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Old 04-06-18, 12:13 PM
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Azuki?

I'm looking for a bike primarily for a short 6mi round trip commute and ran across this Azuki hauglandbikes.com/shopbikes/58-cm-azuki

I can't tell what year it is and I know it's the sister brand of Nishiki. So decent commuter, fair price?
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Old 04-06-18, 12:31 PM
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It is rusty and has steel wheels. If it had been totally cleaned and had alu rims, it would be a reasonable price and decent for a commuter. But as is, no.
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Old 04-06-18, 02:01 PM
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Based on the rear dropouts and pillbox cable stop, this would appear to be a Kuwahara manufactured model. It is entry level, at or near the bottom of the line. I'd place it circa 1973-1976. As noted, there is a fair amount of rust. Also, a ripped saddle. Finally, I'm leery of sellers who want to meet on a corner. Pass.
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I personally prefer a rigid frame MTB from the 1980s for a commuter. Add smooth tires, and you are there.

A nicer MTB from that era can be had at a low price, will have alloy rims, provisions for racks and fenders, cantilever brakes and more. The decent ones are 100X better than entry level "road bikes" from the 1970s.

The particular bike you reference is in rusty/crusty condition. I would keep looking.

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Thanks y'all. I'll definitely pass on this bike.
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