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1984 Fuji Sagres

Old 07-19-17, 09:36 PM
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1984 Fuji Sagres

I hope I am not abusing the forum policy since this is my second thread of the day! I found a 1984 Fuji Sagres with the following specs. However, I have never seen shifters at the stem like this before!

Brooks saddle
Shimano Biopace Crankset
Sun Ringle CR18 Wheels(Like New)
Panaracer 27x1 Tires(New)
Shimano MF-TZ20 Freewheel(New)
KMC 4B-2 Chain(New)

Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Cheers.
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Old 07-19-17, 11:47 PM
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can't tell from the side view but those shifters might be SunTour power ratchets, In Seattle in that shape with the Brooks and nice new Pasela's I would guess it could go for up to $200. From the fuji Catalog for that year the Sagres would be entry level.
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Old 07-20-17, 06:32 AM
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Originally Posted by TexLex100 View Post
I hope I am not abusing the forum policy since this is my second thread of the day! I found a 1984 Fuji Sagres with the following specs. However, I have never seen shifters at the stem like this before!

Brooks saddle
Shimano Biopace Crankset
Sun Ringle CR18 Wheels(Like New)
Panaracer 27x1 Tires(New)
Shimano MF-TZ20 Freewheel(New)
KMC 4B-2 Chain(New)

Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Cheers.
Looks to be in vg condition. What advice do you want?
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Old 07-20-17, 06:37 AM
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Looks to be in vg condition. What advice do you want?
Are those shifters as easy to use as the one bundled in the brakes? The asking price is $260. Is it a fair price? I also have not seen this strange crank and very thin tires but then again I am rather new to cycling.
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From the LeMond thread, we know you're 5'8. Have you determined what frame size the Fuji is? It looks like a 19" (~48cm), and you would need more along the lines of a 21" (~54 cm).

It's tempting to look at all kinds of bikes, but buying a bike that doesn't fit you is no fun, because it's not comfortable to ride. The longer you ride it, the more uncomfortable it gets, so it gets to a point where you just don't ride it anymore.

There are plenty of 21" / 54cm frame bikes out there. Seek those out first. If you find you need a different size, you can always go from there.
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Originally Posted by bargainguy View Post
From the LeMond thread, we know you're 5'8. Have you determined what frame size the Fuji is? It looks like a 19" (~48cm), and you would need more along the lines of a 21" (~54 cm).

It's tempting to look at all kinds of bikes, but buying a bike that doesn't fit you is no fun, because it's not comfortable to ride. The longer you ride it, the more uncomfortable it gets, so it gets to a point where you just don't ride it anymore.

There are plenty of 21" / 54cm frame bikes out there. Seek those out first. If you find you need a different size, you can always go from there.
Thanks for that. Yes, the bike dimensions are as follows: The seat tube is 19''1/4 inches. The top tube is 20''. The down tube is 22'' inches.
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If I were in your shoes, I would keep looking. Although the Sagres is a nice entry level bike, $260 is about $100 too much.
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If I were in your shoes, I would keep looking. Although the Sagres is a nice entry level bike, $260 is about $100 too much.
Many thanks for that. Cheers.
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Originally Posted by TexLex100 View Post
Are those shifters as easy to use as the one bundled in the brakes? The asking price is $260. Is it a fair price? I also have not seen this strange crank and very thin tires but then again I am rather new to cycling.
I agree that you need to focus on bikes that fit you, and this is too small. To answer your question, those are stem shifters. In the days when 'serious' road bikes had down-tube shifters, more entry-level bikes (like my first two 10-speeds) had stem shifters, along with the turkey-wing brake extensions. These facilitated riding in a more upright position, with the hands on the top of the bars.

Those kind of shifters work fine. However, if you want a vintage bike to go fast on, and you want better quality bikes, you'll likely be looking at ones with down-tube shifters. Go more modern (or with a modernized vintage bike), and you get brifters (integrated brakes/shifters). They are indeed a little easier to use, if you actually ride with your hands on the hoods or in the drops, since you can shift and brake without taking your hands off the bar.
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Originally Posted by Kevindale View Post
I agree that you need to focus on bikes that fit you, and this is too small. To answer your question, those are stem shifters. In the days when 'serious' road bikes had down-tube shifters, more entry-level bikes (like my first two 10-speeds) had stem shifters, along with the turkey-wing brake extensions. These facilitated riding in a more upright position, with the hands on the top of the bars.

Those kind of shifters work fine. However, if you want a vintage bike to go fast on, and you want better quality bikes, you'll likely be looking at ones with down-tube shifters. Go more modern (or with a modernized vintage bike), and you get brifters (integrated brakes/shifters). They are indeed a little easier to use, if you actually ride with your hands on the hoods or in the drops, since you can shift and brake without taking your hands off the bar.
This is very useful. Thanks. My TCX 2 bike has drop handlebars but I actually only rest my hands on the horizontal part and luckily I have brakes there too. So, I would rather have my next bike to have less aggressive seating position. Cheers.
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That's the kind of bike I look for. I try to get them for less than $100. Then, I replace the drop bars w/upright bars. Add a rack. Completely refurbish all bearings. Sell it for $300 as a nice city bike. Any bike that has stem shifters & turkey levers is waiting to be free from drop bars.
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