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eliz@beth 09-27-16 03:45 PM

Customized Bridgestone Kabuki Skyway Syd - Should I buy it?
 
I found this bike on Craigslist and I'm going to look at it Friday. I really love the look of it and I believe it's the right size for me- I'm 5'1. I live in an urban area and I need a lighter weight commuter bike, but I don't want to spend more than $200-$300. I've done some research on these bikes, but I could really use some good advice on this.

https://philadelphia.craigslist.org/bik/5785061981.html

How good is the quality of this bike? What is it worth taking into account the upgrades, and what upgrades would I need to do to make this bike good for the city? I'm considering converting it to a single speed if I buy it.

cycleheimer 09-27-16 04:36 PM

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Link doesn't seem to work, but I found it. It has been sitting on CL for at least 11 days. Why? It looks nice, but it is an entry-level bike with a high tensile steel frame and steel rims that came with low end components. Granted, new tires and bar wrap could run you nearly $50. It is still, however, a low-end bike. Were bearings cleaned and regreased? Wheels trued? Brakes and gears adjusted? New brake pads put on? For $235, especially off season, you would expect more. Right size? Everything works? Gotta have it? Try $150 cash (tops)...if all is in order...if they balk, you walk. That's my two cents. It does look sharp in the ad!

I would check out .... real fast ... the Giant OCR3 (small frame) for $200.

Urban area or not...just to have a great bike to really get into cycling with. I would then get a $50 3-speed just to knock around the city on. That OCR3 looks really nice...and hopefully it is in good mechanical shape.

zukahn1 09-27-16 05:14 PM

The Bridgestone is a just OK bike if everything is advertised fully serviced with new consumables the price is about right. The downside is it is a heavy bike with the Technart cast faux lug framset and steel components it is going to run close to 35lbs. As said the Giant is much nicer bike and won't last at that price.

eliz@beth 09-28-16 04:44 AM

Thank you for your very thorough response.

cycleheimer 09-28-16 05:09 AM


Originally Posted by eliz@beth (Post 19086874)
Thank you for your very thorough response.

Did you see the OCR3?

eliz@beth 09-28-16 09:57 AM


Originally Posted by cycleheimer (Post 19086894)
Did you see the OCR3?

I did, but I'm not crazy about the color scheme, looks a bit boyish for me. Superficial, I know. I'm glad you pointed it out as a good option, though, so I'll know what to look for now.

ramzilla 09-28-16 10:10 AM

That Kabuki would make a nice rider with North Road style handlebars on it and, a rack on the back. Could be a good townie style bike. It's also a very good size bike for a smaller rider. But, $235 is pretty high for that. I might give $135 for it.

cycleheimer 09-28-16 04:45 PM


Originally Posted by ramzilla (Post 19087520)
That Kabuki would make a nice rider with North Road style handlebars on it and, a rack on the back. Could be a good townie style bike. It's also a very good size bike for a smaller rider. But, $235 is pretty high for that. I might give $135 for it.

Ditto


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