Hello, I have found this web site helpful over the years. Thought I would register.
I used to ride a Fuji Royale in high school and college and put some 5000 miles on the old girl. She sat in my basement as I raised my kids and rode mountain bikes for commuting and dad duties. I dusted off the Fuji and enjoyed skinny tires so much that I did the "fixed gear" thing with a Fuji track bike off e-bay for under $300. Sold off the Fuji Royale, for a kick back two speed hub for the Fuji Track.
Last year I decided to get a decent road bike again and right or wrong went for vintage Italian steel.
I have now a tidy Fiorelli San Remo in stock form sans tires and grip tape.
I don't like that French Crank on there... I want it to be all Italian. Although perhaps it is just fine as I am French/Italian/German. Perhaps I need a German part to round things out in an even more odd way.
Like others on the net have said the Modolo brakes don't grab as much as I would like, I'll swap out pads before I get some Campy NR brakes or Giplemme side pulls.
I really enjoy this frame... Panasport Gumwalls pumped up to 120psi and I can eat up the miles here in flat Indiana.
The frame is comfortable and tracks nicely, and on a recent ride with some carbon fibre bike riders I wasn't complaining about the road beating me up like they were.... and I lead the draft on my 30 ish year old machine and 46 year old body.
Anyway happy with a bike that I wanted when i was 17... and you don't see them passing everywhere. I met up with this carbon fibre crew on a few miles out of town... I don't know what they thought of me using tennis shoes in toe clips with gumwall tires.... till I took the lead on the draft......
This 46 year old want's to deliver subs for Jimmy John's one afternoon on the Fuji Track with fixed gear in place.
P.S. I love ridding my Fuji Track with 2 speed kickback on rollers... great set-up and gearing for a good workout/2 speeds all you need.