If you have checked my work at Brazen Cycleworks you know that classic rides around these parts are rarely spared from the fixed gear conversion center. Well last week I picked up a bike that stopped me in my conversion tracks. It is a 1987 Club Fuji and it was a 61cm, my size. It is scary original, minus the pedals and toe clips, bar plugs. Even the tires are original. Something about the bike reminded me of my cycling roots and would have been a nice first race bike for me as an up and coming racer. I cleaned it up and set it up with my pedals and took a long ride back in time.
Interesting features of the bike had: Aero brake levers, 32 hole rims, 12 speed drivetrain, oval spokes, 19c tires, Nitto bar and stem, oversized quad butted tig and lugged construction.
Modern bike features not included: 1 1/8" steerer, threadless stem, brifters, Outboard BB bearings, 20 or 22 speed drivetrains, dual pivot brakes, carbon fiber everything, ergo handlebars and channelled seats.
Funny thing is the only thing I really missed while enjoying this bike in it's near original state was a wider brake hoods and softer bar wrap. So am I a now a crummudgeon or old school or just nostalgic?
And yes, it is wicked fast for a 22 year old.