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Nishiki Mixte 1976..but what model?

Old 04-14-10, 10:30 AM
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Nishiki Mixte 1976..but what model?

I picked up a 1976 (according to serial number) Nishiki Mixte for my wife the other day.
The headbadge was still present, but no other decals or markings other than an expired
1982 license remained.
Not real important, but would be interested in learning the model.
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 curve 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.
Not even sure of how many models were available with Nishiki in 1976, yet alone as a Mixte?

Don't have any good pics yet.
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Old 08-17-10, 06:39 PM
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Bumping this thread since I adde pictures. Would like to ID the model, but it is not super important.
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Old 08-17-10, 06:43 PM
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Nice looker. Are you certain about the serial number. I have an 84 that I first thought was a 74. The components on yours do not look 70s, but decidedly 80s.

I'll bet it's an 86, the 82 license plate notwithstanding!

Mine is the Riviera mixte.
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It looks 1970s to me.
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No expert here. Your bike is a 10-speed which is typical of late 70s to early 80s. By mid 80s, Nishiki was manufacturing 12-speeds. The chromed tips give away that it was a mid-level Nishiki. It seems to me like this is a Nishiki Olympic. 1980-82 sounds about right. There is a thread on this forum focused on Nishiki bikes serial numbers. A gentleman there named "T-mar" is supposed to be the expert. You may want to post there, too (or send him a private message.) Here is the link:
https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...hlight=nishiki

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Old 08-17-10, 07:38 PM
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Thanks all. Serial number is KF29984. I will go out on the Nishiki thread above an post.
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I have an '82 Olympic 12 mixte (serial number KB 17553). Like this one, it has the chromed fork tips. Though, mine came with sidepull brakes and upright bars. My frame is straight chromoly main tubes, and has sugino gt cranks and suntour front and rear derailleurs (arx). On mine, the rear dropout also has a derailleur hanger. In any case, I don't think the RD is stock-- I think Nishikis typically sported suntour. I have since returned the bike to centerpull brakes (though french ones, oh the horreur), and I like this set up much better.

Hmm. KF in the serial would indicate a date of 1986-- I don't think this bike is, though.

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Thanks all. According to T-Mar's serial number breakdown, I don't think it is 1986:
"Serial number format XYZZZZZ where:
X is a letter indicating the market using the following codes:
C = Canada (pre-1985)
K = USA (pre 1985)
W = USA (1985-1987*)

Y is a letter indicating the last digit of the manufacturing calendar year, where A =1, B = 2, C = 3… J = 0. Exception is letter S, used on all frames prior to 1975.

ZZZZZ is a five or six digit number, apparently representing a sequential frame manufac turing number for the year (or era in the case of pre 1975 frames)

Example 1: KA24587 is the 24,787th frame produced in 1981 for the US market.

Example 2: CG231117 is the 23,117th frame produced in 1977 for the Canadian market.

Example 3: WE54612 is the 54,612th frame produced in 1985 for the US market. "


Regardless of what it is, the bike is perfect for my wife and I find myself just riding it around the neighborhood cause I like it so much.
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The easiest way to date a bike continues to be to look up the date codes on the components. Everything from the stem, to the crankset, to both derailleurs, etc., will have date codes on them. But KFxxxxx serial number is 1976, which fits with everything you know.

The lack of decals and logos makes model ID somewhat more speculative. It looks a lot like an Olympic to me, given nutted rear axle, steel rims, etc. Decals back in the mid 1970s were pretty neat.

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Well... looks like yours is an 82, which is in accordance with the license you mentioned, the components on the bike, etc. As far as the model goes, I'm quite convinced yours is an Olympic. Nice to hear you're enjoying the way it rides. I also have an 83 Nishiki mixte (a lower level "Century") and the bike offers such an amazing ride. The only thing I've noticed is that when fully loaded (w/ rear panniers) the bike becomes quite flexy, although I've read that this is inherent of virtually all steel mixtes. Does her bike fit you OK? Here is mine:

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Sharp looking Mixte. Looks elegant with the fenders and rack. My wife is 5'8.5" and I am about 5'10" but we have about the same inseam, 32" so we can swap bikes without adjustment for the most part. I would also assume this is an Olympic, regardless, we enjoy the classic ride no matter what model.
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Thanks Thrifty Bill, I concur!
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