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Old 05-21-19, 08:38 AM
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Fuji Ace, 1974

EDIT: SOLD! though I got an email suggesting he may be having second thoughts... well, we'll see.
I just posted this on Craigslist, asking $320... but you know, make me an offer if interested.

https://cnj.craigslist.org/bik/d/pri...893906894.html

Here's the text of my listing:

One of Fuji's top of the line bikes when it was introduced in 1974, this bike features the first generation of Shimano Dura Ace components -- crank, hubs, brakes, and "Crane" derailleurs (which were part of the Dura Ace set). This one is from 1974.

The original wheels were tubular rims with sew-up tires, but these have been replaced with 700c clinchers.

The bike currently has a leather Brooks-style saddle. I can substitute a different saddle if the buyer prefers-- I have several options.

Other than minor cosmetic issues --the paint is chipped here and there, and there is some rust on top of the chromed fork crown (which almost always happens with these) the bike is in excellent mechanical condition and ready to ride. I have ridden it a lot, many 200 and 300 km rides, but have moved on to other bikes now.

I can bring the bike to mid town Manhattan any weekday.

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Old 05-21-19, 10:13 AM
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(Beautiful bicycle and my size, but I'm looking for a frameset only, as I've a full set of the black '74 DA to hang on something nice from that year. Good luck with your sale!)
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Is the saddle one that you re-covered? You should throw the RHM # into the description for mystique.
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Great bike at a great price. I love that color. If it were 56-58cm, I would be asking you about shipping to Oregon!
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Great bike at a great price. I love that color. If it were 56-58cm, I would be asking you about shipping to Oregon!
If it were 56-58, it would be shipping to Des Moines by now,
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Great bike at a great price. I love that color. If it were 56-58cm, I would be asking you about shipping to Oregon!
Very very nice. If it were 52-53, I would be flying one way to NY LI and riding it home!!!
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Beautiful bike! How long is the top tube? If it's "square" then too rangy for me..... but a lot of these early bikes had shorter top tube lengths relative to seat tube length in the larger sizes, I find.... which might be perfect. (Like I need another bike...)

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Originally Posted by no67el View Post
Beautiful bike! How long is the top tube? If it's "square" then too rangy for me..... but a lot of these early bikes had shorter top tube lengths relative to seat tube length in the larger sizes, I find.... which might be perfect. (Like I need another bike...)

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Pretty square, I'm afraid! I measure:

top tube 58 cm c-c
seat tube 58 cm c-c
standover 87 cm

The Finest uses what appears to be the same lugs, but the angles are a little different. Anyway, the Finest had a proportionately shorter top tube, compounded by the slacker seat tube angle. With the build you describe, you might want to look for a 23" Finest (like the one I just sold).

The Finest came in sizes in odd numbers of inches (21", 23" and 25"), but the Ace came in the even inch sizes.

Someone asked why I'm selling. Well my observations add up to the same thing: I have to many bikes. Specifically I have three or four bikes set up as Randonneurs, with dynamo lights, fenders, rack for a front bag.. three of those are low trail, one is a fixie. All have fatter tires than the Fujis-- two take 650 x 38b easily, 42b a little close; one takes 650 x 48b and could fit larger; one has 26 x 2.3 RTP tires. I've ridden those bikes as lot .. and the Fujis have barely been out of the shed in two years. I can't justify it.

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Thanks for the info RHM...... it is indeed too rangy for me. Good luck with the sale--- someone will have a lovely ride.

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