Best of the old and new: 1981 Fuji Gran Tourer SE
Ok, the title is a little misleading. The Gran Tourer was hardly Fuji's finest offering, nor do I have the budget to buy the best of modern components. Nevertheless, I would like to share my 1981 Fuji Gran Tourer SE updated with a selection of modern components.
Some modern highlights include a new wheelset (hurray for aluminum rims!), a generator hub, and LED lighting. At the same time, the original brakes work great and the Nitto Olympiad bars are very comfy. While not original to the bike, the NOS downtube shifters give a nod to classic functionality and clean lines, as do the home made rack and bag combo.
This bike was from a his 'n' hers pair I was given on the promise to get them up and running again. As budget allows, I look forward to getting the "hers" (a silver Gran Tourer SE mixte) on the road with similar trappings.
Happy New Year!