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Old 05-21-07, 10:22 PM   #1
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Nishiki Custom Sport

I have a Nishiki Custom Sport with a Kawamura built frame, ID: KS270693. I would like to find out more about the bike. It seems to be different from all the other custom sport bikes I have found. Please let me know if you have any info. Thanks.









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Old 05-22-07, 06:24 AM   #2
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The Custom Sport was Nishiki's entry level model. The components are typical for the era and level and the frame is basic hi-tensile steel, resulting in a somewhat heavy (approx. 31 lbs), but sturdy and reliable bicycle. Based on the decals and serial number, yours is one of the very early models, circa 1973/1974. In 1973 they were spec'd with Shimano derailleurs, so yours is probably a 1974, unless they had shortages on the Shimano parts, which was not uncommon at the height of the bicycle boom. Original price was $99.00 US in 1973. The brand was quite highly regarded amongst the mass volume manufacturers. It was manufactured by a Japanese company named Kawamura and marketed in the USA by West Coast Cycle Supply
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Thanks for the info.
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As usual, T-Mar has it right. I worked part-time at a Nishiki-Peugeot dealership from early 1972 through mid-1974, when the Custom Sport and Olympic always came with Shimano, so yours is probably a late 1974 or a 1975 model. I have yet to decode Kawamura's serial numbers, although I recall that my Semi-Pro, purchased in March 1971, was KS78091.
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