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1970s women's Fuji road bike

Old 08-05-13, 08:03 PM
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1970s women's Fuji road bike

Hey guys, I'm trying to sell my mom's old Fuji on Craigslist. No real offers so far and I'm wondering if I need to be more realistic about my price point. It is currently listed at $140. Here are the details:

-Steel-framed 10-speed Fuji Sports 10
-Fits someone around 5'2"
-Originally purchased for about $500 in the mid 70s
-Still in working order, but the shifters could use a tune-up (it shifts really clunkily)
-The frame is solid/not rusted out with the original paint but it does have a few small cosmetic blemishes
-It was stored inside for most of its life, with a couple years in a lean-to type shelter that kept it out of the elements for the most part
-The original seat is in great shape as well
-Components are mostly originals, but the tires and brake pads have been replaced at some point (I think around 10 years ago)- tires are in great shape and hold air well.
-flat handlebars
-Also has fenders
-Could probably use a good cleaning
-I'm trying to sell it in Minneapolis, which has a lot of cyclists AND hipsters...

Any insight would be appreciated! Thanks!
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Old 08-05-13, 08:15 PM
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First of all that bike was under $200, not $500. The fenders are nice and the paint looks okay. The bike is actually better suited for a rider from about 5'4" to 5'8", as it appears to be a 19" frame. The bike looks tired and the cables need to be routed properly. Unfortunately, a woman buyer for that bike, not doing her own overhaul and tuneup, could spend $150-$200 to get it road ready.

In condition as-is, it's worth $50 tops as a PROJECT bike. It would take one of the qualified enthusiasts here a full day to get that bike in ready-to-ride condition and about $40-$50 for tires, bearings, cables, housings, etc.

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/hn...983266743.html

edit: you can raise the seat up to fit you.

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Old 08-05-13, 08:26 PM
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Originally Posted by oddjob2 View Post
First of all that bike was under $200, not $500. The fenders are nice and the paint looks okay. The bike is actually better suited for a rider from about 5'4" to 5'8", as it appears to be a 19" frame. The bike looks tired and the cables need to be routed properly. Unfortunately, a woman buyer for that bike, not doing her own overhaul and tuneup, could spend $150-$200 to get it road ready.

In condition as-is, it's worth $50 tops as a PROJECT bike. It would take one of the qualified enthusiasts here a full day to get that bike in ready-to-ride condition and about $40-$50 for tires, bearings, cables, housings, etc.
Hmm, good to know. My dad said he thought he paid $500 for it, but it has been awhile... I suppose it would be nice if I could say it worked for someone between 5'4" and 5'8" since that would be a larger group of people, but it definitely works well for someone who is 5'2" though, since my mom rode it for years and that's how tall she is. And it is too small for me and I'm 5'7".

Thanks for the response! If anyone else has other ideas, input would be appreciated!

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Old 08-06-13, 06:38 AM
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This will be a test of how strong Twin Cities market is. Around here, $40 to $50 max. Bottom end step through bike in needs quite a bit of work. Rear brake cable clamps are MIA?

+10 Under $200 originally, perhaps closer to $100.

Whoever buys it, if they do all the service it needs, they will be upside down on it when they are done. Such handy buyers tend to aim higher, so the finished product's value exceeds the investment of time and parts. That leaves someone just looking for a cheap bike to ride.

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Old 08-06-13, 11:00 AM
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The brakes actually work fine, front and back. I just tested them out yesterday riding downhill. I'm not sure what happened to the clamps for the rear brake, but that seems like an easy enough fix. I think the cables themselves may have been replaced at some point because they seem to be in good shape. And I think the tires still have some life left in them- they are maybe 10 years old, but are not cracked or worn. Tubes hold air well.

It would probably need a lot of work to get it in perfect condition, but just to get it so it can be ridden around town, I think it mostly needs the gearing mechanism tuned up. It works fine riding it around the neighborhood now, but I don't think I would trust it in traffic at this point.

A fair point about the seat height. I didn't think of that since it doesn't help me since I have short legs for my height, but perhaps that would expand the market since there don't seem to be a lot of 5'2" people out there... I suppose I will adjust the price and see what happens. Thanks!
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