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Old 05-10-07, 09:28 PM   #1
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Marlboro folding Fuji

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I'm new here. I bought My bike from Marlboro, I think around 1992 for $115 and some 3700 Marlboro Miles.
I didn't ride it, because it was uncomfortable and I thought maybe down the road when they outlaw cigarettes completely, it might be worth something. Well this spring I caught the cycling bug. None of the shops around here would give me as much as I payed for it, for a trade on a comfort style bike, even though it had less than 25mi on it. So I did some upgrading to it to fit my riding style, when the shop people said it would be a waist of time and money. It was my time and money and now I have a bike I enjoy riding.



Marlboro Folding Fuji

Upgrades

SR-Suntour M3000 suspension fork
Pro-Max suspension seat post with a new softer seat
Pro Max V- Brakes
Tioga fully adjustable brake levers
Kenda Kross Plus XC 26x195 tires
Adjustable stem and riser handlebars
Sram twist grip shifters
Sram X gen front dérailleur
Sugino MP 175 crank with 48-38-28T chainrings

Adding soon

11-28T Shimano 7sp Mega freewheel Cluster and shifter to replace the 14-28T 5sp

What do you think, of my mods so far?

Glenn

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Old 05-11-07, 09:44 AM   #2
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Glenn,

Don't listen to the haters. If it's a bike you ride, then every penny you spend is worth it. I've spent enough money on my Raleigh Twenty to buy a mid range Bike Friday, but I wouldn't have had the same satisfaction of riding a bike I put together myself. Enjoy the ride,

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Old 05-11-07, 10:36 AM   #3
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Hello All
I'm new here. I bought My bike from Marlboro, I think around 1992 for $115 and some 3700 Marlboro Miles.
I didn't ride it, because it was uncomfortable and I thought maybe down the road when they outlaw cigarettes completely, it might be worth something. Well this spring I caught the cycling bug. None of the shops around here would give me as much as I payed for it, for a trade on a comfort style bike, even though it had less than 25mi on it. So I did some upgrading to it to fit my riding style, when the shop people said it would be a waist of time and money. It was my time and money and now I have a bike I enjoy riding.



Marlboro Folding Fuji

Upgrades

SR-Suntour M3000 suspension fork
Pro-Max suspension seat post with a new softer seat
Pro Max V- Brakes
Tioga fully adjustable brake levers
Kenda Kross Plus XC 26x195 tires
Adjustable stem and riser handlebars
Sram twist grip shifters
Sram X gen front dérailleur
Sugino MP 175 crank with 48-38-28T chainrings

Adding soon

11-28T Shimano 7sp Mega freewheel Cluster and shifter to replace the 14-28T 5sp

What do you think, of my mods so far?

Glenn
i have that fuji bike almost stock except for a spring beach cruiser seat....
i like your upgrades ..but how much does it weigh now ? i thought it was a bit heavy already
so i've only changed the seat..to make it a softer ride..
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Old 05-11-07, 11:07 AM   #4
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What Juan wrote ...

... if you ride it and like it, the bike is great.

Do you have any other plans for the bike?
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Old 05-11-07, 11:39 AM   #5
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Looks a decent bike to me and has everything a biker needs.
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Old 05-11-07, 12:59 PM   #6
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' looks nice!
I'm curious to see how it folds though.
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Old 05-11-07, 01:44 PM   #7
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Sram twist grip shifters
Sram X gen front dérailleur

Adding soon

11-28T Shimano 7sp Mega freewheel Cluster and shifter to replace the 14-28T 5sp
How well does it shift now? I assume the twist grip shifters are not 5-speed!?

What is the rear spacing of the frame? (inside of rear dropout to inside of rear dropout)
What is the OLD of the rear wheel? (outside of locknut to outside of locknut)
Does it use a freewheel or a cassette?

Sorry for all the questions, but I think you might run into compatibility and shifting problems if you change it from 5 to 7 speed.
More info:
http://sheldonbrown.com/freewheels.html#speeds

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Old 05-11-07, 04:37 PM   #8
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The bike shifts great now with the Sram X Gen front dérailleur.The stock Shimano front dérailleur never shifted right no matter how I adjusted it.
The stock Shimano SIS rear shifts very well. I have Sram twist-grip 3x5sp shifters now and 7sp Sram shifter coming with the 7sp Freewheel Cluster.
It has around 128mm rear spacing, 190mm axle length. If it dosn't work, Sheldon Brown is the one to blame, he suggested I go that route, instead of going to taller gearing on the outer chainring. http://sheldonbrown.com/mega7/

It is a Freewheel.

DVC45

You pull the seat post out and the bike folds back on it's self by the joints in the top and bottom bars. The old handlebars had a quick release also and snapped into the clips on the top bar. With the new quill and bars, thats not an option now. Maybe I can post some more pictures with it folded.

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The only thing that added weight were the forks, the tires, handlebars, stem and quill, crank and chainrings are lighter than the stock parts.
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Old 05-11-07, 04:55 PM   #9
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If it dosn't work, Sheldon Brown is the one to blame, he suggested I go that route, instead of going to taller gearing on the outer chainring. http://sheldonbrown.com/mega7/
If Sheldon "THE MAN" Brown suggested it then it will work, I'm sure of that.

I was just surprised because I thought you wanted to pair a 5sp grip shifter/rear derailler with a 7sp freewheel. That would probably be hard if not impossible to get to work reliably.
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Old 05-11-07, 05:03 PM   #10
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Here you go.

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Old 05-11-07, 05:10 PM   #11
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Like Sheldon says, The rear derailer doesn't know if it is a 5,6,7,8 or 9sp. only the shifter knows. I just hope the old SIS derailer works as good with the 7sp cluster, as it does with 5sp.
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Old 05-11-07, 08:09 PM   #12
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Here you go.

Awesome!

I would definitely keep it, if it were mine!
Maybe put on a rigid fork and slick tires, and you got a great folding, city commuter bike.

Thanks for the pic.
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Old 05-11-07, 09:17 PM   #13
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I put the shock forks on and could switch the stock Fuji Cro-Mo forks back on at anytime.
The tires are very close to a street slick, with shoulder knobs for some grip, in the dirt. These tires are fast, that's why I'm switching to some higher gears.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...1608&rd=1&rd=1

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Old 07-24-11, 01:11 AM   #14
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Hi Glenn,
I just bought one of these and it's a real rat. It's missing some pieces like the quick release part for the handlebars and it has some cheap crappy handlebar and grips and levers. I was wondering if you happened to have any of that stuff still? Even the pedals are mistmatched and the seat looks like crap.

The only reason I bought it is because I already spent $25 on gas for my friends car and $16 in tolls to get there and I didn't want to leave empty handed after bumming a ride.

Anyway if you still have any of those parts and would like to sell them please let me know. My e-mail address is my forum handle @gmail.com


Thanks!


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Old 07-24-11, 01:54 AM   #15
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Welcome to the fold, Eddie.

I doubt Glenn is still around, but there are lots of others here who love fettling folding bikes, and can get you started on sorting this one, I'm sure.

Hmm, but from the original post in 2007 ....

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Hello All
I'm new here. I bought My bike from Marlboro, I think around 1992 for $115 and some 3700 Marlboro Miles.
I didn't ride it, because it was uncomfortable ....
... and because I'd smoked 740 packs of Marlboro.

(apparently you got five miles per pack)
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Old 10-08-12, 06:43 AM   #16
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Blast from the past!!! I couldn't help me'self,...
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I bid on one of these, but it went too high and I decided to let it go (ebay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/271073275416...=p5197.c0.m619 )

So, I maxed @$175.00,... Do you guys think it's worth up to $200.00?
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I bid on one of these, but it went too high and I decided to let it go (ebay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/271073275416...=p5197.c0.m619 )

So, I maxed @$175.00,... Do you guys think it's worth up to $200.00?
I have seen them for half that on locally on CL.
I would not pay that, but that's me. Maybe there is value there that I don't appreciate.
The quality level is not that high, but neither is it on a Raleigh 20 and that's what they sell for.
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It topped @$202.50. And TBH I think it's really only worth about $100 for me because of the frame. I'd have eventually swapped every part on the thing anyways. I lost, and I feel relieved - no buyers remorse. I HATE buyers remorse!!!

I'll just go upgrade my tank or speed demon (Puma Nevis or Power2000) to an IGH and enjoy. For $265 my LBS will lace one in for me,... I think I'll go with that instead.

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Old 05-21-13, 12:51 AM   #20
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Here is a question for an old thread I just dragged this bicycle out of the weeds the other day and started reading this forum for info (have had this bike for several years and did not know it folded lol) So I have caught the fixie bug and decided to make up for my sin of omission of proper care and maintenance and put it on a diet too. The crank was stripped and the local bike shop "Bike City in Searcy" was really cool and let me replace it in their shop (kewl tools) with one that they had in stock. The gears (not the original 28,38,48) are really set up more for climbing best I can tell (still learning) anywho It appears that my BB crank bolt sticks out further than it should and as a result my alignment is way off and the derailleur doesn't have enough reach move the chain up ( I know change the bolt) But my Question is did any of you guys that modified/improved your bike run into that? I never have read in any of these forums that anyone has changed the crank bolt.
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Welcome aboard!

Sounds like you're running into a chainline issue. You didn't mention what you replaced the 28-38-48 triple crank with, but I'll bet that your spindle is too long. If you're just running a single chainring, you don't need front derailleur travel, so a shorter spindle would probably help restore your chainline. A pic of your specific problem would speak volumes here.
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