Classic and Vintage Bicycles: What's it Worth? Appraisals and Inquiries - Worth it ? FUJI
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I dont know the model but its pretty cheap and I like the look.
i would just change the handlebars tape and the seat.
05-27-11, 08:56 AM
It is hard to tell from photographs, but it appears that the fork might be bent. I would take a close look at it. Also, the non-drive side crank arm has been replaced (edit: a quick look and poor observation skills--crank arm has not been replaced). It could be a good buy still, but it all depends on what you mean by cheap. If the fork is not bent and the cost is less than $75, I would consider it. The tape and saddle will likely cost $60+. If you can do the mechanical work yourself, it might be worth it, but if you have to pay to have the bike serviced (wheels trued, hubs serviced, etc.), I would reconsider. It would be interesting to hear Fuji experts comments on the bike's value.
~1982 Royale II (http://classicfuji.com/Models_for_Display/1982%2016%20Royal%20II%20and%20Royal%20II%20L.jpg)? That got a top mount shifter upgrade at some point.
I don't see why you say the crank arm has been replaced...
I think a forum member was selling a minty one for north of $200.
+1 Bent fork, possibly tweaked top tube (back angle). Take a straight edge with you. The photo background is far too busy to jump to any conclusion.
I sold a minty 1983 Royale II last week.
Royale II was only made two years, neither year had that style shifter. But that crank and the derailleurs look like a 1982 Royale II to me. 1983 Royale II had gold anodized rims.
Worth it? Well, how much is it?
05-27-11, 11:30 AM
This is a very nice riding mid-level bike. I can't tell from the photos whether the fork is damaged or not - others may have a better eye. Definitely look at the top tube just behind the headtube lug, as well as the downtube just above the shifters - evidence of front impact may be localized crackling of the paint, buckling, or bulging. Also, riding no-handed in a straight line will tell you if the frame/fork are tweaked. Any signs of a bent fork - pass on it.
If it fit me and I were going to be the rider - I'd pay $165 for one in good overall mechanical condition, knowing that I'd be the one doing the strip, clean, and rebuild of the moving parts.
I had a 79 Royale that I used as my winter bike one year. Terrifically capable, stable ride, if nothing fancy. It didn't weigh that much either, ~26 lbs, if I remember.
it is 180$ and he also have a ( talisman ) to show me. im going to see it tonight
Around here, in that condition, $180 is quite a bit overpriced. Needs quite a bit of TLC.
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