Fuji Special Road Racer S10-S
I’ve been in the hunt for a touring bike with specific features for a couple of years now. I wanted a somewhat slack geometry, fender and rack eyelets, and I like shiny bits so my criteria included a chrome tipped fork and chrome chainstay. I’ve seen a couple of bikes that fit my criteria but each time I was too slow on the draw, and lost out to another buyer.
More than once I became inpatient and almost bought something that lacked all the features I wanted, only because I wanted a new bike really bad. But finally my patience paid off. Hubbard sent me the link to this Fuji Special Road Racer the other day and I did some fast research and determined this was it. I quickly called the seller to make arrangements to see the bike. It was mine!
The name “Special Road Racer” is a bit misleading; other than the dual chainring, this bike has far more in common with a touring bike than a racing one. The geometry is relaxed, it has a wide ratio gearing, fender and rack eyelets, and even braze on frame pump pegs. The Special Road Racer would later go by the name S10-S.
It comes with Sugino cranks with three arm spiders, Nitto B115 bars, Ukai rims with Sansin high flange hubs. The stem is a not often seen Nitto Hi-Crown, also known as an “I-Beam”. The front derailleur is Suntour Compe-V, while the rear derailleur is a Suntour V-GT Luxe. The original Fugi Belt leather saddle had been replaced with some vinyl thing, but I’ve got a black Brooks Champion that will be installed very soon.
This is a keeper for sure and the best news is there is not a spot of rust on it, so all I need to do is wash it off and then start polishing the shiny bits. In spite of the pristine condition of the matching bar wrap, I see black leather Toshi wrap in the future, some chrome fenders and possibly a porteur rack. Oh, and those gumwall tires will be replaced, I know gumwall is the proper style for vintage bikes but they are just not my thing.
I am stoked and really happy that I remained patient and held out until I found exactly what I was looking for.
All photos were provided by the seller, I’ll be posting updated photos when the bike is finished.
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