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Old 04-22-19, 03:22 PM
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Originally Posted by jn.fb View Post
I just picked up a Nishiki today, but I can't seem to fit the serial number to any of the formats listed in the original post. Does anybody have any ideas? WBT01718V

I can upload pictures to another site if it's helpful, as my post limit here is too low to attach them.
That looks more like the Danish VIN system than a serial number. If so, it indicates a model imported by Taarnby a/s during 1961, 1982 or 2003. Taarnby is a known Nishiki distributor but 1961 pre-dates the brand.
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Old 04-22-19, 03:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Parabolous View Post
I recently picked up a Nishiki Colorado off the local CL. I believe it's a 1989 model based off of Shimano component codes. However the serial number located under the down tube towards the BB is odd. The second to last number looks to be a degree symbol. It could be an 8 that's worn away but it doesn't look as such and it sits higher than the other numbers. So the serial number looks like this:

W8909300
Baed on my current understanding of this format, it's in the grey area where it could be a 1989 or 1990 model. Please post pictures.
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Old 04-23-19, 10:01 AM
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
That looks more like the Danish VIN system than a serial number. If so, it indicates a model imported by Taarnby a/s during 1961, 1982 or 2003. Taarnby is a known Nishiki distributor but 1961 pre-dates the brand.
Thank you for your reply. That would make sense as I bought it in Copenhagen so it cannot have travelled so far since it was imported.

There are very few decals remaining but I believe the frame to be an Olympic model. The tubing is Tange Champion No.1, and the current set up has it running on Mavic rims and hubs with everything else comprised of mixed Dura Ace. I doubt that any of this is original, but the frame is still in very good condition. I'd imagine this would realistically make it a 1982 model?
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Old 04-24-19, 06:55 AM
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Originally Posted by jn.fb View Post
Thank you for your reply. That would make sense as I bought it in Copenhagen so it cannot have travelled so far since it was imported.

There are very few decals remaining but I believe the frame to be an Olympic model. The tubing is Tange Champion No.1, and the current set up has it running on Mavic rims and hubs with everything else comprised of mixed Dura Ace. I doubt that any of this is original, but the frame is still in very good condition. I'd imagine this would realistically make it a 1982 model?
Yes, it probably is 1982. You can post pictures to the forum, they just won't appear in this thread. But I still access them. I don't much about the European markets at this time but in America the Olympic was an upper entry level model. The American models also didn't get proper Tange decals but generic tubing decals. Still, your bicycle would be about the equivalent of the USA market Professional/Ultimate or Comp II.
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Old 04-26-19, 11:31 AM
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I just got this and it is missing the maker and model decals. However, by the equipment and serial number (KA05251) it should be a 1981 Compe II. Derailleurs and saddle have been replaced.

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Old 05-09-19, 09:31 PM
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Nishiki Safari

I'll put up full bike pics soon...for T-MAR



Have to save another one....

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Old 05-10-19, 02:27 AM
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Finished the bike ist back on the road again. Thanks for your support. Uploaded in my Album!
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Old 05-11-19, 11:42 AM
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Nishiki Safari

Let the summer project begin...Seat post is jammed all the way down;-(


Rusty old rear rack and genuine Kawamura fenders.


I'll clean this up and see if it works down the road.
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Ah dang it, I should have taken some pictures. At the coop they have a Nishiki Road Comp frame yellow frame black head tube with chrome head-lugs and wrap around seatstays. The frame was double butted, still had an American Eagle decal at the bb. Quite impressive I'll say. I told the coop guys that it was a top flight of its brand of the day.

Next time I go back I'll shoot some pictures, if it's still there in a few weeks I'll probably buy it, or they'll force me to take it away.
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Nishiki International #cj01637. I cant see it being 1980, is it? Not sure whats original components. It had xce Cantis and derailleurs. 700c araya rims
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Can anyone identify my frame?

Hey together. So many nice bikes - so much knowledge. Seems like a nice place to join.
I hope anyone can help me:

Serial number EJ103194
Nishiki engraved on the dropouts around where the quick release goes through.
Screws on the dropouts
Chrome on the fork blades and on the dropouts - couldnt find a matching frame on the internet.
Chrome all over under the paint.
Mixed shimano parts: dura ace, 600
Mavic Rims and super record hubs
No original decals

As Im not allowed to post photos or links: you can download an image of the frame here on wetransfer. Just add https to the beginning:

://we.tl/t-Lw8fx8Tgg9

Id love to know more about the frame as Im thinking of a restoration.

Thanks in advance. Hans
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Old 05-14-19, 04:38 PM
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This Canadian 1984 International is shining up nicely.



1984 Nishiki

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Old 05-15-19, 08:08 AM
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Nishiki International #cj01637. I cant see it being 1980, is it? Not sure whats original components. It had xce Cantis and derailleurs. 700c araya rims
The serial number would appear to indicate 1990 as the International did not use cantilever brakes in 1980 but did in 1990. Both the 1990 & 1991 Canadian market versions of the International were spec'd with SunTour XCE but I have the 1990 catalogue and the graphics don't match, so I suspect this is a 1991 model manufactured in late 1990. FYI, according to the product list, the MSRP was $750 CDN and the tubing under that generic decal is Tange 900.
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Old 05-15-19, 08:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Ritzel View Post
Hey together. So many nice bikes - so much knowledge. Seems like a nice place to join.
I hope anyone can help me:

Serial number EJ103194
Nishiki engraved on the dropouts around where the quick release goes through.
Screws on the dropouts
Chrome on the fork blades and on the dropouts - couldnt find a matching frame on the internet.
Chrome all over under the paint.
Mixed shimano parts: dura ace, 600
Mavic Rims and super record hubs
No original decals

As Im not allowed to post photos or links: you can download an image of the frame here on wetransfer. Just add https to the beginning:

://we.tl/t-Lw8fx8Tgg9

Id love to know more about the frame as Im thinking of a restoration.

Thanks in advance. Hans
Hans, welcome to the forums. The serial number, in combination with the frame features, indicates a European market model manufactured in 1980 and at least mid-range in level. The European Nishiki were spec'd by the importer. This makes it difficult to identify for most forum members, who are based in North America, and it is further complicated by low photo resolution and mixed components. The only component which I can positively identify from the non-drive side photo is Shimano AX series front brake caliper. However, this does not appear to be OEM, as I can't identify any other AX series components, including the brake levers. The presence of brake safety levers seem inappropriate for the level of the frame. Additional, better resolution pictures of the major components may help but the probability is low given a European model and mixed components.
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Old 05-15-19, 12:21 PM
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Second set of numbers. Owner applied?

A

Found these number under the grime.

Safari KS114773 on BB
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Old 05-15-19, 02:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Londonsworld View Post
Found these number under the grime.

Safari KS114773 on BB
That's very neat stamping for owner application. The format reminds of the product numbers used by some of the larger chains, such as Sears. Is that corrosion around the edges and in the numbers or just grease? If corrosion, that suggests this set of numbers was stamped after the painting operation and is probably not factory applied. You should be able to increase your confidence one way or the other by comparing the impressions to the proper serial number for font style, font size and paint fill.

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Old 05-16-19, 10:51 PM
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Its just grease.....Having fun cleaning up this machine
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Correct size bolt for mounting rear rack?



WB cage bolt is too small'-( M6?
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