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Nishiki Riviera GT from 1985 rebuilt

Old 06-25-08, 05:33 PM
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Nishiki Riviera GT from 1985 rebuilt

Comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated. Pictures and component list below.

I started with the frame I got on ebay and with the help of this forum figured out what components would work. The frame has just the right amount of rust on it to make it taste/feel good. The whole thing cost about $700 and the bike is so much fun to ride.

The only major problem I ran into during the build was in using 700c wheels in place of the 27in wheels that came with this old frame. I ordered 700c wheels and Tektro Oryx cantilever brakes because I read on this forum about the success of such a combination. The Tektro brakes would not make contact with the rims at all, so I used some generic cantilevers off another bike, which worked okay. But then I went to "Recycles" (in Richmond Va.) and dug through their filling cabinets of brakes and found the old Shimanos in the picture below for $4! They work great and have plenty of wiggle room for adjustment. By the way, Recycles is the coolest bike shop ever. I wish there were something similar in NYC (Recycle a Bicycle is different but still cool).

At the suggestion of someone on this forum I went with 105 hubs because the rear spacing of the frame is about 124mm and I can squeeze the 130mm 105 hubs in without coldsetting the frame.

The dimension threaded stem seems fine, but it creeks and moves slightly. I don't think there is any chance of it coming loose, it's just that when it's locked at a certain angle there is some play. I will most likely get a solid stem sometime soon.

Some things I'd like to get in the near future: new saddle (any non-leather suggestions for this vegan? otherwise I might buy a used Brooks), front rack, different rear rack, handlebar bag, etc.

My roommate has some Ortlieb paniers that I'm going to use to go from NYC to Richmond Va. this summer.


Nishiki Riviera GT frame (serial is "WE 13007", which means it's from 1985 using Tmar's system)
Shimano UN53 bottom brakett 68 x 113mm
Sugino XD2 170mm crankset 26/36/48
Shimano HG50 11-34 cassette
wheelset: Shimano 105 hubs (36 hole), Alex Adventurer rims, double butted
spokes, brass nipples
SRAM 9 speed chain
Shimano Deore rear derailleur
Shimano Tiagra front derailleur
Shimano Ultegra 8/9 speed bar end shifters
Dimension threaded adjustable stem
Bianchi drop handlebars
vintage Shimano cantilever brakes
Shimano Aero brake levers
Tektro RL720 inline cross brake levers
Sugino seatpost
Original headset?
"Buzz Off" saddle?



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Old 03-31-09, 07:19 PM
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Really nice looking ride! Its such a classic frame and I'm sure that with your build you can really get going fast. Get some fenders on that thing to keep you dry.
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