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Is this a good buy?

Old 08-24-12, 09:06 PM
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Is this a good buy?

I'm a college student looking for a light yet sturdy bike to ride around campus. When I talked to the owner of the bike he said that the bike is in ridable condition but the tires are a little worn out from sitting outside. He also said that the bike has some rust on the frame. He already lowered to the price to $170 but I was thinking of offering $130. I know absolutely nothing when it comes to bikes so I really want something that will last. THANKS!

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/bik/3223360095.html
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Old 08-24-12, 09:30 PM
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I would not be a buyer at any price unless i was clued into the world of vintage bikes. Which I'm not. It could be a rare masterpiece for all I know, but parts are gonna be difficult to come by.
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Old 08-24-12, 09:47 PM
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Post your question over at the classic/vintage forum. Those guys are experts with bikes like this and someone should have more info. Japanese bikes from this era are generally considered favorably.
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Old 08-24-12, 09:51 PM
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They are not considered favorable for someone who knows nothing about bikes and is looking for something reliable.
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Old 08-24-12, 09:58 PM
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i didn't tell him to get it. I told him to post in a forum where people know more about these bikes. I certainly offered better advice than you did. You categorically said you wouldn't pay anything for that bike without knowing a thing about it and you even went on to admit you know nothing about it. I have a classic Fuji and it's reliable. I can guarantee you that.

OP, ignore rebel and post your question in the classic/vintage section, end of story. The bike is sitting a bit strange but it still may be a decent ride.

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Old 08-24-12, 10:03 PM
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Hey Knobby, take it down a notch ace. Just cause you're dependent on the innerwebs for happy feelings, don't mean you got to take it out on those of us who are doing OK in the real world. But yeah OP, go on and buy a bike with an archaic wheelsize and undoubtedly outdated groupset for reliable transportation.
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Old 08-24-12, 10:15 PM
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That bike is not worth anything near $175, more like $25!! Personally I wouldn't buy it even if I had to only pay for the gas to get it for free!!! You'll be dumping money into to keep it running and then end up with a money pit. There are far better vintage bikes then that I see all the time for $200 range, wait, keep looking.
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Old 08-24-12, 10:28 PM
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Originally Posted by rekmeyata View Post
That bike is not worth anything near $175, more like $25!! Personally I wouldn't buy it even if I had to only pay for the gas to get it for free!!! You'll be dumping money into to keep it running and then end up with a money pit. There are far better vintage bikes then that I see all the time for $200 range, wait, keep looking.
I do agree with you that the price is crazy and the guy selling it obviously knows nothing about it. The lack of suicide levers is the one thing that sort of intrigues me. That's usually a sign of a better RV bike. It's a triple too, which gives you a little more gearing. It's certainly not a gem but I've seen far worse bikes. My biggest concern is with the way it's sitting; something isn't right about it. The guys in the RV forum probably know exactly what this bike is and if it has any value at all.
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Old 08-24-12, 10:45 PM
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Has decent cranks, rims, bars and stem. Meh rear derailer, meh dropouts. Lugs are pretty thick, so meh there. Awesomest headbadge on Earth! Seat clamp is backwards, so keep that in mind while checking fit and taking test ride.

Could probably pull about $100 in Portland, $150 if patient seller. If he put $20 worth of tires and $10 worth of bar tape on it he could probably sell it for $200 if patient.

Sure wish there was better pic of decals.
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Old 08-24-12, 11:00 PM
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I would say it's worth $75 as is in Seattle. I'm guessing you are going to have to do some work to it. Clean and grease the Headset, bottom bracket (and hope the bearings are good) and wheel hubs. At minimum you will need $35 for tools bar tape and grease, Plus tires and possibly brake pads.
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Old 08-25-12, 11:02 AM
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The bike is the lowest end of the spectrum, did anyone notice the stamp out rear drops instead of forged? The all steel derailleurs? I like the head badge, but that's not enough for me to buy it! It appears that someone did upgrade the bike a tad over the years and replaced the bars and crank and probably the wheels. On top of all that the bike is in poor condition.

It probably sets funny because it appears someone left the 27 inch size rims on the rear and put 700c on the front...or if could be that due to poor manufacturing and limited tube sizes they just slammed a tube set designed for a larger bike into a smaller headtube thus the downward angle.
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Old 08-25-12, 12:09 PM
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It would make a fine around campus bike, but lots of sellers seem to have pie-in-the-sky price hopes. $60. Explain to the seller that you will need to dump money into it to make it rideable (tires & tubes ?, cables ?, bar tape, brake pads ?, wheel truing ?, gear adjusting ?)
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