Introducing the N+1 project bike
About a week ago I picked up the newest addition to my stable. A 1986 Team Fuji bought off the local Craigslist.
I spent the last week cleaning it up, truing the wheels and making sure it was safe and ride-able. There is still a fair amount of work to do. It will get some more clean up, a new saddle (probably a period Selle Italia Turbo), new bar tape, new cables, full toe clips.....
All of the pieces of the original Suntour Sprint group appear to be there and in pretty good condition. The color scheme is called "Black Flamingo" and yes, the front end of the bike is VERY pink! The original Nitto bars have been replaced with 45cm wide Sakae Modolos with the anatomical bend. I am told that this was a very common late '80s modification. I think I am really going to like these wide bars.
So far I have not put in more than about a mile at a time but the bike feels really good so far. I have in a number of orders for parts and accessories from eBay and some other sources. I am looking forward to putting this in full roadworthy condition, using it for the rest of this year and then probably disassembling it all this winter so I can redo a bunch of the cosmetics.
Of course you realize that the second you acquire N+1 you once again own N bikes and are back on the lookout for N+1.
It just never ends!