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Old 06-19-19, 05:06 PM
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Barn Find

Literally found this between two stacks of hay in my dad's barn. This was his bike back in the 1980's and we put a lot of miles on it (I had a similar bike).

I knocked of most of the hay, straw, and bird poop, and it needs a new chain and tubes. The tires looks really good (but i would not trust them to take me farther than across the street), and I would also replace the brake pads and all the cables.

I weighed it: 24 1/8 lb. Not bad for 30 year old steel.

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Old 06-19-19, 05:12 PM
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Definitely a keeper, if it fits you or someone else in the family. Should clean up pretty nicely.
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Old 06-19-19, 07:15 PM
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Sweet!

I mean, not the bird poop... but the bike should clean up sweet- and if your Dad's old bike fits you- that's super sweet. Make even more memories with it!
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Old 06-19-19, 07:26 PM
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If it fits you, clean it up, service it and replace the consumables. Fujis of that era, were very nice bikes, and rode great.
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Old 06-19-19, 08:01 PM
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You can't get more "barn found" than that!
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Old 06-20-19, 06:40 AM
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Oh... it fits. I've ridden it.

The trick is talking my dad into letting me buy it. I suspect this will be a delicate negotiation.
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Originally Posted by ironnerd View Post
Oh... it fits. I've ridden it.

The trick is talking my dad into letting me buy it. I suspect this will be a delicate negotiation.
Offer to build him a wooden replica bike that can go back between the haystacks for the next 40 years.
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Old 06-20-19, 06:54 AM
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And I thought my bikes were crappy!
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It appears to be a 1984 Club Fuji and all OEM with the exception of missing brake lever hoods and replacement handlebar covers. The latter appear to be foam, which I'm surprised didn't rot away or crumble at first touch.
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Old 06-21-19, 05:25 AM
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It appears to be a 1984 Club Fuji and all OEM with the exception of missing brake lever hoods and replacement handlebar covers. The latter appear to be foam, which I'm surprised didn't rot away or crumble at first touch.
Close! It is a 1984 Club Fuji - Dad bought it used, so I never saw it with the hoods. The handlebar covers are not foam though... They are GEL with a nice nylon cover. They are in really good shape, and they are actually really comfortable.
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Old 06-21-19, 06:06 AM
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Nice! I have one of these and it rides Very Very Nice! Looks like it will clean up well.
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Offer to build him a wooden replica bike that can go back between the haystacks for the next 40 years.
Or just find an old red Firenze and shove it in between those two haystacks. Replicating the bird guano on the saddle might be a challenge.....
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Oh... it fits. I've ridden it.

The trick is talking my dad into letting me buy it. I suspect this will be a delicate negotiation.
Buy it?

Delicate negotiation: "Dad, this bike has been rotting in the barn for the last 40 years so I'm going to clear it out of your way. And don't worry, I won't charge you to haul it off."
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Old 06-21-19, 03:51 PM
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Originally Posted by ironnerd View Post
Oh... it fits. I've ridden it.

The trick is talking my dad into letting me buy it. I suspect this will be a delicate negotiation.
if not tell him you will do the maint work on it, but he has to promise to ride it and go for rides with you.....win win
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Old 06-23-19, 02:25 PM
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No good...
I even tried guilt (he SOLD my bike when I was in Korea), but to no avail. He just likes his bike, and I can't blame him - we all seem to agree that it's a pretty cool old bicycle.
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I just sold one that looks exactly like that.
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My '84 Club had a little better looking Fuji branded Vx rear derailleur, else it was similar. I thought its valite tubing rode like dead weight, so I quickly sold it. (The Team bike is a lot better frame.) I luckily found a buyer who had a personal history with the '84 Club, so it was an easy and profitable sale.
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Old 06-24-19, 04:42 AM
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Mine had a set of Mavic racing wheels on it and weighed in under 123lbs. It was a lively ride. Hard to let go of it. It was a sturdy ride for my 215 lb body. Good bike for a masher.
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