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Vintage Fuji Roadbike

Recently my 15 year old daughter has "adopted" my wife’s nice road bike, and has been doing some great rides around town on it.  So I thought I’d look for another road bike of about the same size to have a road bike available for both of the ladies in my life.  I thought I’d go check out a thrift store bike yard, because my partner Steve found a great mountain bike out there.  I went to the bike enclosure of the thrift store, and ran into Steve and his wife Jody, who were scouting for a kids bike.  We prowled around together looking for gems, and seeing mostly junk. 

Steve and Jody left with a nice kids bike, and I saw an aero brake lever on a handlebar, under a pile of nasty bikes.  I unraveled the stack of nasty bikes, and got more and more excited as I freed the bike at the bottom of the pile.  I saw a Campagnolo brake, then finally got the entire bike free to look it over.   

It was a Fuji, with double butted steel tubing, and about the right frame size for  my wife.  It  had Campy hubs, cranks, brakes, headset, shifters, bottom bracket and skewers, and Cinelli stem and bars.  The saddle was suede, and it had Shimano pedals.  Since one tire was gone, and it was pretty dirty and greasy, the lady at the gate of the bike yard put a price of $5.00 on it.  I tried not to jump for joy, paid my $5, and took the bike home to clean it up.  It was like Christmas in July, and with new tires and a little soap, the old bike looks pretty decent.  This bike was the JACKPOT!  Judging from ebay prices, any of the Campy parts would go for $75 to $125, and the whole bike might run $500+ on ebay. 





22 comments to Vintage Fuji Roadbike

  • Mike

    That is a great find!

  • Ricardo Schillaci

    No clues, but congratulations!

  • Dave

    Nice bike! Looks to be from the era of my youth (late 70’s).
    If so, the paint has held up very well!
    No advice re Shimano 105, but that Campy equipment is so beautiful, can you convince your wife to keep it? Love the chainwheel. Is it the high end Nuovo Record stuff?


  • Anonymous

    It is definitely the high end Nuovo Record stuff. I put speedplay pedals on it, and it seemed to weigh 3 pounds less than my wife’s previous road bike. I thought the vintage was late 1980s, because of the aero brakes. In 1988 indexed shifting was new, with Shimano’s 105 6 speed the first entries, and I think it was a few years before Campy had any indexed product. I bought a bike in 1988 that had aero brakes, and I thought they were new then.

  • Willie Parka

    Im seeking information on a Fuji model 441

  • Anonymous

    It turns out that my wife likes it fine with the shift levers on the down tube. Its as good a bike as I thougth it was. Lucky me! Bob S.

  • Anonymous

    I’d screw a 7-speed Hyperglide cluster on it, bung on some Campy 8-speed dual-control levers and rear derailleur, and a Campy dual-pivot front brake.

  • Two years later. I hope you kept it all together. None of that crazy 7 speed freewheel stuff.

  • Jim

    I think that is the Fuji Titanium Record !

  • Bob

    April 2009, its still in original condition, being ridden by the wife, who loves it. This was the bike I lusted for when I was in college, but was far out of my price range. Instead I got a Royce Union junker and painted it yellow.

  • Kent Stuart

    I came across your comments by chance and wanted to add a few lines. First congratulations on a wonderful find. I too have a Fuji from about 1980 – which I bought in Hillsborough NJ as a left over for around $400 – almost three weeks pay back then! It was the touring version with a slightly stretched out frame, low flange hubs,, basically Suntour components, and 18 speeds. In 1980 very much a curiosity. Since then I have taken the bike pretty much everywhere and I still use it everyday, though the longer tours are rare now. The bikes are essentially bullet proof: on tours I have had it over a variety of terrain, not always on the road, though to be fair I have had to replace most running parts. I have tried to stay original, but over the years the growing scarcity of originals has made it difficult, especially since I am now in Germany – in Muenster: bicycle heaven. I wish you continued joy in riding!

  • David W

    I have an old Fuji Special Road Racer I bought as a kid in either ’71 or ’72. It was a beautiful green, had SunTour hardware, and seemed light as a feather. I rode it everywhere, including the 7 miles to the high school, just about every day. What a sweet ride. I have held on to it all these years, and am looking forward to rebuilding it. I loved the gum-walled tires back then, but technology has advanced so much. I would like to go with a light-weight wheel rim and somewhat the same tire. That do you think? Also looking to upgrade the shifting; any suggestions?

    David in Texas

  • That sounds like a nice bike! I don’t know much about the new wheels available, but some shop should be able to fix you up. My Fuji has Campy shifters and derailluers, and they work fine. My wife is not so sure of her balance after a fall last Spring, so those down tube shifters might have to go, but I don’t know what I’d replace them with.

  • You can get lost of vintage bike parts on ebay. That Fuji would be worth fixing up. I think my son has his eye on my Motobecane for a fixie when he gets a little bigger. Bob

  • Tom Williamson

    I bought a Fuji bike in 1973 and have used and maintained it to the present. The front derailleur guide mounting bracket has failed and my local bike shop cannot repair because the part is no longer available. Any ideas where I could find a replacement part? Tom

  • I saw your Fuji bike on the net, and I can tell you for sure your bike is the top of the line. I know Fuji professional model; the top of the line had that light Italian seat and all the other Italian parts to made the bike lighter, which was 20 pounds and 8 ounces. the first year this bike was introduced was 1976 believe it or not, and git this it even had CromeMoly Metal.

  • Fuji bikes were the first to use CromeMoly in 1971 which as you know really makes the bike lighter buy 21 or 22 percent compared to 1020 steel.

  • There was another Fuji bike, name Fuji team that also weighed 20pounds and 8ounces. i sure wish i would have found that bike. you are lucky as hell. good luck.

  • Fuji was the first to us CromeMoly Steel.In fact they invented it. People don’t realize that.Some other Japanese bikes started using these metals too. Nishiki,was the other company that was using this metal too in the middle 1970’s i think all need to know this, because people think bikes weren’t built of this metal until 1980. i think this should be clarified once and for all. end.

  • robin sweeney

    Ihave a 80s model fuji in ex cond

    fuji espree silver ex large frame for those 6ft and over val lite frame,

    any offers ?

  • Matt

    Fuji was not the first company to use chromoly.

    The Team from that time period did not weigh 20 lbs 8 oz. Perhaps a bike from a later time could, but not in the mid 80’s. I had a 1985 Fuji Team and it was the third model from the top and weighed 22-23 lbs for a 23″ frame.

    I can identify that bike for you though. The model name should be on the top tube, identifying it as a “Design Series”. Check and you can look it up. The frame/fork/headset was handmade and sold by itself. Wealthy riders or racers would have it built up to their own specifications. I have the 1988 model of that bike, painted red/white and it is beautiful to see and ride. Yours would be from either 86 or 87.

  • Philip clair

    I have a fuji team fuji it looks similar and i was wondering if i put a picture up could anyone possibly know the year or take a guess thanks

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