I was pawn hopping for, what else? bikes, when I came across a fuji, well anything name brand among all the nexts, roadmasters and schwinns interests me. It was a mountain bike, with no model, and a Marlboro sticker on it but there was something bizarre about the frame geometry, I couldn't put my finger on the why the tubing was the way it was. Thumb tension shifters, steel wheels and cantis, I knew it was old. I was all over this bike. I discovered a V shaped loop underneath a cylinder in the downtube near the BB. When I bent down over the top of the bike I saw a small word stamped into the frame. Since I was upside down my brain read "foldeR" what it really said was "Redlof". It hit me, the bike was a folding bike. It for no reason looked like a folding bike, It was a MTB that folded!! I could bairly contain my excitement. But the price tag was $150. That was crap. I asked an employee and they said it was because it had a that stupid Marlboro sticker on it. I argued that had been but on later and the fact that it had a broken shifter and was clearly over 20 years old meant it should be under $100. I couldn't talk them down. So I was patient, I waited a week, did some research, went back, separated a new guy from the herd and talked to him about the bike he offered $100 and in my blind excitement I forgot to talk him down lower. So when I paid in cash, had the receipt in my hand, I asked the guy for a hand, handed him the saddle/post, folded the bike like I had owned the thing all my life, clipped on the handlebars, and "ripped" the seat from his hand and walked it out the door. You should have seen the look on their faces esp the new guy who got a chewing out from his boss as I watched from my car.
here's what I know:
-Its made with 4130 chromo (decal on bike)
-The bike was a promo from Marlboro during the 80s
-you sent in so many packs of cigarettes and chose your prize
-The bike was one of the best most "expensive" prizes.
-As such its likley that whatever 6 pack a day smokers that had enough packs to redeem for this thing didn't have the lung capacity to use it. Also it was easy to store and forget about.
-because of the above these bikes are found/sold with very little wear and original components.
-It is more appropriate to describe a Redlof as a hide-a-bike instead of a folding bike.
-Next to the "Redlof" stamp is the name of the real manufacturer which escapes me right now. (maybe ATB)
I put on a bolt-on hanger, an Alivio RD, and some cheap EF-50 (Acera) trigger shifters/brake levers. I also redid the housing and gave it more slack so you didn't have to move the cables around when you folded it and snap the handle bars on. I decided the wheels were ok for now since they were basically brand new. I use it on and off when I need a to get a bike in my car fast.
I have alot of info on this bike but I was wondering if someone could fill in the details, specifically can I date my redlof? Why fuji? just what is its weight in cigarettes?