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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...

    Cheers!

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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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    Yorkville? Sounds like a forum member's bike.
    Looking for Quick release for a BR-6208 Cotter pin press

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    Quote Originally Posted by tugrul View Post
    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?

    Cheers!

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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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    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

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    Fuji America

    Quote Originally Posted by jjhotpop View Post
    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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    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.

    Scott

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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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