When I was in high school I was really into cycling. After I graduated from high school I got a job, had some money in the bank, and watched for the first of dozens of times.
That was in the days when cycling shorts and jerseys were still made out of wool and it was hard to find a decent road bike in smaller towns. TJ’s was very supportive of the very small local racing scene and sponsored a club called Kelowna Velo Sport. The origins of Nishiki bikes go back to the late 1950’s when Leo Cohen Sr.
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I'm a writer, social media marketer, and bike nut from Kelowna, BC, Canada.
I’ve owned lots of bikes and the one that I have the fondest memories of was a Nishiki Continental that I bought in the spring of 1980.
It was black with gold pin stripping around the lugs.
During the late 80’s, however, the yen became severely devalued and Japanese companies such as Shimano, Suntour, and Nishiki found it difficult to stay competitive in the US.
In 1987, production of all Nishiki bikes was moved to the Giant factory in Taiwan and the era of Japanese built Nishikis came to an end.