My recently Craigslisted near mint 1984 Fuji (sunlite woody rack, b17 special saddle, VO alloy fenders, and VO elkhide bar wrap are ordered):
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!
Last edited by Maddox; 03-30-10 at 01:22 PM.
Suntour Cyclone PL-5300 pedal. Pls PM me if you have one to spare.
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Gorgeous Fuji, and the trek isn't too shabby either,,,,BD
That Fuji is amazing ! What stem is that ?
It's just an old Sakae that i snagged off a Bridgestone RB-T.
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!
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!
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:
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:
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.
Probably not meant for loaded touring, but definately a sport-tourer, here is my restored 1971 Mercian:
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.
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.