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Fuji Special Road Racer S10-S

Submitted by on June 24, 2010 – 8:45 pm21 Comments

Fuji Special Road Racer

Fuji Special Road Racer

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.

Fuji Special Road Racer

Fuji Special Road Racer

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.

Suntour V-GT Luxe

Suntour V-GT Luxe and chrome chain stay

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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Chris started riding a bike again when he noticed the Preston Ridge Trail being constructed across the street from his house. Since then he co-founded Biking in Dallas, has gone through countless Craigslist bike projects (some better than others) and can be found pedaling around town on a Electra Ticino with a camera in tow.

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