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Old 12-20-11, 02:09 PM
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NTM: Nishiki Custom Sport

New to me is this lugged Nishiki:







Picked up off of CL, for $20. Is it collectible? I'm hoping to flip it come summer. Let me know if you think it was a good or bad deal. Honor RD, "Spirt" FD, Suntour shifters, steel wheels all around (bolt on), 5-speed freewheel, cottered crankset, etc.

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Old 12-20-11, 03:24 PM
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Entry level model, circa 1973-1974. It's not collectible and you can't tell much from those pics, but at $20 it's hard to imagine not making a profit from it.
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Old 12-20-11, 04:05 PM
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Thanks, T,

Just wondering if it's worth the effort to flip, but it seems well worth it to me.
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Give it a bath, take some good pictures, and you could probably double or triple your money. I wouldn't bother spending money on it though, I'd be surprised if you get more than $75 for it.
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Yeah, it would be VERY hard to get $100 for it now. I'm thinking of strip and lube, then hold onto it for when the market is hot again.
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Not collectable, not much flip potential. Be careful with your spending to rehab. Fully refurbished, during riding season, might bring $100 around here.
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Thanks for the advice Bill. I'm not going to spend much. I would like to lose the steel cottered crankset though. That thing must weigh 3x what a good aluminum would! Junk! Brakes and derailleurs seem just fine. I'll have to get a new tube, that should do it.
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I disassembled the bike, got the frame all cleaned up. Here is the serial number found on the bottom of the BB:

KS309811
Fancy "W" on the BB

I wonder when it was made, anyone have an idea?

Picture of the frame:




Looks pretty good to me, all cleaned up and polished!


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1974 ish. There is a serial number thread on Nishikis. Also, all of the components will have date codes. Earliest is 1973, latest is 1975. Love that color. I have had several Nishikis from that era, all were either blue or gold/biege. The orange is much nicer IMHO. With some alloy wheels and a 3 piece crankset, it could go for more than my estimate, maybe $150+. The challenge would be finding parts cheap (donor). I had the perfect donor for that bike, a 1974 Nishiki International (step up). I picked it up for $5, as the frame was totally trashed. Parts went onto another build.
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Yeah, the frame is in really good shape. The steel bolt on wheels and the steel cottered crank make up a HUGE portion of the weight. If I could just replace those three components, it would be a real sweet restoration. I'm looking all the time...
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BTW, I'm looking for a newer style al. crankset and bottom bracket for the bike. Does anyone know what size the BB should be? I measured it to be 70mm wide. I'm assuming that since it's Japanese, it should have English threads...
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
1974 ish. There is a serial number thread on Nishikis. Also, all of the components will have date codes. Earliest is 1973, latest is 1975. Love that color. I have had several Nishikis from that era, all were either blue or gold/biege. The orange is much nicer IMHO. With some alloy wheels and a 3 piece crankset, it could go for more than my estimate, maybe $150+. The challenge would be finding parts cheap (donor). I had the perfect donor for that bike, a 1974 Nishiki International (step up). I picked it up for $5, as the frame was totally trashed. Parts went onto another build.
I will check the components asap. Will post findings later today.
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