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Fuji del Rey for Beginner?

Old 07-29-17, 11:42 PM
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Fuji del Rey for Beginner?

Hi, I have been riding my Walmart mountain bike for the past 3 years and it's starting to fall apart. I replaced the tire, adjusted the derailleur, brake... but just not sure if it's worth keep fixing it. So I am looking to get a replacement, probably a hybrid since I only really ride on roads anyway.

I don't want to spend too much on a bike, since I don't ride that much, mostly just go for ~ 15 miles rides a week. So I am debating between a new Walmart bike ~ $200 or a used one on craiglist.

But I really don't know what brand to look for, I have no idea what is good or what is bad.

I found a red Fuji del Rey on craiglist for $125, is that any good? I assume it is 1991.
I am also ~5'7", is the bike big enough?

Sorry, I want to post a link, but I am new here so I can't.
Though it should show up searching on cleveland craigslist post id 6198634793

Thanks!
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Old 07-30-17, 12:09 AM
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Nice bike, and definitely a better build machine than a $200 Walmart bike. Might be too small for you, though. You need to be able to get close to full leg extension (about a 15 degree bend) when you pedal on the downstroke. If you have to pull the seatpost up past the "minimum insertion line" to acheive that, then it's too small. Same goes for the stem - if you have to pull it up past that minimum line so that you're not too bent over, then that's no good. It can be hard to read hybrid frames by looking - if that were a road bike frame, I'd say it's definitely too small. Others here may have a better sense of vintage hybrid sizing, but it can't hurt to go test ride it. Just take some Allen keys so you can make sure the stem and seat post aren't stuck, and so you can adjust them to see if they'll fit you.

Those tires are really more for the trails. On the roads they'll slow you down, but that's not too big a deal. You'll want to get a sense of how recently the hubs/headset/bottom bracket have been serviced. You can learn to do that yourself, but it'll take a few tools and some youtube videos, plus help for folks here. Otherwise it'll cost a few $ at the LBS, which might make this not such a good deal.
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225 is too much in my opinion for that bike. Depending on location, youd be able to find a nice first road bike in the 2-3 range which will allow you to put many many more miles on. Find the right size, no dents or dings, cosmetic condition within that price range will come with normal wear and tear so dont expect something perfect...but theres still a chance youll find something mint so hunting is key and might be priced higher accordingly. Im a huge vintage Fuji fan, and I started out with a Fuji Gran Tourer from the 80s. I was able to learn and put many miles on that bike before upgrading to a newer (but still vintage) ***gin. One of my past favorites hands down. I reckon riding ANYTHING other than a Wal-Mart brand bike will feel and ride much better, so dont RUSH it. Take a few days searching and maybe even a week testing othres out. And finally, negotiate. Many sellers are open to it, just be reasonable. Good luck!
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$40 in a thrift.
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Originally Posted by shuru421 View Post
225 is too much in my opinion for that bike.
OP states the seller is asking $125.
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$40 in a thrift.
Irrelevant. Not being sold in a thrift.
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Old 07-31-17, 07:26 AM
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Irrelevant. Not being sold in a thrift.
Than why quote it. That bike is worth very little money. Very little money.
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If it fits and rides good it's worth it. Sure it should be less at a thrift store, but one problem with thrift store bikes is they are always no where close to ready to ride. I've bought at least 200 bikes at thrift stores (fewer and fewer in the last few years). Deals aren't that common, I've bought two this year. Both needed a ton of work, neither was my size, I sold both to offset my bike spending.
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If it fits and rides good it's worth it. Sure it should be less at a thrift store, but one problem with thrift store bikes is they are always no where close to ready to ride. I've bought at least 200 bikes at thrift stores (fewer and fewer in the last few years). Deals aren't that common, I've bought two this year. Both needed a ton of work, neither was my size, I sold both to offset my bike spending.
It's not just worth that in a thrift. And the comment about nowhere near ready to ride is nonsense also. I have bought every bike at thrifts. Passed on an interesting mongoose today. Modern. I was a glad a kid bought it. Needed very little work. My 660 came from a thrift. I have had numerous bikes that outside of tires were ready to ride. Yeah, break everything down, re-grease everything. Are you saying that's what the seller did with this bike?
I just hope the OP gets it for a lot less. Clean, maybe $70 tops. Yeah, flawless prefect with brand new quality tires, and tubes, maybe $125, but that is really pushing it.

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