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Help identifying 70's Nishiki frame?(3 posts)

Help identifying 70's Nishiki frame?Warren128
Aug 5, 2003 8:19 PM

My friend wants to give me an old Nishiki bike that's been sitting in his basement for years. From a quick glance at it this afternoon (I didn't have time to take it home with me), I think it's a late-70's bike. When my friend bought it, a previous owner had upgraded the bike to 700C high pressure clinchers. It has a twisted/mangled Suntour Cyclone II rear derailleur. The geometry appears to be relaxed, touring style with longish wheelbase, long reach sidepulls, and fender eyelets. The one feature that I noticed that was unusual is the full wraparound seat stays. Since the bike had an amateur paintjob, all the decals had been removed so the only identifying mark is the Nishiki headbadge.

Does anyone have any idea what the frame might be made of?

My late-80's Nishiki Tri-A is made of Tange 1.

Other than being incredibly dusty and neglected, I think it just needs to be cleaned up and lubed, and it needs a new rear derailleur or derailleur hanger.

I'm thinking about cleaning it up, and maybe making a fixie or single speed out of it. I'm not sure yet.


re: Help identifying 70's Nishiki frame?techie470
Aug 9, 2003 2:26 PM
Hell0 Warren

Take a look at this link about the garage queen I was given. Your bike doesn't sound like the International because of the seat stays, at least you now know what its not.

re: Help identifying 70's Nishiki frame?Warren128
Aug 11, 2003 9:30 AM
Hi Steve,

Thanks for the info. There's not much info on the web about Nishiki's, but I think I've narrowed the model down to it being a "Semi Pro" or "Competition". I picked up the bike yesterday, and apart from it being extremely dirty and neglected, I think I'll be able to get back up and running with no problems. It has an odd mix of components: Suntour Cyclone II derailleurs, Sugino Mighty cranks, Dia-compe sidepulls, Avocet hubs on 700c rims (may not be original). Other than regreasing, I'll need to find a new derailleur hanger bolt for the clamp on hanger (it fell out on the bike's last ride years ago), new bar tape, and a new rear tire tube. I'll leave the ugly, amateur paintjob as is.