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Old 06-10-19, 07:50 PM
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So I stole this bike today...

... at least I feel like I did. It's a 1983 Nishiki Seral I scored off of Craigslist for $100. As far as I can tell it has all the original components except an aftermarket seatpost. A few paint scratches and oxidized aluminum, but overall a very nice bike. Wheels pretty darn true, too. It just needs handlebar tape, brake hoods, probably new cables and lubrication everywhere, and that's about it.

I tried to post pics but I don't have enough history here to be allowed to. As soon as I get a few more text posts under my belt I'll put some one here to get you-all's opinion.
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Old 06-10-19, 08:05 PM
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You only need 10 posts to be able to post pictures! So post away as we want to see that bike!
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Old 06-10-19, 08:38 PM
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Ask and Ye shall receive...






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Old 06-10-19, 09:09 PM
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Spenco grips!

Is that your highroof Econoline van in the background?
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Old 06-10-19, 09:18 PM
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Nice bike, love the Nishiki chainring on the Sugino AT cranks, and that it has cantis. But I think it's too small for you, and it appears to be my size.
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Old 06-10-19, 09:26 PM
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Splendid, if the frame was my size I would have jumped on it!
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Old 06-10-19, 09:56 PM
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Originally Posted by johnnyace View Post
love the Nishiki chainring
that chainring is nice, wish I had one of those
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...whenever I see a picture of a bike with that much saddle to bar drop and the saddle tilted waaay forward like that, my neck starts to ache.
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Old 06-10-19, 11:30 PM
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...whenever I see a picture of a bike with that much saddle to bar drop and the saddle tilted waaay forward like that, my neck starts to ache.
You should have that looked at.

I'm thinking this bike would look pretty rad with a brooks, paselas, rustines, a kalloy seatpost, and ... wait for it ... burgundy newbaums cotton bar tape.

Yes, burgundy.
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Old 06-11-19, 12:32 AM
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I don't get this luck, I never find anything worthy on there. You have to be 1 either lucky or 2 be at the right place at the right time. Lovely bike none the less, quite envious (in a good way).

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Old 06-11-19, 04:29 AM
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nice find

I see Nishiki's and other nice older bikes on CL, hope to find one nice as yours. Cool chainring I agree
Have to start hitting the garage sales as another potential source

How is this Nishiki geared?
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Old 06-11-19, 04:40 AM
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I'm so jealous! Great find.
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Yep. You stole it.
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Old 06-11-19, 05:59 AM
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It's sporty cousin is hanging up in the barn:






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Old 06-11-19, 06:58 AM
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Originally Posted by thumpism View Post
Is that your highroof Econoline van in the background?

Really!? You do not own an Econoline, an Econoline owns you.
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Old 06-11-19, 07:37 AM
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Originally Posted by mcm44 View Post
I see Nishiki's and other nice older bikes on CL, hope to find one nice as yours. Cool chainring I agree
Have to start hitting the garage sales as another potential source

How is this Nishiki geared?
The front chainrings are 50, 44, & 30. Seems kind of crazy to have such a huge jump from the smallest to the middle one.
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Old 06-11-19, 08:09 AM
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Nice grab. 👍 Yesterday, I passed on a Univega Supra Sport mixte, for $5.00!!! But I'm touring in a strange state, and just didn't have a place for it. 🙄😬😉
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Originally Posted by hatrabbit View Post
The front chainrings are 50, 44, & 30. Seems kind of crazy to have such a huge jump from the smallest to the middle one.
That's the traditional "half-step plus granny" set-up. I run 50-45-28 on my Trek 720, and my wife has 47-42-27 on her bike.
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Old 06-11-19, 11:03 AM
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It's a triple?

Originally Posted by hatrabbit View Post
The front chainrings are 50, 44, & 30. Seems kind of crazy to have such a huge jump from the smallest to the middle one.
In the pic, looked like a double, almost as if it were a compact set
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Old 06-11-19, 06:34 PM
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Those MK-II derailleurs are fantastic. Great find.
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Old 06-12-19, 07:29 AM
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Great score! I was looking for a score like that for a decade before finally finding my RB-T. It wasn't nearly as nice a deal as you got though.
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Nice
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Old 06-12-19, 12:08 PM
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Funny thing was that I checked CL randomly out of the blue and saw this bike for $130. I was too busy to follow up, and a few days later I went back to see if was still there. The guy had lowered it to $125, then $120. By the time I responded it was $100. Maybe I should have waited more, heh
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Old 06-13-19, 02:57 PM
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So how does paying $100 for a beater qualify as a "steal" or a "great score"? Bikes like that can be had at the bike co-op near me for just a little more, plus they've been gone over by a professional mechanic.
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Old 06-13-19, 04:39 PM
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That bike is a beauty. What do you plan on doing to it?
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