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Bridgestone Kabuki Valiant 19

Old 07-07-20, 12:46 PM
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Bridgestone Kabuki Valiant 19

I have the receipt for this bike from 1983. Does anyone know the value? It needs tires and I would like to know if it's worth it to take to a bike repair shop for new tires.
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Old 07-07-20, 03:09 PM
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Bridgestone had set up their own USA distribution by 1983, independent of Kabuki, so I I'm surprised by the Bridgestone Kakuki mention. Photos would be appreciated, as cosmetic and mechanical condition play a very large factor in value. Also, knowing the city where you live would be of help, as market conditions vary significantly. The serial number will tell us if it actually is a 1983 model or just something that sat around in the shop for a few years, prior to being sold.
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Old 07-08-20, 07:36 PM
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Curious to see pictures as well.
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Originally Posted by sunnyplace View Post
I have the receipt for this bike from 1983. Does anyone know the value? It needs tires and I would like to know if it's worth it to take to a bike repair shop for new tires.

If it's got the original 1983 tires on it then, they're 37 years old. It's really going to need new tires, tubes, & rim tape. Will also need new brake pads and, all cables & pivot points need adjustment & lubrication. Most bike shops charge by the hour. So, this is going to cost around a $100 minimum to $200 max. If I were you, I'd order the parts online & either do the work yourself or, look around for a friend or neighbor to help.
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Bridgestone Kabuki Valiant 19"

Thank you ALL for your responses!!......UNFORTUNATELY this BIKEFORUM app will not post my pictures unless I've had at least 10 posts.
WHAT A STRANGE RULE..... but OH WELL!!! Since I'm a new member.....I don't have any other posts except for my Kabuki bike.
I have the pictures of my bike but can't send them. Sorry all.....I will take the information sent to me and decide how to handle.
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Old 07-10-20, 10:30 AM
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This is in excellent cosmetic condition but is a very basic model with a hi-tensile frame, stem mounted shift levers, brake safety levers and steel rims mated to steel hubs (nutted on the rear). It looks like it has the die cast aluminum bottom bracket and mid-stray lug. I don't see Bridgestone mention on the head lug, so while it does appear to be Bridgestone manufacture, it appears to be after the relationship was severed. As stated previously, the serial number will tell us the exact manufacturing date.

In a pre-Covid-19 world this would probably to worth $75-$100 in an average market. The pandemic has decimated some used bicycle markets, while sending other sky high. In my experience, it tends to relate to whether or not there is public transportation system and the local infection rates. If you're in a weak market, I'd let potential buyers deal with the tyres.


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