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1978 Fuji Special Tourer: Yay or Nay?

Old 03-19-21, 06:34 PM
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1978 Fuji Special Tourer: Yay or Nay?

Seeking input, advice and insight from vintage bike aficionados here. I myself am very much a novice apprentice in this area.

Original owner just listed for $50. What say you?

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Buy it at $50:and sell me the ta water bottle cage please, 😉
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Buy it at $50:and sell me the ta water bottle cage please, 😉
It's funny. They pretty much all looked like that when I was a kid.
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That is a big frame. I hope that you're quite tall.
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A lot of heavy stuff, steel cottered crank and steel rims by the look of it. The bike looks pretty. It's marginal at $50. But if it fits you, it will make a good rider with some work.

Oh yeah, and that water bottle cage is sweet,

Ok, so what's the big deal about TA bottle cages?
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Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
that is a big frame. I hope that you're quite tall.
6'4"
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Originally Posted by bikemig;21975811
Oh yeah, and that water bottle cage is sweet,

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Wow!!! I had no idea this was a thing. I distinctly remember when I was a kid this was pretty much the standard cage on most every bike. Would have never guessed they were now sought after.
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The 1978 Fuji catalog is here, https://classicfuji.posthaven.com/19...g-no-8-edition

I think this bike is the sports 10 and the specs are online. I like buying bikes from the original owner as they typically haven't been knocked around as much as when they've gone through several hands. The paint on this bike is excellent. The bike fits you. This bike would make a fine commuter and a knocking around town bike.

That said, it does have steel rims and a steel cottered crank. I would get rid of those. That's pricey if you buy new stuff; inexpensive if you have the stuff lying around your shop.

And you can always sell the water bottle cage to recoup a portion of your purchase price . . . .
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For the same money you could get a late 80's World Sport that at least has chrome-moly main tubes, 3 piece cranks, aluminum rims, a set of water bottle bosses, new tires and tape.

1988 Schwinn World Sport - $50 (East Berlin, PA)

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...Anull%7D%22%7D



Or if you wanted to stretch your budget to get a lot more bike, there's an early 80's Team Fuji. The description even mentions a discount for someone who'll appreciate it.

Fuji Team Fuji - $225 (Salem, NJ)

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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
The 1978 Fuji catalog is here, https://classicfuji.posthaven.com/19...g-no-8-edition

I think this bike is the sports 10 and the specs are online.
Interesting. Because it does clearly say "Special Tourer" on it, yet that's nowhere in the catalog. Somethings up. Alternative name?

Non catalog "special" import model maybe?
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Originally Posted by Clang View Post
For the same money you could get a late 80's World Sport that at least has chrome-moly main tubes, 3 piece cranks, aluminum rims, a set of water bottle bosses, new tires and tape.

1988 Schwinn World Sport - $50 (East Berlin, PA)

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...Anull%7D%22%7D

I want to respond separately to different portions of your reply, but I don't know how to do the multiple paragraph quote thing yet.

Wow! That's one huge frame. Looks way too tall for me. I'm 6'4" not 7'! Lol
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Im a vintage fan who likes to keep them on the road & out of the landfill, but Id have to seriously upgrade this one.
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I have one of these I picked up that was slightly crashed for $10. I harvested a few parts and turned the bike into a prop for christmas lights over the holidays.
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