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    Used Cycle Pricing

    So, lately I've been getting into road bikes and have been riding my mom's old centurion, which is a good half-foot too small for me. So I'm looking to get an used road bike from the 80's, but I was wondering what the appropriate price for something like an 85 Fuji or Univega 12 speed road bike would be. Thanks.

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    The price depends upon the condition and where you buy it. Such bikes are sometimes found at Goodwill or at yard sales for $25. But, if you buy from a good LBS or a reputable E-Bay dealer who certifiy that the bike is in "good" riding condition, the price might be more like $125 to $200.

    And, often, you will need to budget for new tires, new saddle, new pedals, a tune-up...a really nice 1985 bike restored to "excellent" riding condition can end up costing $300 to $400 by the time you are done.

    Given that NEW 2005 road bikes can be found (especially during "special sales") for under $600, it may not seem sensible to "invest" $400 in a 1985 bike. Yet, if you find one with some attractive features (Reynolds 531 frame and fork, top of the line Campy or Sun Tour components, classic touring geometry) maybe spending $400 can make sense.

    It seems as if most "fans" of vintage bikes have a good story about a $25 "find"...Not me, but tomorrow is another day.

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    the low-down on old-school Japanese bike values: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/japan.html

    and everything else: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/vrbn-a-f.html

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