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Lucky Saturday morning save - '80 Fuji Newest

Old 10-24-16, 09:58 PM
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Lucky Saturday morning save - '80 Fuji Newest

I woke early on this past rainy Saturday morning to take a short 40 minute drive north to pick up a bike, a beauty at that. The owner put it into storage over 30 years ago after her husband stopped riding and it was kept in immaculte shape. A few spots on the paint to touch up and consumables but not much else. She wanted the bike to go to an owner who would spiffy it back up and ride it again and she mused that she would have preferred to see it recycled than live life as a beater or hidden away any longer. Her son is a friend of a friend so he informed her of my love for Fujis and classic steel as a whole. Well I now am the proud new owner of a gorgeous, completely original '80 Fuji Newest for the cost of gas to get there. I promised her I would photograph it for her once it is on the road again (hopefully by Dec.) and I promised to ride up to show it to her. She had tears in her eyes as she passed it to me but reiterated that she is thankful that it is going to a good new home. She was such a kind, friendly woman and I want to take this bike back to its former glory.

Now here is where my fellow C&V enthusiasts come in. What handlebar wrap (type and color), cable housing, tires and saddle would you choose? The original suede Fujita Professional saddle is coming off so as not to ruin it.

https://www.classicfuji.com/Newest_1980_Page.htm

Gratuitous photos of the bike as I received it so these will be considered the "before" shots.

'80 Fuji Newest - before photos by irishbx4th, on Flickr

'80 Fuji Newest - before photos by irishbx4th, on Flickr

'80 Fuji Newest - before photos by irishbx4th, on Flickr

'80 Fuji Newest - before photos by irishbx4th, on Flickr

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Old 10-24-16, 10:00 PM
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Old 10-24-16, 10:22 PM
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New DiaComp hoods, Cotton bar tape in a color of your choice with amber shellac finish. Clean, Polish, Lube & Adjust. It's a beauty! Don
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Old 10-25-16, 05:46 AM
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Wow, that's in great shape, and with a nice story. I think the colors on there work pretty well, to my eye at least. If you don't want to use that saddle I'd start there and let the color of the replacement help in deciding the color of the tape and hoods. I'd use black hoods if nothing else were changed from how it is now. Black or maybe 'titanium' colored housing depending on other color choices assuming they change. I might even be tempted to leave the tape if it's not wrapped around the brake lever bodies / doesn't interfere with replacing the hoods.

I forget, have you ridden tubulars?

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Old 10-25-16, 06:09 AM
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That is almost pristine, great looking Fooj there. I'd say to went to the right man, for what the owner's wife was seeking. Not much needed to enjoy this one, as you said, consumables and very little touch up, and of course you'll want to replace those brake hoods, as mentioned above.

I honestly cannot pick out any paint damage blemishes, but these old eyes turn 60 in a very short while, and aren't what they once were. In all you are an excellent choice, just live up to the expectations now.

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Nice bike and definitely a score.

My picks for parts:

Saddle - VO microfiber looks the part and inexpensive, but I haven't seen one in person. (maybe a Turbo reissue, though to me those are a little new) Replacement saddle in 1980 would have been Avocet Mod II, Avocet RS or early Turbo. (or Brooks Pro if you were a Doctor)

Housing: Black is fine. If you want to restomod, silver braided VO or Jagwire. Rustines Campy hoods on the brakes, definitely. They are the only real gum rubber hoods available, AFAIK.

Tape: Fizik soft touch is almost exactly like vintage suede tape, but it has punched holes and is more comfortable. Comes only in black or white. Hunt Wilde suede tape sometimes available on the bay. 90% at the time would have used plain cotton, no shellac. So I say cotton, black, brown, tan or gray.
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Old 10-25-16, 06:29 AM
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Old 10-25-16, 06:35 AM
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Old 10-25-16, 07:02 AM
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Golly. Does it fit you?
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Old 10-25-16, 07:19 AM
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Originally Posted by rhm View Post
Golly. Does it fit you?
I had the same concern as I thought Greg rides a 57 or so.
In any case, brown is the easy choice, but I think you ought to consider royal to navy blue, picking up the blue in the Mt. Fuji logo.

You live in NYC. Think khakis or grey always work with a navy blazer. So my inner Bill Cunningham suggests:

B17 in royal blue.
Deda padded or VO cotton in dark blue bar wrap.
Jagwire housing in blue, grey, or titanium.

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Awesome!!! Bit of a time capsule .. I'd keep the same color scheme as original .. cotton bar tape, Newbaum's has a nice brown and feels a lot like the Fujita tape. Will you keep the tubular rims? You should ..

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Thanks everyone! Well I will address everyone's comments. @ScottRyder - I do think that I want to stay with the brown handlebar theme but am a bit concerned with the padding provided by cotton tape. What is the best way to add extra padding underneath? Otherwise do you think Brooks microfiber in natural brown might be a good option? @Sir_Name too - Also no, I have never ridden tubulars but I would be up for it. These rubies would obviously need to be replaced so in the meantime I may swap in a clincher wheel set to get her on the road sooner. Or I may try my hand at lacing on clincher rims and save the Ukai originals until I am ready. @rhm & @oddjob2 Correct guys, I do normally ride a 56-57cm frame but this is a 55 and it should fit me well enough if I show a lot of seat post. I also have a 59cm Raleigh that I ride which some of you have seen so I guess I am a bit flexible. I just could not pass on the chance for this when all it was was a car ride and this bike was potentially headed to steel heaven. @qcpmsame Thank you for the kind words. There are only 4 or 5 small paint blemishes, one above the DT's on the drive side which you can see but all are very minor. It will be a matter of finding the correct matching silver paint.
Thanks to everyone else too and please opine as much as possible! I want this to turn out nicely and the C&V crowd always has the best advice!
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Beautiful bike and a good story. I really like the Fujis of that era. I'd go with brown Newbaums tape without any coating.
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There will not be much difference between the before and after pictures, the Newest looks new.
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I add my vote for brown tape of your choice, brown or black hoods, and silver gray cables. If you are going to replace the saddle, I suggest brown suede. I have always loved Fujis, my first "real" road bike.
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nice bike.... my .02, good gloves make up for less padding on the bars, imho so I would go with looks good to you

an easy way to get into tubies is to go Tufo, you can get 3 24mm tufo s33, rim tape (no fussing with glue) and sealants for a touch over $100 on the uk sites like ribble.

easy to set up and durable.

these are training tires and some note that you don't get the full tubie ride as you would with more expensive tires, but i sure noticed a smoothness difference between this and clinchers on the same bike (84 torpado)

you can spend a bit more and get higher performance also
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I do wear nicely padded gloves so this may be my first time taping with cloth tape. Even if I go with clinchers I will save the rims for the future when I decide to finally experience riding with tubies.
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I would say to at least give the tubs a go, I'm really happy with them on my Medici. Originally, I had Conti's Giros on the rims, but they are strictly a 22mm width. A pair of Vittoria Rally, in 700X25 made things a lot smoother, next will be some truly high quality tubs. So, those were what the wallet would handle at the time, Ribble has them for $15.xx per tire. Not really a bad tire at all, but as Robbie Tunes here told me, if I enjoy the low end tubs, just imagine what a good tub feels like. I well remember what they were like back in the late 70s, with the Clement 30s I ran back then.

What ever you choose, you will certainly have one nice looking, good riding bicycle there. How about a ride report once things are decided on?

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Originally Posted by ollo_ollo View Post
New DiaComp hoods, Cotton bar tape in a color of your choice with amber shellac finish. Clean, Polish, Lube & Adjust. It's a beauty! Don
Great story and great find.

Concur - bar tape to match, or compliment the saddle.

Get tires in the 26 - 28mm range. My '72 Finest rides like a magic carpet with Grand Bois 26's.
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I saw that one on Craig' List, listed as an '86 up in Somers. The best CL deal in a long time! The last special deal I saw was a pair of Mercian touring bikes (Reynolds 531) with front and rear racks for $100. The Newest was one of Fuji's top models. Right in the ad she indicated she knew it was worth much more than what she was asking, and that she didn't just want to throw it out. Anyway, pretty neat to see a NY CL listing here on C&V!

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What a pretty bike! I love the colour-scheme, it's under-stated without being boring. For some reason I'm seeing lavender cloth tape on this one. Or sky blue? Definitely cloth, anyway.
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