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Rebuild my Nishiki Custom Sport (1977) ?

Old 03-16-08, 11:06 PM
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Rebuild my Nishiki Custom Sport (1977) ?

Sitting in my parents' garage is my Nishiki Custom Sport - which I got new in 1977 at age 13. Being particularly short - it was/is a bike of small dimensions (I don't know the details - looks like 24" or 650c wheels on it.) Although I took very good care of it 30+ years ago - it's been sitting in the garage gathering dust for decades. My parents are looking to dump it come next town (large) trash day - but I was wondering if it would be economically feasible to restore it for my ten year old son. I'm real good at changing tubes/tires, cleaning my chain and lubing cables - but that's the extent of my bike mechanics and this bike is in need of far more than that. I do have a neighbor who worked at a bike shop in college - who often gives me advice - but he's a busy guy and I can't expect him to do much of the work. Would it "pay" to have a bike shop do the work or am I better off continuing to search for a used 24" road bike on a budget of ~$200? Right now my son has a loaner Schwinn Frontier (read as older, low-end mountain bike) - and he's trying to keep up with me on a Giant road/hybrid. Best I've been able to afford to date is getting the slickest tires I can - which is hard for a 24x1.95 wheel.

Thanks in advance for sharing your thoughts.
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Old 03-16-08, 11:27 PM
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I am sure people will have better answers than me, as most on this part of the forum are more knowlegable. But asking a C and V group whether you should restore it, you are going to get a biased answer.

One. Bianchi makes a 24 in bike. I can;t think of any other major marquees that do. I believe it sells for around 900 retail. You could probably pick one up for 400 or so.

Restoring has it costs, assuming the paint is good and no rust on the frame. Here it goes....
Materials For the Bike.....
New Cables/ Housing....20
tires 20 chucksbikes.com if they are 24's. if they are 650's plan on spending 30 a piece on tires.
tubes 10 at LBS
Brake Pads 10 at LBS
Handlebar tape 10 at LBS
Brake Hoods 15 at LBS

We are at 85

Tools/ Cleaning Supplies
chain 10 at nashbar.com
Cable Cutter 15 at nashbar.com
Basic Tool Kit 70 at Nashbar.com
Grease for bearings 10 at LBS

We are at 190.

Advice to learn how to do this: free at parktool.com

What you will have to do....
At minimum
replace chain
replace tires and tubes
replace cables and housing
replace handlebar tape
replace brake pads

If you can ( and you probably should)
repack bb
repack hubs
repack headset
grease every thing you can

It will be a labor of love. You could do it with your son and it would be a learning experience and bonding time for both of you.

But you should try to take it apart first. If you run into any major snags like ...
the seatpost wont come out
you strip some major bolts ( like the headset)
the wheels are majorly out of true.

Buy the other bike.

I hope I was of some help.
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Well one thing if for sure, it would be a loss to toss this bike in the dump. If you don't rebuild it, sell it on Craigslist, donate it for a tax write off, or contact the guy on this forum who is looking for small road bikes. If you don't refurb it, someone else will because those bikes are not common.
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Thanks - This is Exactly the Advise I was Seeking

Thanks abeyance - this is exactly the analysis I was seeking - what the Task list is - what the cost of the parts might be. Now I need to carefully examine the bike again - with all of this in mind. One thing that's sticking in my mind was the wheels looked a bit corroded and I did see a very small spot of rust on the side of the down tube - does that change anything? New wheels for sure aren't in the budget.

Again - sincere thanks, this information is incredibly helpful!

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Old 03-17-08, 11:51 AM
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Would Never Ever Dump it

Thanks for sharing your thoughts roccobike - I agree - I promise I won't dump it - here in NYC I can bring it in to Recycle A Bicycle if I can't hack it.
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