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Getting back in to riding again

Old 04-19-14, 08:59 PM
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Getting back in to riding again

I wanted to post some pictures of my newly acquired Nishiki Century that was given to me for free by a good friend. I've spent the last three nights for hours at a time trying to find an exact example of the same bike that I have obtained and just can't seem to find one. So I'll post some pictures and see if you all may be able to give me some appreciated helpful info. I'm not looking to sell at all. Just am curious as to what I have, what it may be worth, or what others think of it. I thank you all for any help.
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Old 04-19-14, 09:06 PM
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Still needs some more detailed cleaning but I got some new tires, tubes, rim strips, more padded seat, repacking of all bearings, and yes I added a new aluminum kickstand (I know I'm not a purist). But I kept the stock seat and toe straps. Looks fantastic now and rides very smooth and effortless.
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Old 04-19-14, 09:43 PM
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That`s a nice bike in very nice condition. Your friend is a very good friend. Should be a nice ride.
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Old 04-19-14, 11:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Steve Whitlatch View Post
That`s a nice bike in very nice condition. Your friend is a very good friend. Should be a nice ride.

Thanks man I agree. He obtained it for next to nothing and was hung up in his garage for the past 3 years and he finally handed it off to me when I told him how much I wanted to get it going again. If any experts or folks that have any info about this bike or what directions I should go with this bike would be greatly appreciated. You all are the experts on the bicycles and I'm just getting back in to it so I'll listen to what you have to say. I've spent years on motorsports so I've been out of the loop on bicycles for quite some time. Thanks for any ideas and opinions.
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Old 04-19-14, 11:16 PM
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So here's a pic from today after I worked on it for a bit and some reconditioning.
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Link not working.

is that a crack in the chainstay lug in photo #10 ? If so, it should be repaired.

Also, if the seat is slammed down that low, the frame would appear to be too large for you. Looks like a 63cm frame, for riders about 6'2" or taller.
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Old 04-20-14, 07:42 AM
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Hopefully that is just dirt on the lug. I would not sink a lot of money into the bike. Just fix whatever is broken. If the upgrade bug hits you or you hang around here to much, your going to have 2 or 3 bikes by next year anyway. It`s not a high end bike, but it is a decent quality bike. If the lug is not cracked its probably worth $150 to $200 depending on your market.
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Ya I'm not sure why the last picture won't load properly. I'm sending it the same way from the same phone. Also, yes the bike is too big for me. I'm 6' tall so it's not too far off but it's definitely a bit big for me. But seeing as it was free I will deal with that for now. I can ride it fairly comfortably.


Ironically I never noticed the possible crack until I posted those pictures last night and looked at them. As you can tell it's the one spot on the bike that I didn't polish and visually inspect. I'm going to clean that area up today and see what's going on there. The bike itself appears to have hardly been ridden so I wouldn't think it would be a crack, but from that picture it sure does appear to be cracked. If it is then I'll pinch it together as best I can and weld it back together. Thanks again for everyone's help and ideas.
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Model year 1986, frame was built by Giant of Taiwan. Second from the bottom of the Nishiki line.
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