Vintage Bicycles Done Proper :: Portland, Oregon
In 1986 steel framed bicycles were in their prime. High quality bikes, at reasonable prices, were being cranked out by manufactures such as Miyata, Schwinn, Univega and of course, Fuji. Who knew at the time, legends were being born? This ’86 “Glacier White” Club Fuji is no exception.
Although this frame came to me in fairly rough shape, I feel I have taken her about as far as possible without a full blown repaint (or major match and touch up project). When received, the frame was filthy, cables, brake pads and bar tape in non-usable condition, lights and fenders attached by zip ties (!!), random stickers applied, mismatched rubber that was long gone along with a general feeling of a bike that simply been rode hard and put away wet.
However, these 80’s Fuji’s are, in my opinion, under appreciated and although rough, I could see good bones.
Renovation included removing anything bolted on for a thorough, deep cleaning starting with the frame.
Unfortunately, this bike had innumerable paint chips, especially near the drivetrain chainstay (dimpled paint chipping occurred from a lose, slappy chain) and also on the seatstays. These seemed to be the largest areas. Anywhere I found the paint rubbed off I paid special attention to. Exposed areas were cleaned and rust removed and brought down to bare metal. Since I did not want to take this rebuilt to the level of matching paint, the areas were hand clear coated (2x) then waxed so that no rust accumulates in the future as long as proper maintenance is taken into consideration.
Thankfully, I was able to salvage most of the original parts although, sadly, during the cleaning, the rear derailleur lost some of its “Suntour Cyclone” script. During this time, I felt that the black anodized Suntour Cyclone brakes did not fit the overall color scheme so I made the executive decision to change the feel by attaching period appropriate Dia-Compe 500 GX’s.
The rest of the bike was overhauled with new grease, oil and bearings throughout (excluding the sealed Suntour hubs which already spun like butter). Other replacements include a new Shimano sealed bottom bracket, Nashbar Vintage Saddle, bar tape, brake hoods and cabling throughout. New rubber was also installed (Vittoria Zaffiro) and of course, the wheels trued. Since on the subject, I feel the need to plug the Nashbar saddle applied. Although inexpensive, I feel these saddles are an excellent value and actually don’t feel too bad on the road. Like pedals, saddles tend to be an extremely touchy (ha ha?) and personal item. I find that a buyer will change both pedals and saddles out after a little time on the road so why put the best of the best on, unless the build is of a higher end. I believe that as long as the aesthetics match and the item is not of low quality these two items have some wiggle room since they will most likely be replaced anyway.
Lastly, make sure to take note of the wonderful seat pillar. I love the fluting with matching paint. Quite a nice touch from the factory!
The following are the specs from the 1986 Fuji catalog. They don’t differ too much from this Club.
Color: Glacier White
Frame Size: 54cm (C-T) seatpost & 55cm (C-C) top tube
Frame/Drop-outs: Quad-butted chromoly “VALite” tubing
Fork: Quad-butted “VALite” Aero; Chrome plated
Handlebars: Phillipe Guidon Franco Italia; Nashbar bar wrap
Saddle: Nashbar Prospect Vintage Saddle
Seat Pillar: Sugino SP-KC
Crankset: Sugino AS-LP SA; 52/42 170mm
Freewheel: 6-Speed Suntour Winner
Hubs: Suntour Cyclone (Sealed; 36 hole)
Front Derailleur: Suntour Cyclone
Rear Derailleur: Suntour Cyclone
Shifting Levers: Suntour Cyclone
Brakes: Suntour Cyclone levers; Dia-Compe 500 GX calipers; Dia-Compe pads
Rims: Ukai 700C alloy gunmetal
Tires: Vittoria Zaffiro
Pedals: MKS Sylvan
Special Features: Double water bottle bosses
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