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I'm trying to ID an older road bike, I think perhaps 80's but not really sure. I can't seem to find much info about even the brand itself - National Sports Wheels (Passaic, NJ) (Made In Taiwan)

Searching that brand just brings ups a few results for some older BMX bikes, nothing road bike at all. Also the frame has a sticker saying '12 Speed' but is actually a 10 speed - not sure if that sticker was added by someone or if the gears were changed. Serial number on the bottom bracker is S885278

Whole Bike: https://i.stack.imgur.com/1kjIV.jpg

Brand Sticker: http://i.stack.imgur.com/mH6dV.jpg

I've had this in my shed for quite some time and its a hand me down, so no idea about the original owner or anything like that. I'm starting riding again so planning on refinishing the frame and maybe rebuilding with some modern components, but really curious that I can't find anything on the brand.

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    Late 70s to early 80s. Pretty generic. Probably not department store, but not real high class either. Don't refinish the frame -- you'll never be done. – Daniel R Hicks May 27 at 13:02
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    I've refinished two other frames before, it is a lot of work so not 100% sure I'm going that route. Never attempted component upgrades though, some things seem pretty straightforward but not sure if that will turn into a poor choice ha – Jonathan Elwell May 27 at 13:53
  • The bike appears to be a ROPA (ridden once -- put away), so there should be no need to change anything (other than the tires) if the bearings aren't seized, etc. Do note that this bike is pre-indexing, and the rear cluster is about as generic/primitive as they come. – Daniel R Hicks May 27 at 14:00
  • Its definitely gotten some use, but is in decent shape for its age - nothing is seized up, but the brakes are super mushy/not strong, and yeah the non indexing shifting is tough, hence my desire for modern setups... at the very least I'm going to give it a good cleaning before I reassemble and ride again the 2nd/last ride I took was a bit scary haha. Some downhill wobbles and poor braking abilities – Jonathan Elwell May 27 at 15:31
  • Yeah, the brake pads are likely in need of replacement. And changing to indexed shifting will be tricky at best. – Daniel R Hicks May 27 at 15:41

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