|1974 Nishiki Brochure I got the one on the right..|
- When you find yourself in a deep hole stop digging!
- Step away from the computer when you have an itch to "see whats out there"
- Stop looking at CL daily to see if there are any deals or if that dude with the Centurion Elite GT has come to his senses and dropped his price
- Stop finding new bike projects, for the love of GOD stop!!!
You see, I am an idiot but you folks have a chance learn from my mistakes so some good can come of this.
Some bikes are 40 years old, and some bikes are the equivalent of a 40 year-old heroin addict who looks 60, this bike is one of the later. The Nishiki looked like it had been ridden to and from school through a gravel quarry. The seller was very honest in her post and price, she knew it was a project, I knew it was a project but upon closer inspection I should have just said no, but I didn't. I am a sucker for Vintage Orange bikes and young ladies with a nice smile - so sue me. Where to start with this derelict?....the bike not me! How about the dents, yes plural, in the top tube:
I am also fairly sure the red tape was not standard - hate to think what that might be hiding
I am also pretty positive the bar-end shifters were not issued with bailing wire.
and in a stroke of oddness some wit decided to remove the perfectly good Sun Tour V Lux derailleurs this came with and replace them with cheapo plastic Simplex which are of course broken..
|the classic cracked Simplex Derlin FD|
|half a cage and a bag O' parts|
I did bargain her down on this point as there are projects and then there are projects with broken derailleurs. The rear derailleur could actually be a fun resurrection project on a rainy gloomy afternoon, the jockey wheels are intact and I have another Simplex rear derailleur body I could cannibalize if need be.
Its too bad about the frame if not for the dents in the TT it would be worth it to strip, repaint and rebadge, but I think its destined for life as a junk bike stealth commuter like the 1983 Raleigh Record I curbside rescued in May. And although I should have taken a pass this bike does have some value and enough so that I can probably break even if I wanted to. It has a top of the line Dia-Compe Grand Compe alloy forged Stem with original bolt cap;
and the grand prize a Sugino Maxy cotterless crank with caps;
And I suspect there is a Sugino bottom bracket hiding behind those cranks.
So heed this lesson friends unless you are looking for a winter commuter and have lots of spare parts lying around avoid bikes in this shape and stay off CL!
|Do love the Headbadge|
Until next time... Ride.Smile.Repeat.