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    1980s Nishiki Cascade MTB Restored!

    I know this is a road bike forum, but I don't generally post on the other MTB sites around...

    While visiting my parents on Thanksgiving, I found my father's old Nishiki Cascade. He believes it was purchased new in 86 or 87. I remember riding this bike all growing up before I got my first real bike (1990 Specialized Rockhopper). I had just met the parent of a child at my daughter's daycare that did antique car restoration. He told me he had done several bikes before (blasting and painting mostly). When I saw the bike, it clicked. I'd fix it up, mostly for nostalgia sake --- but, I also wanted a fat tired SS.

    For reference this is what the bike looked like new (stolen from MTBReview):


    When I found her:


    Within 4 days, she was blasted clean:


    2 days after that, powder coat was doen:


    Less than 2 weeks after finding her dusty and dry rotted....All clean now:


    At this point, I'm still waiting on brakes, seat post, and decals from the fine people at Velocals.com

    I should've taken good picture at all stages of this, but I honestly had everything done so quickly, didn't really even think about it.
    Last edited by PlasticMotif; 12-07-2012 at 01:08 PM.

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    headbadge and one side done. whew.

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    Looks good, I like that blue! Keep us updated. Those took a slightly unusual seatpost size, no? (26.4ish IIRC). Great candidate for a single speeder.

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    You recall correctly. Calipers were misread at the bike shop at 26.8 or 26.6, neither fit. They had no 26.4s and 26.2 was too small. I wish the I kept the original seat post. It was a fluted and chromed. I just wanted black and didn't think about it.

    I'm curious as to which rear brakes I'm going to run...I don't think cantis will fit back there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PlasticMotif View Post
    I'm curious as to which rear brakes I'm going to run...I don't think cantis will fit back there.
    Looks like you will need to run a U-brake Canti or a roller canti. The pivots are above the rim braking surface so a regular canti or v brake wont work.

    Fixed gear maybe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tihsepa View Post
    Looks like you will need to run a U-brake Canti or a roller canti. The pivots are above the rim braking surface so a regular canti or v brake wont work.

    Fixed gear maybe?
    It had roller canti's on it. I'll probably just go U brake.

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    Wow, love the retro handlebars. Amazing rebuild.

    Looks good.

    Bill

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    Nice job. Looks great.

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