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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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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 06-11-19, 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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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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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?

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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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Old 06-12-19, 07:36 AM
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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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Old 06-13-19, 04:46 PM
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So a few nicks in the paint and dried hoods makes it a "beater"?

And your bike co-op professionally goes over bikes that they sell for little more than $100? That's generous of them. At ours, they ADD $100 to the as-is price if you want them to professionaly tune, clean, inspect, etc. the bike.

Granted, I wouldn't call $100 a "steal" for this bike. But a chrome-moly (hand built?) frame with pantographs, decked out in Suntour, early-gen cantis and half-step gearing, with a 9/10 finish, is far from a "beater".
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