Nishiki Competition for sale - $50 (Lompoc)

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Seventh St.
bicycle type: hybrid/comfort
frame size: 25 inches
wheel size: 700C
bicycle frame material: alloy
suspension: none (rigid)
brake type: caliper
handlebar type: flat
electric assist: none
condition: fair
make / manufacturer: Nishiki
model name / number: Competition
Nishiki Competition -- This bike, originally a ten-speed, was purchased in Oakland, California in 1980. I had the racing rear cluster changed immediately since I was about to start a 500-mile trip, San Francisco to Los Angeles. The bike stayed unchanged for years (as a 10-speed racer) until around 2003 or 2004 when I had some equipment changed to allow upright “heads-up” cycling. Now a “14-speed” it was used as a commuter for a few years, then put into storage. The bike still has top of the line equipment, but needs new tubes and probably tires and brake pads; small spots of rust on some chrome bits and a rusty chain that needs oiling. It has a Blackburn rear rack which will stay on the bike if it sells at the full asking price of $50.

Discussion below from an email post on the “Bike Forums” website—
“The Comp II was Nishiki's mid-range model aimed at fast recreational riders, club racers and lower category, sanctioned competitors. It's definitely not a touring model as the gearing was too narrow, with low gear typically being a 44T chainring paired with a 24T large cog. It was typically 2nd in the product line, just below the Professional, though there were higher uncatalogued models and frames around this time.
The bicycle was designed by WCCS (West Coast Cycle Supply), a California based bicycle importer and distributor. The Nishiki brand first appeared in 1972 but had its origins in WCCS' earlier American Eagle brand. It was built by Kawamura, a well-respected Japanese company. It's fairly typical of the Japanese bicycles of its level and purpose. The frame is an unspecified, double butted chromium-molybdenum alloy. Seat post sizing suggests one of the Tange Champion sets, though there is some disagreement as to whether it is their #1 or #2 set. The SunTour Cyclone derailleur very lightweight, nicely performing derailleurs. The Sugino Mighty Comp Custom crankset is similarly well respected and desirable for its milled spider flutes and drilled chainrings. The wheels feature high performance Araya 20A 700C rims mated to Sanshin Gyro-Master hubs. Arguably, the one cost concession among the major components are the Dia-Comp 500G brakes, though the drilled levers are a nice touch.
Original price would have been around $400 US. Current values vary…but in an average resale market, I'd place the price at $250 - $300.”

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