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nishiki......(16 posts)

Aug 26, 2003 7:21 AM
anyone ride one of these beasts? i know, i know....they're nothing to brag about, and no one will fess up to riding one proudly. but i've got one from the early-mid 90's, and it's pretty sweet. i know they get a lot of ribbing any time they're brought up in conversation, but i figured i'd see if anyone else had a positive experience with nishiki, or am i the only one?! i also had a merlin, and currently have a an older caad-3, so my opinions aren't weightless. and i'm not a fred. so don't even go there.
They're greattronracer
Aug 26, 2003 7:39 AM
I just picked one up at a yard sale for $7. Best $7 I ever spent.
They're greatmldphish11
Aug 26, 2003 7:51 AM
project bike? keep me posted. i'd love to see the results if you decide to do anything to it.
Only bike my younger son couldn't kill.dzrider
Aug 26, 2003 7:56 AM
We donated it and a Specialized Hardrock to the Catholic Worker House. We bought both of them used our boys rode them for years. People were arguing over the Hardrock and my boys couldn't convince them that the "Nietchke" was way better.
long live nishikisRower
Aug 26, 2003 8:02 AM
the first "real" bike i ever owned was a nishiki, circa 1992. before that it was only bmx bikes. it went through at least two other owners after me and at least one paint job and somehow i ended back up with it. i'm currently trying to build it back up with the original suntour compenents. it's still a great ride after all these years. i'd like to try and get a custom paint job to match the original. no matter what, i'm keeping it forever even if i just hang it on my wall as sentimental piece of art. it's what got me into road biking and has a special place in my heart. in my home town, it's effectionately known as "THE NISHIKI." apparently i wasn't the only one it got hooked on road biking.
let's see some pics!mldphish11
Aug 26, 2003 8:44 AM
if you've got a nishiki, post a pic! i'd love to show mine, but it's in the middle of a rebuild. adios.
let's see some pics!Rower
Aug 26, 2003 9:19 AM
mine is half way through a build project and the car painter paint job is nothing great, but i'll post pics when i get a chance.
Here's mine.KG 361
Aug 26, 2003 9:32 AM
It's a 90's with Suntour 12 speed indexed shifters, Diacompe brakes. It is quite gay-looking, but for $50, I couldn't pass it up as a commuter. I'll soon be switching it to 9 speed w/ Mavic mektronics that I have laying around. I'm replacing the original Arroya rims w/ open pro's and having the rear triangle spread to fit. I'll post the updated bike when it's done. Here it is in it's original splendor!
My fixie is a converted Nishikilampshade
Aug 26, 2003 9:27 AM
I believe the model is "Custom Sport." It has world champ stripes around the head tube decal.
re: nishiki......The Human G-Nome
Aug 26, 2003 9:32 AM
.i had a maroon nishiki as my first road bike back in '87. i would commute to work on that thing as a teenager about 4 miles each way and i thought i was a physical marvel at the time. heavy, noodly, ugly... but i loved it.
for a minute there...Fender
Aug 26, 2003 1:05 PM
I thought you where describing your Ciocc <>
you couldn't have thought thatThe Human G-Nome
Aug 26, 2003 2:53 PM
none of those words describe my beautiful Ciocc.
re: nishiki......bimini
Aug 26, 2003 9:37 AM
I had one in the early 70's!!! Nice bike for the money back then, probably still is. It was my first road bike. I but 5-10k on it in two years. Unfortunately it got flattened when I got hit from behind. The last I remember is flying over the top of the car. I ended up okay but I had to bury the bike. It was only a foot long afterwards.

I am now the proud owner of a Campy equiped UniVega. Made in Tiawan. Frowned on yes, but it sure passes a lot of Treks and Lightspeeds.

When you loose at races with a cheap bike you can blame the bike. You can't blame the bike when your on a high end ride :)

If you are into competive riding they say its 90% motor and 10% bike. Also, if you break a cheap steel or aluminum bike you can weld it back together or dispose of it. I have a friend who just got a high end trek with campy record (he use to have an inexpensive Schwinn). He changed from an aggressive rider in the races to a wimp because he's now afraid of breaking the bike.

If you like the way the bike rides and handles ride it proudly. If some one gives you a hard time, drop them.
I ride one proudly :), and I'm rebuilding anotherWarren128
Aug 26, 2003 11:46 AM
Mine is a late 80's to early 90's Nishiki Tri-A with Tange 1 tubes, and "stage race" geometry, and Shimano 600 12 speed indexed drivetrain with downtube shifters. The lugged frame is very nicely made (by Kawamura).

My project Nishiki is a 70's frame that has been repainted. All the decals have been removed. The nice headbadge is still there.

Sorry, no pictures yet. No time to take them.


Another Tri-Awillem72
Aug 26, 2003 3:57 PM
-- Tange 900
-- black with yellow trims
-- Shimano 600 12 sp downtube friction
-- exposed brake cables
-- Araya rims
-- hidden rear brake cable
-- hidden gear cables (the rear comes out of the chainstay)

I bought it new in 1989 as a 17 yo - a serious bit of kit back then. They were brought into Australia by Repco and the headtube has a big "R" in yellow on it.

Rode it a lot thru uni (10,000kms), then got into MTBs and tourers, resurrected it in mid 90s for another 5,000kms. Then donated to brother Tom who did about 5,000kms, then donated to girlfriend who did about 2,000kms, then to brother Peter (who never rides it). Still original apart from 8sp rear wheel and RX100 rear mech.

I love it.
Here's mineStraightblock
Aug 26, 2003 9:58 PM
I rode this bike for about 12 years until an 8 year old boy on a BMX bike riding the wrong side of the M.U.T. hit me head-on a few years ago. The bike took me back into a brief comeback as a Masters racer in the early 90s and did a couple of Climb to Kaisers. It was a warranty replacement for a Tange steel Nishiki team frame I used while on the Nishiki/Suntour team in the 70s & early 80s.