| A friend bought a Daimaond back bike for a guy across town for a very good price. He still has an OMEGA roadbike 12 speed.... Can anoone point me to info on this or have any knowledge of this brand? I am trying to save a trip thru some really ugly traffic if it is a dud.|
| Hi all, I've just picked up an ancient front wheel (couldn't let it get chucked...); 27", steel (small) hub and spokes, and what appear to be brass Huret wingnuts. These are symmetrical, with almost parallel inside and outside edges and a fairly straight outer edge (radiused corners). I haven't been near it with cleaning stuff yet, will let you know if anything obvious presents itself.|
What I'm wondering is if anyone has come across these wingnuts before, and what age they are? (roughly, obviously).
| Wingnuts were the norm from the 50's-60's for French/Italian rides until quick release came along. Huret was a common brand...especially on the French bikes...I have had a few..they tend to true nicely...they lasted into the bike boom....lower models carried them into the 70's..I have a 60's Terrot with Atom wingnuts...old school|
| I think that this is older; 50s anyway. Most Huret wingnuts are chromed steel, these are differently shaped, brass, have a different logo (almost art nouveau), and have squared-off ends (not rounded). The hub's a very very small Airlite, but I can't obviously see what the rim is - I can see where the transfer was.|
| Is is just my eyeballs, or do manufacturers of small frames typically use 170mm cranks on them, just like they do for big frames? On many of these Craigs list bikes, it appears that the top of the crank's circle is only a few inches below the saddle. How could it be ridden?|
| On most of the older vintage bikes I have seen - the smaller frames typically had 165mm cranks. They also typically had short-exension handlebar stems. The larger frames would have 170mm cranks and longer-extended stems. Then, even larger bikes might have 175mm cranks and even longer extended handlebar stems. I do see 175mm cranks more on mountain bikes though. |
I'm new to the world of cycling, at least as far as really getting in depth goes. I used to really enjoy riding and have recently decided to start riding again. I plan on riding for enjoyment and riding to work most everyday(at least 2 or 3 times a week) to reduce my fuel consumption and contribution to pollution.
How much do you think I should pay for a 73 Nishiki International that has been ridden a few times and garage kept for about 30 years. The bike is nearly spotless except that it may need new tires. Also, does anyone have any specs on this bike? I'd like to know what components it has(pretty sure it's all orig) and what kind of tires I need to by.
I'm a newbie when it comes to really understanding how bikes work, so any help would be appreciated.
| Hi Jerome. The quality of Nishiki Internationals seems to have varied from year to year, from decent to very good. I found a lovely one that I converted into a city bike for my wife - not sure what year, but its a great frame from the some time in the late 70s. |
Hard to figure a fair price, but that's a good bike to either keep as it is or update. I'd happily pay $100 for one in that kind of condition if I needed it, even more.
The bike most likely has 700 diameter tires - which is good. There are lots of options for tires, depending on whether you want fast (skinny racing style tires) or tough and comfortable (fatter hybrid type tires). 700x25 is a good happy medium, but a Nishiki International fill fit all the way to 700x38 - good for loaded touring on back roads or curb hopping in the city.
My wife's had funky Suntour derailleurs, the rear one with 3 pulley wheels to allow a wide range of gears for loaded touring. I converted hers with riser bars, indexed Shimano mouuntain bike shifters and derailleurs, and suspension stem and seatpost. It took only a little playing to get the new set-up to work.
Some Internationals have cantilever brakes - like on older mountain bikes - and some have road bike style sidepull brakes. Either is good, although cantilevers are better for confident stopping even with a load. In fact if the bike has cantilevers, you can even think about upgrading to "V-brakes" for more stopping power. If the bike you are looking at has sidepulls, you can look into replacing with either older "centre-pull" brakes or newer "dual pivot" brakes for increased stopping power.
My advice - unless the price is really high, go for this bike. Hope my response helps.
| Thanks for the advice. I really liked the Nishiki, it looked like it had barely been ridden, but unfortunately the deal fell through. I ended up finding and buying a 75 Schwinn Continental. I belive it's all orginal with 27" tires and is sky blue.|
I plan on using this bike for casual riding and commuting. What are my options tire-wise on this bike? What about the components? Are they decent quality?
| Nashbar has Continentals in 27" on sale now.|
| Hi folks.|
I came across this bike on Ebay this morning. Maybe a Peugeot ?? I was wondering about the funky bottom bracket (see the last picture). Interesting front brake too. Any comments?
| First, I would determine the bottom bracket threading. I doubt it will be Italian, because I believe an Italian decal would say "Campione" instead of "Champion." Torpado hubs are German, if I recall correctly. It might be Belgian or Dutch. It is certainly unique! Is the BB threaded? If so, what does the clamping mechanism accomplish? |
| Why, indeed, have the clamping BB shell if the BB's threaded? I wonder if it's Swiss; they often have an agglomeration of German and Italian parts. And we can include the third major language with the decal in French!|
Maybe the serial number is in Romansch.
| I have a "LeClair" ...and the model is a "Champion De La Route". I think it's Belgian. But the bottom bracket doesn't have that clamp thing. But mine looks newer and cheaper than the "Champion Du Monde"|
| Looks like a babbet bearing on the BB. I think it is Swiss based on the lugs and the machine looks like hand-made. I say it could be 1950's.|