Old Nishiki Custom Sport

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Old 06-15-05, 06:29 AM
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Question Old Nishiki Custom Sport

I have an old Nishiki Custom Sport bicycle. I believe it is from around 1981, maybe even earlier. (It has a CA Bicycle License sticker underneath that expired in 1981) Anyway, I bought the bike for $25 in 1996 and I used to ride it 4 miles everyday for fun. After a year or so, I put it in storage and well, it stayed there until now. I really like this bike a lot but I know it needs some work. It could probably use an entire overhaul. (new cables, etc) It has always been in great condition but I guess my question is, should I have a complete overhaul done to it or should I just buy a brand new bicycle? If anyone wants to see it, I have a few photos I can e-mail. My husband has been no help in my decision. I found this site and figured I'd ask the pros here. Part of me is kind of embarrassed because the bike is so old. I guess I have a sentimental attachment to it.
 
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Old 06-17-05, 04:12 AM
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If you like the bike and it's comfortable to ride why worry what anyone else thinks. I think it's cool to see old school bikes out on the road. I'm 38 and still prefeer to ride bmx and am currently looking to build the one from my racing days, a 1982 Mongoose Supergoose. While all my friends and neighbors are on the new style mountain bikes I'm still trucking around on a 20" bmx. When I see an old 10 speed with the skinny tires and curly q handle bars I look at it more than the nice expensive bikes out now.

So if you like it restore it and ride it with pride.
 
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Old 06-17-05, 07:03 AM
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Thanks for the support! My husband took the bike for a quick ride the other day to test it out and as I watched him go down the street I just knew that I had to restore my bike. I just think it's beauty and it's actually the only bike that I've ever owned that fits me. (I'm pretty short!) It was funny to watch my husband ride it because it definetely doesn't fit him (He's 6'2)

I do have a second question for you. Pretty much everything on on a bicycle can be replaced, right? The frame is in great shape and I love the handlebars on this bike but I can have everything else replaced, right? Are there any good books that you can recommend for learning about bicycle mechanics and restoring? I plan on taking this bike to a professional bike shop but I would like to learn more about it myself. I've always liked bicycling and as a kid and even now I always watching the Tour de France. I live in Albuquerque and we have lots of road biking areas to choose from and the weather here is great for cycling.

As for the Mongoose. Man, I wish I could help you out on that one. My younger brother had exactly what you wanting to build. It was very popular back in the day. So popular in fact that it ended up getting stolen!!!
 
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