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Old 02-27-11, 10:49 AM   #1
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Fuji 450 SE

I have the opportunity to buy a Fuji 450 SE that is in near new condition, there are still nubs on the tires. I was asked to make an offer for it but truely don't know what offer to make. I am hoping that someone can give me an idea as to its value.
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Old 02-27-11, 11:00 AM   #2
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Any way to get pics of the bike? It's really tough to throw out a value without any visual.
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Old 02-27-11, 08:11 PM   #3
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The 450SE is a niche bike, Terry style configuration. You will need to be a very small rider for this style bike. Terry style bikes are hard to find, so depending on how hard you want to look/how much time you are willing to spend looking, I would adjust my offer accordingly.

Without detailed, quality pictures, really not feasible to give an accurate value. But if you really like the bike, and the price is within your budget, go for it.

Original tires is not really a plus, that means the tires are 25 years old. So the bike has set idle for 25 years. Will need thorough maintenance, probably new tires, tubes, cables, housings, grease. Depending who does the work, the cost of such maintenance could be minimal (do it yourself) to significant (taken to a bike shop). The good news on a bike that has been idle is that the cosmetics: paint and decals, are usually quite good, DEPENDING on how the bike has been stored. Make sure seat post and handlebar stem move freely (are not stuck).

Google Terry bicycles and you will find endless information about them. Note that Terrys usually command a hefty premium above the similar competitor bikes, as the Terrys have a big following (I have a Terry myself in the queue).

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Old 02-28-11, 07:37 PM   #4
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I will try to get some photos of the bike. The bike is fully funciional with no appearant dry-rot. I took it for a short ride as it is too small for me but it is for my girlfriend who is quite short. It has been stored indoors and I was told it has less than 100 miles on it. I will have to get back with pictures.
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In its first year of production it apparently sold for $359.00 according to the Fuji vintage website. Interesting bike with the mismatched wheel sizes. Nice components on some models.

Whether the tires look dry-rotted or not, they are probably toast. I certainly wouldn't want to trust them going downhill at 40 mph! For a little ride around the neighborhood, maybe.

Ditto what was said previously about maintenance. Even if it was never used it would still require cleaning and greasing and possibly new cables if they are corroded at all.

The thing that makes this somewhat attractive is that I can't imagine them coming up very often. This is the first one I've seen.
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I hipe I was successful in posting the images. Everyhting on the bike is free of rust or corrosion and even the rubber is soft. The brakes and shifter work smoothly and I am told the bike has been kept indoors since it was new. Any help with its value would be apprceated. Thanks a whole lot.



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In its first year of production it apparently sold for $359.00 according to the Fuji vintage website. Interesting bike with the mismatched wheel sizes. Nice components on some models.

Whether the tires look dry-rotted or not, they are probably toast. I certainly wouldn't want to trust them going downhill at 40 mph! For a little ride around the neighborhood, maybe.

Ditto what was said previously about maintenance. Even if it was never used it would still require cleaning and greasing and possibly new cables if they are corroded at all.

The thing that makes this somewhat attractive is that I can't imagine them coming up very often. This is the first one I've seen.
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$125. Original bars and levers are missing. A little more if they can dig out the original parts. Value assumes bike will require a basic service: bearings, grease, cables.

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