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Ok, so I found a Fat Chance listed in my ~somewhat~ local paper. Called up, old guy, says its a black Fat Chance with 18 speed index shifting, no rust, very good condition, but he doesn't know any more than that. Says he's had it for a long time and that his son put the index shifting on a few years ago. He wants $250.

My conundrum is that he's 90 miles away and since I have no car and will be working all weekend I will need to send a friend to look at it.

Do I buy it sight unseen for $250???
 

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I think so

If it's in very good condition the parts alone are probably worth that, even if the info on/history of the frame is sketchy at this point.
 

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I should ask a few more questions like 'what components?', 'are the original shifting components are still there?'. Also more specific: No chips?, Decals still great?, No play on the bearings?.... Furthermore the man says no rust, but did he check the seattube with a flashlight???
 
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Elevation12 said:
I should ask a few more questions like 'what components?', 'are the original shifting components are still there?'. Also more specific: No chips?, Decals still great?, No play on the bearings?.... Furthermore the man says no rust, but did he check the seattube with a flashlight???
I asked about the components, he said "I can't remember". The guy sounded OLD. I tried to ask various questions about components and condition, but I got pretty vague answers.
 

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Well...

...for what most of the people on this board think Fat Chances are worth, $250 is a steal even if it's got no decals and has some rust and Acera X components on it.
 

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Yes, you are right, but a lot people favour a nice, rideable bike over $250 worth of stuff I guess.

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Worst case scenario will be that you end up with $250 worth of stuff. Personally as a FAT fan I would go for it.
 

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see if he can provide the serial # under the bottom bracket. That will at least tell you what year bike it is.
 
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So I went down myself and picked it up. Here's the stats:

1985 Fat Chance

Original fork, original bull horn bars, Suntour xc hubs/rm25 rims, Sugino AT crank, Deore 6 speed shifters, xt 6 speed rear der, stag head front der, 600 headset & freewheel, Specialized Nimbus tires...

Pretty good shape, no rust inside seat tube or fork steerer tube, never ridden off road, and from the looks of the guy, I believe it.

Here's a couple of pics...
 

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