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Opinions on 2 older bikes please!(12 posts)

Opinions on 2 older bikes please!look271
Oct 24, 2001 3:39 PM
I want to get a trainer/commuter/backup bike and have 2 in mind. A local lbs has a Nishiki w/ Tange steel frame, Suntour components (7sp) indexed, 700c wheels, probably from early 90's. Brand new.Pink paint job, ugly as sin. They'll sell it for $100-150. Second, a Bianchi steel framed Sport EX (I think) w/ Suntour friction shifters (6 speed), 27 inch wheels, center-pull brakes(I'd swap these out for some I have laying around), circa mid-late 80"s. Probably get it for $75-95. The Bianchi is sharp-looking, plus you've got that Italian thing going, but the Nishiki is newer, NEVER RIDDEN, but UGLY. What do you think? I will eventually upgrade components.
From here, it's pretty much a toss-upcory
Oct 24, 2001 3:53 PM
Assuming they both fit, I think it comes down to which one feels best to you. I'd probably go with the Nishiki because you'll play hell finding decent 27-inch tires for the Bianchi, I LIKE pink, and I'm immune to the Bianchi mystique. But then I'd fret that I should have bought the Bianchi, because the Nishiki is a UJB--a Universal Japanese Bike. But then maybe the Bianchi was made there, too, so...
Tell the guy you'll give him $150 for both.
Two different guys.look271
Oct 24, 2001 4:01 PM
That's about where I stand. They both fit. I'll ride the Nishiki this weekend, I think. We'll see......
I would go with the Bianchi. Call it your retro bike.Highgear
Oct 24, 2001 4:53 PM
Besides, you'll probably be riding it slower and have all that time to look at it so it might as well be something pleasant to the eye.
But can I get parts for it?look271
Oct 24, 2001 5:15 PM
27 inch tires? Six-speed cluster? Chain's not a problem.
But can I get parts for it?scottfree
Oct 25, 2001 5:15 AM
Parts not really a problem, although six-speed freewheeels take a little work to find. The bike will probably take a seven speed, though, which is a bit easier. 27-inch tires are readily available -- not race-quality or anything, but suitable for the purposes you have in mind.

I'd probably go with the Bianchi, mainly because I'm betting it has better components than the Nishiki. Mid-80s Suntour (Cyclone/Superbe/Superbe Pro?) was and is the bee's knees.
Get the Nishiki for 100.guido
Oct 24, 2001 5:04 PM
The Nishiki is chrome moly tubing? It has click shifting over friction and 700c wheels, better than the Bianchi (an Italian bike with 27" wheels and center pull brakes?)
But them both and ....Dave Hickey
Oct 25, 2001 3:35 AM
Put the newer Suntour components on the Bianchi. Than sell the Nishiki on ebay. You'll get at least a $100.00 for the Nishiki
Not a bad idea.....look271
Oct 25, 2001 7:36 AM
God bless e-bay. I've sold lots of stuff on there, financing several cycling projects. (A sucker born every minute.....) :-)
they are a little older than you thinkDA
Oct 25, 2001 9:00 AM
7-spd was mid to late 80s, 6 well before that. You may not be able to get brake tracks lined up right if you swap brakes or wheels.
Bought the Bianchi.look271
Oct 30, 2001 8:26 PM
We'll see how it goes. Got to get a new seat, swap out handle bar, buy clipless (cheap) pedals, etc, etc......
Picked it up y-day.look271
Nov 3, 2001 7:38 PM
$75. Really nice shape. It's a Sport SX. Anyone know anything about this frame/bike? It has Suntour 6-speed real cassette/derailer and front with Shimano brakes/hoods and a Sakae crank and Arrayo rims, 27inch. It must be from the late 70's early 80's.