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Help old road bike?(6 posts)

Help old road bike?new rodie
Nov 13, 2001 11:34 AM
How does one determine if an old road bike is worth fixing up?

I have a Fuji, I am not sure of the model, it simply says dynaimc 12 on it. It has sun tour derallieurs (not index) and dia-compe brakes. The frame is renyonds 651. And feels suprisingly light.

I am considering fixing this bike up, and want to know if it is worth it. I know this is not a Merckx team SC, but I want to know if this is a good dependable bike and worth putting ~$100 into.

Thanks for the help!
If you are going to ride it some, sure!MB1
Nov 13, 2001 11:54 AM
Your bike must be fairly old, 12 non-index speeds have been long outmoded. Fuji has always made good quality/value bikes. For an once in a while long ride, some around town use or commuting it ought to be fine. A C note should get you a complete overhaul with new cables and brake pads. Anything more would be too much for the bike unless you intend to ride it a lot.
probably worth $100, but not moreRusty McNasty
Nov 13, 2001 12:07 PM
Fuji bikes ranged from "pretty good" to 'barely adequate". At least a lot of parts needed are still made (unlike old French bikes). Just don't be surprised when you get dropped on your first club ride!!
Fuji's are competent bikesguido
Nov 13, 2001 12:45 PM
Fuji has always had a reputation for building no-nonsense, competent bikes, somewhat the reputation Giant has had recently. Any rust or crack around the lugs? Quick release rear wheel? If it's "suprisingly light" it'll get you on the road, if not to the head of the pack.

You can get freewheels and parts from vintage bicycle sites. Have fun!
Depends, but probablyscottfree
Nov 13, 2001 12:53 PM
If you're going to be a rider rather than a racer, and the bike is safe, absolutely. Go to your LBS, tell 'em you want an overhaul, but ask them to check the frame first for rust, alignment etc. Fuji/Suntour/Diacompe/Reynolds is a classic combination for riders' bikes.
re: Help old road bike?Me Dot Org
Nov 13, 2001 2:45 PM
I have an '83 Fuji S-12-S-LTD (Suntour/dia-comp).

This bike has been relegated to backup duty, but it is still very serviceable, comfortable ride.

Assuming your frame is relatively rust free, there is no real reason you couldn't fix it up. Suntour parts are not terribly difficult to find.

Just know that index shifting is a lot easier, and more modern bikes are probably several pounds lighter. But the Fuji could definitely be a serviceable ride. I've passed poseurs on titanium frames on mine!