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Old 10-30-14, 09:19 AM
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1986 Fuji Regis (xpost fro mC&V)

Hello all! Well, I just got my first vintage bike (that fits me, that is. I also have an 82 Ross Super Grand Tour XV that I am planning on trading for something else...anyhow). Picked it up for free, so the price was right. From what I can tell it is an '86 judging from the catalog that year obtained on classicfuji.com (high tens. frame, Nitto stem and handlebars were the giveaways). Looks like this bike was only manufactured in 85/86.

It certainly isn't high end, but it rides pretty nice, and the components are about as new looking as one could hope. It has a bit of paint damage, but no real rust (and it will live inside). It has a neat registration sticker from DC. The saddle needs to be changed...it is functional and I'll ride on it but it doesn't exactly go with the rest of it. handlebar and rack bag I had laying around the garage. It came with the rack and bell (I want to replace it with a brass one for funsies). The only thing I have had to do is take off the suicide levers (okay, I didn't have to but I really wanted to mount the handlebar bag and I hate suicide levers).

Whatcha think? Yeah, lots of bragging, but I am pretty stoked about it.

I xposted because I am thinking of using this as a second commuter if I don't use it as just a townie and keep it at work. But at some point I am trading that Ross for a Miyata that was used as a errand runner by a bike shop that just closed and it has a basket and other useful stuff on it.
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Congrats!!!

I love the old fujis, a shade jealous!

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Congrats!!!

I love the old fujis, a shade jealous!

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Thanks man! I took her on a little 4 mile romp this afternoon to meet the wife for lunch and to run some errands. it was a very enjoyable riding experience...that and it is about 70 and sunny here, so how could I NOT ride? She's going to stay parked at work for now I think and eventually end up as a second commuter. I like the idea of having a bike at work all the time...though admittedly I should be riding in more than I have lately.
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I think you should get a tab saddle and bar tape. Wouldn't that look awesome?
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I think you should get a tab saddle and bar tape. Wouldn't that look awesome?
A Brooks is on the dream list for someday. I was very close to buying one at a very steep discount while I worked for a bike shop, but the franchise that owned it went bankrupt and I had to pay off my road bike in a hurry or lose it. I'm going to stick with cloth tape, but I am going to order some yellow to wrap over the black that is on there now (the original was a shiny yellow - I don't like the shiny look). Before I do that though I have to decide if I want to leave those steal handlebars on or put some alloy ones on (I do have an alloy Nitto sitting around, from a full decade later. The diameters are different and I don't know if the alloy ones will fit through the stem.
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Haha, "tab" saddle. I meant tan-- it looks like you deciphered my code. I have three Brooks saddles and I recently bought a Velo Orange saddle that's meant to be a copy of the Brooks B17. It doesn't feel exactly the same, but I still like it. You can get those new in the $70-80 range.

I meant to say too, I love that rack.
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I had a handlebar bag like that, also in blue, where there were straps down to the hubs.

Nice bike!!
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Haha, "tab" saddle. I meant tan-- it looks like you deciphered my code. I have three Brooks saddles and I recently bought a Velo Orange saddle that's meant to be a copy of the Brooks B17. It doesn't feel exactly the same, but I still like it. You can get those new in the $70-80 range.

I meant to say too, I love that rack.
Lol. I thought you were talking about a saddle that has touring tabs. I think a Cambium might look pretty nice on it if I don't go leather. Still a Brooks. The current saddle was I guess whatever was laying around the shop. It is a GT brand. It's functional if not exactly matching the bike.

I agree with you about that rack. It was already on it when I procured the bike, but from looking at other bikes in that time period it was probably purchased with the bike.

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I had a handlebar bag like that, also in blue, where there were straps down to the hubs.

Nice bike!!
Thanks! A coworker actually gave me that bag. She has brake interrupter levers on her commuter and it wouldn't fit around those, so she gave it to me awhile back and I have been waiting for the perfect bike to attach it to.
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How is the shifting/sprockets?

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How is the shifting/sprockets?

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Quite smooth. I tool her for a 4 mile romp in the city on Friday (met the wife for lunch, went to tje bank and then Walgreens to buy candy for trick or treaters)...it was an absolute delight and took hills with ease. I'm a tad unstabe/twitchy on it but I think that is because I am not used to the bike yet
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Quite smooth. I tool her for a 4 mile romp in the city on Friday (met the wife for lunch, went to tje bank and then Walgreens to buy candy for trick or treaters)...it was an absolute delight and took hills with ease. I'm a tad unstabe/twitchy on it but I think that is because I am not used to the bike yet
Nice!

Yea, the geometry is an old school "easy speeder" type design, you gotta be really locked into using your upper torso's weight to steer vs your elbows, this way you're making smaller movements & save the elbows for evasive maneuvers..

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