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Old 11-26-09, 02:44 PM
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Fuji Club Racer?

A friend of mine has what he calls a Fuji Club Racer that I might be interested in procuring. He said it is "vintage" with campy friction and has 24" wheels. Does anyone have any information on these bikes? I am particularly interested in knowing sizing for these bikes and whether it will fit either of my 7 and 9 year olds. I may have the name wrong.

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sounds intriguing. are both wheels 24"? if he can email you some pics that will help the Fuji experts
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The Club was Fuji's entry level racer during the mid and late 1980s. I'm not aware of it being offered with 24" wheels. However, during this period there was a Junior model offered with 24" wheels in a 17" boy's or girl's frame. If I recall correctly, the Fuji catalogs did not provide dimensions for these framse, other than the size, so your best bet is have the seller measure the stand-over height and other pertinent dimensions.
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I found some information and brochures. Not sure if this is the same thing. I would like to get my kid into road racing so this may be the right thing. My LBS has options but nothing under $500!

http://www.classicfuji.com/Junior_Mo...ars_Thumbs.htm

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can you get more information and pics from the seller? is he sure it doesn't have just a 24' front wheel? unless someone did alot of upgradeing I don't see one of these Jr bikes coming with Campi shifters
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guygadois.... The link you've provided is consistant as is the fellow members' imfo. The name Club and even racer is not so important; Club was a model as pointed out by T. I knew the Club model as late as the early '90s, a competent bike.
Though certainly adequate for a kid, being groomed to race or otherwise, I'm convinced that a 24" wh. bike is too big for a 7 year old. A 9 yr. old; depends on the individual, moreso his or her ability, ht. or willingness to ride a not so tiny bike. You ought to take the kid to a store to feel that out.
Even a 24" bike is not as small as a similar mountain or hybrid type. Racers all are rel. tall. From exp., 9 to 12 or so is the age group for a 24" bike. 8 or younger, a 20" or the afformentioned.
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guygadois.... I'm convinced that a 24" wh. bike is too big for a 7 year old. A 9 yr. old; depends on the individual, moreso his or her ability, ht. or willingness to ride a not so tiny bike. You ought to take the kid to a store to feel that out.
Even a 24" bike is not as small as a similar mountain or hybrid type. Racers all are rel. tall. From exp., 9 to 12 or so is the age group for a 24" bike. 8 or younger, a 20" or the afformentioned.
+1 on not fitting the 7 year old. I got an old Rollfast racer (nothing like the Fuji in quality) with 24 inch wheels and it is perfect size for my soon to be 11 year old who is pretty tall (5'2") for his age.
+1 on finding out the stanover height in this bike. The standover height would probably be the limiting factor for any bike with a horizontal TT. Get your kids inseams measured really well and find a bike that gives them at least an inch clearance
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Hmm this is making me think. I used to have a blue Fuji junior when I was a kid, can't remember if it had 24 or 26" wheels. Looks very much like the ones in the brochures there. I'll have to drag it home when we go to my parents next week. I'm helping my son tear down & regrease his BMX right now, while we restore my Cilo. he'd love a restoration project he could ride afterwards...
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Hmm this is making me think. I used to have a blue Fuji junior when I was a kid, can't remember if it had 24 or 26" wheels. Looks very much like the ones in the brochures there. I'll have to drag it home when we go to my parents next week. I'm helping my son tear down & regrease his BMX right now, while we restore my Cilo. he'd love a restoration project he could ride afterwards...
During the same period, Fuji offered the similar SJ-10 with 26" wheels.
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So, I picked up the bike yesterday. My cousin's husband passed it forward after it introduced a number of youngsters to road riding. It fits my oldest son very well. The seat post is about three inches off the TT so it has a bit of growing room too. The bike is now a mut with a combo of Campy NR (RD 79 and shifters, Dia Comp levers, 105 Brakes, Nitto stem, Cinelli bars. the rest is the lower end stuff it came with. The bike is fairly beat up and I prefer it that way as it is my kids first road bike and what better way to introduce them to road cycling than on a bike with history.

I looked up the info on a Fuji site and found it to have been made in December of 1982 and it being an actual 1983 model year bike.

http://www.classicfuji.com/Junior_1983_Page.htm

One thing I would like to look into is converting the bike over to a brifter shifting system. what should I be looking for? I have been told that Shimano made a SIS Brifter system but I am not sure it will fit this frame. any help with that would be appreciated.

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