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Old 12-11-07, 06:13 PM
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the cranks are not original, in fact nothing is. It came my way as a frame and fork. Everything else I've found. What cranks are on yours? My goal is to get this close to original. Maybe if someone has old catalogs I could find more.
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Originally Posted by piwonka
took this on a nice long ride today and i'm pretty happy with it.
the fork is pretty soft, i can really feel it move...alot, not just a little. the cranks are stiff, the geometry feels good. one of the guys i ride with said if i get some clipless pedals i'll be a hard guy to keep up with...anyone got some old looks or something they wanna get rid of?
who here has a gazelle and is the fork on it real soft too?
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I have an '86 CM and the forks are painted. They seem quite stiff. I wonder if yours is original? Here's mine. I have it built up as a fixed gear so I can ride it around town while I slowly gather the bits to restore it with Suntour Superbe Pro.

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Old 12-11-07, 09:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Cynikal
So here is my latest build and first C&V build. 80's Nishiki touring frame. Not sure of the year
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For some better pics go here. https://picasaweb.google.com/sacbikekitchen/Bikes
1985, same as Lamplighter's Prestige (and a frame I have too). Nice bike. If I had to guess, since other Nishikis that year came with Sugino cranks, it may have been an AT triple, the same as is on my '82 Trek 615. Unless Sugino made a higher-end triple at that time. What's the tubeset on the Cresta? Tange 1 or 2? It's not the Infinity used on the Prestige, different decal.

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Thanks. The cresta's tubing is prestige 2. I'm really happy with the way she rides. Additionally, a matching silver front rack is on it's way thanks to cyclotoine.
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Originally Posted by caloso
Piwonka:

I have an '86 CM and the forks are painted. They seem quite stiff. I wonder if yours is original? Here's mine. I have it built up as a fixed gear so I can ride it around town while I slowly gather the bits to restore it with Suntour Superbe Pro.

nice looking gazelle. mine is earlier than yours is, i think. i was told it was early 80's, the fork blades are just small...close to round too, it has the gazelle panto in the fork crown.
your frame has cable routing through the top tube?
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Old 12-13-07, 09:15 AM
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Originally Posted by caloso
I have an '86 CM
Wow! That's tall!

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Old 12-14-07, 12:33 PM
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All of these were Craigslist finds in the past month or so. I had been looking all summer for a couple of bikes to work on, and had just about given up.

'68 Raleigh Twenty
'68 AMF Hercules
'81 Schwinn World Tourist
'70 Schwinn Varsity

All looked pretty good at the time I picked them up, but it's amazing what a little ...

WD-40,
#0000 steel wool,
chrome polish,
wax,
oil,
grease,
and time

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Originally Posted by X-LinkedRider
73' Schwinn Le Tour Pro.
As a UNC Tarheel fan I have to say... great color!
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hey rxda90- that's a sweet lil' twenty. i have just like that, only mine's a folder. is that three-speed rear a coaster brake? i've only got one brake for mine, might do a coaster three-speed in the back, alloy rims and a brooks saddle, everything else will be stock. how's that ride for you? i'm 6'1", a little worried about the fit...
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I have a Gazelle too... I think it's the best riding steel fork I've ever had!

But mine is made with a Zeus socket fork crown.
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Originally Posted by Cynikal
the cranks are not original, in fact nothing is. It came my way as a frame and fork. Everything else I've found. What cranks are on yours? My goal is to get this close to original. Maybe if someone has old catalogs I could find more.
Mine came with a Sugino GP crankset (but currently has some Suntour cranks). They have mounting holes for a small chainring but it only came with two, one of which was VERY oval in all the wrong places!



Mine also came with a Suntour LePree rear derailleur, and I've seen LePree pieces on a few other Nishiki touring bikes. Mine is just a standard road derailleur though they made one with a crazy looking cage and three pulleys.
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Note: The Pedals Were Borrowed For a Test Ride From My Track Bike, Just got the bike yesterday.

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Old 12-24-07, 09:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Teevoe
Note: The Pedals Were Borrowed For a Test Ride From My Track Bike, Just got the bike yesterday.

Sharp!

(I'm still laughing at your avatar tag. I would have sworn your street looks like the place where my sister used to live in Gilroy ).

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Originally Posted by the Repeater
I have a Gazelle too... I think it's the best riding steel fork I've ever had!

But mine is made with a Zeus socket fork crown.
does it look like this?

https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2200/...3c41d3d0_b.jpg
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Cross post from the road forum, or should it be the other way around?

I have a chorus RD and Veloce Cassette in the mail as we speak and the Record chain in my room and I cannot wait to ride without DT shifters for the first time on this ride.

As for the wheels, I decided to try them out after I found them on ebay for $230 shipped. They weigh something like 1600g's total? Either way I can afford two sets in case they break. Ill let you guys know how they ride.



A before shot for ****sngiggles.

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Old 12-26-07, 04:14 PM
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Originally Posted by piwonka
Nope, looks like this... Not mine, which has no decorative cutouts, it's just smooth. Allegedly has 531 blades.
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Gangl - Hearts Galore

This is my Xmas present! It is beautifully built (in 1983) with heart cut-outs everywhere! Rich Gangl is a true master. If you want more pics let me know.

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Originally Posted by Pogliaghi
If you want more pics let me know.
I'm lettin' you know.
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Originally Posted by digitalbicycle
I'm lettin' you know.
Ok Here are a couple more.





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Yes, and lovely ladies on the 3-Speed Tour too! Most ride in skirts or dresses. Lycra is not allowed.

I'm jealous! All I can say mighty fine, mighty fine! Cute ladies to boot!
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1968 Schwinn Collegiate Sport

This is a 1968 Schwinn Collegiate Sport that my Dad bought several months ago for 5 bucks. All we had to do was tighten the fork in the head tube, replace the back inner tube, and lubricate the back brake cable. It's a 5 speed and a solid bike for around town riding.





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Very nice shape. How about a closer shot of the saddle? That is worth at least 10 times what you paid for the bike all by itself.
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Originally Posted by Pogliaghi
This is my Xmas present! It is beautifully built (in 1983) with heart cut-outs everywhere! Rich Gangl is a true master. If you want more pics let me know.

my christmas present. you musta not been naughty...
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my christmas present. you musta not been naughty...
If I had got a lump of coal for Xmas my wife would probably have been a LOT happier with me!
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Originally Posted by Pogliaghi
If I had got a lump of coal for Xmas my wife would probably have been a LOT happier with me!
I dunno ... I got a "lump of coal" and my wife is not that happy with me (this is dog number five) ...

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