my pride and joy being my longest owned bicycle to date. it is the
second bike purchase i acquired back in 1980.
am the original owner of this very fine Nishiki Cresta touring machine.
it has recently undergone some parts changes as well as having the
rear stays cold set to accommodate a modern nine speed drive train.
i replaced the crank / BB with Ultegra 6500 series parts and the
chain obviously also to work with the new drivetrain.
calipers were changed out to Tektro dual pivot long reach brakes.
the levers were changed out to Shimano 600 EX series. the downtube
shifters changed to Shimano 600 EX as well. the wheelset is my fave
setup for most any bike - Mavic Open Pro / Ultegra 6600 hubs / 32
x 3X . i had to add the Brooks Professional saddle as the finishing
piece (i'm such a Brooks man .... what can i say?) .
own six bikes. five of them are of modern build quality dating back
to 2004. this Nishiki out rides the others by a comfort comparison
that's unbelievable. yes, it has touring geometry which lends itself
to a more smooth ride overall. but, i think there's more going on
than the geometry. this frame has always served and pampered me
well. the friction shifting is silent and accurate with the original
Cyclone II derailleurs and is very quick.
i'm riding 70 plus miles or doing a Century ride ...... this is
the one i prefer to pedal.