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Old 11-13-18, 10:51 AM
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Fuji and Motobecane

Picked up a pair of bikes. First is a Fuji "Team Fuji" from 1984. Seems pretty much bone stock aside from the saddle. It will need the usual stuff like cables, bar wraps and tires, along with lubrication. Very small frame (49cm) with a 30 inch standover height. Hardly a blemish on it.

Second is a ladie's Motobecane. Not sure as to year. Again, it needs the usual components replaced. A few scratches on the frame.

Curious as to what folks think the value of these bikes is, as they stand.


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Old 11-13-18, 02:40 PM
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The Team Fuji is a nice find but the tiny frame limits the value. The Motobecane is lower quality but may be an easier sale since it is more versatile. In my market, I could sell the Moto faster than the Fuji, but I would have to put upright handle bars on it. You didn't mention if are you intending to service them or flip them in as found condition. More info would be helpful.
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Old 11-13-18, 03:18 PM
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Originally Posted by dweenk View Post
The Team Fuji is a nice find but the tiny frame limits the value. The Motobecane is lower quality but may be an easier sale since it is more versatile. In my market, I could sell the Moto faster than the Fuji, but I would have to put upright handle bars on it. You didn't mention if are you intending to service them or flip them in as found condition. More info would be helpful.
Not sure what will happen with them. The Fuji is actually a good fit for me, so I might end up keeping it. At 5'7" I can fit onto a small bike well.

The Moto might be for my wife, or i might flip it. It depends on how she likes it. I was just wondering what the value was on them, I guess both as is, and made right.

I appreciate your thoughts.
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As is in my market, $50 on the mixte, $125 for the Team Fuji. Small size is a PLUS in my area. The Team Fuji is worth a refresh, might bring $225. The mixte, not so much. Cottered crank can be a PITA to service, plastic Simplex derailleurs are horrible (particularly the FD, (in the last ten years, I haven't come across a single FD where the clamp was not cracked), etc. Motobecane also made higher level mixtes with mostly Japanese components and higher level frames.

When I come across a mixte at that level (bottom end), I will buy and donate.

It is helpful to list your location in your profile. A bike that might be worth $25 here, could be worth $150 in Toronto.
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
As is in my market, $50 on the mixte, $125 for the Team Fuji. Small size is a PLUS in my area. The Team Fuji is worth a refresh, might bring $225. The mixte, not so much. Cottered crank can be a PITA to service, plastic Simplex derailleurs are horrible (particularly the FD, (in the last ten years, I haven't come across a single FD where the clamp was not cracked), etc. Motobecane also made higher level mixtes with mostly Japanese components and higher level frames.

When I come across a mixte at that level (bottom end), I will buy and donate.

It is helpful to list your location in your profile. A bike that might be worth $25 here, could be worth $150 in Toronto.
Thanks for the info and suggestion. I'm in northern NJ, so the market is pretty good around here.

Yeah, I'm thinking the mixte is kind of a push. I believe it is a '76 Nomade Sprint, which was bottom shelf for Motobecane. I paid $45 for it, and once the needed parts/work are finished it will be worth not much more than I have into it. If my wife likes it, maybe I'll swap out the derailleurs. I had a feeling it wasn't any great bargain.

On the Fuji, I paid $50, so it was a good deal. It fits me quite well. I will probably fix it and keep it.
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Fuji has some issues. Chain is off the ring and all tangled up. As - is maybe $75. Refurbished $150 - $300 depending on how many new parts go into it.
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Fuji has some issues. Chain is off the ring and all tangled up. As - is maybe $75. Refurbished $150 - $300 depending on how many new parts go into it.
Needs bar tape, cables, lube, tires. Not much, really. Easy stuff. But the frame is rust-free and nearly flawless. After some research, at least around here and in good condition, they sell for $200 to $400. Better market I guess.
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