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Old 06-27-24, 09:20 PM
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Fuji Special Road Racer

Found a Fuji I couldn’t pass up. I am digging the components. Seem all metal and way nicer than the plastic Simplex stuff on Peugeots.

I can’t tell if it feels heavier than my UO-8. Seat is cool, but hard and needs moisturizing. Any source for replacement brake lever boots?

Was this made in 1979?

















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I think it's early, probably 1976 to 1978.

It was a good, reliable model with nice predictable handling. It was a little heavier than a Peugeot UO-8.

I suggest you rotate the handlebars back. Make sure that binder bolt is tight. After you tighten it, lean hard on the handlebars and try to rotate it forward. You don't want them coming loose while you're riding.
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Yours looks exactly like the blue one I bought new in late '74/early '75. I think the main difference between the 1974 Special Road Racer model (see post link below) and the 1975 model is that there was no checkered flag decal on the seat tube and "FUJI" decals were on the side of the seat tube in 1975 models. So I peg yours at 1975.

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If you go to vintage-trek.com you can read up on component dates; the Japanese components are (usually) pretty reliably coded and you can get an idea of when your bike was made (+/- a year or so).

BITD I upgraded most of the components of my AO-8 using the same or similar pieces.

Edit: as an aside Rusty I see the bug has bit you bad. From none to what is it now 5 old bikes in a couple of months, with no signs of stopping! 😂
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PorkchopBMX has hoods for DiaCompe brake levers at a fair price. I haven’t seen white ones, however.

Brooks makes a product to treat leather saddles like yours called Proofide. You can search for threads about treating leather saddles for endless entertainment.

That Fuji is a nice find!
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Your serial number can be evaluated with this guidance from @T-mar :

SERIAL NUMBERS 1971-1974*:

Serial number format WXYZZZZZ where;

W = a letter, all cases to date being F, K or M, with F presumibly indicating Fuji.
X = a number, indicating the last digit of the Japanese Imperial calendar year, Showa reign (6 = Showa 46 = 1971, 7 = Showa 47 = 1972, etc.)
Y = a letter, indicating the calendar month of manufacturer (A = January, B = February, C = March, etc.)
ZZZZZ = four or five digit number sequence, probably indicating frame number during month

Example: F7C10256 indicates the 10,256th frame manufactured during March 1972.

* The serial number format may extend beyond 1971-1974, in either direction, but to date, data samples lie within this range.
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Edit: as an aside Rusty I see the bug has bit you bad. From none to what is it now 5 old bikes in a couple of months, with no signs of stopping! 😂
Yes, it has. I'm enjoying learning how to work on these 1970s bikes. I am stopping at this point and will make some decisions about what to keep. This Fuji probably fits my needs just fine, but the white paint job on the frame is a little on the boring side. The U0-8 blue paint is so cool and the bike seems lighter even with the wobbly steel wheels on it. I'm tempted to combine the best parts from the U0-8 and Fuji to make the lightest and best bike possible. haha

However, there is the possibility of a $15 Velosolex coming my way off of Facebook Marketplace. haha

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Looks like my 75 (also white) but the fork decals are different. 77 maybe?
Paint looks great and the little bit of rust should clean up nicely.
Looks like alloy rims are they original looking? I ask since my SRR had steel rims.
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Originally Posted by RustyPeugeot
Yes, it has. I'm enjoying learning how to work on these 1970s bikes. I am stopping at this point and will make some decisions about what to keep. This Fuji probably fits my needs just fine, but the white paint job on the frame is a little on the boring side. The U0-8 blue paint is so cool and the bike seems lighter even with the wobbly steel wheels on it. I'm tempted to combine the best parts from the U0-8 and Fuji to make the lightest and best bike possible. haha

However, there is the possibility of a $15 Velosolex coming my way off of Facebook Marketplace. haha
$15 bikes can be a great source of parts when you are wanting to upgrade an old bike. Alloy wheels, saddles, brakes, etc. can be found for a lot less than trying to buy them individually. Just make sure to get rid of the donor bike when you are done so you don't end up trying to justify why you have so many bikes.
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dmark Yes! I think it has original alloy wheels on it engraved with UKAI 27"x1 1/4". I checked with a magnet last night and they are alloy. There is a faded out sticker on the rims, but I can't read what the sticker says.
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$15 bikes can be a great source of parts when you are wanting to upgrade an old bike. Alloy wheels, saddles, brakes, etc. can be found for a lot less than trying to buy them individually. Just make sure to get rid of the donor bike when you are done so you don't end up trying to justify why you have so many bikes.
Exactly! Complete bikes for $15 or less from Facebook Marketplace are awesome for parts and tinkering around with! I need to strip off a few parts and then head to the county recycling center.
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This is a great bike. I would have bought it had it shown up locally at the right price.
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I paid $75. Figured it was worth more than that in parts. IDEALE saddle, alloy rims that don’t wobble, nice SunTour derailleurs.
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Originally Posted by RustyPeugeot
dmark Yes! I think it has original alloy wheels on it engraved with UKAI 27"x1 1/4". I checked with a magnet last night and they are alloy. There is a faded out sticker on the rims, but I can't read what the sticker says.
That bike saw little use. Ukai is long gone.
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I would definitely swap in the better parts as you get them onto your Peugeot. As I have noted my AO-8 started getting modified within weeks of getting it in 1973 or so, decades later it’s still the main base for my tinkering. I found a completely stock and original AO-8 like the one my wife had in 1975 and was going to keep it stock, but it is so much better with alloy wheels and a change in derailleurs it is no longer stock either. Just keep all the original bits in a bag should the UO-8 ever become so collectible that you want to put it back (unlikely, millions were made).

Coincidentally, the wheels I swapped in on my wife’s Peugeot are also Ukai. On these wheels there is a sticker but also it is stamped into the rim.
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Originally Posted by Schreck83
PorkchopBMX has hoods for DiaCompe brake levers.
And the gum ones look waaaay better than Cane Creeks.

https://www.porkchopbmx.com/dia-comp...-pair-gum.html
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Rear wheel had a flat and was repaired at some point in time. The repair created a flat spot in the tire. So I swapped on an old spare tire.

You guys have any cool tires you recommend for a novice who will mostly ride in warm weather?

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Removed the Ideale saddle so I could try to moisturize it. Swapped on a seat from the rusty red bike.


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Originally Posted by RustyPeugeot
Interesting handlebar clamp bolt head I haven't see before. My '76 S-10-S SRR had a nice colored one as well, but it still had the original stem maker (Nitto) branding




The '76 catalog pages may be helpful....FYI my serial number ended in 76 and yours ends in 78 so it might be a '78








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stem & seat binders may be from Primus

backside of Sugino Maxy crank arms carry a date marking

the bottom brackets on these are of interest:

each side of the shell bears a square notch which is present to catch the square tooth of a lockwasher mounted between bearing cup and face of shell

employed only for a short time

Nitto girder stem a nice item, a few Fuji cycles of this model from this era came through with Chair brand stems from ARAI

the machine's original saddle would have been a BELT brand from Fujita/YFC

here is a red cycle just like yours still fitted with its BELT -



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Cool stuff guys. Here is what is stamped on the Sugino crank arms.


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thank you

date marking decodes to september of 1974 so cycle likely a 1975 model year

typically production lines do their annual model year changeover long about september for the next succeeding model year


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Rusty, does the saddle have any markings other than the "croupon garanti" stamps? How can you tell it is an Idéale? The stock saddle may have been a Fujita Belt.

For tires, Paselas in 27x1-1/4 would be a good choice and not too expensive.
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Rusty, does the saddle have any markings other than the "croupon garanti" stamps? How can you tell it is an Idéale? The stock saddle may have been a Fujita Belt.

For tires, Paselas in 27x1-1/4 would be a good choice and not too expensive.

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from what can be seen in images provided saddle appears to be the Tron et Berthet model TB4



another possibility might be the model 63

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I think it is stamped IDEALE TB with a 6 under it. Says Made in France



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