Ever bought a bike from Goodwill??
Has anybody ever done this? Picked one up and restored it?? I saw a Fuji 12 speed today with flat bars for $35 that looked decent except for a little rust and needing brakes. If I get it and take it to my LBS what's something like that ususally run? Oh yeah and I'd change to drop bars of course. THe bike is a perfect fit!
Yep, Fuji just like yours.
My late 70s-early 80s Fuji 12-Speed came from the Helping Hand for ten bucks. Someone put MTB bars on it and it really needed work. It's a really nice ride now and a vintage LBS even had a set of nice period Nitto bars for it. I really like the Suntour drivetrain and the Sugino crank ain't too shabby either. The Dia-Compe brakes are decent, not great though. Someday it's getting Weinmann centerpulls. Those things can stop like nobody's business.
Do the work yourself. Good Therapy after dealing with idiot cow-orkers. I tear the bike down to the frame and then start re-assembling. Each part gets cleaned, polished, rebuilt. Did my fourth bike, looking for another. Two Puegeots, the Fuji and a Panasonic. Lately I discovered Nashbar as a source of parts for old steel. Local LBS are nice guys but geared toward the modern stuff. Still they got some old hands who know old weird French stuff.
The Panasonic Sport 500 was the last. It may have been a bottom feeder of the entry level bike boom bikes, but after rebuilding it and replacing a lot of the steel parts with aluminum, it was a nice ride and with "Hi-Tensile" tubing at that. Too small so it went to on to a new owner. A picture just cuz.
Yeah, lugged steel bikes of any qaulity seem to be getting harder to find here at the Goodwills and Thrifts here. Mebbe those old Kents and Rosses should have come home with me. Been nothing after that.