Thanks for hosting my adventures into and subsequent fever caused by Fuji acquisition. Does vintage Titanium from the Steel age qualify as "non carbon" vintage cycling?
As mentioned previously, a couple weeks after I picked up my first Fuji (the Touring Series IV), I had talked about the bike finishing process so much that all friends and coworkers were aware of it. That’s when one of my coworkers asked if I could grab something out of her car and when I went down there, the attached was staring back at me.
Over lunch she asked if I wanted to bring it into my office (I did) and she gave me her husband’s email so I could initiate negotiations. I began with, “I didn’t wake up this morning planning on buying a bike and can’t give you what its worth but can promise it a good home”.
I learned that Frank purchased the ride from a bike shop owning friend in Wichita where it had been on display many years. Upon purchase he immediately switched out the Suntour components for Dura-Ace and got rid of the tubular tires. The frame was a little small for Frank so he didn’t log as many miles as he planned with it so it waited for years in the garage (from what I’m told, Frank has a fleet of other high end bikes).
At the price I paid for it, it was basically a gift and other than replace the tires/tubes, I’ve had to do nothing to it. The ride is darty (responsive) and quiet (I’ve never previously accelerated up some of the hills which now I can). We put it on a scale at the local bike shop and it weighed a little over 21 lbs.
I rode both the Titanium and the Touring this past weekend. One would think they could satisfy my Fuji needs, but then when at a wedding reception Saturday (I rode the Touring bike to) a 20-something-year old commented, “hey, my dad has a Fuji that’s been hanging in his garage since I was a kid”, I asked, “what kind?”…”white”…”sight unseen, tell him I’ll give him $100 for it”.
I don’t feel the fever subsiding.
That is a phenomenal score. While it may not sit well with some C&V riders, titanium is a-ok with me. In my opinion, it has the desirable characteristics of steel while being lighter and more corrosion resistant.
Beyond that, I was relieved to see the "Made In Japan" sticker. We're sticklers for that sort of thing around here.
I looked around the catalogs on classicfuji.com, looks sort of like a 1987, which would be the first year the catalogs offered a titanium model. Maybe some helpful reader has more info.
And now you've went and done it, you've given me a flare up of my ever incubating Fuji fever. But no telling how long I'll have to wait for one of those to come along.
Until then, I will have to console myself with the fact that the claimed weight for my 1983 Fuji Opus III is 21 pounds as well.