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Old 10-01-13, 03:08 PM
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Need a Road Bike for my son, have a Nishiki Custom 12 Pre 1981, Any advice on tradin

Hi, My son is joining a biking club at his school. He has a mountain bike but needs a road bike. I pulled an old Nishiki, Custom 12 out of my mom's garage. I know it's pre 1981 because that's the year of its bicycle license.

It is super light. In good condition except probably some new tires and tubes. Unfortunately, the bike (a 27 in) is way too tall for me or my son who is 5' 5".

Any advice on trading it. Where should I go? We have a SGV bike club. I'm in CA. I was hoping to get a bike pretty quick for my son.

Thank you for any advice.
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Go to Craigslits and search through the bicycle section. You should do pretty good there and good luck with the hunt. Or, if you want to save money, here is How To Find A Vintage Bicycle instructions or procedures that have worked very well for me.

As for trading, go to Craigslist and offer your bicycle for sale. Other than that, and without really knowing exactly what quality level your present bike is, I can't be of much more help.
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Very Helpful Site... Thankx

Originally Posted by randyjawa View Post
Go to Craigslits and search through the bicycle section. You should do pretty good there and good luck with the hunt. Or, if you want to save money, here is How To Find A Vintage Bicycle instructions or procedures that have worked very well for me.

As for trading, go to Craigslist and offer your bicycle for sale. Other than that, and without really knowing exactly what quality level your present bike is, I can't be of much more help.
Thank you, The mytenspeeds site is helpful. I'll check out some yard sales this weekend.

I'll try to sell on Craigslist. I've seen a couple of people mention a serial number look-up site. Do you know which site that is and where the serial number is located?

Thanks again.
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Not sure. I am posting a picture.

I'm not sure if it is a custom sport. It just says Custom 12. I weighed it at about 27.5 lbs with the kickstand. Are bikes much lighter these days?

My sister says the friend who gave it to her paid a lot of money for it... sometime in the late 70's or early 80's. What is amazing to me is it's been sitting in the garage since 1989 and the leather seat is in perfect condition. I'm wondering ball park what should I sell it at on Craig's list. I've seen some people mention checking the serial number. I'm not sure where the serial number is.... I've looked all over. I also don't know the web site where I can check the serial number to find out more info.

Thank you for replying it is very helpful. We're always broke right after summer and don't have the cash to pay retail. I appreciate the help.
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Hmmm. I guess I'll check craiglist too then. Appreciate the help. I do have a bike shop I've used for some repairs to our bikes. Unfortunately, his bikes are more expensive than I can afford right now. Thanks..
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Paid a lot of money is relative of course. Is the photo forthcoming? Are you sure it's a 27" bike or it has 27" wheels? Can't give you an idea of it's value without detailed photos, condition and component level.
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In this case a trade just isn't likely to work guys wanting to trade bikes are looking for more interesting higher end stuff. Plus they are typically looking to trade larger bikes for nice smaller ones. Your likely best off to start looking for a bike in your sons's size and maybe sell the Nishiski but it won't get much maybe $100-125 if everything works and it rides OK.
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That bike needs a lot of love and much better photography to break the $75 threshold. It looks neglected.
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Thanks again for the help! I've been searching for a bike on craigslist in Los Angeles. Bikes are expensive here. All above $200. I searched Penney Saver and found a K&H listed for $100. I went to check it out and found a 96 year old woman with 3 bikes a beautiful Schwinn, the K&H and a Montebecane(hope I didn't mess-up the name) I chose the Motobecane.. It was the right size and really light. Unfortunately, it looks like it was painted. The chain broke when I tried to ride it. I took it anyway after the woman and her husband who owned the bikes told me I could exchange it for one of the others. I took it to a bike shop which was recommended as being honest and competent by the Cal Tech bike club. They checked it out and said it was worth repairing. They (Empire Bike Shop) are charging me $87 for a new chain, new tires, tubes, brakes, labor and a tune-up. I think it's a pretty good price. They were really helpful. I hope we did okay with the Montebecane? When we get it back tomorrow, I'll post a picture. Thanks again everyone for your advice.
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Son's happy with Motobecane

My son is happy with the bike. He has to get used to the 10 speed gear shift being on the frame. I tried it out. It is a really fun bike to ride. You don't want to get off it. I weighed it at about 19 lbs. Now I can see how heavy the Nishiki is. I'm going to clean it up. The spokes are kind of dirty. The bike shop guy suggested furniture polish and steel wool. I had an old roadmaster that I cleaned up for my sister with W2-40 and steel wool. He said the problem with that is the oil gets onto the brakes. Thanks again.

I still have to sell that.
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Thanks again for the help! I've been searching for a bike on craigslist in Los Angeles. Bikes are expensive here. All above $200. I searched Penney Saver and found a K&H listed for $100. I went to check it out and found a 96 year old woman with 3 bikes a beautiful Schwinn, the K&H and a Montebecane(hope I didn't mess-up the name) I chose the Motobecane.. It was the right size and really light. Unfortunately, it looks like it was painted. The chain broke when I tried to ride it. I took it anyway after the woman and her husband who owned the bikes told me I could exchange it for one of the others. I took it to a bike shop which was recommended as being honest and competent by the Cal Tech bike club. They checked it out and said it was worth repairing. They (Empire Bike Shop) are charging me $87 for a new chain, new tires, tubes, brakes, labor and a tune-up. I think it's a pretty good price. They were really helpful. I hope we did okay with the Montebecane? When we get it back tomorrow, I'll post a picture. Thanks again everyone for your advice.
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Looks like you did pretty good. Glad that you son likes the bike.
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