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Old 10-17-12, 04:50 PM
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Fuji Special Road Racer

It's from the late 70s - emerald green with chrome forks, down tube shifters. Sat indoors for most of its life. Needs new tires/tubes, a tune up, a stem extension, and some handle bar tape. Few nicks and scrapes. No rust. I don't know anything about these bikes or this brand. Is it worth getting it road worthy? It comes with an original Belt leather seat - any good? Thanks!
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Originally Posted by Easy Peasy View Post
Is it worth getting it road worthy?
Yes.


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It comes with an original Belt leather seat - any good? Thanks!
Yes, again

Your bike is from the 1972-77 era. One of the first successful Japanese imported 10 speed bikes. Not particularly light, but a great value when they were new.

Please post some pics and if you supply the serial number, we can date it.
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I currently ride a Belt-Fujita saddle that I took off a 1974 Fuji and it's been fantastic, mine was virtually unused when I got it so I've actually been breaking in a nearly 40 year old sadlle over the last couple years.
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Old 10-17-12, 05:33 PM
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Thanks guys. This saddle looks pretty good but has a couple of large abrasions on its sides exposing raw hide. Would a shoe/leather repair person be recommended for restoration?
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Black shoe polish followed by sno-seal will make it good.
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Pictures, man, pictures.
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Any tubing decals you can show in the photo? I've had two of these, and am about to restore a 1977 emerald green one for a friend's wife. They give a very stable ride, and would compete with any mid-entry bike from that era.

Love the Belt saddles. I have two of them on regular riders. The brown belt is a bit like a B17N, and I like it for more aggressive road bikes. The black one is a bit wider at the back, and is good for a more upright, commuter type setup.

Just above the shifters on the downtube, is there a little decal of a chain link with a "12" in it? That would indicate 1977.
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Old 10-18-12, 06:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Easy Peasy View Post
Is it worth getting it road worthy? It comes with an original Belt leather seat - any good? Thanks!
I refurbished a 1972 Special Road Racer a few years ago. It was a little too tall for me, but for some reason the TT was ideal.

It is a high-ten bike, but nowhere near some of the other hi-ten bikes of its era. For one thing, it's butted... which is quite unusual... which makes it pretty lights for what it is. I believe mine weighed in at 28-29 pounds after ditching the steel wheels.

Belt saddle? I'm still using mine. Great Brooks substitute.

The green is also pretty nice. Definitely a keeper, I'd say.
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I like my Fujita-Belt saddle almost as much as my Brooks. I think the leather is just a tad thicker.
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Old 10-18-12, 08:53 AM
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Yeah, it did seem a waste not to do something with this bike. I'll try to get some pics up after it's up and running. Didn't see the chain decal, but pretty sure we got the bike in the late 70s. I have an extra modern Trek seat to use til I can get the Belt saddle refurbished. Never rode a leather saddle, so I'm curious to give it a try.
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Old 10-18-12, 11:43 AM
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Never rode a leather saddle, so I'm curious to give it a try.
If you are like me you will never go back once you try it. I had a green Fuji SRR for a short time and sold it but it was a pretty example of a 70's era bike.
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Originally Posted by Peugeotlover View Post
Black shoe polish followed by sno-seal will make it good.
I believe all the oem Belt saddles for Fuji were brown.
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Old 10-18-12, 06:13 PM
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Originally Posted by FORDSVTPARTS View Post
I believe all the oem Belt saddles for Fuji were brown.
Lots of them were black but soon turned browned with age and UV exposure.

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Mine looks black where it's well preserved and brown to tan where it's worn. Worked some dark brown shoe polish in the abraded areas, let dry, then gave it a sno-seal treatment. Isn't perfect, but looks decent.
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Originally Posted by badger_biker View Post
If you are like me you will never go back once you try it.
It's hard for me to imagine how a leather seat without padding or springs would be comfy. Is it comfortable because on a road bike, you are forward leaning and your center of gravity isn't squarely on the seat?
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Old 10-19-12, 05:24 PM
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First several years production of S-10-S had steel wheels, '74-later had alloy wheels. Stock, mine weighed in at 26 lbs - quite light for an 'average' bike in the '70s. Top end bikes weighed in the low 20s, whereas all-steel cheapies weighed almost 40 pounds!

I've posted a pic of my late '74 ('75 model year) s-10-s 'Special Road Racer' before, but here it is again...



...and mine still wears it's original black Fujita Belt saddle!!!
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Mine as well:





Love this style lettering:



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Old 10-23-12, 04:29 PM
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Finally a couple of shots of the refurbished Fuji:

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Agh!! The stem! Where is it at in relation to the "Max Insertion" line?that looks like an awfully small frame, 54cm-ish. How tall are you?



Your restoration looks great
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Had to raise the handle bar due to a bad neck. Couldn't ride it otherwise. The riser can be removed, and will save the original Belt saddle in case I decide to sell it some day. For now it's a pretty sweet ride considering its age.

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The Fugi Special Road Racer is a pretty nice bicycle, and two have come my way over the years. The most recent went to a young university student who was thrilled to get it...
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