|Nishiki Side View - Before|
With the new shop being much smaller then the old shop I have a lot less space for storage. With a lot less storage I need to get to work on some restoration so I can free up some space. I decided to start with this early 80s Nishiki. It is surprisingly lite frame for the time, with a little restoration and updating this should turn out to be a pretty nice bike. I figure it would be a good bike for running around town or to lock up at one of the transit station out in the suburbs with out to much worry.
|Nishiki Handlebar View - Before|
|Nishiki Rear Brake - Before|
|Nishiki Front Wheel - Before|
|Nishiki Head Badge|
The bicycle will get new tires and tubes, new brake levers, new seat, new brake pads, new bar tape and all new cables and cable housings. There might be a few other new things as I go through the bike. I started by stripping all parts down to the frame. The frame is in good shape, a few nicks and chips here and there. The paint cleaned and polished out nicely.
|Frame Stripped of Parts|
|Frame Before Cleaning & Polishing|
With the frame cleaned and polished I started work on the bottom bracket. The bottom bracket was dry and dirty, but it cleaned up very nice with a soak in soapy water and a little PB Blaster. I then ran the components over the bench buffer. I greased the bearings, and installed the bearing cups and gave the bracket axle a thin coat of grease to help prevent corrosion. Over all the bottom bracket turned out very nice, it shines nice and turns very smoothly.
|Bottom Bracket Before Cleaning & Polishing|
|Drive Side Bearing Cup Polished & Installed|
|Bottom Bracket Polished & Installed|
With the bottom bracket installed I moved on to the headset, stem and handle bars. Again, the bearing and components where dry with a lot of dirt and grime. I cleaned all the components and then polished all the components on the buffing wheel. The stem looks beautiful polished and so does the handle bars. I am very pleased with the results of the headset and bars.
|Headset, Stem & Fork Before Cleaning & Polishing|
|Headset Cups Press|
|Headset Cups Installed|
|Fork Stem Greased|
|Stem Greased to Prevent Seizing|
|Stem Polished & Installed|
|Handlebars Polished & Installed|