197? Nishiki Olympic 12
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I'm going to leave this page basically unchanged, but I finally got that
25" Trek 520 that I mentioned below! Since parts are so hard
to find for this bike I've decided to put it in storage for a while. I'll
keep my eyes open, and if I see a good deal on some used parts I'll put this
one back together as a backup bike.
I've done some more research... this might actually be a mid 80s frame, I
might have overestimated its age.
This is my primary bicycle for every day use... This bike sees the
most miles of any of my bikes by a wide margin.
UPDATE: This isn't true anymore... after buying the RANS I
haven't touched the other bikes. We'll see how it turns out
UPDATE 2: A few years later I find myself enjoying the upright bikes
more again for their speed and agility. And of course, THIS
is my favorite one in the stable!
I bought the frame that this bike is built around for $25 at the Salvation
Army thrift store. I looked and looked for a large enough frame size for over
a year. For a while I was set on buying a Trek 520, but I would have had to
buy the 25" frame, which the LBS just couldn't get. I finally found this
frame, and figured that I could make it fit. I bought it right away with the
justification that any money spent on parts wasn't a waste as I could easily
move any of them to another bike in the future. It's not the most exciting
frame possible, but it is lugged CroMolly steel, so other than being heavy,
it is actually decent. It measures 62 cm center to center, and as you can see
I have just a hair under 6" of seatpost showing!! One LBS (known for
being good at doing fits) said I should probably consider a custom frame if I
want something that actually fits right. :)
This bike is highly customized to exactly fit my needs and desires in a
bike... every piece was individually chosen to fill a certain role while
giving the best price/performance!
Specs (until they change):
- Nishiki Olympic 12 lugged cro-molly steel frame
- Aluminum wheels that somebody had in front of their house with a free
sign on a wrecked touring bike (buckled down tube--must have been bad),
with whatever hubs they had
Specialized Turbo 27x1.25 (widest I could find in 27") tires
- Planet bike road fenders
- Original Weinnman center pull brakes
- Koolstop dual compound (salmon/black) ATB pads
- Shimano Tiagra Aero levers (see Sheldon Brown's
explanation on why I did this upgrade)
- Cotton bar wrap with 2 coats of shellac (I was in a hurry, so I didn't put as many as before the lever upgrade)
- NiteHawk 30 watt SLA light system on custom mounting bracket
- Big, huge, gets lots-o-comments LED taillight, $10 from Wal*Mart, with home-made bracket
- Brooks B17 saddle (Nice and soft!)
- Extra long seatpost
- Nitto Technomic stem
- 22-32-42 Shimano STX 8 speed crakset
- 11-34 Shimano Megarange 7 speed freewheel
- Shimano SIS 7 speed front derailler
- Shimano Tourney Megarange 7 speed rear derailler
- bullseye metal pulleys to improve friction shifting user feedback (had to grind the deraileler cage to get these to fit)
- Sun-Tour friction bar-end shifters (from the same wrecked touring bike as the wheels)
- CyclePro rear rack, extended to clear my big feet!
- CyclePro panniers
- These are probably the best deal going when it comes to panniers.
This set is at least 3 years old (update, 7+ yrs old now) and has been
stuffed full consistently, and they're still going strong. The best
part is, most Raleigh dealers that I've seen sell them for about
$35!! (Update: Do they even sell them anymore?) They are easy to
put on and take off, and stay on very securely, even on bumpy roads.
- I've had to replace the bungee straps with some small straps from the
hardware store since the originals deteriorated and got caught in the
- LBS branded handlebar bag
- Speedplay frogs, 1/2" extra length spindles
- Greefield kickstand: yep a kickstand on a road bike.
- bits and pieces of reflective tape! :)