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Fuji track owners...need advice...msmootsiemartin
Nov 15, 2003 7:48 AM
I am thinking of pulling the trigger Monday and ordering a Fuji track frame. It seems like a great deal. It is the 2002 model, the 43cm and 650c wheels, for $300 (new). For another $150, Sheldon Brown will add a brake, fixed/free wheel etc. Bottom line, less than $500 to get the bike to my front door.

My question is, would you recommend any other changes/upgrades to start with? Or, any other particular areas of concern I should be aware of?

And, FWIW, I am getting the bike for fun, not for racing.

Thanks for any help you can give me.

mmm
you might want to change the gearing..desmo
Nov 15, 2003 9:01 AM
stock may be too steep. I'm sure Harris can suggest a proper set up and work that into the deal.
one more itemmicha
Nov 16, 2003 3:43 AM
If you don't have it, get a small wrench to carry with you on your rides. Yuo'll need it to loosen the axle nuts in case you have a flat. I use a cone wrench.
re: Fuji track owners...need advice...Robt- Alaskan Fixed Gear Rider
Nov 16, 2003 4:36 AM
The 2002 Fuji Track SE (43cm) is a great value from Sheldon Brown. Be advised though, the Fuji Track is an entry-level fixed gear road bike that will warrant significant upgrades if you plan on doing a lot of riding. The bike's real value lies in its compact design which is the smallest available for a production frame (which is great for us short people!)

650c wheels are the largest that the frame will accept and rims, tires, and tubes of that size are limited in choice and often scarce in availability. You should also be aware that 650c rims do not have more than 32 holes, which is an important consideration when upgrading the hubset because track hubs are usually 36 holes.

The 2002 model doesn't have any water bottle bosses and the stock pedals with clips are really cheap. The bottom bracket height was raised in 2003 to increase pedal clearance, so you will want to find the narrowest pedal (with clips or clipless) as to avoid pedal strike with the 2002.

You might be interested in my bike review of the 2002 Fuji Track SE in the 2002 Track Bicycle section of this website. If you have any additional questions... feel free to ask.
Enjoy your Fuji.

-Robt.
Look around-there's a lot out there....rcmann
Nov 17, 2003 8:08 AM
Check the Classic Rendezvous classifieds, the Old Skool Track website for links, etc, and dig up a used track bike. As Robt indicated, the Fuji is a low-end entry level bike. For the same price +/- $100 or so you can find some awesome deals out there on some really great bikes with top of the line components. I was just tempted by an almost new Serotta with a full Superbe Pro track group for $800, and that was before the dealing started (I realize it's more than $500, just an example) Typically the only thing you'll need to add is a front brake and a new set of tires. Don't be limited to buying a inexpensive new bike when you can buy a classic used one-besides, half the fun is in the hunt! Good luck
Thanks for all of the comments...msmootsiemartin
Nov 18, 2003 9:47 AM
I did go ahead and order the bike. I do agree that the biggest value is in the small chromoly frame (just about a perfect fit for me)and felt it would be hard to find another frame that size without going custom. Sheldon's "road package" upgrade does include custom gearing, fixed and free, front and rear brakes w/ kool stop pads, a 15mm wrench etc.
As I am just getting into fixed gear riding, I think the entry level components will be fine for now. Over time I can upgrade components/wheels as I feel necessary (or as parts wear out).
Robt. -- just curious, what does your bike weigh in at?
Thanks again for all of your help.

mmm
Thanks for all of the comments...Robt- Alaskan Fixed Gear Rider
Nov 18, 2003 3:58 PM
Fuji lists the weight of the 2002 43cm Fuji Track SE at 14.9 lbs. I work for an air logistics company, and fully equipped, my bike weighs in at 18 lbs on our scales.

It's a great little bike that I've had so much fun with. I'm fully upgrading to Record this winter... can't wait for spring... Cinderella is going to the ball!!!

Let me know if you need anything; info, advice, parts (I have tons of stuff, including an unused stock wheelset.)

-Robt
hey Robt..... i may be intrested in some of your parts....gspot
Nov 18, 2003 7:24 PM
email me @ gspotbike84@hotmail.com..
tell me what you have for sale...
thanks
Robt...msmootsiemartin
Nov 19, 2003 7:24 AM
I would be interested to know what parts you have available. And, would love to see photos of your bike before and after your Record upgrade. My email is litemeter@hotmail.com. I'll be getting my bike the first week of December...may have questions then. Can't wait!

mmm