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Old 08-31-12, 10:11 AM   #1
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Nishiki Custom Sport

Returning to bicycling after >30 years. found this bike at a garage sale and it FIT ME. That's a first! i'm short. Had it hanging in barn for last 10 years. i see a serial number of B13089 at the base of the frame near the pedal gear. This coding does not match anything i'm seeing about Nikishi serial numbers. Any help on year this was build would be nice. It does have a "JAPAN" sticker on the frame tube above the pedal axle. As i am brand new to biking, i don't know what is original and what is not. i'll be taking to a shop to have it checked out and estimate cost to recondition what is here. Where does one find out how to be self sufficient in fixing/repair on these things? i have tons to learn. Help in where to start would be greatly appreciated.

just call me menopausal short ****.

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There is tons of bike maintenance info on the web, including from the legendary late Sheldon Brown. Bikeforums has links to Sheldon Brown web pages in the Bike Mechanics section. There are bike maintenance/repair videos on youtube. And if you have a very specific question that isn't answered in any of these, you can post it in the Bike Mechanics section and you will get expert advice there. Also there are a good many books on bike maintenance in case you prefer to refer to a book rather than searching the web. Maybe someone else can recommend a specific one.

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Post some good pics in The Classic and Vintage Forum.

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Welcome..and nice find!

To determine what you have, post pictures and a complete description in There is a wealth of information there.

To learn how to wrench, google, YouTube and are great places.

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