Vintage, yesteryear and retro biking
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Hi all. just putting this out for you to look at... it was a 1984 Nishiki Olympic purchased for $25... i know about the quick release on the rear!!!! lol
http://i1289.photobucket.com/albums/b51 ... hoto_1.jpg
Personally I wouldn't have re-painted the frame, the chrome fork tips looked particularly nice but each to their own.
I had some drama fitting a newer wheetset with fancy QR skewers to my Nishiki, the semi-horizontal dropouts allow the wheel to slip forward under heavy load when using exposed cam skewers. These skewers are fine on newer bikes as they generally have vertical dropouts so the axle can't move backward or forward. The solution is to stick with enclosed cam skewers, they will torque up a bit tighter and generally have more bite to them. Not as sexy but much safer. I'm running them on my junker train station SS conversion, no problems at all, even pushing 52/16. Fixed is a different kettle of fish.
I'll let Sheldon explain & illustrate the differences between the two types of skewers: http://sheldonbrown.com/skewers.html
I think everyone's first build is like this - I had a lovely Apollo Delta (say what you will) from which I denuded all bosses, attachments, etc., single speeded the crap out of it in true student fashion, rode for a few more years, realised gears were invented for a reason and sold for much less than it was worth. It was a fantastic frame. C'est la vie - it could've been worse. You could have bullhorned a set of vintage Cinelli bars.... o_O ...but that's a story for another day.
I ride 25s on the basis that they divide more easily into 100 than 23s.
Here's the current iteration of my 1983 Nishiki Olympic 12
It's my favourite bike, which is lucky because it's also my everyday bike. It was originally designed for 27" wheels, which has allowed me to fit 700c wheels with 35mm tyres and SKS Longboards. The front rack was an experiment - a very successful one - but would need to be set up with better lower rack spacers than the fender stays if I was to tour with it.
Great work on fixing up a bike like this; they're much better used than scrapped...
Brings a tear to my eye. My Olympic 12 died recently. I had done about 30,000km on it in the past 5 years. It was my always faithful commuter. Even when the seat tube broke away from the BB, it still got me 20km home.
BTW, if anyone wants some nishiki forks, they can have them.
Let me guess "one careful owner, rarely ridden"
I was going to buy a fast, stylish bike, but I looked in the mirror & thought "you're not fooling anyone, you know"
that's such an NT picture, WCP. red dust, bamboo, and a tinny.
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That's my version of the garage door shot. The tinny is usually parked around the back, but is for reluctant sale at the moment. Gotta shift South...
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I am never one to shy away from a "show us your Nishiki" thread, so here's mine.
As purchased for $50 off eBay:
All cleaned up, missing toe straps & brake hoods:
700c wheel upgrade, current setup (after fork debacle):
OK ok, so it's got Repco stickers, but whatever.
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