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    Somebody fill me in on the Fuji Touring Series III

    Got a chance to pick one up for cheap. Any background info appreciated.

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    Would need more info and a picture would be appreciated. If it is the bike that I am thinking of, it was a silver color touring bike , one of a series of 3 that Fuji was selling at the time of about 1984ish. Frame was cromoly thoughout, Dia-Compe cantilver brakes, Sanshin sealed hubs, Sugino triple crank, SunTour long cage touring derailleurs. Hope this helps with the limited info you have presented.

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    Considered one of the best touring bikes made, during the golden age of touring bikes in the mid 80's. I got one new and have maintained it fine to the current day. Used for loaded tours and you will find they handle even better when loaded with front back racks and panniers, etc.

    Touring bikes are very expensive today, but you just can't beat these for strength yet light weight. Quad butted, I believe?? Some writers note they are a little spongy but I have never had that problem, perhaps because I am a lightweight.

    I have used mine for all purposes except major off road trashing and it is a not so well know champion of the road. From a leisure cruise, to hauling groceries, to commuting, to biking along a trail off Lake Superior. Due to tougher frame a good city bike. Put a good headlight and fenders on them and you are set. Of course, some people will recognize them- an ego boost. And some will try to swipe them. I lost a front wheel early on. These used a special size of tire/wheel which is not exactly replaced now but possible. Another consideration you just don't walk into Walmart to get spare parts.

    There is the issue of bike stance. Some people have put upright bars on these type of bikes but I think it effects the handling negatively. It is harder to talk with other riders while cruising on these, and I use a rearview mirror, but you have a variety of bar grabbing positions and can ride upright without holding the bars if you are a little brave and foohardy- you'll see the remarkable stability if you do. These are very fast and although I don't recommend it, I have zoomed down river bluffs in my younger foolhardy days without a problem. I have never wrecked mine. Nothing has broken apart either.

    When you take a long tour you will then realize why these are made the way the are. Fantastic.

    High quality bikes like these last longer, are easier to clean and dissassemble, etc. Even when it comes to knocking them down to travel, you will note a braze on to slip the chain onto when removing rear wheel. Nice touch. I hauled mine around in the trunk of a Honda Civic-fits OK, but have also hauled on rack in the past.

    Make a decision and take good care of this collectible, or pass it on to someone who will. Be nice. I will try to answer any specific quiestions. There are websites up with info on these, and a general history of touring bikes on Sheldon's web site.

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    I like touring bikes from the '80's too, but this thread's a couple years old. Not to mention there's been some, uh, "trouble" with this particular OP-

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    My Fuji

    I bought a Touring Series III a very long time ago and still have the bike - at least the frame is the same. Mine wasn't Chrome-Moly - at least the decals say that it is Chrome Vanadium. Anyway - the old mechanical parts wore out - I think someone talked about the hubs, derailleurs, bottom bracket, cranks, etc. so I won't dwell on those. I had the frame widened a bit in the rear and have Shimano Ultegra hubs and bottom bracket with an 8 speed rear hub, 105 triple ring and cranks, 105 brake handle shifters, Mavic Reflex rims, alloy seat and handlebar posts, alloy handlebars (wider - the original bars were really narrow), and a new seat with the slot in the middle so I don't get numb nuts. I love this bike. I have looked at the Italian steel frames and have even ridden aluminum and carbon frames, and I don't think I'm ever going to give up my Fuji. I rode this thing this evening where I live (South Bay area of Los Angeles). I came down the hill from Palos Verdes and at one point I know I was going more than 50 - pretty scary but my Fuji tracked like a champ. Like I said, I love this bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mswantak View Post
    Got a chance to pick one up for cheap. Any background info appreciated.
    One passed through the fleet this past spring- a 1985 model. In summary, a good frame with cost saving components.

    Nice light quad butted Fuji proprietary tubing.

    Mediocre paint, decals and brazing.

    27 x 1-1/8" wheels, low end. Neither sealed bearing hubs nor eyelets on the rims. Very unimpressive. I still have the wheelset around here somewhere. Sigh.

    Dia Compe Cantilevers, the kind that requires a straddle cable with TWO factory ends.

    Very nice alloy bars, sort of a Cinelli wannabe. Very nice indeed.

    Suntour downtube shifters, what could be bad? Mountech fd.

    Sugino RT forged crankset with an unusual bottom bracket spindle 42mm offset right, excellent for modern triple front/seven or eight speed rear cluster chainlines (say, with a Sugino AT or GT crankset).

    It was way small for me so I never rode it.

    I would say yes--pick it up for cheap. Why not? The above unit, low mileage but in most ways trashed, yielded north of $350 deconstructed after several hours of disassembly and carefully removing @#$#@$#@$ reflective stickers and tape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrmw View Post
    I would say yes--pick it up for cheap. Why not? The above unit, low mileage but in most ways trashed, yielded north of $350 deconstructed after several hours of disassembly and carefully removing @#$#@$#@$ reflective stickers and tape.
    Given that this thread is four-years old, it might be too late to pull the trigger on that one.

    Neal

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    Might as well post a link to the 1986 brochure page for the next person to stumble across this thread.

    http://www.classicfuji.com/TouringSe..._1986_Page.htm
    Laterally stiff yet vertically compliant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
    Might as well post a link to the 1986 brochure page for the next person to stumble across this thread.

    http://www.classicfuji.com/TouringSe..._1986_Page.htm
    .... and I've got a lead on one for sale if anyone is interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottryder View Post
    .... and I've got a lead on one for sale if anyone is interested.

    Scott

    is it a series 3? I would love a series V if so!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kalifornsky View Post
    is it a series 3? I would love a series V if so!
    This one is a Series III. Collect them all!

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    Oi, I am looking for midfork rack mounts, which the V has, but the III does not, unless I am mistaken.
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    Fuji Again and Again

    As long as we're talking about this - one of the best old steel frames I have ridden. Fits me perfectly - short legs, long torso - the long top tube is really sweet. Mine looks beat up, but I didn't bother repainting the frame when I upgraded it in 1996 with Shimano Ultegra and 105 parts. It's a real sleeper, and I like it that way. No shiny bikes here - just a really solid workhorse that I can push over 20 MPH average on a hill ride.

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    Thats a pretty bike! I guess I could always get some clamp on mid fork mounts...
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    Quote Originally Posted by kalifornsky View Post
    Thats a pretty bike! I guess I could always get some clamp on mid fork mounts...
    They're stronger anyway and half the time the rack you're trying to fit doesn't even line up with the braze-ons...
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclotoine View Post
    They're stronger anyway and half the time the rack you're trying to fit doesn't even line up with the braze-ons...
    Duly noted.
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