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Old 03-21-10, 07:22 AM   #476
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Here's mine (a modernized Kuwahara SuperTour) after my first winter ride

Does this qualify as bike-porn?
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Old 03-22-10, 02:12 PM   #477
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My recently Craigslisted near mint 1984 Fuji (sunlite woody rack, b17 special saddle, VO alloy fenders, and VO elkhide bar wrap are ordered):
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My recently Craigslisted near mint 1984 Fuji (sunlite woody rack, b17 special saddle, VO alloy fenders, and VO elkhide bar wrap are ordered):
Whew, shoot me an email if you find another one! I regretted selling my Series III, but it was like 3-4cm too big for me. That is a BEAUTIFUL bike! Mine cruised
along like my Univega Grant Turismo.,,,,BD



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Old 03-26-10, 03:15 PM   #479
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Whew, shoot me an email if you find another one! I regretted selling my Series III, but it was like 3-4cm too big for me. That is a BEAUTIFUL bike! Mine cruised
along like my Univega Grant Turismo.,,,,BD
Since it came up...



I acquired a 58cm Touring Series III off of Craigslist not too long ago for 40 bones. This is it stripped of components (had a completely stock group with the exception of the RD - Suntour Mountech replaced with a Shimano Alivio).

At the time of purchase it was in bad need of restoration. SO, I've stripped, sanded, and patched. Now, just about ready to have it powdercoated for the rebuild. Then, I'm hitting the hills, never to be seen or heard again!

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Old 03-29-10, 09:05 PM   #480
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Only a couple weeks of ownership and warming up (obsessed with) her:
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Gorgeous Fuji, and the trek isn't too shabby either,,,,BD
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Gorgeous Fuji, and the trek isn't too shabby either,,,,BD
Lots of beauties on this thread ... That Touring Series IV looks like new. The Trek, beautiful bike and gorgeous photo.

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Old 03-30-10, 07:41 AM   #484
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Does this qualify as bike-porn?
Depends, do you like your porn to take place in the bathroom?
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Here is my 1984 Fuji Touring Series IV. Bumped it to 9-speed & 700c wheels. Rides like a dream!


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That Fuji is amazing ! What stem is that ?
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It's just an old Sakae that i snagged off a Bridgestone RB-T.
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That did it, I need to get hammered fenders for my Touring Series V ...


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1981 Miyata 1000, 58cm

Have been putting the finishing touches on this 29 year old Miyata (purchased from the original owner last year, see last 2 photos) over the winter. The steel fenders have weighed it down a bit more than I like, but I favor the metal over the plastic ones. I'm done..............time to go for a ride!















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Here is my 1984 Fuji Touring Series IV. Bumped it to 9-speed & 700c wheels. Rides like a dream!
That is outrageously cool. Lately, I've been thinging the whole hammered fender thing is a little to foo-foo and overdone, but they were made for this bike, esp. w/those tires.

Here is my new 1981 Fuji America after running some errands on it today. I haven't yet really begun stroking it, but it is a super clean example.

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Thanks guys! I wasn't too sure about the whole hammered fender thing either, but I'm glad I did it. I just finished building it up, so it's nice to have some validation.

P.S. your Fuji America is SWEET! Looks brand spank'n new!
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i know i already posted this in earlier in this thread, but if anyone is in doubt over hammered honjos on a touring rig, here's mine again to help make up your mind:

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Thanks guys! I wasn't too sure about the whole hammered fender thing either, but I'm glad I did it. I just finished building it up, so it's nice to have some validation.

P.S. your Fuji America is SWEET! Looks brand spank'n new!
That is truly a sweet looking bike (yours..). You've quite nicely combined old and new in a really integrated fashion. I'd sure love to have some pics & some discussion from you for my blog about that bike. If you're up for that, click on my sig, on the blog there is a way to send me mail.

In any event, I'm wondering about the fenders - I see two eyebolts per stay, so I'm guessing Honjos, but could you verify the fender brand/model/width?

As for the America, yeah, it is in terrific shape, a great find, but it was rather dear. I want to do some mods, I hope I can end up with something with the aura your bike has. Right now, it is in as found condition except that I replaced the chain. Here are some cell phone pics I took today after about a 20 mile ride:















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You are correct. They're 45mm hammered honjos. The chain stays were too narrow so I had to mount it on top of the bridge. Just enough clearance in the fork. 43mm probably would have been a better choice, but I can run 700x 35 on it with these. I actually used a picture of a Series IV from your blog as inspiration for this bike.
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Probably not meant for loaded touring, but definately a sport-tourer, here is my restored 1971 Mercian:
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my lord, that is a beautiful bike, kirke! i followed your thread on its restoration. your color scheme is brilliant.
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Have been putting the finishing touches on this 29 year old Miyata (purchased from the original owner last year, see last 2 photos) over the winter. The steel fenders have weighed it down a bit more than I like, but I favor the metal over the plastic ones. I'm done..............time to go for a ride!
2Fer, nice job on your 1000, it's nice to see among all the Fuji's ... what light are you using on your rear fender?

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That is truly a sweet looking bike (yours..). You've quite nicely combined old and new in a really integrated fashion. I'd sure love to have some pics & some discussion from you for my blog about that bike. If you're up for that, click on my sig, on the blog there is a way to send me mail.

In any event, I'm wondering about the fenders - I see two eyebolts per stay, so I'm guessing Honjos, but could you verify the fender brand/model/width?

As for the America, yeah, it is in terrific shape, a great find, but it was rather dear. I want to do some mods, I hope I can end up with something with the aura your bike has. Right now, it is in as found condition except that I replaced the chain. Here are some cell phone pics I took today after about a 20 mile ride:
Jay, that's most likely the most pristine America we've seen to date .. I'm looking forward to some hi res photos at some point. The FD, the Cyclone II, did that come on it? I expected to see a first generation Cyclone .. not that it matters, they both perfect.

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2Fer, nice job on your 1000, it's nice to see among all the Fuji's ... what light are you using on your rear fender?

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Thanks Scott. Nice Fugis, and how 'bout that Mercian! Great choice of color.
I picked up the light last weekend at a bike swap in WA. It uses a small low volt light, about the size and shape of the small Christmas icicle lights. someone snipped off the wiring , so I'm gonna have to solder me up something, and hopefully wire it into my Magicshine.
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Jay, that's most likely the most pristine America we've seen to date .. I'm looking forward to some hi res photos at some point. The FD, the Cyclone II, did that come on it? I expected to see a first generation Cyclone .. not that it matters, they both perfect.
I'd have to agree w/that about the most pristine. My other one is pretty darn nice, but this one has it dead to rights and I've seen nothing like this one on ebay/CL the past several years. But I'll bet there are more rattling around people's basements and you are just the guy to smoke them out.

Good catch on the FD. The seller said the previous owner (who was the original owner) had munged it up and stripped the clamp threads somehow. Me, I've been riding hi-normal FD on my regular bikes for a while now, I've got half a mind to swap it for a Compe V. Otherwise, it is ok, although if I cared a whole bunch I know I've got 1st Gen Cyclone FD around here somewhere.

It really is in amazingly good shape. I swear the previous owner must have been going over it every week w/pipe cleaners and q-tips. His other bikes looked the same. It does have a bit of scratching towards the bottom of the seat tube, I suspect there is a connection between this and the FD. But it is very minimal.

The Fujita saddle, a heretofore immovable object, started creaking a little today, so my posterior is starting to have some sort of effect on it. And I'm trying to convince myself, once again, that I like bar ends, but I've got some nice Superbe and Cyclone DT shifters, so...

Right now, it has some rather cheapo 32's on it, I want to get something more 26-28 ish, both for zippiness and a little extra room for some fenders - these Americas need all the help they can get there. And yeah, those new Paul Racer M brakes might help a little too... Gotta think of some reason to get a pair of those, although the G brakes stop the bike just fine. Earlier today, I was duking it out in traffic in downtown Bethesda, this bike is a lot of fun for that, fairly light/nimble ride. With the short chainstays, minimal fender clearance, I think the only way they get off calling this "touring" is head angle, some eyelets, and a bit of a lowish bb. Otherwise, it seems pure sport bike. As for the low bb, by good fortune I happen to have a minty set of Mighty Tour crank arms in 165 (installed ones are 170). Might try those out on this, see what I think.

Without a doubt, this one is going to Japan with me. If I can bring along a second, fine, the Mondia goes as well. Only drawback I can see on this bike at all is the whole running fat tires and fenders deal. In this case, maybe making up some 650b wheels would be a workaround. It seems like this would be a good bike for that, especially since it seems to have ample trail w/700c wheels. But the low bb is a little dodgy for this. I know some folks have done it, but it seems like it is cutting that pretty close. And then, it is only easy to go back/forth between 700/650b if you don't have fenders, so... Well, life is full of compromises.
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