A surviving Fuji Dandy!

If only there wasn’t an entire ocean between us, I would have been on this like fly on… This is one of my grails, one that I will break my rule; it must be my size to own. This is a Nichibei Fuji Dandy. I first saw this in an early 1960′s Japan’s Bicycle Guide book and fell in love. Yes, this one is rusty and crusty, but I love the lines all over this. Dual top-tube, down-tube, and seat-tube! And, check out that chain guard for goodness sake… I guess this would be considered a vintage Fuji balloon tire, light-weight, cruiser bicycle. It is just Dandy. Enjoy the photos.

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Vintage Fuji AS

Vintage-Fuji-AS-7Here’s one I haven’t seen before. I saw this vintage Fuji AS listed for-sale over in Japan. My guess would be it’s a late 50′s early 60′s Gents roadster bicycle frame and fork. I really like the branded details you got back in the day. It appears even the reflector mount was engraved with the Fuji mountain logo. The sloped fork crown flows well and that bottom bracket assembly looks quite intriguing. Enjoy the photos below.

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1951 Japan’s Bicycle Guide – Preview

1951-japans-bicycle-guide-intro1951-japans-bicycle-guide-coverI am a collector of Japan’s Bicycle Guides and was able to pick up a very first 1951 edition of the catalog. Below I have provided a few quick snaps from my iPhone. I plan to scan the entire book as delicately as possible. The book is in good condition conisdering its age and purpose. However, the binding is becoming brittle and weak so I would like to minimize viewing the actual book as much as possible.

1951-bridgestone-bicycle-ad1951-japanese-track-racer-bicycleFuji-AdFor those into classic ad copy and design this is a gold mine. Fantastic vintage design work throughout. I look forward to digging in a looking at every bicycle, part and ad. This is a major score of information for a collector like myself.

Raleigh Burner Mk1 Pro Burner (05/28/2011)

Worthpoint.com reports a Raleigh Burner Mk1 Pro Burner (05/28/2011). sold for $32,928. I’m here to tell everyone that is a fluke on an enormous scale, and more than likely a false bid by the original lister that went unpaid. A mint Raliegh Burner Pro would be lucky to get $500 in today’s vintage BMX market.

As a user of Worthpoint.com it goes to show you should do additional research when it seems to good to be true.

The original article was Smart Pickers Find Gold in Vintage Bikes, by Wayne Jordan (11/08/13).

I’m really quite shocked this was stated. But it’s on the internet, so it must be real, right?

 

Fuji Design Series Mark Gorski Track – The rescue

Mark Gorski on his Fuji Design Series track bicycle

Mark Gorski on his Fuji Design Series

It seems I have a thing for abused and neglected vintage Fuji track bicycles. Two of the worst condition bicycles I have ever acquired are now both Fuji track bikes. The first was the 1975 Track Racer TF Sprint and now I have just welcomed a 1985 Fuji, Design Series, “Mark Gorksi“, track bike. That being said, this was the first, tall, Fuji Design Series track bike I had seen for-sale; I now restrict incoming bicycles in my collection to my size.

1985 Fuji Design Series "Mark Gorski" Track bicycle

1985 Fuji Design Series “Mark Gorski” Track bicycle

I’d like to thank Darryl Glascock over at Eastside Cycles in Nashville for his excellent and friendly customer service. Eastside took possession and packed up the 85 Gorski for me. I’m not sure what I will do with the bicycle yet. Every square inch has a scratch… I will clean it up, regrease, ride and then decide what I will do. In my head I imagine a repaint to its original color with some nice pinstriping around the lugs etc. I’m usually not one to refinished bicycles in my collection; I’m more of a “preservationist”, however, there is a certain point at which I believe they deserve a refresh. This one could very well fall into that category.

I am very excited about this acquisition regardless of condition. These bicycles are not easy to find and I now own both Fuji Design Series road and track models in 63cm and 61cm respectively. I feel lucky.

 

Fat Tires Come of Age – Vintage “Fat Tire” Mountain Bikes – Bicycling Magazine May 1983

Fat Tires Come of Age

In the May, 1983 edition of Bicycling magazine there is a test of the now vintage Mt. Fuji mountain bike (see page 139 of actual magazine or pg. 22 in the linked article below). The test is part of a long “Workshop” article all pertaining to Fat Tire bikes- yes, before they were referred to as (Vintage) Mountain bikes. The article also features the Japanese made Specialized StumpJumper Sport, Diamondback Ridge Runner (Prototype), Trek 850 (Prototype). Ritchey MountainBikes Annapurna and the MountainBikes Montari. For any vintage mountain bike enthusiast, this is an awesome early article! It breaks down every component, fitting etc.

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Great $8.00 classic looking bicycle chain

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Ventura chain on a 1980 Fuji Feather Pro BMX

Ventura Bicycle Chain 1/2-Inch x 1/8-InchI had been looking for a bicycle chain with a classic look for my bikes that require 1/2″ x 1/8″ chains. For a black chain with a lighter colored inner link, I thought my only choice was the super shiny black/silver Izumi, which was way too shiny. Then I found the Ventura Bicycle Chain. These look great, and not only that, they actually function great too! The black outer links and, what I would call, dark grey inner links gives it the perfect look. It’s a more dull finish as opposed to the shiny Izumi’s you see out there. The shiny just doesn’t look good on a classic bicycle to me. Lastly, I was shocked at the $8.00 price tag on Amazon.com

Vintage Fuji HAO

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This vintage Fuji HAO recently popped up over on an auction website in Japan. Check out some of the extra details that make these vintage bicycles so interesting to look at.

First, look at the decorated rivets for the fender support bars. While you’re at it look at those awesome brakes and quite interesting quad-divided pedals.

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This one even comes with perhaps an original top-tube cover. How cool is that?! You might also be wondering what is that device with the “FUJI” mountain engraving and bar protruding from the side (bottom left picture). This is a vintage Nichibei Fuji lock. See the next photo for better detail of one.

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 Vintage Fuji Locks

Here’s some greater detail of the vintage Nichibei Fuji locks. On the bottom right hand picture, the silver piece sticking out is actually the key. You release the lock by inserting and pushing this key in; it doesn’t turn. Unfortunately, I didn’t take a picture of the key before sending these off. The bar sticking out is what prevents theft by not allow the spoke to pass by it.

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Now for some additional photos the HAO. I always enjoy the top-mounted fender emblems on these vintage bicycles. And the cut-out “FUJI” on the reflector mount is a nice touch.

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You can occasionally find these bells for sale new-old-stock online, but they can be pricey!

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Lastly, it seems the chain guards were plastic! This I do find surprising and makes me wonder what year this bicycle actually his. I should note that even some of the currently produced Japanese bicycles retain a very vintage and classic look. However, I’m quite certain this one dates back at least half a century.

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СУПЕР Rider seat pillar

СУПЕР (Hupel, Super) Rider seat pillar

СУПЕР (Hupel, Super) Rider seat pillar

As a collector of vintage Fuji bicycles you sometimes run into a few less common model names on parts. One of the most challenging to search for is the СУПЕР Rider seat pillar (post). More appropriately named Hupel Rider, this seat pillar was standard on the high-end Fuji bicycles ( Newest, Finest etc.) in the 1970′s.

A fellow over on Flicker has a nice little write up on the Hupel rider. He states that the “СУПЕР” stands for super in Russian. Type that into the Google translator and sure enough, that’s what it comes up with.

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Hupel Rider Y.F.C Seat Pillar

Scott Ryder, the most famous of vintage Fuji collectors mentions in an older BikeForums.net thread that the Hupel (Super) Rider was made by Y.F.C. What exactly Y.F.C stands for is still a mystery, but they are well known for bicycle saddles.

Try searching for СУПЕР on ebay; yeah, good luck with that… Better yet, find one in 26.8mm contact me right away!

Vintage Fuji Track TF Sprint bicycle sells BIN on eBay

Picture of Vintage Fuji Track BicycleSome lucky cyclist scored themselves a super cool, super rare, and quite nice 1975 vintage Fuji Track TF Sprint bicycle on eBay. And no, this blog isn’t just about vintage Fuji TF Sprints, I swear.

vintage-fuji-track-sprint-75-82bLiterally the same day I wrote the post about my TF Sprint, this beauty shows up on eBay! As I mentioned previously, there had only  been one found; so now we can make that two. One of my friends; the same in fact who scored my TF Sprint in New York, inquired about the serial number of this one. It was stated to be 75C50082, mine is ……87, just five digits apart.

vintage-fuji-track-sprint-75-82cYou will notice in the eBay auction the seller mentions only 10 made per month. This isn’t the first time I have heard such claims, however, I am unable to provide any hard evidence to support it.

The custom (reportedly added many years prior) paint around the lugs really helps to show the real beauty of these mid 70′s frames. For example, compare the photos here as opposed to a later, yet still vintage Fuji Track, where this type of labor intensive detail begins to disappear. These lugs are simply beautiful to my eyes!

I sure hope we see a few more of these pop up!