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Old 08-24-11, 01:15 PM   #26
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OK, now I'm stoked...but I'm going to take a couple hours, tomorrow, and go watch the Salida, CO-Stage start of the US Pro Cycling Challenge...how could I not? It's about eight blocks from where I live. Not on the Fuji, though...but on my 'race bike': an 'oval-tube rainbow-frame' Pinarello, 1984 model. It's a criterium bike I bought in '86 from a former racer, and I still ride it every chance I get.

As for the Fuji...last year I found a complete, fairly new MTB in a dumpster at the local landfill...all OK except for a pair of flat tires. The bike is a 'Trail Head', 'Trailridge' model, with Shimano STI 200GS shifters, derailleurs and brakes, and 170mm cranks.
I'd like to strip it for the parts to put on my Fuji folder, because the Fuji actually fits me pretty good, and the dumpster bike's frame is too short and too small for me. (I'm 6', 150# ) I could use a little advice, though, about the rear derailleur, though... on the dumpster bike, the derailleur is bolted directly to a tapped hole in the frame, and the Fuji's derailleur is affixed to a metal plate which fastens to the frame. What will I have to do to mount the derailleur to the Fuji plate?
The Shimano STI, of course, is a 21 speed, and the Fuji is a 15 speed...I'll need to use spacers, from the junk bike's rear axle, right? Like I say, I'd appreciate any and all advice. Thanks, in advance.
can we get a closeup of that? Mine uses the axle as a hanger.
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Old 09-10-11, 09:31 AM   #27
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I just bought one of these Fuji's at a yard sale. I'm trying to fold it but it doesn't to want to move. I don't want to force it. Is there something else besides the quick release clamp and removal of the seat post to get it done? There is a "V" shaped hook at the bottom swivel joint. Does that have to be moved by any chance? Thanx
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I'm waiting for someone to install an Xtra-Cycle kit onto one of these Fuji folders..It would be the cheapest way to get a FOLDING cargo bike at the prices you Folks are finding them for!
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hey, i just followed you and this link over from the utility forum. i wasn't thinking about it when i started my cargo bike project, but i have two of them. one is my faux fixie (really a three speed coaster brake)



the other is mostly stock except for a suspension fork. since i've already started my cargo project i can't see myself using the other one for it. maybe if i stumbled across a third one though...

edit, just realised that's not the latest version of the bike. i changed to a seat post luggage rack 'cause the one pictured messed with how it folded.

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I just bought one of these Fuji's at a yard sale. I'm trying to fold it but it doesn't to want to move. I don't want to force it. Is there something else besides the quick release clamp and removal of the seat post to get it done? There is a "V" shaped hook at the bottom swivel joint. Does that have to be moved by any chance? Thanx
"V" shape hook is just a stand to prevent the big Chainring from hitting the ground.

The swivel joints might be rusted. Try putting some penetrating oil in there and probably losen the screws.

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Thank you. I finally got it moving. Works nice. Needs cables and some tires but basically original and all there. Paint is a little faded but no big deal. Paid $15 for it on Saturday. Quite a find. No kickstand or evidence of one every being there. Do your bikes have one?
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Kickstand was located in the center bottom between the crankset and rear wheel.

How do you guys stumble across these deals, it's driving me mad. Where are you located?
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hey, i just followed you and this link over from the utility forum. i wasn't thinking about it when i started my cargo bike project, but i have two of them. one is my faux fixie (really a three speed coaster brake)



the other is mostly stock except for a suspension fork. since i've already started my cargo project i can't see myself using the other one for it. maybe if i stumbled across a third one though...

edit, just realised that's not the latest version of the bike. i changed to a seat post luggage rack 'cause the one pictured messed with how it folded.

I'm liking the 3spd coaster setup. I had rear derailers, something seams to always go wrong with them. I see you have a few of these, want to get rid of one?
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I'm liking the 3spd coaster setup. I had rear derailers, something seams to always go wrong with them. I see you have a few of these, want to get rid of one?
I'm new to this forum, but I am selling a very good condition "Marlboro bike" my wife picked up for very little at a garage sale years ago. It drives very nicely for its age and weight. I am wondering if there is any reader in the Chicago area that would be interested in it for $75? I am in a western suburb.
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sorry, just wandered back to this thread. but no, i want to keep both. they make a nice starting point for casual cruiser projects.
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zverowd: I'd be interested in your Fuji Folder...if we can figure out how to ship it to Salida, Co. $75. would be fine. As I recall, when I took delivery of mine from Marlboro, the wheels were dismounted, and the bars and pedals were set up as if to fold...do you have access to a bike shop's cardboard shipping cartons? Maybe reinforce them with other cardboard panels from apple boxes from the local supermarket? Pls. advise... thanks! G. Hill [email protected]
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Old 02-09-12, 01:01 PM   #37
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I wonder what this guy is smoking. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...ht_2288wt_1164
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dont know - i just picked up the same bike in great shape for 15$ off craigs - wish it was that easy to flip a $2000+ profit
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Sounds like a smokin' deal.
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I bought one of these last year at a yard sale for $25.00. It took about two days of soaking with penetrating oil to free up the folder but it works great. Gears and brakes work fine also. I can't decide what I'm going to do with it. Hardly any rust or blemishes. Its been sitting since. Nice bike.
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I can't decide what I'm going to do with it. Its been sitting since. Nice bike.
it needs to get ridden.
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dont know - i just picked up the same bike in great shape for 15$ off craigs - wish it was that easy to flip a $2000+ profit

Hey Jason, I couldn't reply to you on the other forum, but I could definitely use another one of these, I noticed you put it on CL for $200, if you're willing to let it go for (A LOT) less then I could take this one off your hands.


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I have one. to fold, remove seat post. That's it.
But once folded, then what. Too fat to fit in any box. Still rather long and won't fit in small car trunks.

The fit is quite intended for apes. Short legs with really long arms. the top tube is a few inches longer than a comparable non-folder. And the stem is a bit long too.

I rebuilt mine. The frame is surprisingly light cro-mo but many of the components are hideously heavy. The only aluminum was the rims. The cranks were abs covered cast iron with the pedal threads stripped out. A single speed conversion was the result. I rebuilt with a nice new single ring crank with guard, single speed freewheel on the existing bolt on wheels, new seat, v-brakes, brake cables, fold in pedals, new 1/8" chain. Removed the shifters, ders, shift cables, etc.

It still needs a shorter and taller stem for me (and most normal proportionally sized people). I'm thinking it's going to the local frame builder for a cut and rebraze. The qr stem allows you to remove the stem & bars for easier transport. Its a unique 1-bolt stem and no other stem will take a qr seat post bolt for easy removal.

The marlboro versions were never sold but sent as 'rewards' to faithful smokers who collected plenty of coupons from the cig packs. The bike was one of the more expensive items in their annual rewards catalogs. So the heavier smokers chose bikes they would never ride to get the most for their habit. I see plenty for sale ranging from $50 to several hundred. Sometimes still in the box they were delivered in.

The bike rattles when I ride it due to the folding design.
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I have one. to fold, remove seat post. That's it.
But once folded, then what. Too fat to fit in any box. Still rather long and won't fit in small car trunks.

The fit is quite intended for apes. Short legs with really long arms. the top tube is a few inches longer than a comparable non-folder. And the stem is a bit long too.

I rebuilt mine. The frame is surprisingly light cro-mo but many of the components are hideously heavy. The only aluminum was the rims. The cranks were abs covered cast iron with the pedal threads stripped out. A single speed conversion was the result. I rebuilt with a nice new single ring crank with guard, single speed freewheel on the existing bolt on wheels, new seat, v-brakes, brake cables, fold in pedals, new 1/8" chain. Removed the shifters, ders, shift cables, etc.

It still needs a shorter and taller stem for me (and most normal proportionally sized people). I'm thinking it's going to the local frame builder for a cut and rebraze. The qr stem allows you to remove the stem & bars for easier transport. Its a unique 1-bolt stem and no other stem will take a qr seat post bolt for easy removal.

The marlboro versions were never sold but sent as 'rewards' to faithful smokers who collected plenty of coupons from the cig packs. The bike was one of the more expensive items in their annual rewards catalogs. So the heavier smokers chose bikes they would never ride to get the most for their habit. I see plenty for sale ranging from $50 to several hundred. Sometimes still in the box they were delivered in.

The bike rattles when I ride it due to the folding design.
What kind of car did you put it in? I put mine in an 60's mini and another hidiously tiny contraption of a car. Unless you're talking about a smart car it'll fit in practically anything. But yes, it is larger folded than most folders with 20" or smaller wheels.

Mine and another I rode did not rattle. And I ride in Brooklyn, where the potholes have been known to swallow volkswagons.

Would love to see what you will do with yours. Since you mention the frame is light, any chance you can weight just the frame and compare that to the weight of another bike or two's frame weight?

If I ever get mine back I plan on changing a lot of things around, I really like the frame, but you're right, with all the stuff on it it is pretty heavy, but then again I am riding in order to exercise, this isn't exactly a race bike.
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I sold mine for the asking price to a guy driving in from the suburbs and parking away from the office because of parking expenses downtown. He didn't care about the weight, obviously. My bike didn't rattle, but, yes, the stem reach was long. Otherwise a nice solid bike, and a conversation piece as well. It's interesting to read about the permutations some of you are doing to make the bike lighter and "upscale". More power to you-here's to unconventionality!

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The bike is completely built up now so I won't be weighing frame. Sorry.

here is a picture of mine.


cars? Mgb, vw nb, mazda 323. Yeah I have/had small cars.

Folded, it won't fit in a trico iron case or a standard bike box or a cannondale bike box.
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A decent bike with quick release wheels will be a little easier to get into most trunks. Also a better shape for a car trunk. My Corolla and others.
And a lot lighter. Much easier to put in the car for one with a bad back. Low end folding bikes are too hard to get into a car compared to most of my road bikes, and my best mountian bike. Even to get it in my Subaru wagon. I sold my Dahon folder it was a lot harder to get in any car, with my bad back. It was a great ride with two high psi slicks.

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The fit is quite intended for apes. Short legs with really long arms. the top tube is a few inches longer than a comparable non-folder. And the stem is a bit long too.


The bike rattles when I ride it due to the folding design.
Mine don't rattle. But yes, I agree that the stem is quite long. I installed Trekking bars to resolve this issue.
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I ditched the stock QR stem on mine since it weighed a ton and I always removed the front wheel to fold it anyway. The stem, seatpost and crankset were obscenely heavy. My bike is down to 25 lbs just by replacing that stuff with decent alloy.
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