The Nishiki Sport
Ever since I rebuilt the Raleigh, I've been thinking about building an updated take the classic upright sports tourer. There's a place in the world for a comfy, handsome runabout that's still relatively lightweight. Of course, the Principessa build only made the urge stronger. There's a place in the world for bikes that aren't built for racers, but also aren't pigs to ride.
So when this attractive Nishiki Sport turned up, it looked like a good starting point. It had all the essentials. In particular, I was sold on the long wheelbase, relaxed geometry, good looks, mostly chro-moly frame and (if I'm being honest) low purchase price.
This is one of the later, made-in-Taiwan Nishikis. It's not quite as nice as the earlier Japanese ones, but it's pretty workable, and the graphics worked well for my purposes.
It looked like it hadn't been ridden a whole lot, but it had spent a lot of time in a hot and humid garage, which presented a different set of challenges.
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