Re: [CR]Nishiki & Azuki


From: "Dennis Ryan" <loubobky@hotmail.com>
To: ABikie@aol.com, richardsachs@juno.com, OROBOYZ@aol.com
Cc: CYCLETRUCK@aol.com, Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: Re: [CR]Nishiki & Azuki
Date: Thu, 05 Jul 2001 14:15:56 -0400


Hi all -- Sheldon Brown's site lists Azuki as the house brand of Louisville Cycle & Hobby. Certainly I've seen tons of Azukis throughout the years here in Louisville -- my Dad owned one with the largest rear cog I've ever seen. It only had one tooth for every three or four space. I remember hearing years ago that Azuki and Nishiki were the same but for the label, and Azuki was for shops in towns where another shop already carried Nishiki. I recall some nice examples, but most were of the quality that formed Dale's opinion of the marques. Dennis Ryan

Louisville, KY ------------------------------------------

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Subject: Re: [CR]Nishiki

Date: Thu, 5 Jul 2001 00:20:23 EDT

In a message dated 7/5/2001 12:11:49 AM Eastern Daylight Time,

richardsachs@juno.com writes:

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nishiki was a concocted brand name of

Western States Imports.

there was no 'nishiki' factory...

similar to takara, shogun, maruishi (i think), centurion,

and currently torelli, quatro assi, specialized, etc.

that is: these are brands made up by importers,

marketers, and the like.

e-RICHIE

http://www.richardsachs.com

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Almost, Rich, but you are forgiven, as it;s late here in the East.

Nishiki was one of 4 brands marketed by West Coast Cycle (later Derby/Darby

and before that BPDI - Bicycle Products Development Inc)

The other brands were windsor (mexico), Azuki, and Cycle Pro (parts)

Jim Hansing was a principle (brother to Bob of euro Asia)

Leo and Howie Cohen were a part, Howie later to go to Kuwahara (ET movies

fame) not to bve confused with Kawamura, the rather exclusive builder of

Nishiki/Azuki.

Later models were sourced by Merida, of Taiwan.

Not much comparison, the Japanese bikes were better.

Larry Black