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Old 10-24-04, 06:14 PM   #1
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nishiki international

not being familiar with nishiki's line. i came across a nishiki international with suntour arx components, dia-comp brakes, sunshine hubs, made in japan, lugged with poor lug lining. i figure this wasn't near the top but i think they wanted $10 for it. but it needs a bit of cleaning, new chain, tires, tape, hoods, cables. all in all about $50. almost got it to fix up for a friend who's looking for a bike. their last bike was a dept. store bike that's already totally broken down. do you think it's worth fixing up?

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Old 10-24-04, 06:35 PM   #2
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In the early 1970s, the International, which was introduced as the Kokusai ("international" in Japanese, I have been told), was third from the top of Nishiki's lineup, below the Road Compe, Competition, and/or Professional, depending on the model year. It had a lower-end Sugino Maxi aluminum crank and CrMo in the main frame tubes only. They tended to be heavy and not very resilient.

The International evolved and improved considerably during the 1970s, as did the entire Nishiki line. If yours is a 12-speed, it probably dates from the late 1970s or early 1980s and is a very decent ride.
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Old 10-25-04, 12:13 AM   #3
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As per my earlier post (, I have a 1980 (as best I can figure) 12 speed International. Since that post, I have since had a new Suntour (my LBS had one sitting around) rear derailleur installed (I think it says X-5000). My next task is to clean up the frame. It is a great ride. I use clipless pedals on it & I put 50 kms on it today alone (& we have had early snow here - i waited until the major roads were clear at least). I may be a bit biased ( ), but I would recommend you fix it up. I sure get a lot of questions & compliments about mine.

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You won't likely find a better deal than that. The bike is a good, reliable ride. Your friend will enjoy it for years.
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One of my kids used to race on the Nishiki Internaional. Nice bike for its time!
It's a keeper!
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