I picked this 1983-ish Nishiki up as part of a barter deal, recently. The rear wheel was bent, so I stuck some 700c wheels in it (which I wanted to run, anyway), with 45c tires on it. I didn't figure the tires would fit into the frame, but it's easier to store a bike with wheels than without. Imagine my surprise when the wheels actually spun. The tire clearance is minimal, but they do clear.
I know you can't see a great many details in the cell-phone camera shot, but I wanted to get something up about it. I'll post more photos once I have a real camera available.
I finally found a bike to use the gold SunTour crank on. I picked it up at VeloSwap, a couple of years ago, becase it was, well, gold and because it is a SunTour
rather than a Sugino
. I don't see many actual SunTour cranks, around these parts.
I retained the SunTour bar-con shifters, but I installed them on a mustache bar/dirt-drop style stem combo, with new Aztek cables and housing. I swapped the high-normal
(if you remove the cable, the derailleur shifts to the big ring - high
gear) front derailleur for another vintage SunTour unit which is low-normal
(remove the cable, and the derailleur shifts to the small ring - low
gear), because I hate the backwards-shift thing on the front, with the high-normal version.
Origin8 racing-style saddle, Deore DX platform pedals from the late 80s, a new seatpost, a handlebar-mounted water bottle cage, new brake cables and housing, and Cinelli "natural"-colored cork tape rounded out the build. New brake pads will soon be installed, to replace the 25+year-old pieces that are on there, now.
Plus, I found an old Zefal frame pump in my parts pile, and used an Agfa clamp to mount it to the seatpost.
Dave Webb and I rode down to the bike race, last weekend, and I took this bike on its maiden voyage, then. It rode nice, even if the tires seemed to roll a bit sluggishly (I will probably drop down to 35c, or so, on it). The racing-style seat was really comfortable, even with street clothes, which surprised me.
I love the color of the paint, and the trim. The patina of age adds a certain "beausage", as Grant Petersen would say, so I won't be repainting it. I will shellac the tape, pretty soon, though.
So, now I have an actual road bike in the stable, once again...