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Old 10-02-09, 04:12 PM
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Katakura Silk Road Bike

Hello. I'm new to the site so I apologize in advance for my ignorance and all rookie mistakes.
This past spring I bought a Katakura Silk road bicycle on Craigslist for my girlfriend. I have been riding an 80's Schwinn Le Tour for a year now so I wanted to get her something comparable so we could start riding together. Unfortunately the frame is just too big for her so while she can manage, I think the time has come to replace it.
Is there a market for these bikes? How much is a bike like this worth?
I believe all of the components are original and we put some money into it for a tune up, new chainring, tubes, tires and cables.
It's a 10-speed with a steel lug frame.
Approx. 53 cm frame with a 32" stand-over height
I live in the San Francisco Bay Area if somebody would like to take a look at it.
Here is my craigslist listing: http://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/bik/1403538453.html
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Old 10-03-09, 07:19 AM
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Katakura made good bicycles and the Silk brand covered a wide range. Unfortunately, this is an entry level, boom era model. While I don't have enough knowledge of your market, I understand it is very high priced. Hopefully, somebody else can provide a value assessment.

One area of note is the rear derailleur, which appears to be a SunTour Skitter. Plese confirm. If so, these are fairly rare and while entry level, may be of some interest to one of the forum members.
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Old 10-03-09, 09:33 AM
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Katakura Silk

You are correct. All of the components are Suntour with a "sport" in the front and "skitter" in the rear.
Additionally, the entire brake system is Diacompe and has fresh cables and pads.
The wheels are Araya with Kenda tires.
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Old 10-03-09, 10:50 AM
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+1 Low end entry level bike. But you are in San Fran, so put it on Craigs List and you will probably do pretty well on it.
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Old 04-09-19, 08:41 AM
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Did you sell it?!?!
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@Zbridgman I can't believe you stumbled across this 10-year old thread! I've moved across the country three times and this bike is long gone from my possession but I'm almost certain I sold it in the Palo Alto area and didn't scrap it for parts. I think I was asking $200 but I doubt I got that much for it.
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