes for back to school.
Oh, I had the same issue with the bar hoods. I scraped them off and polished the brakes.
Hi tmh657 !
- and thank you for your reply - inclusive of the pics from your sale.
I think your suggestion to polish the levers is a good interim measure since the bar tape is still 100% and I wanted to preserve it, though those gum hoods are all crystallized don't add much to the appeal.

PS - It's not so cold yet - it's been low thirties each AM for my ride, but it will be getting colder for sure!
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
In my market, which is average, maybe slightly better than average, around $300. From what I have seen of the Detroit market, you are in a tough market.

The one thing holding the value of this bike down is the lack of cantilever brakes.

New brake hoods are easy to find. I have bought mine at Niagara for around $6 a pair. On keeper bikes, I have tended to convert to areolevers instead. Niagara sells Aerolevers for less than $12.
Hi Thrifty Bill !

I don't feel bad about not having canti's, because based on your reply, it was like a gift.
I was not entirely sure about that, since Nishiki is sort of an esoteric name, and it is a tough market around here for sure.

Thanks for you input
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