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Old 08-21-17, 08:56 PM
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Im interested in this, does the fork look ok or am I being over concerned.
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Fork looks fine to me but I don't seem to have the eye that some people have for spotting bent forks.

You didnt ask but since its in the Appraisals and Inquiries forum, I'll offer an opinion. Overall nice bike that's pushing the top of the valuation scale IMO. I see it's been posted for 2 months so I assume you intend to get it for less than the posted price. Good luck!
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Looks OK to me
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The forks looks like it is slightly bent. The centre line of the blades does not appear to line up with the head tube. Also, the front tyre appears to be closer to the down the down than normal. The prersence of a down tube sticker immediately behind the head lug, where paint typically cracks or peels from a head on collision, does not instill confidence. Having said that, photographs can be misleading. The only way to be sure, is to examine the bicycle, in person.
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There is a geometry chart in the '84 catalog so you could always measure it.
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Fuji made scores of nice mid range road bike models. I always like the look of this model. But $200 is rather high. $100 to $120 is a more likely selling price here (Iowa). And that particular bike's look would benefit from a less worn seat and tires in some other color (not all black).

what to look for:
A bike that might have been in a crash may have some parts replaced. In a front end impact, the frame, the fork or the wheel is the weakest point. it's rare to see 2 or all 3 ruined. There is no predicting which part will bend first as every model/manufacture and crash is different.
Do the rims match? No and that could be a front wheel replacement from an impact (or hitting potholes).
Are there any ripples in the top tube or down tube right behind the head tube lugs or cracks in the paint there?
Does the bike seem to pull to one side or the other when you ride?

IMO, the photo isn't the best. The background lines, shadows and not being centered on the front end make it hard to spot a potentially slightly bent fork. The surest way to assess the fork is to remove the fork from the frame and put the fork in an alignment gauge.

And trying to find a replacement fork that looks okay isn't easy. There are endless combos of fork dimensions, materials, styles and colors out there. A bike would need to be free or nearly free to justify the effort to find a matching fork.

Bending it back? Well every time you bend steel, you are ripping molecules of steel apart. "straightening" a fork is just bending it some more but in another direction. It's gets weaker every time. Fork failures can have nasty outcomes.

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The fork looks good. It is made that way, since it's on craigslist maybe try $150 but 200 not bad. Ride it and if it feels good I'd go for it.
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1985 was a good year for the club fuji. The forks tend to look slightly bent, and the silver sticker was stock that year for some reason. Had this 58cm for awhile, still have the 84 team as they were found together.

The one listed looks like it needs perhaps a tune and new saddle, 100-120 or so as it sits for a keeper, hard to get even 200 for the fujis once overhauled but they make nice riders depending on year and build.
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