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Old 12-11-19, 09:42 PM
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Fuji repair

A few days ago, it seems my cat got ambitious and knocked my dear vintage Fuji off its rack. After quelling nausea, I've inquired with a few local framebuilders, but I wanted to post here as well.Some history:
  • This is a 1986 Fuji League. Ishiwata quad-butted “Valite” tubeset.
  • I bought this frame used in 2003. I suspect it had low miles on it. I have put somewhere north of 10k miles on it since, including around 5k of loaded touring.
  • The couplers were installed in 2006.
  • This exact portion of downtube was replaced in 2013 due to rusting at the coupler junction (it was stored outside for one year). I believe the frame builder used a Tange tube. At the time, the frame builder said the rest of the frame was in good shape, but this would be the third time for the head tube lug to be under the torch, and the third time for the coupler as well.
  • I’m about 140 lbs, and I only use the bike for fast, fair weather recreational riding now. Maybe 3,000 miles yearly.
As near as I can tell by eyeballing it, the head tube and seat tube are still coplanar…I DO want a safe bike to ride, not just wall art.

I had a lovely convo with Peter Weigle yesterday, and he suggested, rather kindly, that I'd be better off just acquiring another vintage Fuji. Do you agree? Would you venture a replacement of this downtube, or is this totaled? Thank you very much for your thoughts.

Sincerely,
Oliver



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Old 12-13-19, 07:54 PM
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Can the dent be removed without cutting or drilling, touched up and painted over? Or just paint and ride it as is.
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If the bike still rides well, e.g. no alignment problems, I'd just leave it alone. It may be possible to roll out some of the dent, but the proximity to the bottle mounts may limit this. And rolling out the dents would ruin the paint in that area as well. I don't think another down tube replacement is a good idea.
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Old 12-14-19, 09:03 AM
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I'll offer a contradictory opinion. A tube replacement by someone that knows what they are doing shouldn't be a problem.
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I'll offer a contradictory opinion. A tube replacement by someone that knows what they are doing shouldn't be a problem.
Would you be willing to try on this frame? I notice you're in PA, so shipping wouldn't be too bad from NYC....
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I'm not in business because insurance costs too much. Shipping to Bilenky or Franklin Frames shouldn't be too bad. Or you can ask Porter. He's in Brooklyn https://www.portercycles.com/
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I was going to add that this tube replacement should be easier then the typical. What with one end being a S&S coupler. Perhaps the greater challenge would be pulling the tube out of the forward half of the coupler. Perhaps S&S can supply a replacement half? Andy (Who has high regard for Fujis of this period)
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people pull tubes out of SnS couplers every day. Of course, you could replace it out of an abundance of caution
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Fuji repair successful!

Stephen Bilenky came through! It is the same frame -- just a new color! Thanks to all who posted with their thoughts here.

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Thanks for posting the after pics. That bike was worth saving.
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...and the cat?
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