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Old 06-19-09, 11:54 AM   #1
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Hello! Nishiki Newbie from Seattle

hello! i was told to forward this thread from the introductions section to here, i dont know much about bicycles..but about a year ago, my old roommate left this rusty road bike in the garage after he had moved stayed there for a few months until i found it and decided to ride it, until it failed...then decided to do 'something' with it...mostly improvised as i went along

a two week long project

i dont know much about bicycles at all, but ive been lurking the web, visiting local shops, asking questions, being annoying, and all that...this is my attempt in putting some TLC into an old frame:

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the rear brakes are missing because i havent had the time to buy the cable..

the bicycle is a 1982 nishiki century 10 speed

here are the only before pics i have of it:

let me know what you guys think!


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Old 06-19-09, 12:02 PM   #2
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Free bikes are always a good thing. This one looks like it is in decent shape too. Can't beat that. Restore it and enjoy the ride!
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Old 06-19-09, 12:27 PM   #3
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Very nice! The centuries are around the lowest-end models, though someone else might be able to clarify this. Despite this, I think they're pretty great little bikes. At some point in the 80s they started making them with chromoly (my 85 has this), prior to that the centuries were hi-ten steel.

As mentioned earlier, others can fill you in on more history of your bike, this forum is one of the only places I've found info on them.
In any case very nice cleanup. You've got a great free bike
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Old 06-19-09, 01:00 PM   #4
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You did a first rate job of giving an old bike a new lease on life. Way to go.
It's true that the Century is the initial, entry level model for Nishiki, but you must take into consideration that Nishiki didn't turn out any junk. Actually, your bike frame was manufactured by Giant, hence the G on the right drop out. I had a 83 Century pass through my hands a couple of years ago. It was a nice rider. I sold it on CL for $70. It lasted about one day. The guy who got it just wanted a Nishiki, didn't care what model, as long as it was a Nishiki.
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