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Old 04-06-16, 09:54 AM
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Help with this Fuji Bike

Hi All, I know NOTHING about bikes. I ran across this bike while looking for a bike for my son to reside around a slightly hilly campus. I realized it is a woman's bike and therefore not appropriate for him. But should I buy it for myself? I'm a casual rider with a 20 year old Schwinn city bike. Can you tell me how old this bike is and what its approximate age is?
Plain English please as I don,t know anything about components. It is marked 14" and I am 4' 11" tall. It costs $89.00

Thanks so much.
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Old 04-06-16, 10:07 AM
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Metal is Not really Gendered .. It is made like that to get the seat down Low enough for short People of either Gender.

$89 is pretty cheap , the selection of components are part of how the cost is Lowered so far .

to get better components, You have to spend more Money ..

I Doubt this is sold at a Bike Shop ,
the department store assembly may be flawed , making running it by an actual Bike shop so their Mechanic's will give it a safety check
is Highly recommended .
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Hi, thanks for the answer. It was assembled by a bike shop per the label? I think. Are they cheap components or can't you tell from the photo? Do you know how old it might be?
thnaks again.
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The picture you attached is too small for me to see clearly, but it looks like a $400-ish bike. I do not think it is a department store bike; department store bikes only come in one-size-fits-most sizes, not in tiny frame sizes like the one you found. What is the brand?

EDIT: LOL, you wrote the brand in the title. It's a good bike for $89. I can't say how old it is, but it could be upwards of 15 years old. Don't worry about the age though, nothing on it is obsolete or unserviceable. If it's clean and it fits you, buy it.

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Old 04-06-16, 10:34 AM
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What is the brand?
Fuji. Stated in the thread title.
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Fuji is a respectable name brand bike that's kept it's distance from cheap department store offerings. Fuji still produces all types of good value bikes for all ages & riders. That one looks like a general purpose all terrain model. Things to look for that you might not think about are: does it fit & is it comfortable to ride? will you have to pick it up and carry it inside? up stairs? how much does it weigh? Does it meet your riding needs? does it have a rack for storing groceries? How old are the tires? Do they hold air & are they dependable? where will you park it? do you need a bike lock?
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It's hard to see details from the pic, but I can see it well enough to tell it's a good deal for $89 if it's in fair shape. Even a low-end Fuji is pretty good -- they don't do department store bikes. Hybrids like the one in your picture really haven't changed much in the last 10-15 years, so without more info like a model name (which you'd probably find on the top tube of the bike) or the number of gears, the best I can tell you is that it was probably made in a year starting with "2".

It's not specifically a women's bike. It's a small frame, built for riders who aren't particularly tall, hence the slope of the frame's top tube. Sounds like it could be a great fit for you. Give it a test ride, and if the size feels right, go ahead and get it!
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Here's the real deal: That's a tiny bike. You're a petite woman so you need a little bike. Used bikes that size are hard to come by.

If you think that you might be interested, this is an unusually good opportunity. I don't know what size your Schwinn is but, unless it's an uncommonly small size, you are going to LOVE riding that 14" Fiji.
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You really can'take go wrong with that bike.
It is less than half of what I just paid for handle bars.
$89.00 I not even a full tank of gas in my 4x4.
You can always recoupe your money if you don't like it, Fiji dose not make junk.
If you are serious, I would move fast or it will be gone.

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