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Winter project: Japanese market Nishiki Pro

Old 09-30-23, 11:16 AM
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Winter project: Japanese market Nishiki Pro

ere is an interesting bike I picked up while living in Japan, a 10 speed chrome Kawamura Nishiki. Like many early Japanese road bikes I saw there the bike had a hodgepodge of parts; in order to keep on rolling Japanese racers back then would upgrade components to whatever worked best or was available.
  • Kawamura Nishiki frame, headset, KMF Nishiki drops. 0.8-0.5-0.8 tubing
  • 5 speed Shimano arabesque hubs on super champion tubular rims.
  • Arabesque rear derailleur and down tube shifter.
  • Shimano 60 front derailleur (first generation 600?).
  • Sugino super mighty 52/42 drillium crank with 165mm cranks. That size is actually common in Japan.
  • Dia Compe G brake levers.
  • Nitro Duralum-n14s-4b, Exage brake levers.
  • Unknown unmarked stem. Pretty, with the bottom round plug instead of the standard wedge.
  • Shimano 105 pedals.
First question is age. The serial number doesn't comply with later US serials, M7320XXX. As best as I can tell the 5 speed arabesque derailleurs and 5 speed hubs are original, so that would peg it around 1975.

I plan on doing a full Shimano 600 group set and probably relacing the hubs on clincher rims.











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Edited to reduce annoyance factor

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Stem is possibly an SR New Royal Superlight?
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Old 09-30-23, 10:24 PM
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Technically an "SR New Super Royal Super Light" (that's two "supers" in one name, if you were counting_)
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As far as the rebuild, I understand the goal of having a full component group of a single model. It makes maintaining the bike easier and probably looks better. But for this bike, and any other bike that has been used , the rebuild loses a bit of history. The Japanese racers were not the only ones that used the parts that they could get as spares. Every racer that I knew here in the US had a mix of parts. Sometimes it was because a new better item came out, sometimes it was because the broken part could not be located. The changes tell a story. I have a bike with non original bars, replaced after a crash with what I could get. There’s something to preserving what history serves up.
On a less philosophical note, thanks for editing your photos so they are not repeated in the post. We all ought to try to do that. It makes reading the posts so much easier and faster.
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Originally Posted by abdon
[Removed pics as they were included in the quote bellow]
BTW, thank you; there is little that is more infuriating than seeing a topic with the same photos reposted over and over again, mostly because folks hit "Reply" without sensible editing before "Send".

Oh -- and interesting project!
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Originally Posted by tiger1964
BTW, thank you; there is little that is more infuriating than seeing a topic with the same photos reposted over and over again, mostly because folks hit "Reply" without sensible editing before "Send".

Oh -- and interesting project!
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Ha! Now there are no pics!
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Yeah, shouldn't the pics be _preserved_ in the original post, and _removed_ from the replies? It's the pics in the replies that are superfluous.
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What a beautiful chrome frame! Love the fork.
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Originally Posted by abdon
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First question is age. The serial number doesn't comply with later US serials, M7320XXX. As best as I can tell the 5 speed arabesque derailleurs and 5 speed hubs are original, so that would peg it around 1975.
Order Nishiki Professional (OPN) frame serial numbers typically start with "NP", but some found in Asia start with "M".

the second character "7" = 1977 the year of frame manufacture.
the third character "3" = March the month of frame manufacture.

Bicycling Magazine Aug 1976 has an article about Order Nishiki Professional bicycles.
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