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Old 05-14-11, 07:54 PM   #1
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1982 Fuji America

http://chicago.craigslist.org/wcl/bik/2381144023.html

Looks nice for an entry level bike. (I'm looking to commute along Lake Shore Drive when weather permits, 12 mi. ea way.)

I'm 5'10" & have been trying 56cm bikes, would 58cm be a literal and metaphorical 'ball buster'?

Please give me your $.02...

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Old 05-14-11, 07:58 PM   #2
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Nice bike, worth it.

Sizing is all personal. Standover height is way over rated. 2 cm approximately 3/4 inch (not much).
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Old 05-14-11, 08:09 PM   #3
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Yorkville? Sounds like a forum member's bike.
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Yorkville? Sounds like a forum member's bike.
Do tell.

Also, I think that I suspect it's an '82 because that's what the link went to.... Regarding pricing - does it seem fair value? When checking it out, what are things to look at/for?

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I really like Fuji's. I think they ride great. I have a Finest and a Special Road Racer. I would guess either of mine would sell in that price range (probably a little less for the SRR.)

Check that everything works properly. Check the crank, headset, and wheel bearings to see if they are loose. Take it for a ride and make sure it goes straight. I check the cassette and chainring teeth for wear. Your paying a premium, so it shouldn't need any work.
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Assuming all is in 'perfect' order, is $350 reasonable? Too high, too low, or just right?
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Old 05-15-11, 07:57 AM   #7
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Tugrul,

You're right - after some sleuthing on the site, it is a forum member's bike (it's not too hard to put 2 and 2 together after all.) It's a late 1980 model (probably sold in 1981).

Before I drive and hour and a half out there, I'd like some thoughts on the asking price. If you're up and reading this, please let me know!

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Tugrul,

You're right - after some sleuthing on the site, it is a forum member's bike (it's not too hard to put 2 and 2 together after all.) It's a late 1980 model (probably sold in 1981).

Before I drive and hour and a half out there, I'd like some thoughts on the asking price. If you're up and reading this, please let me know!

Cheers
I also love the ride of Fuji bikes. The America is a classic's classic touring bike. It will be comfortable for you IF IT FITS YOU PROPERLY. I can't tell from the thread if it has the proper bar end shifters, but if so that raises the value. $350 is steep for this bike, unless it's in immaculately adjusted and cleanly operating condition. There should be no grime, a reasonably new chain, proper brake adjustment and newish pads, non-rotted brake hoods, no cable fraying or rust on the moving parts, and true rims. If the bike belongs to a BF member, I would suspect that all of these conditions are satisfied, and more. I can't advise you to spend $350 - that's up to you. You can't walk into any retailer and get a better bike at $350, though... PG
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Old 05-16-11, 11:29 AM   #9
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Probably too late, but for what it's worth I'm 5'9" of average proportions vertically, and my 58cm (center to top) '82 Team Fuji fits me pretty well.
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Same member also has a Opus III frame up for sale, with a Hatta Swan headset and Superbe FD, RD and Sugino crankset. A steal of a price, $125.

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Do you know who is selling these? I am interested in the Opus, thanks for the heads up scottryder.
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Nevermind, I figured it out!
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I ended up buying the 80/81(?) Fuji America and have been quite happy so far. I've commuted twice already (about 45 miles in all) and am getting used to the barcon friction shifting... I think I'll need to adjust the brakes a wee bit to make sure the contacts are as perfect as possible. I'm also looking into getting some fenders & eventually a rack on the back. The clearance is very tight, but I have my eye on some VO 48mm Aluminum fenders that I think will look quite sharp.

I also downloaded a nice 'bike computer' app for $4.99 so it saves me from buying a(n ugly) bike computer
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