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Old 03-01-09, 06:22 PM   #1
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Fuji Palisade Worth Saving?

I came across a Fuji Palisade road bike several months ago on the side of the road. The woman I talked to said it was her husband's old racing bike. As such, I figure it's a pretty decent bike and from what I have heard of Fuji, they're a pretty quality brand.
So, this is definitely an older one, early-mid 80s give or take a few years. Downtube mounted shifters, Suntour components. I was wondering if anyone knew about these bikes. Is it worth fixing up? I currently have 3 older road bikes and this one is the best fit size-wise so I'm probably going to do it anyway.
The others are a Raleigh from around the early 80s and a Shwinn World Sport circa mid-late 80s. Shimano components on both the others so I was thinking I could pull them and replace the Suntour components on the Fuji. Suntour derailleurs seem to work pretty well though but could use a good taking apart and cleaning. I'd like to keep all 3 intact as I heard from a co-worker that the World Sport sold for around $7-800 new so maybe fix that up to new with all the original components.
Please, I'd love some feedback on my ideas. I'm planning to start riding a lot more soon so the properly fitting Fuji will get fixed whether it is just the frame I keep. Attached are some pictures(I hope) to help identify the Fuji. Thanks so very much in advance.

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Your best bet to post photos is to open up a Photobucket or Flickr account, post your pics there, and post a link.
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Here is a link to help identify your bike.

I have a Fuji Royale from 1981 that I bought new and I like it. I have upgraded to Suntour Sprint front and Cyclone rear derailleur, and Shimano Ultegra dual pivot brakes. Wheels are light and stay true. If it's in good shape, I'd clean it up and ride it, then go from there if you want to fool with it. Probably not a lightweight, mine is about 25 lbs, but rides nice.
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I had a Fuji 'Palisade'. Mine was mid 80's with Ishiwata 'featherlite' tubing. Had all Shimano 'Exage' components with 6-speed 'indexed' DT shifters. The bike weighed about 27 lbs with 27" Araya wheels. It was a pretty good bike. Not high end but decent quality. I paid $35 for it at a yard sale in 2000, slapped on some good tires, and put 1600 miles on it in six months. I loved that bike.
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From the catalogs, it looks like you've got a 1987 Palisade. If that's the case, it's a nice bike with quad butted, Valite tubing. Probably lower mid level or upper entry level. If I'm correct, it has Suntour index shifters on the downtube. I would leave them right where they are. I'd tune up the bike and ride it. We'd have to see a pic of your Schwinn World Sport to comment as to which is the better bike. For now, I'd go with the Fuji over the Schwinn. As for the Raleigh, since you didn't say which model it is, it's not possible to determine which bike has the nicer frame.
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