1976 Fuji Sports 10

This bike just came in, with the client desiring to convert to a fixed gear. It was purchaed here. All of our conversions are "non-destructive", in the we dont grind off cable bosses, derailler hangers, etc.  2 reasons for this policy.  The first is out of reverence to a frame which, in this case, has survived close to 35 years intact.  The second reason is this: who is to say your kid wont find this in the basement in 20 years and want to "convert" it back to a 10-speed.



(from the 1976 Fuji Catalog)

Considering this catalog image, and considering the components I just removed, I think this bike was 100% intact in terms of components (right down to the dia-compe plastic clips that held the brake cables on the top tube, the LARGE reflectors, kickstand, and the white vinyl bar tape)

I have worked on a few Fujis,(1979 Grand Tourer, 1977 Tourer, 1982 Sports 10 , and I really enjoy them.  the "Sports 10" model was at Fuji's entry level at the time. Here is an excerpt from the ever reliable Wikipedia,

"Fuji bicycles began to appear under their own name in the United States. By 1971, Fuji America was established to distribute the brand's various models across the United States. Well-regarded for their reasonable price and excellent quality, Fuji America soon found a ready market for their machines. Their 10-speed gearing (two chainrings, five cogs), modern, slant-parallelogram SunTour derailleurs, and Sugino lightweight cotterless cranksets worked as well or better than equivalent European designs. In particular, many cyclists found Fuji's frame construction and build quality superior to much of its competition. From the entry-level Fuji America and Gran Tourer, to the mid-level S10-S and the magnificent Sports 10, to the high-end Fuji Professional, the company offered a road bicycle for nearly every rider." (wikipedia)

Shifters....those have to go

I have noticed that the brake drop required of Fujis seem to be more than other brands of the era.  Will probably have to use long-reach calipers.

Steel spec

Check out that HUGE rear reflector

We finally have some snow-free weather here in Brooklyn, so I got this baby outside for the break down.

I was going to take pictures of the bike being disassembled, but it came apart so quickly and smooth that i forgot.

This headset needed to be overhauled and cleaned.

Now that's nice and clean

The loose headset pieces will be taking a bath in degreaser for a few days

Stripped and ready

Naked fork on the shop table

The wheels are built up using Velocity Deep V's, Velocity Track hubs and DT Swiss Double Butted spokes

46t, 170mm

Aforementioned hubs and spokes

Wheel truing

Pre-stressing spokes

The bars that came with this bikes, which I am taking to be original judging from the catalog shot, are Nitto Olympiads.

We used Continental Gatorskins

Working the bottom bracket in.  Alot of time I have to chase the bottom bracket shell threading on older bikes, but this one was in such great shape it didn't need it.

Attaching chainring/crank

This headset originally had loose ball bearings, which I replaced with bearings in retainers.

The fork has interesting circular insets so that the hub nut would fit very snug.

As is custom, I had to drill out the forks rear "brake hole" to accept modern caliper brakes

Bike is complete, and it is raining pretty steadily.

Make sure to with that Brokks B17 saddle clean

A happy client, ready to ride off in the rain.