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"W" on bottom bracket and hearts on top of the down tube. What brand is this?

Old 04-02-16, 02:02 PM
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"W" on bottom bracket and hearts on top of the down tube. What brand is this?

This bike was donated to our all-volunteer charity. For the past four years we have given over 2500 (yes, 2500) refurbished bikes each year to the needy in the Rochester, NY area. This bike showed up yesterday. It's a repaint. There are braze-on hearts on the top of the downtube near the head tube and near the bottom bracket. I have seen in the forums that more than one maker used the braze-on hearts to keep clamp-on downtube shifters in place. The lugs looks distinctive and the bottom bracket has a stylized W on it below the serial number. The sn is hard to read because of the repaint. Best guess is S216965. Wheels are Campy hubs, unmarked rims. Cranks are Sugino Aero Maxy and shifters are Suntour bar end. Any idea of the maker? Thanks in advance...

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Old 04-02-16, 05:10 PM
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West Coast Cycles (Howie Cohen's company) and he had Nishiki (AKA American Eagle) and Azuki brands (maybe others but I wouldn't know). This looks like a Nishiki "International" or perhaps "Kokusai" based on the very thin stay caps.
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Originally Posted by unworthy1 View Post
West Coast Cycles (Howie Cohen's company) and he had Nishiki (AKA American Eagle) and Azuki brands (maybe others but I wouldn't know). This looks like a Nishiki "International" or perhaps "Kokusai" based on the very thin stay caps.
+1 And the heart-shaped doodads are there to stop clamp-on shift levers and cable stop/guides from sliding up or down the frame.

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Yes, with some modifications before the respray.
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+1, it's Kawamura manufactured Nishiki International. The serial number should actually start with a KS. Based on other known Kawamura frames in my database, it should be circa 1973. It has had a number of fittings added to the frame prior to the repaint.
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Thank you very much. The SN does indeed start with a K. KS216965. I scratched some of the repaint off and there it was. We always wonder if a treasure may come in under a repaint so appreciate your input.
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