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1979 Nishiki - What model might this be?

Old 12-15-11, 07:34 PM
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1979 Nishiki - What model might this be?

I have been riding this bike as my daily commuter for over a year now and I am beginning to like it more and more. I had originally bought it as a bare frame to build up for my wife, but until last year when I converted it for commuting, it had little use. I would very much appreciate any insight into what model it might be.

Here's what I know about it:

I bought it as a new bare frameset from Arnie Nashbar at his outlet store near Youngstown, Ohio in 1979 or 1980. It was hanging there completely nude of decals and headbadge, and the price was right - seventy bucks I think. Nobody there seemed to know much about the thing other than it was made with Tange tubing and had a sloping crown Tange fork and headset. Dropouts are forged SunTour. The candy apple red color is how it came.

The only clue I had that it was a Nishiki is that the seatstay caps are stamped. This past year I compared the serial number with the Nisihiki db and it matches for the year 1979. Pics are below. Anybody have an idea about what the model is. The other question I have is why this was available as a nude frameset in the first place.






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I don't have any 1979 literature but based on the 1978 models, the best candidate is an International. The higher models didn't have sufficient clearance for fenders, especially with the wheel all the way forward in the dropouts. Lower models used cable stops for the rear brake cable. Based on the lack of decals, it may have been a warranty replacement frame. Please post your serial number for the database, TIA.
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Cool bike. Continue to enjoy it.
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Thanks much. Fender clearance is very tight, but possible with 27 x 1 1/4 tires as well as the current 700C x 32mm tires. The rear has to be deflated in order to remove the wheel. The other thing that I forgot to mention was that there were no holes on the head tube where the head badge would have been mounted.

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Just saw this thread.

Your frame is a match for the 1979 International. What matches is:
rear dropouts
head tube lugs
Seat tube lugs
No brazed on cable guides on top tube
seat stay caps

Your forks do not match, but I think you know that.

No other models for 1979 that I have seen comes close to matching.
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