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Old 02-02-11, 01:36 PM   #1
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Suggestions and questions on my 1988 Fuji Sagres SP

I was fortunate enough to recently acquire a free 1988 fuji sagres sp "sport touring" bike (according to fuji). I would like to make the bike a bit more versatile and plan on using it as my shore bike this summer and also as a backup to my primary ride; a Trek 7.2 FX hybrid. Since I am new to cycling (just started riding in July at age 44) I would like to upsize the tires myself. This would also teach me how to fix a flat. I'll probably take it to Performance and have them do a complete tune up so I'll have a baseline with the bike that I can be confident with. From that point on, I also plan on using the bike to teach me other aspects of maintenance. The bike appears to be in excellent condition. I do not have photo at this time but I'll try to get one soon.

Photo of bike from original catalog (my bike is red)

Spec sheet from catalog (Fuji Sagres SP spec on far left)

I did not measure the interior rim width yet but was thinking about going up to a 700 x 32 from the the stock 700 x 25. Does this sound ok or should I be more conservative (700 x 28)? I'd like to be able to take it on paved and gravel packed trails as well as the boardwalk (which can be quite bumpy in some spots). I was also thinking about putting dual brake levers on it as an insurance policy since I'm not yet used to riding in the drops. For now I believe the down tube shifters are fine since down at the shore it's basically flat. The bike shifted really nice on the short jaunt I took on it.

If anyone else has any other suggestions or comments please chime in. Thanks in advance.

If this is the wrong forum for this, moderators feel free to move it. I figured those in this forum will know something about an older bike like this.
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Old 02-02-11, 01:48 PM   #2
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Looking at the full resolution image, with the spec'ed 700x25, I have a suspicion that 700x32 will not fit.

Also, aero levers are rather strong, and with good pads you can stop pretty well gripping them from above, or on the hoods as it is called.
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I would imagine those rims will have no trouble handling a x32 tire. the question is will the frame accept it? I bet as Tugral says a x28 will be the biggest.

I would not be so quick to add extra brake levers. get a good tuneup, new cables and pads and I am sure stopping will be great.

PS you mean that performace shop like in Paoli? if you interested in learning to work on your bike maybe you can find a BFer near you to help.
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Thanks for the quick replys.

I can probably try the 32's and if they don't fit I'll either bring them back or have them serve as a backup to my 35's on the FX. Regarding the brakes, it's not so much the brakes I'm worried about as I am me .. LOL. I already tested them a little bit and the rear just needs to be adjusted. This will be my first drop bar bike so I thought the extra levers would allow me to sit a little more upright more frequently (especially when cruising down at the beach).

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PS you mean that performace shop like in Paoli? if you interested in learning to work on your bike maybe you can find a BFer near you to help.
I am referring to the Performance in Montgomeryville. I am eventually looking to work on my bikes. My year of free maintenance on the FX expires in July so I won't mess with that one much until then. I'll be a little more aggressive with the Fuji and may very well call on a nearby BFer for assistance. I am in Ambler.

For now, I just want a reasonable thorough professional tune up so I know that the bike is ok from the start. I took the same approach when teaching myself how to work on cars a few years back and I'll be doing it soon with my current car.

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I have a Fuji Tiara of the same year and I bet the tire clearances are the same or similar. If you like I can measure and see what it looks like. I believe I have 25mm Panaracer Paselas on it (recommended BTW).

EDIT: Actually I take that back, the Tiara has a unicrown fork...would be different than the Sagres SP.

I've had the exact AC260 levers with Dia-Compe 500 series brakes and they should provide all the stopping power you need, assuming good, fresh brake pads and a clean rim braking surface. New cables and housings would also likely be in order.

The Tange Inifinity tubing, while not the lightest of the lot, should provide you a fine ride. I've had one Fuji with it (the 1988 Tivoli) and it was a fine riding bike, unfortunately too small for me.

Nice machine you have there....clean it carefully, replace the maintenance items suggested, go 28s for the tires and you should have a fine riding bike that will serve you well for many years.

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Here are some photos. Sorry for the poor quality and setting of the photos. It's dark with snow and ice outside and the kitchen in these photos is being destroyed tomorrow. And yes, that is a flat tire in the rear. The next day after my very brief ride, I was doing the dishes and heard a big phoof coming from the bike. I guess I shouldn't expect 23 year old tubes to hold up.

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Take the front wheel off the Trek and try it on the Fuji to see if you have tire clearance, but this tire has a taller profile than others in same size Also if want to do your own repairs check out Park Tool.com, or pick up the Zinn repair maintanance book, very detailed and very user friendly. Click the little bike icon and they have detailed repair info for most any repairs you might need. Also keep in mind the salt air will rust everything is time, so I would stay away from the sand if at all possible.
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I have a Fuji Tiara of the same year and I bet the tire clearances are the same or similar. If you like I can measure and see what it looks like. I believe I have 25mm Panaracer Paselas on it (recommended BTW).

EDIT: Actually I take that back, the Tiara has a unicrown fork...would be different than the Sagres SP.

I've had the exact AC260 levers with Dia-Compe 500 series brakes and they should provide all the stopping power you need, assuming good, fresh brake pads and a clean rim braking surface. New cables and housings would also likely be in order.

The Tange Inifinity tubing, while not the lightest of the lot, should provide you a fine ride. I've had one Fuji with it (the 1988 Tivoli) and it was a fine riding bike, unfortunately too small for me.

Nice machine you have there....clean it carefully, replace the maintenance items suggested, go 28s for the tires and you should have a fine riding bike that will serve you well for many years.
Well, the bike is done and I just completed my first real ride (10.25 miles uninterruped). Performance did a drivetrain cleaning and added the cross lever brakes for me (and in turn re-taped the handlebars). They also raised the stem and turned up the handlebars so the bike is very comfortable which is what I wanted since this is my first road bike and I will be riding it casually most of the time. I put some garden variety strada k 700x28's on it and so far they feel nice. The bike had no problems on the boardwalk and I think it will serve it's intended purpose well. I actually think this may become my number 1 as I think my trek may be too small and this bike fits me just right. I was about 1 mph faster on it today than the FX in similar conditions.
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