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Old 08-06-16, 01:09 PM
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another Team Fuji rescue

roommate got her bike stolen out of her car, and she was like "my friend found a bike on craigslist for 50$" and i was like, pshh, you could also buy a bike a walmart if you want a ****ty MTB. but i started to look for her and i spotted a Team Fuji, with no description, converted to single speed with most of the original parts.

the dude was asking 35$, but the he was like "i can't find the key to this lock, so just take it" he literally would not take our money









the thing is just in excellent condition. i mean the white bar tape isn't even dirty and it looks original. like how?? i really like how someone converted it to single speed just by getting a new rear flip flop and keeping everything else original, even the tires. all it needs is maybe new brake pads and some less questionable axle nuts. we did get the front wheel too, its a rigidia something or another.

anyway i'm pretty happy about this find... whats ironic is i kinda wanted to teach her a lesson and get her a vintage frame and build it up for cheaper than her "sweet fixie" with deep Vs that she spent 200$, and show her how much better a decent vintage frame is, but then she kinda taught me cause i certainly didnt expect to find something like this for FREE on craigslist. of course i was the one who found it and told her to snap it up.

anyway, i'm kinda jealous. TLDR; free nice fuji
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Old 08-06-16, 01:31 PM
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Has he got any more bikes he can't unlock?

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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
Has he got any more bikes he can't unlock?

dont think so haha, we got pretty lucky.

if you're suggesting it was stolen, i thought so too, but it absolutely wasn't. dude obviously had a lot of money and he was moving.
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I'm not suggesting it was stolen; actually never occurred to me.

Do you think he may have any supermodels locked up somewhere? I mean, if he's giving stuff away, I feel like a hero....
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Nice score. I'm a big fan of 80's model Fujis. Most of their frames were made by a company called Ishiwata. Interesting stuff. They revolutionized quality control by utilizing welding robots and outproduced all their competitors. Very durable frames. Hard to beat. Like a fine Samurai sword. Be good & have fun.
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Nice score! Park Ridge, MI or some other state?

Several years ago I bought the same bike, 100% complete with excellent paint, in upstate NY at a storage company warehouse clearance for $15.00. The BB cup was a tough one to remove.
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Originally Posted by ramzilla View Post
Nice score. I'm a big fan of 80's model Fujis. Most of their frames were made by a company called Ishiwata. Interesting stuff. They revolutionized quality control by utilizing welding robots and outproduced all their competitors. Very durable frames. Hard to beat. Like a fine Samurai sword. Be good & have fun.
Ishiwata was/is a tubing manufacturer. Fuji bikes in the 1980's were actually made, oddly enough, by Fuji . . . The were a sub division of Asahi Industries. Fuji was one of the few labels that actually was a real company. Most Japanese bikes were simply a product of contract production with a distribution and marketing effort in the US. Fuji, Miayata, Bridgestone, Panasonic, were the primary manufacturers of that era. Fuji and Miyata were relatively small. Bridgestone and Panasonic were relatively large. All made high quality bikes in the 1980's.

The TEAM bike was a terrific bike of the period. Great score. Enjoy!
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I read somewhere about Fuji pioneering a robot welding technique for traditional lug frame bikes. Something about how all the Valite frame bikes were manufactured using this method. I've owned several and, can verify they're solid performers.
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Originally Posted by oddjob2 View Post
Nice score! Park Ridge, MI or some other state?

Several years ago I bought the same bike, 100% complete with excellent paint, in upstate NY at a storage company warehouse clearance for $15.00. The BB cup was a tough one to remove.
I had no problem removing my bb bracket on my 1985 team Fuji. Replace it with a shimano XTR sealed bottom bracket
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Originally Posted by oddjob2 View Post
Nice score! Park Ridge, MI or some other state?

Several years ago I bought the same bike, 100% complete with excellent paint, in upstate NY at a storage company warehouse clearance for $15.00. The BB cup was a tough one to remove.
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Ishiwata was/is a tubing manufacturer. Fuji bikes in the 1980's were actually made, oddly enough, by Fuji . . . The were a sub division of Asahi Industries. Fuji was one of the few labels that actually was a real company. Most Japanese bikes were simply a product of contract production with a distribution and marketing effort in the US. Fuji, Miayata, Bridgestone, Panasonic, were the primary manufacturers of that era. Fuji and Miyata were relatively small. Bridgestone and Panasonic were relatively large. All made high quality bikes in the 1980's.

The TEAM bike was a terrific bike of the period. Great score. Enjoy!
maybe you know then, weren't some of these chromed under the paint?? that'd be pretty awesome. anyone know exactly what 331 is? i heard some of them had valite rear triangle and fork or something
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...anyone know exactly what 331 is?
https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...31-tubing.html

FUJI 9658 quadruple butted chrome molybdenum steel tubing
FUJI 331 double butted chrome molybdenum steel tubing
FUJI VALite 1769 quadruple butted steel tubing
FUJI 441 chrome molybdenum steel tubing
FUJI VALite 212 double butted steel tubing
FUJI VALite 414 butted steel tubing
FUJI 661 high tension steel tubing"
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maybe you know then, weren't some of these chromed under the paint?? that'd be pretty awesome. anyone know exactly what 331 is? i heard some of them had valite rear triangle and fork or something
In the 1970's, the Fuji Finest was fully chrome plated underneath the paint. Some of the chrome was highly polished and used as a contrasting panel. You could strip the paint and leave only the chrome, but much of the stays and other tubes were not highly polished. It looked good, but not great.

The bikes made from Valite in the 1980's were not chrome plated underneath the paint - or at least I don't think they were. I'm not 100% positive about that, but pretty sure I'm right nonetheless.

I owned a bike shop from the mid 1970's through the mid 1990's. Fuji was a mainstay of my store throughout that time. I'm pretty familiar with their bikes from those years.
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Congratulations on a great acquisition - it would have been a win at $100, amazing for free.

My daughter's '86 doesn't have enough of the decal to show the tubing grade number, but Fuji and quad-butted are there and legible.
It's thin, light and pings.
I would guess it's Ishiwata-made to Fuji specs.
All Fuji's were made in Japan until 1990 when they moved to Taiwan to make their cost more competitive.

Some great components there including the nice crank.
I hope you plan to restore it to a geared road bike.

I have the "Spirt" front derailleur that came from my daughter's bike if you need the part
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Originally Posted by thunderworks View Post
In the 1970's, the Fuji Finest was fully chrome plated underneath the paint. Some of the chrome was highly polished and used as a contrasting panel. You could strip the paint and leave only the chrome, but much of the stays and other tubes were not highly polished. It looked good, but not great.
I've got a couple of Fuji's that were stripped down to their chrome. As you said, it looks good but not perfect.

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My 1981 Professional which is 331 Tubing.



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Hard to go wrong with a team fuji. Looks like it was set up very nicely for fixed. Thought about converting my 84 team but leaving as stock for now, 1000s of trouble free miles on that bike. The higher fujis are nice frames and the build quality on them tends to be good to very good.

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Hard to go wrong with a team fuji. Looks like it was set up very nicely for fixed. Thought about converting my 84 team but leaving as stock for now, 1000s of trouble free miles on that bike. The higher fujis are nice frames and the build quality on them tends to be good to very good.
yeah, i'm a little concerned about the axle nuts, the looks like the hardware store variety and might not be the right threading
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Some great components there including the nice crank.
I hope you plan to restore it to a geared road bike.
thanks! i'm pretty proud of myself... setting it up geared, hm, i really wish it was up to me. though it was free, i did find it specifically for my roommate, its not my size and she drove out to get it. she didn't have anything and i'd guess she'll just ride it as is, as long as it works.

not to mention the fact that i can't ride a bike at the moment. i do also have 2 other decent vintage road frames that i want to build up to something really nice at some point. i have some obscure 63cm cromoly frame, but also a sekai 2500 that i want to paint..... not as nice a frame by any means, but it will look nicer with a wild paint job!
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well, y'all asked for it. i want to set it up geared. it was too big for my roommate, so i think i want to set it up as a nice looking functional geared bike and sell it. i've been riding it and i love it, but i'm gonna be moving out of the state

i'm looking for advice on how to set it up. should i go for STIs and 2x9? if so, would 105 be overkill? tiagra more fitting? should i keep the original crankset if i do STIs? what kind of wheelset should i get? would it be weird to do 3x7 STIs with a vintage Mavic wheelset? all advice appreciated!
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A bit out of my depth, but to me that sounds like a nice way to set it up if you are keeping it. For selling, I would be worried about recouping those upgrade costs, unless you are stripping a crashed donor bike or something. Even then I'm not so sure, if the goal is to maximize profit.
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Originally Posted by robbietunes View Post
has he got any more bikes he can't unlock?

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My son has a mid-1980's Fuji Team in light blue with chrome tips and is chromed under the paint. It came set up in mostly Sun Tour Superbe. It's a joy to ride, and feels a lot like my Colnago.
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Ishiwata was/is a tubing manufacturer. Fuji bikes in the 1980's were actually made, oddly enough, by Fuji . . . The were a sub division of Asahi Industries. Fuji was one of the few labels that actually was a real company. Most Japanese bikes were simply a product of contract production with a distribution and marketing effort in the US. Fuji, Miayata, Bridgestone, Panasonic, were the primary manufacturers of that era. Fuji and Miyata were relatively small. Bridgestone and Panasonic were relatively large. All made high quality bikes in the 1980's.

The TEAM bike was a terrific bike of the period. Great score. Enjoy!
Just for posterity's sake- Fuji did have proprietary tubing, but they did not make it themselves. Valite 1769 for example was made by Ishiwata and was the same as their Mangy X brand. As mentioned above, it was specifically used to be seamed and brazed by robots. Their highest end quad butted cromo was also likely made by ishiwata, considering the near identical manufacturing technique.

As for the mid tier double butted cromo (the 331), I dunno who made it. But based on my research, it seems a lot of people equate it to the quality of generic 4130.
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A bit out of my depth, but to me that sounds like a nice way to set it up if you are keeping it. For selling, I would be worried about recouping those upgrade costs, unless you are stripping a crashed donor bike or something. Even then I'm not so sure, if the goal is to maximize profit.
i've been offered a pair of Sora 9 speed brifters for 30$.. i think i could make it worth it. i just don't know if i should replace more parts, brakes, crankset etc?
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guess what i snagged..... shimano 600 brifters

now to decide if i like them too much to sell
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