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Old 09-12-13, 12:24 AM
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What am I working with here folks?

Picked up this Nishiki 5 Speed from a garage sale for $30. Probably paid too much as it needs some work. But I want to learn how to do maintenance on my own so I figured this would be a good project. Anyway, just wondering what model it is or any other info you folks might have about it. I went through the wikipedia list and cross referenced with google images and got zip.

Nishiki 5 Speed
G0478
Serial Number: 9112374
Shifter: Suntour
Break: Dia compe
Break Caliper Stamp: 730
Femco 1207 tensile tubing
Crank: JJ8 Taiwan
Product of Taiwan R.O._.
Derailleur: Suntour GT 4532

Thanks in advance!
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Old 09-12-13, 12:42 AM
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You kidding? Even with work, $30 looks like a great deal for that bike, the color is awesome! Has fenders AND a basket! That's $30 right there...
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Old 09-12-13, 03:25 AM
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Very nice bike. You could part it out for 3 times that. Good luck.
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I think you got a good deal, bike like that would fetch close to $75 around here, cleaned up a $100. Looks like a late 70's early 80's to me.

Clean it up and use it as a neighborhood cruiser/grocery getter or sell it to a college student.

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Nice ride for $30. Don't let anyone too heavy ride it, because of course "Femco" is the female gender of steel alloy, and therefore weaker
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What was your question? I mean, you know it's a Nishiki lady's model five speed, and you have identified the components; that's probably all there is to know. It's probably from the 1970's. Pump the tires up to somewhere around 50 psi and see how it rides. Then, if you have specific questions, I'm sure someone here or the mechanics forum will be happy to help.

Looks like a fine bike; it it's what you want (my wife has something similar, and loves it), you really can't beat the price. I'm sure it's well made and as reliable as anything made today.
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$30 for a working bike? Sounds good to me. The only time I ever bought a bike for $30 or less, it needed a total overhaul--and new wheels.
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It's a pretty basic, well equipped bike whose frame was made by Giant in Taiwan (officially the Republic of China, thus the R.O.C. label). The cranks are cottered, but more importantly the rims appear to be aluminum which is better for wet weather braking.

For the right person, that's a very good "getting around town" bike.
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On the right rear dropout there is a stamp that begins with G, signifying Giant. The last digit of that code will tell you what year it was built. Can't really read it from the pic. 9= 79, etc. Certainly not 89. I have a 78 Schwinn, Femco 1207, built by Giant. There are a lot of similarities in the frame details.
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Ah, Republic of China. Thanks a lot! That answered one of the lingering questions I had. I've made a lot of conclusions about the bike based on what I see but I'm the type of person that will try to track down an owner's manual for something old just because I like the little details. Thanks again
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Thanks for the input! I really thought the tires were going to need replacing given that the sidewalls felt really crusty. The label on the side showed 80 psi. I crossed my fingers and pumped em up and they held air. I'm looking forward to shining it up in the future. Needs new cables, bottom bracket refurb, new chain. Looking forward to hobbying it up. I grabbed the bike for my wife to get her back into riding. You know that saying, "it's like riding a bike, you never forget how.?" Not true
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize View Post
On the right rear dropout there is a stamp that begins with G, signifying Giant. The last digit of that code will tell you what year it was built. Can't really read it from the pic. 9= 79, etc. Certainly not 89. I have a 78 Schwinn, Femco 1207, built by Giant. There are a lot of similarities in the frame details.
That's great info! Thanks!
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