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Old 03-12-13, 01:29 AM
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Old nishiki

Hey so I'm looking for a commuter/ road bike and i found this nishiki on CR. Its missing the front wheel and it looks like it needs a little work. I have another front wheel laying around. I live in a smallish town so there isn't too many bikes going in and out. The guy has it listed for $75 but I'm going to offer like $30 because its been on CR for quite a while. Considering I'm looking for a bike to commute around and go on lesure road rides on a budget, what do you all think?

Also what size does it look to be?

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Old 03-12-13, 01:44 AM
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That is large frame for one close to 6ft with $100 min of issues Are you down with this.
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What should i expect to be wrong with this bike?

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I'm thinking 58 cm frame. Was too big for rider so seatpost is lowered all the way. Bring tools, check if seatpost is stuck. Hard to go wrong for $30, but you have to assume bike needs overhaul - new cables, maybe housings, brake pads, tires, maybe chain, wheels trued, everything disassembled and greased. If you know how to do it and have tools, might cost $40-100 in parts depending on needs.
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I think it would be a lot of work that is never going to result in a nice bike. The fork appears to be trashed the wheel is missing which could mean a crash which could explain the fork being in such poor condition. Is the wheel you have a 27" because I assume the missing one was. Also, with the amount of rust I would be cautious of the seat post and stem as mentioned earlier. While it is hard to go wrong for $30, if I didn't need a part I would pass on this and unless it is a particularly special frame I would not consider repairing it
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Old 03-12-13, 07:48 AM
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$75 is way too much. $30 sounds about right.

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What should i expect to be wrong with this bike?
The short answer is - everything! Check for stuck stem and seatpost. Offer $5 for the bike if either is stuck...

Expect to replace all the cables, housing, chain, freewheel, tire, and re-grease all the bearings. If you know how to do this work, and can identify what it needs when you look at it, you should be ok.
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Projects are only a deal for someone with the time/tools/aptitude/space/pile of parts. Otherwise, you can end up way upside down, even on a free bike.

Otherwise, find a complete bike in ready to ride condition. This bike will need everything, as mentioned above. If you have the tools and a pile of parts and consumables, it can be a great deal.

Taken to a bike shop, you co8uld drop $300 to $350 into that bike getting it road worthy. Do it yourself, then its all about how resourceful you are.
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