I recently had the opportunity to acquire a 1975 Fuji Track Racer Model TF Sprint. It was one of my most anticipated acquisitions! How it was acquired is a fairly unique story in its self.
I’m lucky to be part of a private group of collectors who collaborate to acquire, share knowledge, trade etc, all relating specifically to vintage Fuji bicycles. Some time ago one of our members in New York happened across this Fuji bicycle being ridden by its now former owner. He stopped the rider to inquire about the bicycle and to let the owner know just what he was riding.
Fast-forward 1 year, the owner said he was moving back to Sweden?, and wanted to sell the bike. He had somehow tracked down my friend. Needless to say, the group was not going to let this one go. And given its tall stature (it’s a 25″) I was given first dibs. Of course, I didn’t say no; as a bicycle collector you simply do not say no to a find like this. Our vintage Fuji group has been around a while and none of us have had the opportunity to acquire a 70’s vintage Fuji TF Sprint Track Racer… To the right is a a photo of the bicycle upon its discovery more than a year ago.
Since its birth it has been stripped of its paint, most parts, and grown a few scars in addition to a lot of peppering on the chrome. But, none-the-less this is a great and rare find. This is worthy of a restoration and to only preserve at this point won’t stop the deterioration of its steel.