Nishiki headbadge (c.1977) Early Nishiki Logo: The early Nishiki logo derived from the American Eagle logo, which was largely identical and featured an eagle head along with the tri-color square.Kawamura Cycle, the original manufacturer of Nishiki bikes, had used a tri-color square in its domestic marketing — the three colors symbolizing passion for the customer (red), quality products (yellow) and sincerity in business (blue). market until currency fluctuations in the late 1980s made them less competitive, leading companies to source bicycles from Taiwan.The bikes here are grouped here into six, somewhat arbitrary, categories: Road - lightweight bikes for traveling on streets.The road bicycles are the museum's largest category and are divided by manufacturer, with first U. companies (Schwinn, Trek, and Raleigh America), then Italian (Bianchi), French (Peugeot, Motobecane and Roold), Japanese (Nishiki, Fuji, Kuwahara, and Univega), and Taiwanese (Giant). For example, Raliegh was historically an English company.19811981 700 MX-II 4130 frame & down tube decals, Vbars & Redline stem. As in the earlier years no decal Identifying the bikes as 600 or 700 etc is on the bike yet. Mostly black with some grey & red Redline written several times.1984 700 P - 4130 Proline frame, same frame that the Carerra comes with. RA 04320 - 1982 Redline MX (Made in Japan, Redline Hotdog stamp)RB XXXX - 1982 Redline MX-IIRB 01382 - 1984 Redline 102b (May possibly be a 82 or 83) (Redline Hotdog stamp)RB 01693 - 1982 Proline II (has No gusset behind seat, CS bridge)RC 01878 - Unknown Year, (maybe 600a) MX-II or III (Redline Oval stamp)RC 06430 - 1984 Redline 600b RC 07870 - 1984 Redline MX-III(ST-20), (has gusset behind seat, Redline Oval stamp)RC 07631 - 1984 Redline 600b (Redline Oval stamp)RC 09325 - 1984 Redline Proline (Redline Oval stamp, CS bridge)RC 09858 - Unknown Year, Redline Proline (has NO gusset behind seat, Redline Oval stamp, CS bridge)RC 13645 - 1984 Redline 700p RE 00533 - 1985 Redline 800p RH 00726 - 1983 Redline 600a (Redline Oval stamp, NO CS bridge)RH 07118 - 1983 Redline 600a RH 00250 - Unknown Year, Redline 102b RI 0394X - Unknown Year, Redline MX-II or III (claims top tube is 17" but they only came in @18 & 18 3/4)RI 05788 - Unknown Year, Redline MX-II or IIIRJ 00829 - Unknown Year, Model RJ 02630 - Unknown Year, Model RJ 03295 - Unknown Year, Model RJ 05818 - 1980 MX-III (MX-III was a MX-II frameset sold as a complete bike that came from Japan)9 Digits, Letters & Numbers WA9F01870 (1999, June)WN0C05414 (2000, March) Redline 340WN0C07804 (2000, March) Redline 340WV9G05080 (1999, July)The third number appears to be the year in this case 1999. Speculation is that if it has the stamp it is made overseas.
The Mark I was held together by slipping the head tube of the rear frame over the seat post of the front frame, and lashing the front seat stays to the rear down tube with rope.
When I was a kid, the Marblehead town dump was one of my favorite hang outs, and I eventually noticed that there were lots of bike parts there.
I had long done my own bicycle maintenance, with the help of a friendly bike shop owner, so I knew enough to be able to put bikes together out of parts from the dump.
Bicycles are wonderfully simple, eloquent and efficient machines.
A few of the bikes were purchased by me, or for me, new, including the brown 1971 Schwinn Super Sport, the Trek 750, the Univega 700FS, and the Trek 850 (for one of my sons).
Redline Squareback First production bike was serial number 100. By the 500-600 range somewhere begin the 1975's.1974-1975 Front gusset had no hole1976-1977 Front gusset had two holes1978-1979 MX-II - 4130 frame/fork. 1990 Three (390) - 18th Anniversary model, uses a Series-III type frame. Available in Red/Gray, Blue/Gray, Yellow/Gray & Black/Chrome1990 Four (400 EXL) - Series-III type frame. Available in Red/Gray, Blue/Gray, Yellow/Gray & Black/Chrome1990 Seven (700SL) - Proline type frame. Available in Red/Gray, Blue/Gray, Yellow/Gray & Black/Chrome.1991All Have commemorative sticker stating 1972-19911991 320 - 1991 420 - Available in Chrome, Red, Yellow or Blue. Available in Yellow/Gray, Blue/White, Red/Gray(or Chrome)1991 720 SLX - Available in Yellow/Black, Red/Black, Blue/White(White or Black being the back end color)19921992 Redline Platinum - 20th Anniversary Edition. Browning front suspension.19931993 RL 340 - 1993 RL 440 -1993 RL 540 - 4130 frame/fork.