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Old 03-22-15, 08:11 PM
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Originally Posted by GermanS1


Here's the Royale a month later - no longer in original condition, but a lot more usable for me. I gave it a thorough cleaning, then began the work. It now has Schwalbe Marathon tires, VO hammered aluminum fenders (big job...), Nitto Tallux stem, Nitto heat treated Albatross handlebars, cork grips, Sackville rear bag, Shimano brake levers and Shimano bar-end shifters. The bike has no provision for mounting a water bottle cage, kind of rough here in Arizona. I can carry a bottle in the bag, but it isn't much. Good thing I mostly ride through the parks (32 miles this morning) and there's plenty of water fountains there. I still need to change that saddle and I'm thinking about a front bag. For the moment, though I'm just going to ride and enjoy!
Water bottle cages can be attached simply with this: https://www.amazon.com/Minoura-bottle.../dp/B009GIH07I If you plan it right you can get as many as 3 bottles on if you want, (the 3rd bottle may be iffy on the underside of the down tube due to the front fender but maybe using a small bottle there would be enough room). There is a cheaper way to mount water bottle cages by using automotive hose straps to strap the cage to the frame but those will scratch the paint so you would have to use wide flat pieces of rubber to go around the frame where the strap will be, also the hose clamp straps don't look as nice either.
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Thanks - that looks like a very useful piece! I'll get one mounted. This has been a fun project, accomplished with a lot of help from the posts here on the forum. I'm very appreciative of all the help.

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Originally Posted by rekmeyata
Water bottle cages can be attached simply with this: Robot Check .
Those work great, I have one on the extended quill stem of our tandem.
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Originally Posted by Murray Missile
Those work great, I have one on the extended quill stem of our tandem.
I use one as well on my 85 Le Tour Luxe for a third water bottle holder that goes on the underside of the downtube, that bike has enough room for a full size 24 ounce Polar bottle but if I use a front fender I have to use a 21 ounce Polar bottle instead. I haven't checked the space yet but I am thinking of also installing one on my Lynskey so I can go on longer rides without worrying about finding water along the way to refill my bottles.
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Not a new bike or anything, just really love the way the light shines off my bike in this pic.

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The light shines on America .. nice photo!

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Regarding Fuji headbadges... I've noticed that there seem to be two distinct types. One relatively wide, with "Made in Japan" text on the bottom, and the Fuji text centered. The other design is markedly narrower, lacks the "Made in Japan" and has the Fuji text smaller and more or less right justified. At first glance, the two designs appear to be at least somewhat overlapping chronologically. Are there any known clues to be had from which design a given bike would have? Narrow = high end, wide = mid-low end, perhaps? Utterly random?
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Without really looking into it I always thought the later higher end bikes had the narrow badge .. but I'll research that more this week.

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My Del Rey officially went to a new owner last night. She is beautiful but in the end I realized that she is just too small for me. The new owner really likes it and will be riding it all over Brooklyn so I am happy.

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Originally Posted by ScottRyder
Without really looking into it I always thought the later higher end bikes had the narrow badge .. but I'll research that more this week.

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My 1972 Finest has the round badge, while my 1974 Ace has the narrow. Someone recently posted this 1972 Newest with the narrow:
https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...ji-newest.html
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Originally Posted by ScottRyder
Without really looking into it I always thought the later higher end bikes had the narrow badge .. but I'll research that more this week.

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My '79 America has the narrow.
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My 1972/73 Fuji S10 Pretty much all original except alloy 27" wheels (I do have the original steel wheels) and stem shifters changed to down tube. A few minor scrapes and the saddle looks as though it has very few miles. Nice smooth ride. Love the Green metallic
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Originally Posted by leicanthrope
Regarding Fuji headbadges... I've noticed that there seem to be two distinct types. One relatively wide, with "Made in Japan" text on the bottom, and the Fuji text centered. The other design is markedly narrower, lacks the "Made in Japan" and has the Fuji text smaller and more or less right justified. At first glance, the two designs appear to be at least somewhat overlapping chronologically. Are there any known clues to be had from which design a given bike would have? Narrow = high end, wide = mid-low end, perhaps? Utterly random?
There were a bit more than 2 headbadges, there was also a wide one that didn't say Japan on it so now it gets more confusing doesn't it? I'm not real sure but I do recall seeing the narrow ones with a point on top and bottom of the badge on track bikes but never on a road bike. There was another narrow one without the points which were on road bikes prior to before 1975 I think, the wider design came out afterwards, thus the narrow ones would be more vintage than the wide one.

The badges that didn't say made in Japan were made in various countries like Taiwan, Malaysia, and S. Korea were mostly lower end bikes in the beginning but as the yen kept dropping it eventually migrated into the mid level bikes and then lastly the high end bikes. The country of origin will be located on the frame tube type sticker or on a separate sticker next to it. I know that at least up until 1984 the mid end bikes were still being made in Japan as my 84 Fuji Club headbadge states as to where it was made.

Not sure how accurate I am in all of this but if someone can correct what I've said then great.
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Originally Posted by rekmeyata
The badges that didn't say made in Japan were made in various countries like Taiwan, Malaysia, and S. Korea were mostly lower end bikes in the beginning but as the yen kept dropping it eventually migrated into the mid level bikes and then lastly the high end bikes. The country of origin will be located on the frame tube type sticker or on a separate sticker next to it. I know that at least up until 1984 the mid end bikes were still being made in Japan as my 84 Fuji Club headbadge states as to where it was made.

Not sure how accurate I am in all of this but if someone can correct what I've said then great.
They may have transitioned over to head badges without a country of origin to allow them the freedom to use them on bikes made wherever, but it's not a universal indicator that the bike isn't Japanese. My 75 Pro, at the very least, has a narrow badge with no country of origin [on the badge] and a Made in Japan frame decal.
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How about the badges that said "Feather" on them? I've seen photos but not in person. I have a repro:



The 1971 Finest seemed to be supplied with these.

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Progress on my Newest. Found the crank, now need brake levers. So far no luck.,,,,BD

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I just finished and passed on one of my two '81 Fuji Royale's to my brother. It turned out quite nice IMHO.


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Originally Posted by greg3rd48
I just finished and passed on one of my two '81 Fuji Royale's to my brother. It turned out quite nice IMHO.
nice job !!
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Which model?

Can anyone identify which model this Fuji is? Thanks.
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By the looks of it and without knowing the serial number, it looks like a mid '70's Tourer that's had some modifications. I'd start there:

https://www.classicfuji.com/1975_08_Tourer.htm

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Looks like an mid 1970's S-10-S to me. Someone must have replaced the brakes - they would have been Dia Compe.

Like Scott said above, follow the link.
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Originally Posted by dweenk
Looks like an mid 1970's S-10-S to me. Someone must have replaced the brakes - they would have been Dia Compe.

Like Scott said above, follow the link.
S-10S had chrome rear socks in addition to the front fork. BUT, the above example does have double eyelets on the rear dropouts like a S-10S.
Tourers had a cottered steel crank, and even the '75 S-10S had a three-bolt alloy crankset.
Fuji-marked crankarms were a later '70s/early 80s thing.
Mafac brakes? Not on a Fuji since they used DiaCompe.
Clamp-on downtube shifter would be '70s, as would the lack of cable guides on the toptube.
V-GT Luxe rear derailleur would be correct for S-10S, and Tourer used all-steel GT
Fuji-stamped headtube lug was a late '70s/early 80s thing.
Tourer used steel rims, S-10S was alloy by '75

Frankenbike. or a repainted late '70s S-10S or other model.

Can't tell much without the serial number.


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Originally Posted by greg3rd48
I just finished and passed on one of my two '81 Fuji Royale's to my brother. It turned out quite nice IMHO.
Originally Posted by Deal4Fuji
nice job !!
I most definitely agree!

I'm a new member here, with my eye on what I believe (based on eBay listing) could be a 69cm Fuji Royale for sale a short distance from me:
Fuji Royale 12 Speed Road Bike Original 27" XXL | eBay

Two quick questions for the Fuji community here:

1) Based on the condition (more than a "very few scratches" judging from what I see in the photos), does this seem like a reasonable price ? When you're as tall as I am (6-ft 6-in) you kinda grow accustomed to paying more than average for something that fits you, so with that in mind I'm very tempted by this bike, given the option for local pickup. Granted that cosmetically it doesn't hold a candle to this one for sale in Portland ( It's Huge! Vintage 69cm Fuji Royale ), but for less than half the price I think I can tolerate the scratches and small paint chips, as well as the bright red "Ames, Iowa" bicycle license decal : - ) What do you folks think ? (( I must say, the Fuji Royale for sale in Portland OR really does look sweet to me, and hence even more tempting, asking price aside. If it weren't for the practical difficulties of closing a deal with a CL seller such a long distance away from me [I'm in Los Angeles, CA], I might be soliciting opinions instead on what you think of that seller's asking price : - ))

2) For the last 33 years I've been quite content riding a 69cm 1981 Univega "Viva Sport" that I purchased new in 1982. Sadly as a result of a colliding with a car not long ago, it's front fork is bent back farther than my LBS believes is repairable (but the good news is that I wasn't seriously hurt in the accident), and so far they've struck out with all their usual repalcement-parts-suppliers attempting to locate a new fork long enough to work inside the extra-long head tube.... Thus began my on-line search for a nice vintage 69cm bike to replace it (or else just its fork, if I can pickup a 69cm frame for cheap). Anyway, comparing the Fuji Royale to the Univega, the only apparent "negative" I see so far with the Fuji are the center-pull brakes ... my 1981 Univega was new enough to feature side-pull brakes (which I also think I see on Greg's newly restored '81 Fuji Royale). If I go forward buying the 69cm Fuji Royale, would anybody here be inclined to talk me out of replacing its "original" center pull brakes with side-pulls instead ? (naturally I'd hang onto the original parts in the event I'd ever sell the Fuji to someone interested in restoring it to its original condition).

Any other words of advice or things to examine especially critically on a C/V Fuji Royale ? I've downloaded the catalog(s) from the helpful links at the top of this thread, just to better acquaint myself with the various models in the Fuji stable from back-in-the-day ... but as I've read elsewhere here, it was apparently typical to only offer a 69cm frame version of models that were just 2 or 3 steps up from the basement model, since highest sales volume was within that range (versus models at the premium end of the catalog line), so I suspect/expect the 69cm Fuji Royale is probably not much different in that respect than my 69cm Univega Viva Sport ... true or false ?

Thanks in advance, and wish me luck ....

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They haven't "struck out", I honestly doubt they even looked. EVERY distributor has a fork that would work. Here's one I ordered through my bike shop job, from Hans Johnson. I cut at least two inches off the steerer on this fork, so it would most likely fit yours as well. You just need to find a fork yourself, take it to them, and say here put this on! Of course if your top and down tubes are bent, that's another issue altogether.,,,,BD




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