I just picked up a 25" Fuji Berkeley from a guy who claims he got it around 1983-84 and only rode it twice, and it looks it--pretty much as good as new. It's quite a nice frame:
- The sticker says Valite Butted 414 tubing, which I understand is a decent alloy, but I have no idea if it's just the three main tubes or the whole frame.
- The fork has a nice flat crown, although the dropouts are a tad thin for my liking; not quite department-store stampings, but not looking forged either.
- Head lugs are thinned and quite attractive, while the seat lug and BB shell are merely OK.
- Unusually for a mid-80s large Japanese frame, the top tube is a decent length of ~58.5cm. Otherwise the geometry is pretty standard sport-touring: ~43cm chainstays, 27" wheels, etc.
Overall it's not in the same league as my '84 Specialized Sequoia (a truly fantastic bike with amazing details), but it looks pretty good.
Anyway, I'd love to know more about this bike. Can anyone point to an old Fuji catalog somewhere so I could find out more about the frame specs, geometry, where it fit in the Fuji lineup, and so on?
It's either going to be a 650B conversion (I have the wheels off another bike), a sensible fixie, or maybe both.
Thanks for any help!