Once again, Pedal Revolution has the quintessential town-style bike for the taller gentleman, or lady. We’ve outfitted this deep red Nishiki Sport with a new wheelset, featuring a Sturmey-Archer 3-speed hub. It also features a comfortable Wald handlebar, new powerful dual-pivot brakes, and tough Vittoria Randonneur tires. With an adequate gear range for most city riding, this stylish whip is ready for years of trouble-free cruising.
This particular Nishiki began its life in a Japanese factory, sometime between the late 1970’s and middle 1980’s. It’s doubtful that it was manufactured much beyond that; we can say this mostly based on the frame’s features, and the fact that after the late 1980’s changes in US-Japanese exchange rates made Taiwanese bikes far more prevalent on the American market. Not unrelated is the fact that this Nishiki Sport, in its original configuration, was almost certainly equipped with a good percentage of Suntour components–it’s likely that the shifters, cranks, and derailleurs were all made by Suntour.
You can read more here about the interesting history, and ultimate demise, of Suntour as a component manufacturer; it’s an interesting thing to consider that a major innovator in bike component manufacture disappeared due to a combination of factors–increased competition from Shimano, the exchange rate fluctuations, and Suntour’s own business decisions that seemed to fail to see the big picture in the marketplace. Nevertheless, even though it’s been 20 years since all Suntour’s manufacturing machinery was sold for scrap, we continue to encounter the company’s components on a daily basis here at Pedal Revolution. Many Suntour products, particularly their ratcheting shifters, continue to inspire the appreciation and respect of bicycle mechanics and riders alike. While you won’t find anything Suntour on this Nishiki anymore, it’s worth noting as it demonstrates how bikes can be so readily transformed, or re-imagined, as well as how all kinds of things in this world–people, places, pets, relationships, companies–can all be so incredibly ephemeral.
If you want to test-ride this fine machine, come on by. Should be a good fit if you’re in the 6’0″ to 6’4″ range.