in Kobe, Japan, and subsequently by Giant of Taiwan. bike boom of the 1970s and into the 1980s, Nishiki and West Coast Cycle competed with domestic companies including Schwinn, Huffy, and Murray; European companies including Raleigh, Peugeot and Motobecane—as well as other nascent Japanese brands including Miyata, Fuji, Bridgestone, Panasonic, Univega, Lotus and Centurion—itself a line of Japanese-manufactured bicycles that were specified, distributed and marketed by Western States Imports (WSI), a U. who had previously been partners in Wheel Goods Corporation in Minneapolis, later moving to Los Angeles in 1946 to purchase an existing retail bicycle store, Atlas Cycle, renaming it Playrite Bicycle Supply Co..
The bicycles were first marketed under the American Eagle brand beginning in 1965 and later under the Nishiki brand until 2001. The Cohens subsequently founded a bicycle, parts and accessory distribution company in the late 1950s, naming it West Coast Cycle Supply Company.
Univega was headquartered in the United States with bicycles made in Italy and then Japan.
Finally, no matter where a company is headquartered, the majority of bikes today are made in China.
Indeed, many well-made used bikes are much better than some department store bikes today.
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.
WCC sought and received permission from Kawamura to use the same mark within the Nishiki logo and in their company marketing. As of 2013, Nishiki Europe markets bicycle models in Denmark, Finland, and Sweden.
1977 Nishiki International Ten speed road bike Manufacturer: Kawamura Cycles, Kobe, Japan U. Importer: West Coast Cycle Frame: Lugged, plain gauge Cromoly Fork: high-tensile steel Rear Derailleur Suntour Cyclone Front Derailleur: Suntour Cyclone Stem Shifters: Suntour Brakes: Dia-compe, single pivot side-pull Rims: Araya 27 x 1.25, 36 count spokes Hubs: Shimano Crank: Sugino Super Maxy Seat stem: La Prade Non-standard equipment: handlebars, saddle, chrome cable guides, rear rack Nishiki is a brand of bicycles designed, specified, marketed and distributed by West Coast Cycle in the United States, initially manufactured by Kawamura Cycle Co. In 2010, Dick's Sporting Goods acquired the licensing rights to the Nishiki brand for the U. market and began marketing Nishiki-branded bicycles and accessories.
In 1959, when I was a sophomore in high school I got my first "serious" bike, an Elswick "Tour Anglais", with 630 mm (27 inch) wheels, drop handlebars and a 4 speed Sturmey-Archer gear hub-very hot stuff for the place and time!