Classic & Vintage - Putting my old Fuji closer to stock
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08-19-12, 09:04 AM
I've had my 1975 Fuji S-10-S since I bought it new as a scratched floor model in 1976. Since then, we've ridden literally tens of thousands of miles together. Many components replaced over the years, not necessarily replaced for better parts, just replaced with whatever I could find at the time. Over the years I've had several other wheelsets, the latest being the cheapest generic alloy wheels that the LBS had in stock after my last wheels cracked 15 years ago. Now thanks to the internet (and eBay), I can try to 'restore' it closer to stock, or at least get rid of the cheap stuff I had to use.
My latest acquisition is a vintage wheelset that matches what I had put on the bike before I took delivery 36 years ago... I swapped out the original 27x1-1/4 wheelset for a new set at the LBS identical to these... Not sure what these new wheels are from, but they're 36-hole Sunshine high-flange freewheel hubs and 27x1-1/8 Akai clincher rims, drilled for a Presta valvestem. As it turned out, I had that wheelset for only six months before the OSU Cycle Club bought wheel-building jigs -- and I built up a set of wheels using Phil Wood hubs and skinny Mavic clincher rims, and double-butted stainless spokes. I sold off the Sunshine/Akai (or were they Araya?) set to another club member. Now that I think back to it, the Phil-hubbed wheels were traded away while on a long-distance solo ride (Cleveland OH to Madison WI) when I had taco'd a rim, and a shop took those in trade for a set to get me back on the road.
Next will be a set of original SunTour derailleurs to replace the cheap Shimano set I had to settle for when one of the pulleys went bad on my original SunTour V-GT Luxe...
08-19-12, 03:06 PM
Go for it. The "Special Road Racers" were great, and still are! Fuji stopped with the S-12-S in about 1982, and it was an 18-speed by then. Keep an eye out for a "donor" bike that has the parts you are looking for. SunTour is nice stuff. BTW, you probably mean Ukai rims, since that is what the Fujis came with.
Post some pictures when you get a chance! In the meantime, here is an example of an early-to-mid '70s S-10-S...
08-19-12, 03:48 PM
Thought they stopped with the S-12-S LTD...
OK, here's mine with a bunch of 'updates' over the years....
Mine is also an 18-speed now, sporting a Sakae triple crankset and a SunTour Winner 6-spd 13-21 (or maybe 24) freewheel, SunTour BarCon shifters, .... Anything you want to ask, ASK!!! That orange thing on the rack is a USCG-approved strobe light for my early-morning commute...
I had picked up a somewhat more 'modern' Trek 1100 at a garage sale for possible parts, but it is not the direction I want to go... so I'll probably flip that to finance my Fuji's quasi-restoration...
08-19-12, 06:22 PM
Oh, and notice that I still have 'tire flickers' !!! You can definitely see the rear, although the front one is hidden by the brake caliper...
Oh, and notice that I still have 'tire flickers' ! ...
I remember those well. Are they still being made?
08-19-12, 06:48 PM
I remember those well. Are they still being made?I have no idea... I'm still using the original bracket that bolts to the brake through bolt, but the tubing and 'flicker' wires have been replaced with whatever I could find that works over the years! Actually, I think the current set of 'wires' are actually sections of broken stainless spokes. The reason I say that is one of them has a fine thread on one of the ends that is jammed into the tubing... ;) Whatever works!, LOL!!!
08-20-12, 08:40 AM
Rootboy makes some elegant, very well engineered tire savers, from brass wire and special tubing, that hold up well under use. Many of the members here have them. I got 2 pairs form Scott and will buy more as the stable grows. Do a search for his work and he will probably see this thread and comment soon. Those are some very nice looking Fuji bikes y'all have.
08-20-12, 07:38 PM
I have to say I've been really surprised at how great this lowly 1980 Royale rides. My wife found it a the local "re-Store" and I gave it the C&V treatment. Someone had beat the crap out of it on a trainer for a long time. A little small for me, but works well for my wife (hence the Terry saddle).... :)
I say, build that baby up and ride it!
08-20-12, 08:43 PM
Just out of idle curiosity, what bike shop did you buy your S-10-S at?, I used to work at a Fuji dealer in NE Ohio back then.
08-21-12, 04:32 PM
Family Cycle on Dover Rd in North Olmsted, across from the water tower. Mr Leopold was the owner.
BTW, I'm a closet Elwood Blues -- "Our Lady of Blessed Acceleration, don't fail me now!" since I also drag race... in a slightly tweaked '89 Crown Vic... (Although technically that would be Blues Brothers 2000)
08-21-12, 06:18 PM
Thought they stopped with the S-12-S LTD...
... it looks like both the S-12-S and S-12-S LTD disappeared from the Fuji line-up after '83.
Hey, would that be considered a long time ago? :o
08-21-12, 06:39 PM
Hey, would that be considered a long time ago? :o 'Only' 30 years??? Not to some of the really C&V riders on here! Mine's actually 37 years old ('75 model year), and yet there are many die-hards here on BF.com that ride 50+ yr old bikes!
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