It began with a challenge from my wife to get in 5K running shape but after a few runs and a lot of knee pain... I was looking for a bike. One evening while out jogging I found a nice Fuji Cambridge VI leaning against a neighbor's tree with a for sale sign. I stopped to chat and ended up buying a nice bike for a good price (less than the price of a tank of gas) and most importantly making a new friend that has been a great help in fueling my love for tinkering with bikes. Well I got it home, set it up for cruising and have been enjoying the south Ohio breezes ever since.
So now my wife needs a bike and I'm searching CL. I find a simple ad for "2 Fuji bikes" and the price seems right (again cheaper than a tank of gas). I email. No response. Email again the next day and this time send my number and offer to pick them up sight unseen. I get a call after 30 minutes and find out by phone the bikes were once owned by a husband and wife and he happened to be a triathlete. The son said he knew the father had around $1300 in the one bike. So I load up the kids and off we go.
I end up with a nice bike for my wife (Fuji Palisade, think it's an '87) and a Fuji Design Series with two flat tires (maybe an '87 as well?) Both bikes need a good cleaning and there is some very slight surface rust here and there but I think I can polish it out. So tomorrow the cleaning begins.
I will post some pictures and want to know what you guys think. I also have a few questions...
1. Were the Design Series bikes custom orders from your LBS? Could you pick your favorite equipment to outfit the bike?
2. I have seen most examples having the shifters on the down tube, mine are on the bar ends. Was this a change made sometime after the original purchase?
3. Also the rear gear-set is a really close ratio (no climbing gear) Original or not?
4. This bike is a twelve speed. Is that original equipment?
5. One more, I am 6'4'' (long legs, normal torso) and two-hundred and none of your business pounds. Could this bike be set up "right" for me?
Thanks for any help.