NISHIKI OWNER NEEDS SHIFT & TRIATHALON FIX
November 7, 2005
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I have an old Nishiki Riviera
and I can't shift to change gears. The lever moves but the
chain doesn't. Can you help me fix it?
One more thing I would like to know:
Is this bike good to take it on a race (triathlon) or for
a long ride (100 miles)? Thank you for your time and help.
Folks speak fondly of Japanese touring
bikes from the 1980s like yours. Not only can you ride it
long distances; its maker meant it to do that. But before
you climb any mountains with that bike you should have a
mechanic check it for problems. (For guidance see my tips
on getting tune-ups.)
Triathalons? Maybe. People who do
lots of triathalons like to use light bikes, and theyd
probably find yours a little heavy. But if you havent
done lots of triathalons you wont know the difference.
Before investing in a lighter bike you might wanna see if
you feel like doing triathalons often enough to justify
On to that shifting problem. You
dont say which shift lever doesnt work, so first
the basics: Usually the left lever shifts the gears in front
and the right lever shifts the gears in back. Pick one,
and check it like this:
Stand next to the bike and push
the lever back and forth. Watch the derailleur (the thing
that the chain goes thru); the derailleur should move back
and forth too. If it doesnt you probably should get
the shift cable repaired or replaceda pretty minor
fix, but hard to explain without pictures, and I havent
found any on-line.
If the derailleur does move, your
bike might have a bigger problemone that you should
give to a mechanic.