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Old 08-04-15, 09:35 AM
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Nishiki International

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Just thought I'd share my new acquisition, a friend of mine gave me what I believe is 1978 (as per serial number CH01999) Nishiki International sport series that was sitting outside his house for the last two years I believe it was his fathers..

It was in a really rough shape when I picked it up, broken bottom bracket axle, broken rear wheel axle, very loose headset and the wheels where out of true as if evel knievel jumped a row of buses with it and landed on a flat surface lol. I've seen a few internationals in other post mentionning they had tange tubings but there is no sticker on this one to confirm only a decals saying cromo 3 main tubes..

I managed to replace the broken parts and true the wheels to make it my main commuter and I have to say that it is a blast to ride. I plan on changing the stem and handle bar to make it a bit more confortable to ride. I added a brooks b17 saddle, fenders, tektro levers and replaced the rusty rear rack that came with the bike. I ordered a set of cantilever calipers to replace the current ones since the rear brake wasnt working

I am far from being an expert in vintage bikes but the components seem a little more recent than 78.. Maybe the bike was upgrades along the way.


Here are the specs in case anybody knows about them and could help me date the bike a little better:

Suntour Accushift XCE 4050 derailleurs
Accushift shifters
Diacompe cantilever brakes
Sansin sealed system hubs
Araya japan 700c rims
Hatta Vesta Sealed Japan headset
Sakae sx triple Ovaltech crankset
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Old 08-04-15, 09:50 AM
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It looks great - did you happen to take any before shots?
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Old 08-04-15, 10:56 AM
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Unfortunately i dont have before shots.
I looked up the serial number and i appears to be a 1978 nishiki international. (CH01999) i would have never guessed it was a late 70's bike maybe it was upgraded along the way
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Front end geometry looks really tight for a touring bike, maybe it's just camera angle? Cool bike.
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Front end geometry looks really tight for a touring bike, maybe it's just camera angle? Cool bike.

I did find this in "road bike review":

"Around 1978, Nishiki changed the International from long wheelbase touring geometry to a more performance-oriented frame with better components, but it still wasn't a race bike." Personally, I think a "sports touring" geometry is the sweet spot, and that may be what you have. It would be instructive to get your frame's angles.
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Looks A LOT newer than 1978. I have had a 1977 and a 1979, look totally different. Late 1980s here. As mentioned on your other posting, start looking up component codes.


It is a Norco, so it is quite a bit different than the USA International models. USA international would have been full cromoly (not just tubes) and double butted.

700c wheels, mid fork rack braze on, those are both mid to late 1980 design features.

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Originally Posted by John E View Post
I did find this in "road bike review":

"Around 1978, Nishiki changed the International from long wheelbase touring geometry to a more performance-oriented frame with better components, but it still wasn't a race bike." Personally, I think a "sports touring" geometry is the sweet spot, and that may be what you have. It would be instructive to get your frame's angles.
Thats interesting!
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Originally Posted by Marinoni86 View Post
. . ., a friend of mine gave me what I believe is 1978 (as per serial number CH01999) Nishiki International sport series that was sitting outside his house for the last two years I believe it was his fathers..
Nice looking bike. Thanks for posting the pictures, serial number and component list.

The year of manufacture of the frame is 1988. The "C" in the serial number is for Canada, the "H" is for year 8. The paint job and components are late 1980s.

Someone posted images of a Nishiki Canada 1989 catalog on the internet and your bike matches the specs for the 1989 model year.
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Thanks for looking it out! I just looked at all the year code stamps on the hubs, derailleurs, seatpost and crankarms and they were all made in 1988. What threw me off with the frame S# was that in the current database they only mention that the pre 1985 canadian bikes had that serial number structure but now it all makes sense I would love to see that 89 catalog i will do a bit of research
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Just found a picture of a 1989 International on velospace.com and it does look a lot like mine at the exception of bar end shifters
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1989 Nishiki Canada Catalog

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Thanks Hummer!! Love that they give the full specs including tubing material, stays and fork! I will giver a good clean up and post it on the international database!
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