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Kuwahara Vintage Roadbike hoarder find!

Old 05-10-20, 04:41 PM
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Kuwahara Vintage Roadbike hoarder find!

Bear with me! Total biking newbie here but my partner is quite into bikes. Weíve found ourselves stranded in our hometown so we went in search of summer bikes yesterday. We left our road bikes in Toronto, expecting to be home by now.
Picked up a Ď87 Peugeot Chenonceaux in great shape, and a ?? Raleigh Team-Record? Donít know much about the quality of either bike, the Peugeot just fit my girlfriend perfectly and I wanted something to tinker around with so I settled on the Raleigh.
Brought them both to a local shop for tune-ups and to my bad luck, saw a bike sitting there that I know my partner would adore and itís the perfect size/style. HOWEVER, I have no idea what to look for quality wise and Iím worried about overpaying. It was brought in by a family member of a hoarder, apparently itís been sitting in their basement for about 30 years? Iíve never heard of the brand for road bikes and Iíve never paid over 300$ for a bike, so I feel out of my depth. Itís listed for 1000 but they said they could do 875.

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Old 05-10-20, 09:42 PM
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Here is the link to the album with your photos: https://www.bikeforums.net/g/album/17783692

I don't know anything about the bikes to provide an opinion.
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Old 05-10-20, 09:57 PM
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IMHO....Way, Way to high a price.... the Raleigh is HT steel and the Kuwahara does not appear that special to me, others will chime in.
You also need to take better pics, close-ups as well as the entire bike from the drive side for a better valuation.
For a 1000.00, you certainly can find something a little more special/classic.
Here is a BF link for you Kuwahara 12-speed road bike
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Old 05-11-20, 02:50 AM
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Even at $875 CND it is way too much. In my book, I would go as high as $200 in most Canadian cities and up to $300 in the vintage bicycle hot markets. Keep looking and, with patience, you will find a bike that you will love. And, you will come to understand the concept of N+1 and how much fun the hunt (for another old road bike) can be.
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Old 05-11-20, 03:33 AM
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Agreed, the Kuwahara isn't worth 1/2 the asking price even in the GTA. Is you "partner" different than your "girlfriend" because the Peugeot and Kuwahara are vastly different sizes.
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Vintage Kuwahara bikes can be nice items. They were a contract builder for Schwinn and many others. But, I don't ever remember seeing one that would command more than a few hundred dollars. Some of their best bikes were sold under the name Apollo. And, a really fine condition Apollo is only going to go for around $300 US.
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For a grand wait for another REI sale and buy modern!

That's what I will do.
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