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Old 12-07-09, 10:34 PM
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Fuji Road Bike

'70's All original Fuji Road Bike. Has little rust.

Based on the decals (or lack thereof) I'm guessing it's an S10-S. The owner says there is no obvious model name on the frame.

How much would you pay for this?
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74,5 or 6, an S10S to me... It's huge; I couldn't ride it comfortably nor have I had success in selling huge bikes or even gifting them. It's a lowly model but a cool color and I'm fond of old bikes. $100 if it fit me or I had any prospects to buy it. Most folks and true re-sellers will state less. The components though ancient are functional, it's hitens steel, alloy rims and parts though. An important bike when in my 20s.
Doesn't seem the a question you would ask, so if looking for approval and fancy the bike, you've my vote.
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I wouldn't go over $50 and would probably offer $30--it looks pretty rough to me. If I went to look and it was in better condition, I might offer more. If it was for a flip, I would pass.

The size of the bike is going to work against the seller unless there are lots of 6' 2"+ folks in the area looking for vintage road bikes to restore.
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+1 Looks like a project bike to me, $30 to $50 maximum. And when the ad mentions rust, that's a red flag I would pass myself.

+1 Supersized works against it as a flip. Very limited market for large to XL bikes. Took me a year to sell a really sweet 25 inch bike.
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Thanks for the replies.

I messaged the seller and he seems kind of clueless about bikes. I wouldn't be able to get over to look at it until Friday and it might be sold by then. He's asking $65.

If the bike were closer (about an hour's drive away), I would go over and offer him $30-40. As it stands, I may see if he drops the price a bit and then go from there.

The frame size works for me; I'm 6'-2" and ride a 25 in/63 cm Raleigh Marathon. This bike looks to be about the same size, and maybe a slight step up from the Marathon (chromed stays and fork ends).

If someone else buys it.... so it goes.
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I bought one for $25 at a goodwill about four years ago, and later traded to a room mate for my share of the utilities one month. It was the same color too.
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If that's an S-10-S it probably has a brown leather Belt saddle. If you can restore the saddle it'd be worth what you pay for the bike. The seatpost would be chromed and that rust color doesn't look good for the post or for removing it. The alloy bits look rather oxidized/corroded. Mildly oxidized can be cleaned/polished but after a certain point it's too late. As a point of reference, a recent S-12-S I refurbished does not have chrome stays and has a different stem (Diacompe). It's wheels are ally. Don't buy if it has steel/chrome not alloy wheels. If you can get the bike for $30 and an hour drive isn't too much it might be worth the effort.
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The CL ad has gone down to $40. Since I can't get over there until Friday at the earliest, I may just let him bake a see if he drops the price some more.
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Should be gone by Friday at a $40 price.
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Fuji S10S is the bike that started the Japanese bicycle revolution in the mid to late 70's. I had a Fuji S12S with 18 gears I sold for $250 six months ago. These are excellent bikes are far as frames, components go. Don't short sell this bike , its a keeper
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If it doesn't sell before I get over to it, I'll probably buy it. But if it goes before then, so it goes.
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Originally Posted by spathfinder3408 View Post
Fuji S10S is the bike that started the Japanese bicycle revolution in the mid to late 70's. I had a Fuji S12S with 18 gears I sold for $250 six months ago. These are excellent bikes are far as frames, components go. Don't short sell this bike , its a keeper
Paid $70 for mine and did a little rehab: new cables, clean and service derailers, etc. I love mine. Smooth and strong with quality of finish. Based on original new sale price of $250-300 would sell today around $700

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Paid $70 for mine and did a little rehab: new cables, clean and service derailers, etc. I love mine. Smooth and strong with quality of finish. Based on original new sale price of $250-300 would sell today around $700
Bicycle pricing has not mirrored inflation. A comparable bike to what sold for $100 back in 1970 would sell for a little over $100 now. Its a combination of the big box retailers (Walmart) pushing pricing down, and the flood of cheap bikes from China.

A $700 new bike now would have much better components than the Fuji S10S: brifters, better wheels (and 700c), lighter weight, carbon fork, alloy or carbon seat post, etc.

I really like Fuji bikes, I have had six this year including two S10S and a S12S. For $70 or $40, these are nice finds. The OP version does appear to show signs of serious neglect, which can make rehab more difficult and more costly. I paid $30 for a S10S earlier this year in similar distressed condition. But it was a 19 inch frame (highly marketable), which made it a nice flip. And it was black in color, which is the easiest color for touch up and spot rust treatment.
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I bought a new Fuji S12S when they were new in the early 80's for around $250. It was a pretty good bike in those days. I just tried out a new trek that was pretty similar in quality for about $700. So the dollar is worth about three times less then when going to buy a bike of comparable quality these days. thats my best guesstimate.
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