1989 Nishiki Altron

A collection of images from a completely overhauled and rebuilt vintage Japanese road bicycle built in the United States. Predecessor to the NFS (need for speed) Altron designed by Richard Cunningham, it was originally painted bright yellow with chrome accents and purple/pink stickers. The aging and fading paint was stripped off without disassembling the bike only to reveal a chrome plated Cr-Mo steel double butted frame. Most of the componentry is either 2nd or 3rd from the top for that time period. It appears this model was Nishiki's "top of the line" road bike that retailed for around $800.

Not exactly a housewares item, but in urban settings people often store their bicycles in their home. As a result, these bikes tend to be very clean since they may be parked in a hallway or living room.

Frame Size: 23.5inches (58.75mm), 33.0inches (82.5mm) walkover

Rim Size: 622mm (700c) x 23mm

Weight: 20.75lbs (with normal tubes, no stem extender and no accessories)

Weight: 21.75lbs (with puncture resistant tubes and stem extender)

Weight: 26.3lbs (with all accessories including lock)

Time and Cost: 36.5 hours (including all accessories) and $308 (parts and supplies including extras)

Each component was disassembled, cleaned, polished and lubricated as needed with Mobil 1 synthetic grease (red) except for the seat post which was lubricated with white lithium grease. All of the rubber is in excellent shape and there is quite a bit of it on this bike. Each rubber piece was reconditioned with "Rubber Renue". There was very little wear on any component.

The flash from the camera makes the bicycle look more scratched or scuffed than it really is. You can zoom in on the images if you mouse over them. During autoplay zoom is disabled. Shrinking the browser window will shrink its contents possibly making it easier to view the gallery.

Valued in the range of $475 - $625.