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Pre 1975 Nishiki - Value?

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Old 09-05-13, 07:56 AM
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Pre 1975 Nishiki - Value?

Hello everyone! I just moved to Chicago, and I want to understand what model my bike is, and how much it's worth.
I bought it off craiglist recently, an old bike that was described as "off-brand" but I noticed the "nishiki" logo on the front, and ended up on this forum. I found the serial number KS263004, which, I think, means it's a pre 1975 model produced for USA market. What I want to know though it its model name, what type of bike it is, and if it's worth getting refurbished.

The handle bar, break levers, and gear system says Dia Compe, if that helps.

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Old 09-05-13, 07:59 AM
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Better photos, from low angles of the components, the frame decals if any remain, the hubs, the derailleurs, etc.
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I seem to recall that picture surfacing recently on the Nishiki Serial Number Database thread. As stated in the previous post, it appears to be an International. A proper appraisal will require a better, drive picture and close-ups of the major components.

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I do apologise, the best camera i have in hand is my ipod, which has piss poor quality sensor. But all of the parts shown say either Sun-Tour or Dia-Compe.
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Old 09-16-13, 12:39 PM
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Looks very similar to my 73 nishiki international. Is the rear derailleur sun tour v-gt?
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Old 09-16-13, 07:20 PM
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Looks like an International to me. The Competition (one step up) had different shifters and chrome stays.

Worth getting refurbished IF you do the work. Otherwise, sell as a project to someone that will do that work themselves. I have owned at least 10 pre-1975 Internationals along with several Competitions. Nice bikes for that era, the Competition being a step up.

Value from that picture? No idea.

Here's one I upgraded with DT shifters (I don't do that anymore, as buyers often prefer stem shifters over DT shifters). One lesson I learned on bikes I plan to sell is to build them the way the market wants them, rather than to my personal tastes. Money spent "upgrading" to my personal tastes (on this bike the aero brake levers and DT shifters) is a waste of $$.




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My bike is very identical to this, I was thinking of ditching the suicide levers and adding aero levers. Is it a waste of money because of the buyers but you prefer it? As with the dt shifters?

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Well the bike in guestion does seem to be a 73 or 74 international. Worth about $75-100 in current condition. Worth some basic refurbishing clean up repacking bearings, cables and housing if you can do the work yourself. These do make nice basic riders. I probably wouldn't invest in changing the shifters or brakes if they work. It wont improve how the bike works rides much and won't really help reasale value. It would just make the bike look a little better cosmetically.
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pre 1975 nishiki custom sport serial #S1 2C027

Hello I have a nishiki custom sport serial # S12C027 and would like to know if it a rare bike?
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Hello I have a nishiki custom sport serial # S12C027 and would like to know if it a rare bike?
custom Sport at the time was the entry offering.
lighter than a Schwann Varsity- but not lightweight.
the model eventually received a quick release front wheel. Prior bikes had steel 3 pc hubs.
lots sold. Condition and size will guide the value.
one has to be very careful spending cash to refurbish, easily come equal to the transaction value, as a basic bike- ok.
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pre 1975 nishiki custom sport serial #S1 2C027

Originally Posted by repechage View Post

custom Sport at the time was the entry offering.
lighter than a Schwann Varsity- but not lightweight.
the model eventually received a quick release front wheel. Prior bikes had steel 3 pc hubs.
lots sold. Condition and size will guide the value.
one has to be very careful spending cash to refurbish, easily come equal to the transaction value, as a basic bike- ok.
Thanks Repechage for the detailed response. Would you know if the last 3 numbers represent the order of production as in this bike was the 27th bike produced and does that have any value added to the bike? What would be the desirable size for this bike? for a average condition bike would you have an idea of its value.
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No real a extra value these are all worth about the same specific serial numbers don't really increase bicycle values in general unless a bike was made before and fairly special WWII.
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Orange paint gets another $50-$100 bonus in spring/summer where I live.

Take drive-side photos with a nice, but undistracting background. Bend your knees. Look online at nice bike pics before proceeding. Marketing is everything. Make it look like you know what you're doing, even if you don't.
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The little red dustcaps on the crank arms and, the chrome socks on the front fork are features from the early 70's. And, it looks like it has alloy wheels. Put some elbow grease into cleaning it up & get a camera that can take close up pictures. It's still going to be tough to get more than $100 for it.
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