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Old 07-10-15, 08:25 PM
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Pretty bike in good shape....?

I'm looking for a project to learn on. Turn something into a fun ride. Could this be it?


What would you pay?
May need a light tune up.

"10 speed bike Girls FUJI ABSOLUTE with Valite tubing and alloy rims 26" tires."

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Old 07-10-15, 08:35 PM
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At $100 it is overpriced by 4x. Go see @top506, he works at one of the Dicks Sporting Goods in Maine and can set you straight.
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Originally Posted by oddjob2 View Post
At $100 it is overpriced by 4x. Go see @top506, he works at one of the Dicks Sporting Goods in Maine and can set you straight.
Thanks. I was thinking of trying to talk him down.
So you saw in on CL too then?
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Old 07-10-15, 08:50 PM
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There are very few 10-Speeds around here for less than $100. But I still wouldn't pay more than $50 for that one.

But you could still learn to disassemble it, grease bearings, and etc. And you really can't go too wrong with a cheap bike. The problem is that at the end of the day, you'll still have a cheap $50 bike (with good grease).

Keep an eye open at thrift stores and garage sales if you're looking for sub-$50 bikes.

I suppose it also depends a bit on whether the bike fits you. That is a pretty small women's (girls) bike.
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
There are very few 10-Speeds around here for less than $100. But I still wouldn't pay more than $50 for that one.

But you could still learn to disassemble it, grease bearings, and etc. And you really can't go too wrong with a cheap bike. The problem is that at the end of the day, you'll still have a cheap $50 bike (with good grease).

Keep an eye open at thrift stores and garage sales if you're looking for sub-$50 bikes.

I suppose it also depends a bit on whether the bike fits you. That is a pretty small women's (girls) bike.
Yeah I let the guy know that the work I need to put in, really brings the price down. I'll see what he says. I'm not sure tall. 5 ft 4/5ft 5, and I always have a hard time finding something my size.

I've got my options wide open for sure, and I really just want something fun and relatively cheap to buy to start. Thankfully my area has a ton of bike groups and free courses.
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Originally Posted by oddjob2 View Post
At $100 it is overpriced by 4x. Go see @top506, he works at one of the Dicks Sporting Goods in Maine and can set you straight.
He also has a Raleigh mixte, Miyata mixte, and a ladies Shogun 200 in the barn, all looking for a good home........

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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
Actually you can go wrong financially. It is easy to put more $$ into a crappy free bike than the finished project will be worth when you are done. If you have a lot of spare coins, not that huge of an issue. But if you need the hobby to pay for itself, you need to start with something better.

To "profit" on fixing up bikes, you need to be very resourceful, buy consumables in bulk, cheap, find donor bikes, etc. Pay retail for anything and you will tend to lose $$.
The OP stated that the goal was to find 2 bikes to fix up and personally use. Learning about bike maintenance along the way.

Not flipping.

One always hates to overspend on anything. But, one might argue that it is better to buy a $100 used dept store bike than to buy a $200 new dept store bike (which lots of people do).

There certainly are advantages of using dept store bikes as town commuters over $1000+ road bikes, or vintage classics.
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Fuji's are decent bikes. If it's a 10 speed probably a 70's model. Nice step through frame. Tires probably shot to hell. People ask more for them because Fuji is more interesting than Schwinn. But, not necessarily a better bike. I wouldn't pay $100 for that unless it was a hot market. It will probably cost around $150 to completely restore it. Then, you got $250 into a bike that you might as well ride. You're never going to sell it for that much.
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