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Any info on Nishiki Olympic?(4 posts)

Any info on Nishiki Olympic?killermustard
Jan 8, 2003 11:38 PM
I was looking for a bike to either run errands or to convert to a single speed. I came across an ad for a Nishiki Olympic for $30. The seller (who knows nothing about bikes and is selling it for his brother who's moved) sent me a digital pic and I learned the following:
1. it has eyelets on the fork;
2. it has the flying (non-aero) brake cables;
3. it's got a Shimano "light action" rear derailer.

From the foregoing, I believe that it's more of a touring bike than a racer, and it is mid-80's or older. Aside from this, I know nothing except that Nishiki was a pretty decent label back in the day.

Does anyone know anything else about this bike? Here are the pics:
re: Any info on Nishiki Olympic?desmo
Jan 9, 2003 8:35 AM
I picked up a 70's version at a Goodwill for a buck and made a single speed out of it. It was the "touring" version with eyelets and long wheelbase. The fork was stamped Tange but not sure about the frame. It was very well made and had nice paint, rode incredibly smooth, and was super comfortable. No braze-ons except for rear brake cable guides, so nice for SS/fixie. But it's a very heavy frameset, near 10 lbs. for the frame/fork with BB and headset. Anyway there are a lot of versions (and your pics did not load). But I'd say if it's in very clean condition $30 is a good deal. I ended up selling my frameset on ebay for a little more than that.
Nishiki OlympicStraightblock
Jan 9, 2003 8:51 AM
They sold for $150-$180 in the late 70's. We sold a ton of them at the LBS to college kids for campus commuters. They had steel 27' rims, and I think the cranks were cottered steel too. Stripped for singlespeed use it might build up at 26-28 lbs. The Olympic was a step up in performance from the Schwinn Varsities, but I wouldn't put a lot of money into one. Tire choice with 27' rims will be limited, too. It'd make a bombproof townie SS beater, though.
Is it the 'Olympic' or the ' Olympic 12'? nmbicyclerepairman
Apr 8, 2003 4:10 PM