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Old 07-16-10, 03:49 PM
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still can't seem to get it....

ok so I've been working on repainting this frame I bought used that some one painted over with house paint. Still can't nail down the date.
serial is KS116341 and here is a photo.
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Originally Posted by anti_spandex
ok so I've been working on repainting this frame I bought used that some one painted over with house paint. Still can't nail down the date.
serial is KS116341 and here is a photo.
According to this database, you've got a pre-1975 Nishiki which pretty much makes it a 1973 or 1974 because they were American Eagle before that.
One of your pics has a model name. It looks like "Safari", but I can't be sure. I'm not familiar with any "Safari" model.
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Originally Posted by CPFITNESS
Here are a couple of pics of my run of the mill 83 Nishik Century. Does anyone know what they call this color or where my best source for finding something similar would be? I was too anxious and should have taken it by my LBS to investigate the surface rust, instead I did a serious hand sanding job over the worst areas of rust to reveal that the frame is very solid. In the short term I wouldn't mind doing some simple touching up, though I may just wrap the top tube in camo bar tape and put some stickers on the seat tube area.

Presently I don't know if I'm going to keep it as is since I live in NYC having it look beat will make it of less interest to a thieve though part of me may end up giving it a full restore. I think what I do will be determined by just how well the frame actually fits me.

The color is black. I would buy some good quality spray paint and spray the top tube. Let it cure for a week, then ride. I would not spend a lot on a 83 Century. It's a nice bike, just not a high end bike.
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According to this database, you've got a pre-1975 Nishiki which pretty much makes it a 1973 or 1974 because they were American Eagle before that.
One of your pics has a model name. It looks like "Safari", but I can't be sure. I'm not familiar with any "Safari" model.



well my neighbor brought over his american eagle 3 speed, and it has the same heart welded on to it and the same W under the serial. This is why I'm still wondering what it really is especially with the safari logo you mentioned.
and the old bike pump holder. So strange......
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I have been commuting on a 12 speed Nishiki Olympic for a few months now. My serial # is CB803355 made in Taiwan. I just had to replace the Shimano index derailleur and could not tell if it was original, but the front derailleur and brakes are Shimano. I can not figure out the serial code with the figures on page 1, I didn't think it was that old. Any help?
*edit- It has a black and white Nishiki decal on the front

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Originally Posted by roccobike
The color is black. I would buy some good quality spray paint and spray the top tube. Let it cure for a week, then ride. I would not spend a lot on a 83 Century. It's a nice bike, just not a high end bike.
hmm, it's definately got a reddish hue to it, but too late, I already took the flat black rattle can to it for a temporary fix to get a solid uniform color on it. As for not spending a lot of money on it, too late, I'm already almost $500 in on it, but she rides like a dream!
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I do not have the serial number for this Nishiki - just that it is a 12-speed with alu rims; probably a "Nishiki Sport".

Based on this picture, does anyone know off hand the approximate vintage of this bike?

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To the above, look up the component codes, they all will be marked. Looks like early 1980s to me.

I picked up three Nishiki Internationals yesterday. Two of the serial numbers are just nine numbers apart. Sugino cranks are marked September 1972, Suntour RD is marked April 1972, freewheel is marked August 1972, stem is just marked "72", so I am calling these bikes 1973 models. All have cromoly frames, alloy rims, alloy cranksets. They could be late 1972 bikes.




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Ok, I started a thread in C&V because I missed this one in searches some how. What is this thing?


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Yep, a mid 70s Olympic. Check date codes to narrow it down. You can see your serial number is over 100,000 higher than mine above, so I am guessing it is a 1974. (KS = pre 1975 serial number). I had a 1974 Olympic myself in a step through frame style, serial number KS 286901. If I still had it, I would check some component codes to validate it.


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Another tip on dating a Nishiki. I pulled the front fork off the blue International above, it is coded: "2 K". Based on everything else on the bike, I am guessing this stands for November 1972. So I am sticking with my "1973" estimate.


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Nishiki International Serial Number KJ21789
I bought this bike new in 1980, so no question as to date or history. It is original, no changes or modifications. Even the tires and tubes are original (and still hold air). I think I paid about $325 or $395? By the time we paid off the credit card- it was more like $900!!!

I can't recall what the original handlebar tape was like, but I have found some original style gum brake hoods. Any info on the correct tape would be appreciated. I plan to keep the bike original, just for the memories.

Lots of pics- good reference for a 1980 model:




















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Good comparison of a 1980 International versus a 1973. Awesome condition!

Here's the first 1973 finished. It moved to a new home yesterday.


Went with aerolevers and DT shifters on this one. Next one will get the stock stem shifters, and yellow bar tape.




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I am working on fixing up my 1982 Nishiki Olympic. I have replaced the cables, rear derailleur, and chain, and I am looking to replace the freewheel, chain ring and maybe cranks. Are there any suggestions on what to replace them with on a limited budget?
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Originally Posted by markmontana
Nishiki International Serial Number KJ21789
I bought this bike new in 1980, so no question as to date or history. It is original, no changes or modifications. Even the tires and tubes are original (and still hold air). I think I paid about $325 or $395? By the time we paid off the credit card- it was more like $900!!!

I can't recall what the original handlebar tape was like, but I have found some original style gum brake hoods. Any info on the correct tape would be appreciated. I plan to keep the bike original, just for the memories.

Lots of pics- good reference for a 1980 model:
I have a 1983 catalog. The 83 International was almost the same color, but had a maroon headtube insert. Nishiki used what looks like cotton maroon/brown tape to match the headtube color. In your situation, I'd try for cotton or vinyl brown to match the cable and decal brown on your bike. I'm certain that's the color they would match. There is a remote, very remote possibility they used foam. Nishiki used foam on their top end tourer and on the Olympic, one model down from the International in 83. I'd go with the tape.

BTW, seriously beautiful bike in show room condition. Wow.
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Originally Posted by ASUDeadhead
I am working on fixing up my 1982 Nishiki Olympic. I have replaced the cables, rear derailleur, and chain, and I am looking to replace the freewheel, chain ring and maybe cranks. Are there any suggestions on what to replace them with on a limited budget?
New freewheels are cheap. I would go to Niagara Cycle and pick up a six speed freewheel of your choice. For the crank, a donor bike or a used crankset off ebay is your cheapest option (should cost less than what replacement rings will cost you). Most of my cranksets come from donor bikes.
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Originally Posted by wrk101
Good comparison of a 1980 International versus a 1973. Awesome condition!

Here's the first 1973 finished. It moved to a new home yesterday.


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Nice work- the bike looks great!
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Originally Posted by roccobike
... I'd go with the tape.

BTW, seriously beautiful bike in show room condition. Wow.
Thank you. I decided to use some Red Deda tape that was in the tool box- just couldn't wait to find some proper tape. (wrk101 and I must have similar tastes.) I had a little trouble with the new brake hoods, DON'T try to put them on with the brakes on the bike.
Took it out for a short ride last night- just perfect...

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^^ That is a beautiful bike and like others have said, looks to be in showroom condition. Very nice.

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On lever hoods, I always mount them with the levers off the handlebars. I find if I try to force them on with the levers on the bike, I rip about a third of them. Feed them up from the bottom and it always goes better.

That red tape looks great! I am going to use yellow tape on the next blue International I rehab. I wanted to use red housing as well, but I was out. I do have yellow housing, but it might be too much yellow.
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Here is a Nishiki Mixte that I believe to be a 1976. Decals are gone, but the headbadge is present. Serial number is KF29984. The components - Shimano 600 FD and RD, Stem shifters. Dia Compe brakes. Shimano hubs on steel wheels. Champion pro cycle handle bars. They are the drop down, but have a slight bend across the top until they cur ve and drop down. Manufactured that way, not accidentaly bent.
Sugino Maxy cranks - 165mm. Pedals are aluminum, which seemed odd, but aren't compatible with clips, they are the style of pedal that are one sided, one sided bear traps I suppose.

Looking to find out the model?

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Hey everybody,
I just dug an old Nishiki custom sport out of my parent's garage and was looking for info on the bike when I came across this thread. The initial post mentioned that there are no reported examples of giant-produced frames outside of the 1980-1986 date range, so I thought that it was pretty neat that the bike I dug up has the serial number G1279 :-)
So there ya go; a pre-1980 Giant-produced Nishiki, albeit by only a month.

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p.s. your bikes look great! Don't know if my 1979 heap will look as nice but I think I'll take a shot at some minor restoration

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My friend's Nishiki Competition. It looks to be a 1970's model to me. He's excited to be picking it up this weekend. And, yes, I'll be fixing the seatpost and saddle for him.

Serial # K5189739 with a W underneath that.





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Hey guys what a great thread! Ok Im still looking and reading around but I checked the serial number and my Nishiki says KS171108 so it looks like it was for the US market pre 1975! I just did a 160km leisure cycle on it and a guy said that my bike must have been old, I thought yeh maybe the eighties but I didnt think it'd be seventies.. could it really? Ill take some good pics, its not in its original state, I have it as a commuting racer.
nice one for the thread!
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I forgot an image of my Nishiki, it seems a little similar to the orange Nishiki competition due to the back frame stays curling around the seat post/top tube to accomodate the brakes. any thoughts?


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